The Moscow International Ballet Competition is currently taking place, and an audience favorite, Vladimir Kuklachev from Israel, who is coached by the much-lauded former Bolshoi dancer Valery Panov, was just eliminated. One of the posters on Ballet Talk -- full disclosure: I'm a mod there -- who is attending the competition, compared him to Candeloro, in that what he was doing wasn't entirely comparable to other competitors.
In the BBC Singer of the World competition just completed in Cardiff, Nicole Cabell, by all reports, an excellent technician, won the main prize. A Korean soprano, a huge audience favorite, Ha-Young Lee, was eliminated Thursday by finalist Luís Olivares Sandoval, a tenor from Chile. (What's with all of this great talent -- especially tenors and filmmakers -- coming out of Latin America recently, or at least, getting recognition recently? It's awesome.)
There was a huge uproar from many posters on the BBC discussion board for the contest
but one poster, shp from Sherborne, thought her presentation scores were appropriate:
Another poster countered the uproar:I agree that [Lee] had a good voice, but she was painful to watch and would need to rethink her presentation if she was actually cast as ViolettaLee did win the Audience Award. Maybe that's what the ISU should do: let the judges award the World Championship gold, and the crowd award the Audience Award.Peter from London
I'm afraid I didn't get to see [Lee] on Friday, but I think that it is a little rich of everyone to question the Jury's decision. Opera is an art form based on tradition and long training. The jury consists of some of the greatest living singers and their opinion should be respected. There is so much ignorance when it comes to opera and the taste of the wider public has been sullied by the indiscriminate publicity machines of the record companies. Were, for example, Lesley Garrett and Renata Tebaldi to have come up against each other in the competition I could well imagine the audience vote going to the plucky, "exciting", Lesley. The jury would vote differently.