… means that sometimes things happen and someone can’t finish an opera. One of our singers had to leave after the first act tonight. I could hear that the voice was struggling … normally this singer sounds wonderful, and there was a pained sound to the voice tonight. During intermission we were told the alternate singer (we have two casts) would go on for him. Singers have to be within a certain distance (or maybe it’s about the time to get to the hall) if they aren’t on for that night, so I’m guessing the replacement had been warned ahead of time and perhaps called during the first half, if the singer wasn’t already in the hall. The show must go on, after all.

I always feel for the one pulled. Illness can just make continuing impossible.

Of course I have plenty of ill reeds and I still have to play, wouldn’t you know? But I am being silly and I do realize that’s a very different thing to have a voice go out. One year I actually heard a soprano’s voice do this weird “click” thing and suddenly she couldn’t sing. She was in tears before she left, but what can ya do?

I hope the singer returns when this cast is next up. (I can’t keep track of who sings when so I’m not sure when they come back.) I guess we’ll know when we know. And you can quote me on that.


  1. He’s scheduled to be back on Sunday, and I hope that he’s well enough to do so. The second singer was called during the first act and was ready go on by intermission.

  2. Ah, okay. For some reason I thought he wasn’t on the calendar until next Tuesday. (I rarely check the program to see who’s up.) I hope he heals quickly.