...the real emphasis I meant to convey, is that Hollywood unibody standards are bad for Hollywood, let alone for an art form where one needs a strong and robust body to perform well and survive. It's true that healthy, active, beautiful people come in many shapes and sizes. Hollywood standards of beauty--which don't seem to recognize body diversity--can't be the primary decision point when casting opera singers. I did not mean to suggest, as you seem to have interpreted, that morbid obesity--or obesity of any sort--should be disregarded in all cases when casting.
There is a completely valid argument that in today's increasingly competitive world, one should seek to eliminate any possible reason for being excluded or disqualified. I know that abs and bulges sell tickets. I just think it's ridiculous to expect opera singers to look like underwear models when their bodies are not what they are selling. Let's not forget how often pundits publicly query whether male singers with great bodies were cast for their bodies or their operatic talents.
You repeat ad nauseam that opera is theater. But that does not mean opera is a Hollywood movie or a Victoria's Secret print ad.
Saturday, May 24, 2014
Further to the question of opera singers and weight
This is a reply I made to a Facebook commenter on my link to the previous post. (Why people choose to comment on Facebook rather than here--and not even to the Taminophile page, but rather to my personal page--is beyond me.)
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