Why Can’t Opera People Leave Broadway Alone?

What is it with opera stars that they aren’t satisfied with their own extensive repertoire, and feel the need to try to belt out Broadway showtunes in their over-the-top, ridiculously stylized voices? David Patrick Stearns doesn’t like it one bit, not even when the offender is as critically acclaimed a performer as Renee Fleming. “So what if operatic vocal amplitude overwhelms the words, rhythm, and any number of other things? It sounds so pretty!”