Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Barihunk Saves Lucia at ENO
This was on the AP wire today:
Lip-Synching Saves `Lucia' Performance
LONDON (AP) — Lip-synching has come to the opera.
English National Opera singer Clive Bayley was midway through the first act of Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor" when he started losing his voice.
Searching for a stand-in, the show's directors grabbed understudy Paul Whelan from his seat in the audience.
He had no time to change into costume. Instead, he sang from the side of the stage while Bayley mouthed the words during Saturday's performance.
Whelan wasn't scheduled to sing the role of the tutor, Raimondo, until next month and hadn't rehearsed onstage.
Of course, I was curious to see who this replacement singer was and found his website at www.paulwhelan.co.uk. The two photos above come from his website, one his publicity shot and one him performing Jesus in the St. John's Passion. There are pleny of other hot shots of Whelan at his site, including a number of them from Don Giovanni.