About those child opera singers: here’s the deal

“I’m going to let all you music-lovers in on a little secret:  we professional musicians don’t have much use for the phenomenon of the Child Prodigy.  Six year old violinists playing Mendelssohn; ten year old pianists playing Rachmaninov; and especially *shudder* twelve year old girls belting out operatic arias… or country music… or whatever… on national television?  Yeah, it’s impressive.  Sort of.  You can keep ’em; I have no interest, especially when it comes to the miniature singers…”