Antonio Pappano, the director of music at the Royal Opera House has commented that newer generations of oepra singers doesn’t have the mettle to deal with the demands of a career in opera.
“Singers don’t have to submit to exploitation. Karita Mattila doesn’t have a brand of perfume or a dessert named after her, or appear on talk shows, or sashay down red carpets; nor does she sing all that often, which is why she manages always to be superb. She, however, is the glorious exception. I can’t imagine many of her contemporaries calling music a holy art…..They are tempted to see it as a fast track to wealth and celebrity, and the falsity of their values is becoming clearer all the time”, says writer and critic Peter Conrad in The Guardian.
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