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Joyce DiDonato Breaks a Leg - Literally

You've probably heard by now about mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato breaking her leg during a performance of The Barber of Seville in London with the Royal Opera House last Saturday, July 4th. The amazing part was she continued to sing after the accident, limping around on stage during the remainder of Act 1 and finishing the rest on crutches.

4 hours in the emergency room (Hey, it could have been worse!), and a look of pure astonishment from the doctor who recoiled in a bit of horror as I said I stayed on my foot for nearly 3 hours performing. Ha, silly me - apparently this kind of injury requires absolutely no weight to be put on to it...!

Now, a few days later, outfitted with a wheelchair, she gets back onstage:

The game plan when I arrived, was to have a member of the directing team push me through the show (thanks for volunteering, Tom!) But the moment I sat in the chair, I felt oddly at home and found that I was actually rather dexterous on the four wheels - and as a result, HUGELY relieved, because the idea of Rosina being DEPENDENT on someone to push her around was something I couldn't wrap my head around.

I admire her courage and determination to carry on, performing in a wheelchair and maintaining a sense of humor and appreciation for those who have helped. She strikes me as being a beautiful person, inside and out. While you're at it, check out her CD from Wigmore Hall live. It was favorably received when it was released in 2006 and continues to be a best seller to this day.