High Praise Indeed, but…

by Suzanne Calvin

One half of my brain was extremely pleased to see the remarkable and remarkably gracious Juan José de León touted in “Opera Fresh” as a young singer who mmmmmmmight be the next Juan Diego Floréz.  However, the other half of my brain immediately revived memories of young baseball pitchers with “million dollar arms” and I thought to myself, “Slow down, people! Give the man a chance to develop his considerable talent before comparing him -- even theoretically - to an operatic superstar.”

I’m curious: Do you think such high expectations advance young singing careers or are they likely to create unbearable (and unfair) pressure?  Or am I being over-protective of our brilliant Emerging Artist? 

By the way, if you don’t already have your tickets for the Dallas Opera’s “Romeo and Juliet” you risk missing his official debut!  Call the ticket office now at 214.443.1000. 

Suzanne Calvin, Manager/Director Media & PR

One Response to High Praise Indeed, but…

Virginia Dupuy says: February 13, 2011 at 10:38 am

As his voice teacher, I saw such maturity vocally, musically and personally in these two years that he was in the Master’s program. He had the opportunity to sing with the Emerging Artist Program produced by TDO and has entered incredibly tough competitions and auditions. The opera scene, for better of worse, is just like American idol now: you become recognized as a new exciting talent and thanks to technology, everyone gets to voice their opinion.

So he’s conditioned for all of it, I believe, and has incredible support and encouragement. I think on March 6, he’ll walk out on that Met stage for the semi finals and give it his best. We’ve all seen wonderful talent that didn’t come with the tenacity. When it’s all said and done, what counts is the instrument, the technique, the commitment. Not the hype – though the hype is fun!

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