Te Kanawa Slams Young Classical Stars25 February 2008
The New Zealand soprano, 64, has dismissed 20-year-old Westenra's music as "fake" and is convinced there are no talented new artists who could rival her own success.
She says, "Have you heard Hayley? She's not in my world. They are all fake singers.
"People call them up-and-coming but they never last. They can only perform with a microphone and they've basically never had any training."
But Gray Bartlett, who discovered Westenra, is adamant Te Kanawa made the comment only because she envies the young star: "She looks great, she has done well, just get a life."
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