Voice of Experience : Why Christine Weidinger Left the Met Path to Stardom
DONNA PERLMUTTER | LA TIMES
LOS ANGELES — As a tyro, she wins a big-time contest and is rewarded with a role in "La Boheme" at the Metropolitan Opera. That mighty establishment finds the soprano "useful" and keeps her busy for the next few seasons, offering better and better opportunities.
But one day, Marilyn Horne, a trusted colleague, suggests that the path to stardom lies not in rising through the ranks.
"If you want to develop as an artist," says Horne, "then get away from the spotlight. Find your own style and voice. Leave this cozy arrangement at the Met--or be doomed to mediocrity."
Christine Weidinger followed that advice and in 1975, left for Europe where, indeed, she came in for the vast, often knockabout experience that builds character, not to mention repertory and sophistication.