Question of the Week
by Melissa Wimbish
Natalie Dessay announced not too long ago that she would be bowing out of the opera world and focusing her efforts on straight theater. Our dearest diva, Renée Fleming is also doing her stage actress thang in Joe DiPietro’s play “Living on Love” which opened on July 16 at the Williamstown Theater Festival.
Turns out, many opera singers have transitioned to non-singing roles and in some cases, the silver screen as a way of sharing their talents. Read more about those show-offs here.
My question: Why don’t more singers flex their chops on the other fine stages of the performance world? Do we fear that we’re not strong enough actors? Is it out of the question to want an EGOT? (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony — yeah I had no idea this existed… lots of work to do!)