|Dmitri Hvorostovsky: The perfect barihunk package?|
The wonderful Dutch opera site Place de l'Opera recently wondered if barihunks were just sexy guys who were getting jobs because of their looks and couldn't really sing. Basia Jaworski rated seven singers that have appeared on the site and ranked them for looks and singing ability.
In her article, Jaworski also points out that many roles in opera actually require a lot of charisma and sexuality to make the role work. She also points out that the site appeals to more than gay men, which if our email is any indication is more than accurate. About half our mail and photo submissions come from women. What is interesting is how some singers seem to appeal to women and others to men, while others seem to have a more universal appeal.
Also, we pride ourselves in posting singers who not only look good, but who can sing. This is why we tend to highlight singers who are winning vocal competitions and are being hand-selected by composers to premiere their works. After all, we like our barihunks to be the complete package.
Here are her rankings. Feel free to share your thoughts in the COMMENTS section:
Erwin Schrott: Looks 9, Singing 6
Bo Skovhus: Looks 9, Singing 9
Rod Gilfry: Looks 9, Singing 9
Simon Keenlyside: Looks 9, Singing 10
Dmitry Hvorostovsky: Looks 10, Singing 10
Mariusz Kwiecien: Looks 8, Singing 7
Nathan Gunn: Looks 8, Singing 8
You can read Basia Jaworski's complete article on the Place de l'Opera website.
Bo Skovhus sings Robert Schumann's "Stille Tränen"
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