The soaring mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato was turned down at twelve opera house auditions in quick succession. How did you cope? I asked. Her reply is one of the most balanced and rational self-assessments I have ever heard from anyone in creative life.
You can catch it tonight on The Lebrecht Interview, at 9.45pm on BBC Radio 3, and streamed online all week long.
There’s more about Joyce in an op-ed I wrote this weekend for the Sunday Telegraph on shaming miscreant classical stars.