BBC Radio’s flagship Today programme committed a howler this morning by referring to Russell Watson, a stadium belter, as ‘an opera singer’. Listeners phoned and mailed in to say that this was unacceptable. An opera singer is one who sings whole operas, not isolated arias. The presenter at fault apologised to some complainants. But that was not enough.
Tomorrow, in the coveted political slot between 8.10 and 8.20, the Today programme will ask Joyce DiDonato to explain to the world what a real opera singer is and does. Nobody can do it better, or more sweetly. Diva Joyce will put them right.