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WSJ: Singing a song for epilepsy

Kitt Reuter-Foss rehearses for a benefit concert held earlier this month at First United Methodist Church. The mezzo-soprano retired from her opera performance career in 2008 but has continued to teach since being diagnosed with epilepsy. (Photo by JOHN HART, Wis. State Journal)

Gayle Worland profiles epilepsy advocate Kitt Foss in the Wisconsin State Journal:

She wasn’t on stage or on the road when the first one happened. Kitt Reuter-Foss, one of the Madison area’s most distinguished stars of the musical stage, was at home in Verona on a break between shows when she suffered a grand mal seizure and her life took a sudden and unexplained turn.

It was 2005. Soon she was diagnosed with epilepsy, and by 2008 Reuter-Foss, a longtime mezzo-soprano for the famed Metropolitan Opera in New York City, decided to quit doing opera on the road.

“It was too… Not dangerous, I would say. But — I couldn’t be in rehearsal and have a seizure,” she recalled.

Kitt shared her story, and her talent, at the 2015 Lily’s Luau. Read the whole story here.


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