Opera singer killed in car crash

Glyndebourne Opera's baritone Robert Poulton has died in a car crash. Photo: Athole Still Opera

The Theatre Royal in Norwich has cancelled its performance by Glyndebourne Opera of Dvorak’s Rusalka, after baritone Robert Poulton died in a car accident on Tuesday night.

Mr Poulton was due to be singing the role of Gamekeeper as part of Glyndebourne's 2012 visit to Norwich Theatre Royal. The theatre has cancelled tonight's show as a mark of respect to Robert, his family and colleagues.

"The news of Robert’s death is devastating for his family – and for all of us at Glyndebourne who have so valued him over many years. It is testament to Robert’s generous character and amazing musicianship that he had such a distinguished operatic career, not just at Glyndebourne but also at many of the leading international houses. Our thoughts at this time are with Robert’s family, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy."

– DAVID PICKARD, GLYNDEBOURNE GENERAL DIRECTOR

"Robert will be greatly missed by his friends, family and the entire opera community. He was an exceptional artist, but more than that, truly a wonderful person and a joy to work with every day; we were honored to represent him. His immense contribution to the opera world will not be forgotten. We extend our sincerest condolences to his wife and children."

– Statement from Athole Still Opera

All ticket holders will be fully refunded by cheque within the next week, and the Theatre Royal is in the process of contacting all bookers for Wednesday night’s performance to inform them of the cancellation. Friday’s performance of Rusalka is scheduled to go ahead.