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?”