We have been contemplating over the last few weeks the tough life that our beloved trouser mezzos have on stage. With weapons to wield and dangers to face how on earth do their stage personas sleep at night? I guess the answer may have to do with the more pleasant aspects of what they are required to do. But, hang on a minute! – snuggling up to a voluptuous soprano may not be everyone’s idea of a good time. I wonder what these fabulous singers make of this part of their performing life? Actually, if they find woman to woman romancing difficult or unappealing doesn’t it show what amazing actresses they are to be so convincing?
Here are a few examples …..
All photos are screen grabs from video except for the last one which is The Guardian
Octavian prepares the way for some serious
Whereas Isolier seems to have it all, - and then some!
Brigitte Fassbaender and Gwyneth Jones,Der Rosenkavalier, München 1979
This Octavian has a huge range of pillows (!) on which to rest his head.
Kiri te Kanawa and Tatiana Troyanos, Der Rosenkavalier, New York, 1982.
…. as does this one. Now there’s a smile of contentment!
Pillows galore and some meaningful R & R for Ruggiero
but this Octavian obviously has a lot to learn.
First Rule of White Shirt Wearing …
When romancing a lovely soprano, cuffs must be rolled!
… and goodness knows what’s going through the mind of Prince Charamant!!
Photograph: Tristram Kenton
Whatever meaningful moments you have in store
HAVE A WONDERFUL WHITE SHIRT WEEKEND!