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Joyce DiDonato Dedicates Santa Fe Opera's Rossini to Gay Suicide Victim Carlos Vigil

By Logan K. Young l.young@classicalite.com on Jul 18, 2013 05:04 PM EDT

Classicalite has remarked several times over on how American mezzo soprano Joyce DiDonato is the epitome of class and grace.

We now quote DiDonato's Facebook post from Wednesday afternoon, in which she dedicates her title role performance of Elena in that evening's Santa Fe Opera production of Rossini's La donna del lago to one Carlos Vigil:

"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."

On Saturday, after posting a heart-breaking tweet describing the bullying he had endured, 17-year-old Carlos Vigil attempted suicide:

Vigil's family removed their son from life support earlier this week, and the young, confused man was pronounced dead at 1:47 a.m. Tuesday morning.

On Tuesday afternoon, Carol Vigil's family tweeted that their son's kidneys had been received successfully:

And that news prompted Joyce DiDonato, a pillar of poise, to tweet thusly:

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