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Posted by on Sep 8, 2010 in The Voice Box | 0 comments

Question of the Week

Question of the Week

by Melissa Wimbish

What is the least gracious “winner’s reaction” you have ever witnessed?

Opera casting is pretty much the hot topic in the hallways for most singers right now whether we want to hear about it or not. This is the time of year in which many of us are seriously contemplating medical school, law school and other things that will rid us of the ugly side of the art which is our reality. No matter how used to losing you are, it pretty much always sucks. The typical advice: “make the best of it” or “turn this into an opportunity” or “this will only make you stronger” is certainly a positive outlook, but before you get there, it’s always a bit rewarding to bitch. Especially if your points are humorous and valid. Like this one:

If you can sing so well that you were cast in something fabulous, isn’t it time to retire the “Nanna nanna boo boo” song? Really. How about a polite smile? An inner shout? A gleeful text? All of these options are acceptable, but this:


…is just not. We are singing opera, not completing a decathlon. There is just no need for fist-clenching.


Okay, this is a bit more subdued, but still excessive for a crowd. We’re getting closer though. (Incidentally, Tiger, can you keep your mouth off of anything?)

twoods5Now, this is a real winner! Notice the sincere but not insane smile. Holding a trophy is somewhat unfair as it makes it easy to be more gracious since there is a humongous piece of metal to do the gloating for you…but it is a step in the right direction.

Tell us your most memorable encounters with “winner’s reaction” in the comment section below! And remember, we at Operagasm still love you… even if you were only cast as the tree or some other inanimate object.

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