It’s Not Over Till The Thin Lady Sings

By Madison Schindele

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Cartoon by Nick Galifianakis for The Washington Post, January 3, 2016 

“You are too thin to be an opera singer,” older ladies from my church squawked at me when I was young. Looking at my petite, 5’2” stature, it was no surprise that I wasn’t automatically compared to the stereotypical Rubenesque soprano, complete with breastplate, spear, and horns. However this image, although well known, is now false advertising. The opera world’s body images now conform to that of the dance, musical theater, and film industries.

The curtain is opening on a new era where a singer must not only sing the part, but look it as well. Continue reading “It’s Not Over Till The Thin Lady Sings”