Rufus Wainwright (whose opera Prima Donna will premiere in Manchester) begs for a backstabbing:
"I would say the majority of opera critics are waiting in the wings with long daggers waiting for me to trip. I think it’s the nature of that perfection and that universe; the opera world is in a very desperate place right now. They’ve been able, largely, to keep the daily world out of their affairs but now with both arts funding dissipating and their public getting older and no longer buying tickets, they have to really lower themselves in order to survive. They really had no choice but to work with people like me who aren’t as refined or as educated or classically trained as they are. But I’m excited to be abused by them – you know, I’m gay; it’s one of the perks."
(from the Daily Telegraph's transcription of his recent Oxford Union Q&A session)