I haven't posted here for a while, but i've been reading. This seems to be a good place for a true but catty story I have to tell about a soprano vs a boy soprano.
It was on public TV, and a famous soprano named Sarah Hyphen-Something was doing a special. At one point, she introduced a little black boy about ten years old and said he was her "friend" so-and-so. (I bet she had met him twice before the show.) She said they were going to do the famous duet by Andrew Lloyd Webber with the choir boy.
Back in the motel room I said, "Oh, this should be interesting." Ha! She completely steamrollered the kid. Drowned him out so thoroughly that I couldn't deduct a single sound from him. It was really unkind. I wondered what the sound engineer (if any) was doing. What a way to treat a "friend."