Thursday, January 27, 2011

David Adam Moore Talks Sex Symbol Status

David Adam Moore as Zurga in Seattle Opera's
2009 production of Les pêcheurs de perles.
"Sex is an important element in opera plots, and I like the fact that these blogs exist because it indicates that there are opera enthusiasts who are aware of sexuality in opera and demand that performers have the ability to inhabit the sexuality of their characters. I don't really follow opera blogs, but from what I've seen, Barihunks seems to treat the subject in a tasteful way— it goes more deeply into aspects of the performers' work than just pointing out pictures of their biceps. I often hear people worry that opera companies will begin casting more on looks than vocal and acting ability. I don't think this will happen because the learning curve that
goes into becoming a decent opera singer is massive: vocal technique, languages, musicianship, acting. Unlike the film/TV/pop music world, there's no way to sidestep these requirements by being pretty. A full, beautiful voice and an engaging character will always give audiences more goose bumps than well-defined abs."

Currently performing in the Seattle Opera production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia, the baritone has a chat about the role of Figaro, composing music, enjoying contemporary music and getting a star on the "Walk of Fame" in his hometown of Vidor, Texas. [Source]

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