A soprano shames her xenophobic reviewerNews
The soprano Julia Sitkovetsky took exception to a Telegraph review of her Elgar recording this weekend.
She wrote to the newspaper:
While I appreciate the very positive response to my singing and the album in general, it was not necessary to mention my ‘exotic heritage’. My first language is English. I was born and raised in London. It comes off as condescending and xenophobic.
The Telegraph has now issued an apology and amended the review online.
The original review stated: ‘Should anyone suspect that her exotic heritage influences her diction in singing this intensely English repertoire; it doesn’t.’
The writer is Simon Heffer.