Saturday 27 December 2014

Irish opera singer's father 'so proud' of daughter who was subject of cruel weight jibes

Published 22/05/2014 | 08:03

Tara Erraught

Family, friends and members of the opera community have rallied around singer Tara Erraught after sections of the British media cruelly focused on her weight.

Tara (27)  from Portmarnock in North County Dublin performed the prestigious role of Octavian in Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier opera at the major UK festival Glyndebourne.

Her inaugural performance was critically acclaimed, but undermined by members of the British media who referred to her as “dumpy of stature” and a “chubby bundle of puppy-fat”.

Tara’s voice trainer Veronica Dunne said that the vindictive remarks have done Tara a favour, as they have propelled the young singer even more into the international spotlight.

Proud Veronica praised Tara’s opening performance as “absolutely amazing” adding, “she sang her heart out, she was unbelievable. She’s so young for such a role”.

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Tara’s parents maintain that their beautiful daughter has an “inner strength” and will not be fazed by the superficial and sexist jibes.

Both Rupert Christiansen and Andrew Clark, of The Guardian and The Financial Times respectively, who penned the cruel weight remarks had also reported that Tara’s performance was glorious.

Tara’s father Joe told the media, “I am so proud of my beautiful daughter. You have to meet her to know that you are living with an angel. She is a young woman of substance and I’m delighted to say that about my lovely girl”.

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Her mother added “I saw her performance and she was fantastic. She got a standing ovation, what more could you ask for.”

Trevor Bowes, a prominent bass baritone wrote an open letter to Tara in which he expressed his outrage that the scathing criticism was hurled at a “radiant, beautiful performer bubblin with talent and technique”.

Speaking about the award winning singer, Veronica told RTÉ News “Ireland is going to be very, very proud. She’s like all of us Irish people, she’ll fight. She’ll get on that stage and give us the performance of a lifetime”.

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