Uhm, no.

Do you think that speculating headline is going to help matters by further sensationalizing the story, Forumopera? (I had originally linked to it. Then I kicked out the link again because that kind of thing should not garner clicks)

Also, why does the (male) author assume that a pregnant singer as Poppea invites speculation about the following three outcomes:

a) Zurich opera having ‘problems’ with it (WHY?),

b) the director being limited in his work by it and putting Poppea seated in a lounge chair for the entire evening (an insult to both Fuchs and Bieito, if you ask me),

c) the other leads being ‘burdenend with having to be extra considerable of a prengnant colleague (‘picking up the slack’ is not mentioned, but doesn’t seen far from the argument)’


This is a disservice to the cause. And also a disgrace.

Firstly, it is up to the production team to determine whether they want to address the pregnance in the staging (which, for Poppea, would be an intriguing angle), and if not, well, then there is the wardrobe department and a troupe of, you know, professional singers who do this kind of thing for a living and who certainly have sung successful shows under physical conditions far more limiting than a pregnancy.

A pregnancy is *not* an illness, and this hypothesing stub does nothing but reinforce that stereotype. Grr argh.


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  1. you’d think no singer has ever been part of a staged production whilst pregnant! The author seems to be stirring… stuff up. Preemptive outrage. Though if I were Bieito I’d feel a bit past it when one of the singers’ preganancy starts to upstage outrage at my work 😉

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    1. for Poppea, would be an intriguing angle)

      it would make her interaction with Ottone that more interesting… generally speaking, I’m all for preganant Poppea. Hell, I’d even go for a preganant Violetta or Mimi, to further milk the melodrama 😀

      maybe we should start a thread: which characters would work very well as pregnant? Here was an opportunity for the author to allude to the debacle and make something interesting out of it.

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      1. I think pregnancy would work for the majority of characters in some way. Though I think in many cases it would all come down to “who’s the father?”, could turn out a bit cheap as well, but a smart staging could certainly work around that.

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        1. cheap would fit quite a lot of opera plots 😉 an implied “who’s the father” would just make our lives that more interesting when writing/talking about it 😉


          1. “cheap would fit quite a lot of opera plots”, haha, right you are! And sometimes the best approach for a staging seems to be to just go with the cheapness instead of trying to turn it into something bigger.

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            1. It is d’Oustrac in Zurich – I would trust her Ottavia if she made the claim.

              (Like Gabrielle when Xena inexplicably was pregnant and Ares asked about the father)

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    2. Hehee.
      But yes, People sing through sinusitis, broken legs and endometriosis. And tons of jetlag. I don’t get why pregnancies are made out to be a problem.


  2. Wow, this is pretty bad, and right, this stupid article should hopefully not stir much interest.
    Btw. after seeing the Hamburg production I get why the pregnancy could not well worked into the story there, since the concept was that characters were shown in different stages of their lifes. But it would have been so easy to just not address the pregnancy (or cover it up if they must). It’s a show, people are aware that things are not real and should be able to deal with deviations from the (supposed) “original idea” of a character. Same issue as with trouser roles vs. CTs or singers not corresponding to the supposed age of the character. But it seems to be a trend to try to show things in a sort of pseudo-real movie style?

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    1. Yeah, exactly.
      Do we complain when Rhadames is not T1, Isolde is not actually a 17-year-old redhead (and a princess), or Werther does not truly shot himself, no matter how much we might be in favor of that outcome?!

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  3. Poking the story with a stick in hope of getting more excitement out of it. May the writer go the way of others who’ve tried that:


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