Comments: In the Eye of the Beholder, After All

Re your last point, I take it you're unfamiliar with the recent hubbub in the opera world about Covent Garden firing famed soprano Deborah Voigt from a run of "Ariadne auf Naxos" (one of her signature roles) *because she wouldn't fit into the dress the director had decided on for the leading lady's costume.* They filled the role with a woman of lesser voice because of Voigt's zaftig dimensions--and this in an art form where the sole consideration for the leading lady has traditionally been the notes coming out of her throat. I've seen Voigt perform; if I were a Covent Garden ticket holder I'd be furious.

For your perusal:

Posted by Kerry at May 27, 2004 05:45 PM

Regarding contemporary art...
In my never-ending quest to find a decent job, I applied at a modern and contemporary art museum affiliated with the Smithsonian. One of the questions on the application packet was "Describe your view of modern and contemporary art."

Well. I couldn't exactly write that modern art makes me want to slit my wrists... That surrealism is the equivalent of a thousand night terrors. I ended up writing a very tactful sentence about realism and the Art Deco movement. It was challenging indeed. I hope I get the job.

Posted by Allison at May 28, 2004 04:00 PM


I'm not too familiar with opera, but I must say that is an appalling story. However, if opera fans have the same general reaction as you did to the news, then I would argue it proves my point: fans care deeply about the quality of the music, not the looks of the people performing it.

As for the director, though, I am mystified as to what the person was thinking.



You COULD have written that, but it would have undoubtedly made for an awkward interview! Also, best of luck with the job search -- I hope that goes very well for you.

Posted by Benjamin Kepple at May 28, 2004 07:41 PM