From Miss Manners:
“Nosy people have already proven themselves to be rude, so you should hardly expect them to make tactful remarks. The important thing is to cut them off at the first question. The only explanation necessary is, “That’s personal.”
“But you must also … not [to] fall for two common arguments: that curiosity is natural and that people who don’t disclose personal information must be ashamed of it. Dignified people value their privacy, and being curious is no excuse for demanding that it be satisfied. Under such pressure, they should merely smile and repeat “That’s personal” as often as necessary.”
The complete context is here.
Well, the very unexpected still happens: A substitute soloist proves better than the star.
From yours truly’ perch, Jennifer Wilson’s singing gives new and badly needed energy and emotion to a Wagner opera’s cast members and orchestra.
The passion is real and her sound is gloriously effortless. The audience understands what the big deal is with Wagner. It’s a night when everyone’s asking, Who is she?
Ms. Wilson’s spent more than 20 years paying dues all over the world, and nobody was talking about how she looked – just her glorious, exciting voice!
It’s a genuine, well-trained big voice, unlike other sopranos-who-shall-be-nameless. This is her rep and you could hear it ringing loud and clear throughout the hall.
Put the regular soprano to shame. 😉
Yep. There are still exciting nights at the opera.
Here’s an excellent NY Times article about large voices, mentioning Wilson.