Quebec tenor stages ‘vocal cord strike’

Mr. Hervieux you have my full support! The tenor voices his opinion against replacing actual singers on posters plastered around the city for the purposes of advertising the opera. Here’s the relevant piece of news:

The Opéra de Montréal is set to stage Die Fledermaus on Jan. 26, but the singer the company bills as “the prince of Quebec tenors,” Marc Hervieux, is refusing to sing during rehearsals, which began this week.

Hervieux says he is on a “vocal cord strike,” upset with the posters advertising Johann Strauss II’s Viennese operetta, known in French as La Chauve-Souris and in English as The Bat.

The advertising poster for the Opéra de Montréal’s production of Die Fledermaus, or La Chauve-Souris. (Opéra de Montréal)

The company’s advertising campaign for this season features models instead of performers.

“If you don’t know a lot about opera, you see this poster of this beautiful girl or this beautiful guy,” says Hervieux. “When you buy your ticket, suddenly, where is this beautiful guy?”

via Quebec tenor stages ‘vocal cord strike’ – Arts & Entertainment – CBC News.

It is my deep conviction that the glamorizing of the opera, and more broadly speaking in the arts (theatre, cinema etc.) is doing nobody any good. Maybe I am old fashioned but I want to see real people on stage, in all shapes and sizes – because it is only by real people (and not photoshopped models) can emotions be truly and deeply expressed – their bodies do, too, tell a story. And please do not get me wrong – I have nothing against good-looking people – I just think that in the theatre there’s a place for every kind of human being with his or her own story to tell, also through the body.