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Bryn Terfel cancels Lyric Opera date after fall during ‘Flying Dutchman’ production in Spain

Submitted by on Jan 29, 2020 – 3:19 pm
Report: The celebrated Welsh bass-baritone, scheduled to sing in Chicago on Feb. 2, suffered a fractured ankle.
By Lawrence B. Johnson

The Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel has canceled his Feb. 2 recital at Lyric Opera of Chicago because of an injury suffered while performing in Wagner’s “The Flying Dutchman” in Bilbao, Spain.

In a statement released Jan. 29, Lyric said:

“Sir Bryn Terfel, suffered a severe injury from a fall that will not allow him to perform in Chicago this weekend. According to Sir Bryn’s physician, he has fractured the three prominences of his ankle, causing the ankle to partly dislocate and requiring a surgery scheduled for later this week.”

The Lyric statement also said there is no current plan to reschedule the recital and that all ticket holders for the performance will be contacted with their options. Terfel was said to be recovering at home in Wales under medical supervision.

The famed singer also released in statement saying that his planned return to Chicago after an absence of nearly 15 years “was an absolute dream come true. This terrible fall in Bilbao has dealt me a cruel blow. A performer always dreads the days where cancellations are imminent.”

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