Glyndebourne has called off tonight’s performance of Dvorak’s Rusalka in Norwich after the death of Robert Poulton in a car accident last night.
Robert had been a stalwart of the leading UK companies – especially Glyndebourne, where he started in the chorus – throughout his career. He also appeared at Netherlands Opera‚ Opera Zuid‚ Gran Teatre del Liceu inPamplona and Valladolid, De Vlaamse, Adelaide Festival, Salzburger Landestheater, Nantes‚ Bremen‚ Copenhagen and Cologne.
He had been singing the role of Gamekeeper in Rusalka in the current Glyndebourne tour.
David Pickard, Glyndebourne’s General Director said: ‘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.’
Here is a sample of his work: