[Vesselina Kasarova as Ruggiero in Christof Loy’s Hamburg/Munich production of Handel’s “Alcina”. Screenshot, as well as the following, from the six-part Deutsche Welle documentary on Kasarova, aired in 2008]
In light of recent mezzolover plans to grace this summer’s festivities around Santiago, Edinburgh and Zürich, here’s some inspiration for the suggested “White Shirt” dress code (and some other suitable dyke wear), all modeled by La Kasarova herself.
Although we’ll most likely recognize each other by the swooning and drooling measured and well-mannered displays of appreciation, there can never be too many white shirts. – Or leather jackets. Or black shirts. Especially on a mezzo!
On an off-stage tour through town:
Still from on early Idamante (see you in Paris ’10!):
Expanding the repertory to black leather:
…black suit jackets (that bring out one’s eyes):
And, since we did already touch upon the Ruggiero, here’s the camouflage look. Olive looks great and works best with a swagger and heavy boots.
A soprano on the arm is the mezzo-in-pants’ equivalent of a handbag…
This last one isn’t from the DW documentary, but I couldn’t skip it, since we are already on the issue of dyke wear:
It’s from another Kasarova documentary (I’m all for more of those!), in fact, it’s from another Kasarova-goes-to-Bulgaria documentary, covering the recording of her “Bulgarian Soul” album. (thanks goes, once more, to Smorg to making all four parts viewable online! You want to see them. Trust me.).
If you want to watch Kasarova seriously rocking (and I mean rocking) white shirts and black shirts, complete with swooning background singers, go straight to part two. In fact, I’ll embed it right here:
(And if you still need some more material to make up your mind about the White Shirt Dress Code, feel free to revisit the Best White Shirt Ever in the Sesto arias from Salzburg – “Deh per questo istante” and “Parto, parto”. In any case, check out the two images that Smorg posted in the comments below. But please sit down before viewing. them Especially the second…)