I met Mirella Freni around 2006 at a competition she judged and she was the warmest most loving artist. Nothing she says below is wrong! But her one-dimensional commentary and apparent impatience with these Russians "darkish" tone makes her look less loving and refined than she usually is. Furthermore, the young mezzo at the beginning was on the verge of tears and the young bass was not sure if he should stay after the recitativo. She appeared impatient and dismissive. Yet she is not!
Or how do you avoid the embarrassment of this situation, also often discussed on social media?
Again, Maestro Kraus is not saying anything wrong. Both Kraus and Freni know the sound they want. Kraus singing a great Bb does not achieve any improvement in the young dramatic tenor's process. Why? What is the problem in both the Freni and Kraus masterclasses?
Let us not talk about Freni's mood or the fact that she says the same to every student or that Kraus is obsessed with this high position at all costs. Both legendary singers say the same thing over and over.
Simply put, the students that had a bad time were not prepared! Not prepared for the situation they came to.