Wednesday, July 8, 2009

DiDonato's Law of Attraction

Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato learned first hand about the Law of Attraction during a performance of Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia. I'm sure you remember that the Law of Attraction is the idea that what you put out into the Universe, you get back from the Universe. This idea was made popular by the wildly famous book and DVD The Secret.

Well, bless her heart... On Saturday night at the Royal Opera House, Ms. DiDonato experienced the literal meaning to the old theatrical motto “Break a leg," when she did just that.

In recalling the moment for a NY Times article, Elaine Padmore, the director of opera at Covent Garden, said that many in the audience did not know there was a problem or thought that Ms. DiDonato's spill was part of the comedic staging of the production. “She didn’t sprawl,” Ms. Padmore said. “It was very delicate. She got up, looking unsteady, but managed to limp around. But I knew something was wrong.”

She finished the act and during intermission was treated for her injury. The consumate professional, Ms. DiDonato went back out on stage and finished the show on a set of crutches... even using them to her advantage to trash the set during the "storm scene". Later, she spent some 4 hours in the Emergency Room where she received the diagnosis that she had indeed broken her fibia.

With even more determination, Ms. DiDonato made the announcement yesterday that she would perform last night's show in a wheelchair - her cast covered by a pink stocking to match her costume.

I wonder how it went...

Since her mishap, Joyce DiDonato has asked via her blog that no one use the phrase "break a leg" when wishing her well. "I understand the good intention," she writes "but from here on out, wish me 'in the mouth of the wolf' (In bocca al lupo) instead, ok? That's far less likely to actually happen - although with my luck, you never know!"

Ms. DiDonato, we wish you a speedy recovery!

**UPDATE** See Anthony Tommasini's article in today's NY Times ArtsBeat for discussion on the wheelchair performance last night.

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