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Do opera singers need to look like models?

What is it that we want? Beautiful and unique voices and physiques, or generic sound packed in a model-body?

There is mounting pressure on casting directors to employ young, camera-flattering singers and reject non-standard sizes and unusual features. This is especially true for female singers. People find barrel-chested tenors endearing, but are quick to label woman performers as “chubby” and much worse…

Deborah Voigt speaks about this issue in her recently published memoirs “Call me Debbie. True Confessions of a Down-to-Earth Diva” and many opera lovers are raising concern about this problem.

November 29, 2015