Is it me, or is the opera house too hot? Singers and menopause

Is it me, or is the opera house too hot? Singers and menopause

An oldie, but a golden one: the article by Tamara Bernstein on what can happen with singers voices when they reach That Stage. Christa Ludwig, Evelyn Lear and Brigitte Fassbaender among the interviewed.

Ludwig cuts through the medical jargon. “The vocal cords are very much like the vagina — it is the same tissue,” she explained.

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6 thoughts on “Is it me, or is the opera house too hot? Singers and menopause

  1. Fascinating piece – thanks for linking it! Although it made me wonder how Placido Domingo keeps on trucking after all these years. Men have hormones too, right?

  2. Isn’t that crazy? He will sing until the day he dies — and look good until then too. Apparently, Gruberova who’s close to or either past her 70th is still singing, but she is largely considered an exception.

    I guess the good news is once women are over that hurdle, they can go on singing. Although I’m sure there are individual differences, as with everything.

    Fassbaender was really candid in that piece. As you’ll remember, she retired suddenly and fully when everybody thought was ‘too early’.

    1. Oh dear, such a problem… and with a whole host of wonderful singers hitting that age, well unless we can start a campaign for a wider public acceptance of the vagaries of a female voice during menopause (because, hey, in everyday society we are so tolerant of women going through menopause) I’m afraid there are more great losses to come!

      Lovely to see another good opera blog !

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