Linguistics Problem

by Suzanne Calvin


Is there any way you can refer to yourself, or anybody else (for that matter) as “Singer of the World” without sounding pretentious to the point of silliness?  I mean, people climb on our backs for perceived overuse of the term “world-class.”  Well, perhaps the best way to avoid being accused of singing with your nose in the air is to have a down-to-earth, real world name like “Shcherbachenko.”  For the first time since a fellow with an equally impressive last name won the Cardiff Singer of the World title 20 years ago, a Russian has taken the prize: soprano Ekaterina Shcherbachenko.

Praised for her “silvery gleam at the top, golden bloom to the middle,” (and, for non-aficionados, it’s her VOICE we’re refering to, not her physique), it was Shcherbachenko’s evening--until Dame Joan Sutherland (who made her American debut right here at The Dallas Opera) prompted a standing ovation.

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Suzanne Calvin, Assoc. Dir. of Marketing, The Dallas Opera

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