We watched a documentary about the down to earth English singer Kathleen Ferrier (1912-53) who died of cancer. She was stoical beyond belief and during one of her final opera performances managed to signal to the others on stage that she was unable to move and that they would have to work around her. Her femur had disintegrated but she carried through the rest of the performance.

Her comment to the conductor Bruno Walter the last time they performed together was to ask him if she’d done ‘all right’.

‘“Was I all right, love?” … The look on Walter’s face was utterly beautiful, he had no words.’

Source: documentary about Kathleen Ferrier.

Photo credit: Antoine Beauvillain, stocksnap.io


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