AN Irish opera singer has been subjected to scathing remarks about her body by journalists who described her as “dumpy” and “chubby”.
Louth singer, Tara Erraught (27), who plays Octavian in a Strauss opera and has been based in Germany since 2008, is not being drawn into the debate about her weight saying she is remaining, “focused on the music”.
“She is dumpy of stature and whether in bedroom deshabille, disguised as Mariandel or in full aristocratic fig, her costuming makes her resemble something between Heidi and Just William,” wrote Rupert Christiansen in the Daily Telegraph.
“Tara Erraught’s Octavian is a chubby bundle of puppy-fat, better suited to playing Mariandel in Acts 1 and 3 than the romantic rose-cavalier of Act 2 - albeit gloriously sung,” wrote Andrew Clark in the Financial Times.
However, Guardian journalist, Kate Lowe, said that it was “sad” about the focus on the talented opera singer’s body has overshadowed her performance.
“The supposedly authoritative male reviewers chose to make a female body a problem - a female body, one might note, that is not normative, but simply not thin and statuesque,” said Ms Lowe in the Guardian.
The opera critic said that being underweight is far more damaging to a singer’s well-being than being over-weight.
The singer graduated from the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin and winning a place in an opera studio in 2008.
“Tara is focused on her music and preparing for her upcoming performances. There will be no further statement,” said her publicist.