Why an opera singer’s penis is worth more than a dancer’s

This interesting article from arts writer Andrew Taylor appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald last week.

“… on the opera stage, the family jewels are worth $67.62.That’s how much a performer, male or female, should be paid for each stage rehearsal or performance at which full frontal nudity is required.

In contrast, a dancer’s genitalia is only worth half as much – an additional allowance of $35.43 (which will rise to $36.49 in January) is paid to Sydney Dance Company performers.”

Read the full article here and let us know what you think. Why do you think this is the case? And what should be done about it?

Feature image: Naked Boys Singing – Image by Dario Gardiman

Erin James

Erin James is AussieTheatre.com's former Editor in Chief and a performer on both stage and screen. Credits include My Fair Lady, South Pacific and The King and I (Opera Australia), Love Never Dies and Cats (Really Useful Group), Blood Brothers (Enda Markey Presents), A Place To Call Home (Foxtel/Channel 7) and the feature film The Little Death (written and directed by Josh Lawson).

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