German opera singer Christiane Karg won a standing ovation at a British musical festival after she carried on singing despite dislocating her knee in an onstage accident.
The soprano took a tumble during a production of Mozart's La Finta Giardiniera at the Glyndebourne Festival in England on Sunday (03Aug14). The production was halted and a doctor was able to push her dislocated knee-cap into place.
Karg then decided to go on with the show and even refused painkillers in case they made her drowsy and unable to sing properly.
She performed the rest of the opera sitting down, and won a huge cheer from the audience at the curtain call.
A spokesman for Glyndebourne festival says, "A performance of La Finta Giardiniera was stopped for a short time following a fall from one of the cast. Soprano Christiane Karg fell and dislocated her left knee. The performance was stopped temporarily whilst Christiane was seen by a Gp (doctor) who treated her immediately and was able to relocate the knee.
"Miss Karg, who was keen to continue her performance, sang from a seated position on stage. At the end of the performance Miss Karg received a wonderful reception from the audience, delighted that she had been able to continue her role."