Darn it, I miss ALL the best opera! According to a teeny story in the New York Times, "the American tenor Jon Villars walked off stage during a public dress rehearsal of the Beethoven opera “Fidelio” at the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto."
What do you call a male opera diva? A devo?
I really have to go to more public dress rehearsals, since that's obviously where the real drama is. I picture him shouting "and you can KEEP YOUR VELVET PANTALOONS!" petulantly from the wings as he left.
Or maybe he just had an operatic epiphany and decided he wanted to be a dentist, after all.
Either way, you can bet your bottom baritone I'll be watching to see if he's performing anywhere near here.