At Bergen National Opera on Saturday, Sylvia Schwartz sang the opening performance as Fiorilla in Il Turco in Italia to reat acclaim. However, she has since fallen sick. What to do when the next performance is just two days off?
Just so happens that the baritone singing the role of Selim, Guido Loconsolo, brought his wife to the show.
She is Nino Machaidze, coloratura superstar. She not only knows the role – she’s even the right size for the costumes.
Bergen is in for a big night tonight.
We also hear that the conductor of Il Turco, Domingo Hindoyan, had brought his wife, Sonya Yoncheva. Just in case.
We may have to update our latest power couples list.
photo: Uli Weber/Sony