ya... There are some quite attractive Mezzos out there, but i'd imagine they're difficult to book. When I saw carmen in Montreal they used a Carmen specialist for the role and she was not at all unattractive. i think that's the best way to go for a lot of the smaller opera companies that likely don't have the talent on-hand for a title role. it's probably tough with all their budget issues though... Most companies only cover something 50% of their costs through ticket sales and rely on donations for the rest.