Neil Steinberg is four-times-a-week columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times. He’s been on the job for 18 years and has got the hang of it by now. His byline has made it into headlines.
So the Sun-Times splash Steinberg: Opera is fini if the fat lady keeps singing is not altogether out of character.
It tops a fairly bland interview with a soprano, Adina Aaron, who’s singing Bess at the Lyric.
But there’s one paragraph of Steinberg’s that is so wrong on so many levels that we had to bring it to your attention for discussion. Prepare the sickbags now.
As an opera goer, while I certainly appreciate a well-formed star and so understand Aaron’s point, my focus is on the music and the staging. I don’t consider the cast’s bulk when deciding what operas to attend.
Oh, ffff’s sake. Discuss.