‘Pale, male and stale’ – triple fear stalks the opera professionmain
From a Telegraph interview with the soprano Danielle DeNiese:
De Niese said she had heard ‘even wonderful, esteemed’ colleagues and friends worry that they ‘might not get a chance at a job because ‘I’m pale, male and stale’’.
The singer added: ‘I had a conversation with an American artist who said: ‘If I was more ethnic I’d definitely be working more’. I was taken aback. They didn’t mean it to be judgemental at all. But it’s a natural thing for people to feel frightened that their opportunities will be taken away to afford opportunities for others.’
Read on here.