Lookism? Again?

Yet another rehash of the great voice vs. waistline debate, this time in the Chicago Daily Herald. Nicole Cabell laments the scarcity of European gyms, while “hunken-tenor” Joseph Kaiser plants his feet firmly on both sides of the fence by declaring, “Essentially if you can be healthy about being healthy, that’s the balance to find because there’s a lot of unhealthy ways to be ‘healthy.'”

Usual suspects Deborah Voigt and Nathan Gunn offer no comment, but “bari-hunk” Mariusz Kwiecien is willing go on the record that he is “not an extremely good looking guy.” (Obviously he didn’t take a good look at this photo accompanying the article!)

Is anyone surprised to hear that the most sensible one of the bunch is the mezzo? “There is no denying the influence of the mass media culture of today on opera, but I think it’s naïve to think that the idea of ‘glamour’ is nothing new to opera,” says Joyce DiDonato. “Look at all the old diva photos from the 1920s and ’30s and you see many svelte, sexy ladies at the height of their powers.”

La Cieca herself couldn’t say it more eloquently, so she’ll turn the program over to radiant Rosa Ponselle. The diva is 39 here, just a year before her retirement from the Met:

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