Deborah Voight: Looks Do Matter In Opera

The slimmed-down soprano returns to Covent Garden this week. “I’m hoping that we don’t go so far as to put microphones on soubrette sopranos and have them singing Isolde. I don’t think that would be the case. Nonetheless, I think it would be foolish to think that singers don’t have to be more concerned about their physique than in decades past.”