International performers who truly believed ‘The Show Must Go On’
We often hear stories in myth or fiction that speak of unworldly heroes who continue to perform even after being injured. We naturally assume that such characters are only found in fiction and can never be a part of reality. But here are some heroes of real life who truly believe in the saying ‘the show must go on’..
1 Kathleen Ferrier
Kathleen Ferrier is a British born contralto. In the 1940s, she became greatly popular; her popularity was because of her splendid performances. However, her career progress was hampered by breast cancer that she suffered. She did not let it affect her career and made sure she attended all the shows that were scheduled even in the midst of surgery, therapy and treatment. Finally, in the year 1953, she lost her life due to breast cancer.
2 Joyce Di Donato
Joyce Di Donato was always known for her fearlessness. Her illness revealed yet another aspect of her personality that was till then, not known to the world. Yes, she had the courage and the patience to endure pain. In the year 2009, when she was singing Rosina at Covent Garden’s Barber of Seville, she fractured her fibula. She continued to sing while on her crutches and did not miss a single scheduled show. The Royal Opera House even produced a video showing the true ordeal.
3 Birgit Nilsson
In the year 1974, Birgit was the cause of international news. This is because she performed Brunnhilde while wearing a sling. During the rehearsals, she had fallen and her shoulder got dislocated but her will was unmoved. She continued with two performances in spite of her injured arm, concealing it under a cape. She is among those performers who truly believe that ‘the show must go on.’
4 Dinu Lipatti
Dinu Lipatti was a Romanian Pianist. He was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in the year 1947. Yet, he continued his performances and never let the audience know of his health condition. In the year 1950, he made his last performance. At this point, he was at the peak of his career. He never made his health an excuse to ignore the career. He was a true showman. His name will thus remain eternal for his true spirit as a pianist.
5 Gustavo Dudamel
In the year 2010, Gustavo was leading a show that included Alisa Weilerstein, a top cellist and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. It was the final movement of Dvorak Cello Concerto and Gustavo was the maestro leading the show. During this time, he suffered a very severe neck pain. In the second half of the show, he withdrew but Gustavo returned the next evening for Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony. Now that is something mentionable. The strength to endure pain and still perform and lead is really noteworthy.
6 Christiane Karg
Christiane Karg was a German Suprano who had ample courage to deal with pain. This was revealed at Glyndebourne during Mozart’s show La Finta Giardiniera. During this show, she fell down and her knee was dislocated. She still continued to perform. She got over the fall all by herself without taking medicines or painkillers. Her strength and courage are surely remarkable.
7 Dmitri Hvorostovsky
Dmitri Hvorostovsky is a very popular opera artist. The audiences around the world were surely saddened by the news that Dmitri was suffering from brain tumour. When he got a break from the treatment, he treated his audiences to some emotional performances in II Trovatore. Hats off to this man, who is among those performers who value their art more than any roadblock or disability!
This is just a small list of international performers who continued to perform in spite of their injuries. They were extremely devoted to their art and that is what gave them the courage to endure such pain and overcome the fear to perform boldly in front of the audiences.