“Stars of the opera world react angrily to a series of reviews criticising the weight of Glyndebourne singer Tara Erraught.
The Irish-born mezzo soprano was called “stocky” and “dumpy” by critics, all of them male, after her debut as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier this weekend. Writing in the Financial Times, Andrew Clark referred to the singer as “a chubby bundle of puppy-fat”.
“Clearly overt sexism is still rife,” said opera singer Jennifer Johnston.
“Have we arrived at a point where opera is no longer about singing but about the physiques and looks of the singers, specifically the female singers?” she wrote in an opinion column for the Guardian.”
An example of this frequently mean-spirited and unnecessarily opinionated critic having gone much too far. One thing is certain: the costume does the singer no favours.
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