The Endurance Test of Opera Performance

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The long-running joke about opera is that a performance is not over until the fat lady sings. But a growing number of young opera singers are bucking that stereotype and are focusing on mental and physical fitness and endurance in order to excel at their jobs.

Singing after all, is as much an endurance test as it is art form. This week, Marilyn Horne talks about all the things singers do to stay on top of their game, mentally, physically and otherwise.

And opera fans explain how they prepare for the marathon endeavor of sitting through a five-and-a-half opera.

Plus, James Jorden, editor of Parterre Box, reports on operatic doctors who aren’t quite up to the task.


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