Scandalously weak (and/or careless) opera singers…
by Christie Connolley
Speaking of scandal, do you remember what an uproar the director of the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, Antonio Pappano, caused earlier this year when he called the current generation of singers weak? Well to be fair he said it is either that or we all just don’t care….
“It happens more and more. There’s something about this generation of singers, that they are weaker in their bodies or don’t care. I don’t know what it is, but it’s something that is very, very frustrating for me personally.” He commented in the March 2013 interview with the Guardian. Pappano said the Spanish tenor Placido Domingo ”would have to be on his death bed” before he’d cancel.
The article goes on to say Pappano didn’t name names, but silently implicated Juan Diego Florez and Jennifer Rowley as the weak and/or careless parties.
What say you Operagasm readers? Do you feel this is a valid criticism of young singers today?