Re: continuing coverage of Roman opera acid reflux. The Guardian picks up the story:
Exponents of bel canto tend to obesity? I didn't know. Let's check the veracity of the proposition. Bel canto = obese; Netrebko = thin; therefore, Netrebko ≠ bel canto. Check.Opera singing may be a glamorous occupation, but it brings with it some unglamorous hazards.
It has long been obvious that exponents of bel canto have a tendency to obesity. But now, thanks to researchers at the Catholic University in Rome, we know they are also unusually prone to "wet burping".
Corollary: If/when Netrebko finally gets bel canto, she'll be obese. But she risks losing future Met contracts. Therefore: status quo. Darn.
Now, it's your turn. Try it with Dessay, see what you get.