Domingo on the problem with opera
Quoted in today's MusicalAmerica.com: Plácido Domingo, on BBC radio, about the problems of casting today in opera houses:
"There are many, many, many more theaters around the world, so the needs, the variety of repertoire is tremendous. The directors of the theaters, they don't care. They need an artist, and if one of the characters gets sick they just get another. Probably the voice is not for the piece but they have to do it."
This may well be true. But Domingo is also director of two companies himself. Are things done in a significantly different manner at the Washington National Opera and the Los Angeles Opera than elsewhere? Is he the exception in "caring" enough to change things - to step in, for example, when both his Hamlet and Ophelia drop out of a "Hamlet" production and suggest that the production be changed, suspended, canceled?
This quote seems slightly disingenuous, to say the least. Outrage is easy. Change is hard.
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