You know the old saying, “It ain’t over till the fat lady sings.” This allusion to the overweight soprano in golden braids, breastplate and horned helmet—who incidentally only appears in the final minutes of Wagner’s Die Walkyrie—may have been the norm for generations past, but a trip to the opera today reveals that the stars of today are anything but fat.
Florida Grand Opera’s Justin Moss was recently featured in the Huffington Post with “Opera’s Sexiest Singers,” a selection of some of the hottest—and most beautiful—performers to hit the stage.
“The stereotype of the over nourished opera singer reflected the reality of what past generations of opera-goers had been accustomed to seeing on the stage. Countless reasons for this phenomenon were offered up, but the most popular seemed to be that large girth is necessary for producing big sound,” Moss wrote.
He continues, “Current audiences have come to expect much of our opera singers. Vocal standards are higher than ever, and while delivering the most demanding music, singers must engage in swordplay, physical assaults, and other challenging stage direction. Today, in order to get through a complete opera, especially in a lead role, singers must be as fit physically as they must be vocally.”
Moss’s picks include tattooed New Zealander Teddy Tahu Rhodes, who is also affectionately known as “the singing surfer,” and Dmitri Hvorostovsky, the Russian “silver fox” of opera.
Three hunks who have graced the Arsht Center stage are Erwin Schrott (Don Giovanni, 2011), Sebastien Gueze (Romeo et Juliette, 2012) and Michael Fabiano (Rigoletto, 2012), whose washboard abs were visible from the furthest corners of the balcony.
Among the women to make the cut: Australian lyric soprano Danielle de Niese, 2005 BBC Singer of the World winner Nicole Cabell and Romanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu.
For the entire list, go to www.HuffingtonPost.com.