At this morning’s season launch, Sir Antonio Pappano unleashed a diatribe at unreliable young singers who cancel at the slightest excuse.
Here’s what he had to say, recorded by a colleague:
‘It happens more and more. There’s something about this generation of singers, that they are weaker in their bodies or don’t care. I don’t know what it is, but it’s something that is very very frustrating for me personally.’
Hmmm…. Myself, I’m surprised at his outburst. I’ve never known a more dedicated generation of singers, nor one that has been put under such physical stress by stage directors, who should be called to account for many of the cancellations of which the music director complains.
Your views, please? Are young singers wussing out?