Who, nowadays, gets fired for being too fat to fit into a little black cocktail
Opera singer Deborah Voigt, that's who.
The Royal Opera House in London confirmed that it recently canceled a performance
by the American soprano Deborah Voigt because of her weight, according to the
The AP reports that Voigt had been scheduled to play the lead in a summer production
of Richard Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos, but casting director Peter Katona
had selected a black evening dress for the part and believed Voigt would not
look right in it.
"Normally Ariadne is presented on a stylized Greek island with the singers
wearing toga-type clothes, but we wanted to present it in an elegant, modern
evening dress," Katona was quoted as telling The Sunday Telegraph newspaper
"I have big hips, and Covent Garden has a problem with them," she
was quoted as saying. "Or at least their casting director, Peter Katona,
has the problem, and he's made it clear that I won't be singing in his house
as long as he's around. Which is sad."
Katona said: "In making these kinds of decisions, it is not just a question
of how someone looks; it is also how they move on stage," the Telegraph
Voigt claims she was under contract for the performance; Katona maintained
in an interview that there was no contract.
The Associated Press