It's no longer the fat lady singing...

Appearance verses voice in the world of opera. The Independent weighs in on the topic with an article about the recent trend of opera to go with more svelte singers.

Their list includes the slender Marina Poplavskaya,
the sultry Danielle de Niese,
the hunky Jonas Kaufmann,
the seductive Anna Netrebko,
and the sexy Erwin Schrott. Fortunately these vocalists are not just eye candy, but they can also hit the back of the house. As a theatre goer, I’m glad to see the visual part of the role is being considered and yet concern for the music is also still a strong consideration. The look of opera is changing, but the music is still important.

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