By Mary Kunz Goldman
Soprano Laura Aikin, who hails from right here in Clarence and was just here a couple of weeks ago to sing in David Felder's new song cycle, has been fueling quite an international discussion with her comments criticizing the management of the Salzburg Festival.
Aikin's comments, printed on Slipped Disc, the influential blog of British music critic Norman Lebrecht, are provoking argument from all corners of the world. Lebrecht writes: "The revelation that a wealthy festival like Salzburg is refusing to pay accommodation or rehearsal fees for non-star singers has provoked huge resentment among the singing community."
Mozart saw Salzburg as trifling and stingy back in the day, and maybe he had reason to!
Enjoy the discussion here.