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Tara Erraught's U.S. Debut

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Rossini, La Cenerentola, C. Bartoli, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, R. Chailly
(Decca, 1993)
Charles T. Downey, D.C. Cenerentola Weighs In With Splendid Singing
Classical Voice North America, May 13
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A decade after Deborah Voigt lost a role because of how she would look in a revealing black dress, have popular culture’s obsessions with youth and body image become the norm in the world of opera? The reaction of British critics to Tara Erraught’s performance a year ago, as Octavian in the Glyndebourne Festival’s production of Der Rosenkavalier, struck a chord around the world as taking the trend a step too far. The Irish-born mezzo-soprano’s American stage debut, in the second cast of Washington National Opera’s production of Rossini’s La Cenerentola on May 11, offered the chance to hear — and see — her for ourselves.

The fat-shaming critics, all men, were uncomfortably ad hominem — or ad mulierem — in their assessment of Erraught’s body...
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Rossini, La Cenerentola
Washington National Opera
Kennedy Center Opera House

Robert R. Reilly, Second Opinion: 'Cenerentola' at WNO (Ionarts, May 13)


Anonymous said...

I realize you probably did not write the Classical Voice headline, but that is really rather cringe-worthy. I would hope they change it.

Charles T. Downey said...

You are right. On both counts.