"The Metropolitan Opera should be developing American singers, looking for them," Tanner continues. "But in my case, they waited until I was famous to give me my first chance. It's an American house, but they keep giving the big contracts to these Europeans."
I tend to view musicians as individuals, rather than representatives of their countries. The best individuals should be hired, regardless of their nationality. Plus, I think the Met has been developing American singers with its regional contests and Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, which surprisingly develops young American singers. Perhaps Mr. Tanner was just unaware of these programs, or he has some sour grapes at being premiered at the ripe age of 44, or maybe he ate too many of those truck stop breakfast burritos.