Every single time I say I’m studying as an opera singer I get the same answer:
“How is it possible?! You’re so thin!”
I’m honestly really tired of this stereotype that if you’re underweight you can’t sing opera and of the cartoonish common image of what an opera singer should look like. It’s just plain ignorant and a little offensive.
Because, if I get this comment, I can’t even imagine how many other people get the classical “Oh yes, it’s so obvious that you sing opera [because you look fat]” and are indirectly body shamed.
When will people grow up and realize it’s not a matter of body shape or size but of technique, practice and talent?