A mezzo sings out after working 11-hour day on the NHS

A mezzo sings out after working 11-hour day on the NHS


norman lebrecht

June 26, 2020

The German artists agent Helmut Fischer tells us:

My fantastic 26 year-old mezzo BETH TAYLOR, instead of singing title and lead roles at Oper Frankfurt & Erl (Bianca e Falliero), Dijon and Nancy (Bradamante), Helsinki and Beaune, has been working as cleaner in a Glasgow hospital since March, 55 hours per week.

I hope she’ll make her Deutsche Oper Berlin debut (La Gioconda) and La Monnaie Brussels (Quickly in Falstaff) this fall.




  • A.L. says:

    No doubt “fantastic” will make a better living as hospital cleaner, what with few scraps remaining of opera world.

    • V.Lind says:

      You have some objection to hospital cleaners who work 55 hours a week making less than singers?

      • V.Lind says:

        That of course should have read “more than.”

      • CLR says:

        Singers work their entire lives to attempt to perfect their craft. They make great personal and financial sacrifice to follow their dreams and goals. While I in no way, now more than ever, wish to belittle the hard work of hospital workers one must understand that most working opera singers are all too aware of what a 55 hour work week feels like. I’ll not bother going into the financial issues of a singing career. Respect to all for their good and hard work!

  • Lucifer says:

    Desperate times call for desperate measures. I would be mortified if my agent publicised I was now working and singing in hospitals. Career bloody suicide – one has to look after one’s voice and body not go closer to the pandemic. Hardly news