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Anger in opera world at 'cruel' criticism of female soprano star's appearance

 今年のグラインドボーン・オペラの幕開け舞台、リヒャルト・シュトラウスの「薔薇の騎士」で、その薔薇の騎士役に抜擢された若いアイルランド人のメゾ・ソプラノ歌手、Tara Erraughtの体型をイギリスの主要新聞の「男性」オペラ・批評家がそろってこき下ろし、彼女の素晴らしい歌唱については全くふれていないということで、女性歌手だけでなくオペラファンからも非難ごうごう。

The opera world has reacted with anger to the disparaging remarks made by several critics about the appearance of the female soprano star of this year's Glyndebourne festival opera, Der Rosenkavalier.

Irish mezzo soprano Tara Erraught, who is the principal soloist in the Bavarian State opera ensemble, made her UK stage debut at the 80th anniversary season of the opera festival on Saturday, playing Octavian in Strauss's comic masquerade.

But praise of Erraught's performance was overshadowed by descriptions of the singer's weight by leading critics, who labelled her variously as "unbelievable, unsightly and unappealing", (The Times) "dumpy" (The Independent) and with an "intractable physique" (The Daily Telegraph).

Andrew Clark in the Financial Times added: "Tara Erraught's Octavian is a chubby bundle of puppy-fat." The Guardian described her as "stocky".

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