Last Saturday American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato fell during a performance of Rossini’s Barber of Seville and broke her leg. The singer described the event on her blog and posted a picture of herself with her new cast. In the grand tradition of the stage she finished the performance and is singing subsequent shows from a wheel chair.

DiDonato broken leg

The injured bone was initially identified as her right “fibia”. This is a conflation of the two bones in the leg – the fibula and the tibia.

leg bones

The affected bone was subsequently identified as the fibula. I suppose this is the only web site interested in opera that would care about the names of the bones in the leg. Regardless, I hope Ms DiDonato makes a speedy recovery.

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