The above headline in Le Monde is causing lots of waves.
The article is a song of praise for directors and casting chiefs at Nancy and Bordeaux, who have kept their audiences happy by spotting big voices when they were young and cheap. Bordeaux tapped Nina Stemme long before she caught the eye of Bayreuth. The top fee at Bordeaux is 10,000 Euros, but it is paid only once or twice per season. For the rest, these opera houses are on the hunt.
There’s not much content in the article, but the headline nails a prevalent phenomenon.
The tenor Reinaldo Macias has responded online:
‘Opera singers are also looking!!! We’re looking for competent theater directors at affordable prices!!! It’s time to stop using singers as the scapegoats for the current crisis created by the mismanagement of theater directors. Production and management costs have skyrocketed while soloists face ever increasing costs and significantly lower fees. In the arts we face the equivalent of the banking crisis and the blame can be placed directly on the shoulders of theater directors first and foremost.’
h/t: Peter Lodahl