Even if you don't keep tabs on Piotr Beczala's Facebook page, you may have read elsewhere about his extraordinary reaction to the odd three or four boos (evidence above) he received at La Scala after the season-opening La traviata.
"My last production in La Scala... I think They should engage only Italian singers ... Why I spend my time for this" schmarrn" ... Arrivederci ..." he announced, later following up with "No worrys … I am a professional Opera Singer, have a contract with Teatro alla Scala and will finish it. I shown my professionalism also yesterday in Traviata, was not actually agree with the vision of my character by stage director , but I played it as good I could… the result of my work was …my first ever buuuuh…the another result is now :I come to italy only for vacations.Thanks all for support , I am very proud of my friends and fans ,all Your reactions and words are important to me and give me strength and motivation for the future!"
So if an entire nation, the birthplace of opera no less, is unfit to display the magnitude of Mr Beczala's talents, where is?
Mein Schiff 2, apparently.
While the luxurious cruise ship explores "unchartered territory from Hamburg to Majorca", Beczala will join Elina Garanča and Johann Strauss Quartet in serenading the passengers. A snip at €2,190 and up.