Journalism: Bryn Terfel cancelled his appearances as Wotan at the Royal Opera. Instead of just saying he was not prepared, he made up an excuse about his son's finger. Then his wife made certain comments to a London newspaper to the effect that a serious operatic career on Bryn's level was just too much work, the currently building sentiment among the star class. Why not just give pop concerts like Pavarotti? Bryn deserves some easy money, too.
Pavarotti's secondary career as a pop star was completely uninteresting to me. I managed to make my way through the first 3 tenors concert (when Pavarotti was 55) where he did a very respectable "Nessun Dorma", but that's it. We had the cream of Pavarotti in San Francisco--we didn't know how lucky we were.
So Bryn is going to abandon his serious career for pop. I'm not sure Anna Netrebko hasn't been trending in that direction. One of her concerts included an absolutely fabulous rendition of the quartet from Rigoletto, so one can't complain too much. The same concert included a pathetic "Casta diva." I suggest additional coaching.
He's supposed to be doing it to make his wife happy. If you're against this, you can respond by not going. And not buying the DVDs. For my money Bryn's not good enough for this. He has charisma to spare, but his tone is rather monotonous. He's not a once in a generation phenomenon like Pavarotti, but he might be able to pull it off. He could appear in concerts with Katherine Jenkins. "Katherine and Bryn." I agree with the person who said René Pape is the best in Bryn's Fach.
Bryn is 42. He is abandoning the prime of his career. Even if you think this is something he should be doing, the manner in which it was done is disgusting. It suggests cowardice. I suggest he present his first Wotan in some out of the way place like Seattle.
Elīna Garanča appears to have decided on a traditional operatic career. To quote the scarecrow, "People have been known to go both ways."
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