How to announce an opera baby

How to announce an opera baby


norman lebrecht

October 31, 2020

The Irish-Canadian soprano Wallis Giunta has some news to share (via her NY publicist):


Well, hello…🤰 Alex (Banfield) and I are delighted to share that we’ll be bringing a wee soul into the world in 2021! It’s our blessing during an otherwise very challenging year – one of the main challenges being that we’re currently performing in different countries, and can’t visit each other due to quarantine rules. Otherwise he’d be reclining in this photo with me, of course! We’ll keep you posted on how things are coming along, but meanwhile I’ll be singing for a good while yet. 😉

Photo: Tim Dunk Photography
Jewellery: elassaad
Wardrobe: the pile of sheets in the corner of Tim’s studio 




  • Stweart says:

    Is this the first time that anyone has ever conceived then ?
    I thought It happened all the time.

  • HowardL says:

    How lovely! Seems to be all the rage right now, with opera singers out of work. Also, she is a mezzo.

  • Anon says:

    Congrats! I thought she was a mezzo…..

  • luciano tanto says:

    …bel canto.

  • caranome says:

    “… can’t visit each other due to quarantine rules.” Alex: are you sure it’s yours? 🙂

  • Ms.Melody says:

    Oh, how I long for the times when pregnancy was just a happy Family Affair! She is actually not a bad singer.
    is this display really necessary? Best wishes to her and the baby.

    • Philomena Phagotto says:

      Here’s hoping for another one when her navel pops out!

    • milla felogat says:

      as a pregnant dancer, i have to agree yes, this display is necessary, since the body is a thing of beauty and elegance. the belly is another part which women use as a display of elegance, thus this may have been nessecary

  • Alexander T says:

    And ??

  • Mossy Flood says:

    The Header should read ” Kiss my Arts”.

  • Kevin says:

    I am so, so sick of pregnant women shoving their big bare bellies in our faces, as if everyone is as endlessly fascinated with their enlarged anatomies as they are. Happy for your news and all that, but I don’t need to actually see physical proof of it. A verbal announcement will do. It doesn’t look as great as you think it does.

    • Molly says:

      I’m so sick of men thinking that anyone wants or needs their comments on women’s bodies.

      This photo is stunning, and I’m glad I saw it. Keep your comments to yourself, Kevin

    • jennifer says:

      this picture warmed my heart to see, it’s not a problem for women to think they need to share to the world. even if you think the belly is a part that needs to be hidden, you should only state what you think is correct to those who believe you

  • Liz Fields says:

    Omg I LOVE THIS!!! It’s so affirming when women lean into how they *physically look* during pregnancy. Especially in a career where people try not to be super public about it. This should be the norm, not the exception!! More pregnant opera poses, please.

    • jennifer says:

      i think you are correct: this is a pose of beauty and elegance, just like the belly of any woman, like me for example, i am a woman and my friends and i strike poses with our bellies out as well