03 September 2007

Between the lines

Still, (Susan Graham) takes a dim view of the accusation (recently made by the tenor Endrik Wottrich) that singers are being forced into dependence on alcohol, steroids and beta blockers by overweening agents and overpowerful impresarios. “Nobody’s forced into anything,” she snorts, “it’s just that the demands are very high. I think I read recently that there’s already somebody on tap as ‘the new Anna Netrebko’ – Anna’s in her thirties, for God’s sake, we don’t need a new one. It’s ridiculous the kind of pop icons that marketing and record companies want to create.”
Left jab! Right hook! Knockout!