Bringing you the Best of 2013!
by Terrence von Bülow
I recently visited (as an audience member) a prominent summer vocal arts festival (which shall remain nameless, because these bitches were somewhere else last summer and they will be somewhere else next summer, it is less about the festival and more about the culture we have created as singers).
As one of only a handful of patrons under the age of eighty-two years old, paired with my luxurious Prada shoes, and my barrel-chested resonant speaking voice, it was clear to all that I also happened to be an opera singer which garnered me the dirtiest of looks from nearly every member of the program that I encountered while enjoying an after show drink with friends at a nearby haunt. (With the exception of one coloratura soprano, bless her heart, all those fast, high notes shook her brain and she just didn’t realize she was supposed to treat me like she was cross examining a hostile witness on Law & Order SVU….)
How hard is this business people? Seriously….. why do we have to make it even more difficult by treating each other like we are on the set of Mean Girls? (Oooooooo….. tangent – Mean Girls – The Opera – I envision a showdown between Anna Netrebko and Angela Gheorghiu – someone call Tina Fey and let’s make this happen).
Why all the dirty looks, the eye rolls, the sneers, the hushed whispers whilst throwing virtual daggers across the room? Can we not introduce ourselves, shake hands, and make small talk like we are grown up professionals at an insurance convention? Imagine all we could learn from each other if we could drop the insecurity-ridden facade and reach out to our fellow musicians?