“Though I Do Regret That […] There’ll Be a Picture of The Little Black Dress With My Face Next To It”. The Bodies of Deborah Voigt and Tara Erraught in Relation to a Myth of Maria Callas and a Contemporary Discussion on Fatshaming in the World of
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„A jednak żałuję, że […] moją twarz wydrukują obok zdjęcia małej czarnej” Ciało Deborah Voigt i Tary Erraught wobec mitu Callas i współczesnej debaty o zjawisku fat-shamingu w operze
“Though I Do Regret That […] There’ll Be a Picture of The Little Black Dress With My Face Next To It”. The Bodies of Deborah Voigt and Tara Erraught in Relation to a Myth of Maria Callas and a Contemporary Discussion on Fatshaming in the World of Ope

Author(s): Pola Sobaś-Mikołajczyk
Subject(s): Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts, Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Music, Sociology of Art
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Summary/Abstract: The author takes issue with Luciano Pavarotti’s thesis that the world of opera was free of weightism. To proof her point she discusses a parallel between the scandal that erupted in 2004 when Peter Mario Katona fired Deborah Voigh from the production of Ariadne auf Naxos in Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and the debate which aroused in 2014 after the publication of five reviews focused on the figure of Tara Erraught performing in Der Rosenkavalier. As the author compares the reception of these two events, she tracks prejudices against fat (or only considered as such) singers and analyzes the arguments used by their critics applying the method developed by Abigail C. Saguy. Voigh’s critics primarily used arguments from “beauty frame”, Katona appealed to the “immorality frame” andVoigh defended herself with a “medical frame”. However ten years later an interesting shift has emerged: the debate on Tara Erraught performance was put in the “fat rights frame”, what may lead to the fulfillment of Pavarotti’s optimistic vision.

  • Page Range: 86-98
  • Page Count: 13
  • Publication Year: 2017
  • Language: Polish