As La Cieca reported (covering the event here and here, and with bigger and better photos), on Sept. 28th, Placido Domingo celebrated his 40th anniversary with the MET and the congratulations by soprano Patricia Racette, mezzo Susan Graham and soprano Deborah Voigt included a tuxedo appearance à la “The Three Tenors” (they did strip down to proper soprano gowns afterwards, though).
Sopranos in tuxedos are a rarity (mezzos, thankfully, a little less), but I’m not handing out any Stanwyck awards here (but to be fair: having to wear a tuxedo over a concert dress is an extra challenge in trying to cut a striking pose). While Racette gets queer credits for being queer, and Graham gets the credits for being a mezzo and having the height, I would still say that Voigt cuts the best figure of the three — it may be the Marlene-ish hair and lipstick:
Overall, though… if we had to choose three female opera singers for a line-up in tuxedos, how about the following?
Kasarova. She even rocks shirtsleeves.
Sindram. Knowing how to wear a tie makes all the difference.
Schubert. She doesn’t even need a suit to rock it.
Oh, and if Marc Jacobs should ever come up with a sleeveless tuxedo model:
Ernman. And you know she could do it just as well in a concert dress.
(I doubt we will see this line-up for Domingo, though. But perhaps when Racette has her 40th MET anniversary…?)
The Three Tuxedos photo: by Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera via La Cieca; screencaps: Kasarova: Sesto/Salzburg, Sindram: Composer/Munich, Schubert: Idamante/Meiningen, Ernman: Lichas/Aix-en-Provence