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Subject: Donna Elvira in real life?
From: janosG <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Sat, 16 Aug 2008 08:47:36 -0700

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Opera's 'abyss of mediocrity'

By Robin Usher / The Age
August 16, 2008
A REBEL opera singer is meeting the board of Opera Australia next week 
in Sydney to discuss her allegations the company is sliding into "an 
abyss of mediocrity" under the direction of English music director 
Richard Hickox.

Mezzo-soprano Fiona Janes, last seen in Melbourne as Donna Elvira in Don 
Giovanni in November, has distributed an email of her complaints, 
including allegations the company misuses young singers by putting them 
in roles too big for them, and is neglecting singers aged over 40, 
especially women.

She accuses Hickox of long absences overseas and of hiring second and 
third-rate overseas singers, leading to a decline in standards.

But the charges have been rejected by Opera Australia's chief executive, 
Adrian Collette, who calls them wild and unsubstantiated. "It is not the 
first time a disaffected artist has gone public about a company," he 
said yesterday. <snip>

Janos Gereben 
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