Dispelling the myth of the operatic prodigy

(K. Brent Tomer),

“AMERICA’S GOT TALENT” often fails to live up to its title. Yet this season—the 11th—has been notable for one singer, who is producing a sound usually heard from performers more than twice her age. Laura Bretan, a young teenager, has wowed viewers and judges alike by performing soulful renditions of such intricate and heavy opera pieces as “The Prayer” and Puccini’s “Nessun Dorma”. She has soared through the competition, and subsequently been dubbed an opera prodigy.

Ms Bretan is not the first prepubescent opera singer to take to the stage of a reality show. Jackie Evancho, then ten years old, took home second place during the fifth season of the same competition. But classical-music experts have started to speak out against such performances, arguing that they are little more than a superficial mimicry that can be dangerous for young singers. Samuel Ramey, an operatic bass-baritone, said that Ms Bretan had “no business” singing the aria. Glenn Winters, an operatic baritone, wrote on his blog that “musical compositions…Continue reading

via K. Brent Tomer CFTC Dispelling the myth of the operatic prodigy


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