Glyndebourne singer dies in car crash

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The opera singer Robert Poulton has been killed in a car crash in Sussex on October 30.

He had been due to perform in Glyndebourne Opera’s touring production of Rusalka at the Theatre Royal, Norwich last night. The performance was cancelled was a mark of respect.

A graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio, the 51-year-old baritone made his professional debut in a BBC television production of Benjamin Britten’s Curlew River. He spent much of his early career at Glyndebourne and regularly sang with the leading British and international opera companies, most recently in an ENO/Opera Holland Park production of La Traviata, in Tosca with Scottish Opera and at the Royal Albert Hall in Aida.

In a statement on Glyndebourne Opera’s website, general director David Pickard paid tribute to Poulton as “a very valued part of the Glyndebourne family”. He added: “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”.

The singer’s management, Athole Still Opera, said: “He was an exceptional artist, but more than that, truly a wonderful person and a joy to work with every day; we were honored to represent him. His immense contribution to the opera world will not be forgotten”.

A full obituary will appear in a future edition of The Stage.