Operavore Preview: Matthew Epstein on Artist Cancellations

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Antonio Pappano, the music director of London’s Royal Opera House, has given a stinging critique of the "current generation" of stars who are prone to cancellations.

Speaking at the company's 2013-14 season announcement on Wednesday, Pappano questioned young opera singers’ commitment after seeing a rise in cancellations recently. "It happens more and more," he said. "There's something about this generation of singers who are either weaker in their bodies or just don't care."

While cancellations are a fact of the opera world, and can happen for an assortment of reasons, Pappano's remarks have touched a nerve in the opera world. This Saturday on the Operavore show, the veteran impresario and artist manager Matthew Epstein sits down with host Marilyn Horne for a wide-ranging interview that will his include opinions on this topic.

Among the insights Epstein shares: that a clever and shrewd opera company will have a "cover" singer in reserve who they feel can make it big when the regularly scheduled singer cancels. Listen to his strategy in the preview clip above.