Glyndebourne opera singer Ana Maria Martinez injured in pit fall

A Puerto Rican opera singer has been taken to hospital after she fell into the orchestra pit during a performance of Rusalka.

Award-winning singer Ana Maria Martinez was performing in the opera’s lead role at the Glyndebourne Festival this weekend when she had the accident.

It is not yet clear whether Martinez’s injuries were sufficient for her to make an injury compensation claim, but the star is said to have been left bruised by the incident.

The incident caused the opera to be delayed by ten minutes before the end of Act One, despite the singer expressing a desire to continue with her performance.

First Nymph Natasha Jouhl continued in the role as understudy until the arrival of her official understudy Natalya Romaniw, the Glyndebourne Festival said in a statement.

Speaking to the BBC following the event, Romaniw described her experience of being thrown into the limelight following the accident.

"It was one of those surreal moments when you don’t think it is going to be happening," she said.

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