The wheels of opera are not running smoothly at ENO. Alice Coote, due to debut as Carmen in just two weeks time, has been forced out of action with a nasty virus, caught according to Alice from an unspecified "singer who breathed on/kissed me".
Rehearsals are of course in disarray, but there's no indication yet as to whether Alice will be well enough to perform on the first night, 29 September.
In what must be an opera first, Alice will be graciously allowing her doctor's visit and treatment to be filmed for display on ENO's Carmen mini-site (which is well worth a look anyway, with videos and commentary on all aspects of the production).
Get well soon Alice!