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L.A. Opera's 'Siegfried' star injured during Sunday performance

October 5, 2009 |  1:01 pm


The title hero of Richard Wagner's "Siegfried" is often described as a Nietzschean Superman, but the singer who plays him is only human.

During Sunday's matinee performance at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, British tenor John Treleaven twisted his ankle while performing the role of Siegfried on stage. The singer experienced his injury at the end of the performance, according to a spokesman for Los Angeles Opera.

A source told Culture Monster that Treleaven visibly slipped on the set but didn't fall. (Director Achim Freyer's design for the Ring cycle features a raked stage.) Treleaven ended up limping his way through the remainder of the opera's third act. During the curtain call, he didn't come center stage for his bow, choosing to remain on one side of the stage.

The L.A. Opera spokesman said Treleaven "received minor medical attention following the show. We don't expect him to miss any performances."

"Siegfried," which is the third installment of Wagner's "Ring" cycle, is scheduled to continue for three more performances at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, ending on Oct. 17. The opera will return in the spring of 2010 for the company's three complete "Ring" cycle performances.

-- David Ng

Photo: Tenor John Treleaven, standing at left, in L.A. Opera's production of "Siegfried" by Richard Wagner. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

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