just a sprain and that she had been standing on a broken leg. There were plaudits for tenor Juan Diego Florez, playing Figaro, who held on to Joyce to help relieve the pressure on her leg. A Royal Opera House spokes- woman said tonights show will be the first time a performer has taken to the stage in Covent Garden in a wheelchair. Joyce defended the inclusion of the unusual prop on her web blog, saying: There is no rule that says Rosina might not have been suf- fering from a broken ankle, right? It could happen! The diva added that Saturdays show had been one of her very finest operatic experiences. AN OpeRA diva has taken the old adage break a leg literally -- and will go on stage at Londons Royal Opera House tonight with her right leg in plaster. American Joyce DiDonato will perform Rossinis The Barber Of Seville in a wheelchair after the acci- dent in Saturdays show. The singer broke her calf bone when she slipped and fell off the stage moments after completing Rosinas solo early in Act I. But she ignored the pain and hauled herself back on stage to ensure the show went on. At the interval the audience was told she had sprained her ankle and she finished the three-hour perform- ance with a walking stick. But it was not until Joyce was taken to hospital after the final curtain that she learned it wasnt London Lite Tuesday, 7 July 2009 11 singer will take to the stage tonight in a wheelchair show goes on as royal opera diva Does break a legby mark blunden Well-cast: diva Joyce DiDonato in hospital after breaking her leg in a fall Inbrief thecoupleswho turn into fatties GettinG married or moving in together can make you fat, according to research. Couples are twice as likely to become obese if they live together. the study, published next month in the journal Obesity, also showed the risk of weight gain rises the longer people live together. surge in laser attacks on jets AiRLine pilots have reported a big increase in the number of incidents where laser beams fired into their cockpits are endangering lives. the British Airline Pilots Association warned that unless the culprits are stopped it is only a matter of time before a pilot is blinded with horrific consequences. third swine flu death in london An 80-year-old north London man with underlying health problems is the third to die of swine flu in the capital, it emerged today. the news comes just two days after a nine- year-old girl from south London died at St thomas from the virus, and less than a week after the death of a man, 19, from Lewisham. Stars: Joyce and Alessandro Corbelli H index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html