Terfel cancels Lyric Opera recital due to injury

Wed Jan 29, 2020 at 3:50 pm

By Sean Piccoli

Bryn Terfel was a memorable Scarpia in Ravinia Festival’s 2011 concert presentation of Puccini’s “Tosca.” Photo: Patrick Gipson/Ravinia Festival

Opera singer Bryn Terfel is cancelling a recital scheduled for Sunday afternoon at the Civic Opera House after breaking his ankle in a fall during a production overseas, Lyric Opera of Chicago announced today.

A statement from Lyric Opera says that Terfel suffered a severe ankle fracture requiring surgery as a result of the accident in Bilbao, Spain, where he was preparing for a production of The Flying Dutchman. Terfel himself, who last performed locally in 2011, said in his own statement that a return to Chicago was a “dream come true” and added, “This terrible fall in Bilbao has dealt me a cruel blow.”

One of opera’s most popular singers, the Welsh bass-baritone and Grammy winner has a long history with Lyric Opera, beginning with his portrayal of Donner in Das Rheingold in the 1992-1993 season. He has appeared on stages in the U.S. and Europe, in opera’s biggest roles, and has a deep discography as a solo recording artist. He was knighted in 2017 in his native United Kingdom.

Lyric Opera says it has no plans to reschedule the concert, and is instructing ticket holders to contact Lyric Audience Services at 312-827-5600.

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