Posted on 31st October 2012
It is with deep regret that Glyndebourne informs you that Robert Poulton was tragically killed in a car accident on Tuesday 30 October 2012.
Robert had been a very valued part of the Glyndebourne family for many years. He started his professional career in the Glyndebourne Chorus and as part of this distinguished career had performed central roles both in the Festival and Tour. He will be enormously missed by everyone in the company.
David Pickard, 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.”
Robert was singing the role of Gamekeeper in Rusalka as part of Glyndebourne’s 2012 Tour. As a mark of respect to Robert, his family and colleagues, the performance on 31 October at Norwich Theatre Royal was cancelled.