John M. Becker

Opera Star Dedicates Performance to Gay Bullying Victim

Filed By John M. Becker | July 17, 2013 5:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: anti-LGBT bullying, bullying, bullying related suicides, Joyce DiDonato, opera, suicide, teen suicide

didonato.jpgInternational opera superstar Joyce DiDonato (profiled here on Bilerico; see #4) announced today that she is dedicating her performance tonight in Rossini's La donna del lago to the memory of gay New Mexico teen bullying victim Carlos Vigil and his family.

Vigil, 17, attempted suicide on Saturday after posting a heartbreaking note online in which he described being a target of bullying. His family later removed Carlos from life support, and he died yesterday.

In a message published this afternoon on Facebook, DiDonato -- an outspoken supporter of LGBT equality -- writes:

Tonight I would like to dedicate my performance of La Donna del Lago to the memory of Carlos Vigil ~ a New Mexican teen who committed suicide after being mercilessly bullied throughout school. His suicide note is beyond tragic.

But I would also like to dedicate it to every single child who bullied him along the way, and those who stood by silently as well ~ may they witness the great loss of a precious human life and experience a RADICAL change of heart, working to obliterate bullying and discrimination for the rest of their days.

Rest in peace, Carlos.

DiDonato, an American mezzo-soprano, performs the title role of Elena this evening with the Santa Fe Opera.

Brava, diva.

Publicity photo of Joyce DiDonato courtesy of Gramophone © Larry Ford

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