Donald Trump’s starring roles at the opera11:20, 3rd November 2020
As America goes to the polls on what promises to prove a landmark election day, we look at Donald Trump’s chequered operatic career since he became president in 2016.
In a rare admission of a gap in his otherwise all-embracing knowledge, Trump admitted in his 2004 self-help guide How to Get Rich: ‘My knowledge of classical music is limited.’ That didn’t stop him from including an extended simile comparing the art of conducting with high-flying commerce in his 2007 tome, The Way to Success: ‘Running a business is like being an orchestra conductor,’ Trump affirmed. ‘When you lead an organisation or a business, you, like a conductor, must take charge and exercise control. How well your people perform is your responsibility, direction flows from the top, and you’re the maestro.
‘When the orchestra plays, the maestro maintains the tempo. Imagine if each orchestra member set his or her own pace and played at his or her own speed. It would be a cacophony, an ear-shattering mess, a disaster. When a business doesn’t follow a steady tempo, it can also create chaos…
‘In my organisation, I set a rapid pace, which is called allegro in symphonic circles.’
Meanwhile, although Trump has never admitted that he’s ever been to an opera, to Opera Now‘s knowledge at least, opera has nevertheless embraced The Donald: