White Shirt Monday: Frills and Thrills

[“Oh, look – fan fiction!” – Alice Coote as Composer on Strauss’ “Ariadne auf Naxos”, Chicago 2011. – Photo Credit: Dan Rest/Lyric Opera Chicago, via operatoday]

White Shirts? A mezzo in boots? A soprano diva with an attitude? That story writes itself!

Starting point: Open shirt collar. And swagger.

[Alice Coote as Composer on Strauss’ “Ariadne auf Naxos”, Chicago 2011. – Photo Credit: Dan Rest/Lyric Opera Chicago (via reader submission)]

14 thoughts on “White Shirt Monday: Frills and Thrills”

  1. “Oh, look – fan fiction!” ROFLMAO!
    uuuuh, the swagger is accompanied by puckered brows, yay!
    …the hair needs some work, though….


    1. after the Cendrillon DVD and this one, I am sure that the wig fairy has a beef to pick with Coote – she must have ended up in the Garanca Club of Wigdoom somehow.
      If I were on Tumblr, this would be my fanfic reaction gif. Big time!


      1. I actually quite like that wig – I think she needs to wear her hair a bit longer, even mullet-style, as here or in Alcina. It’s not necessarily hot as such, but it’s kind of hot on her. At least compared to how unattractive I find her in short hair as Nerone or Prince Charming, all corporate style… Speaking of hair, your post on Daniela Barcellona made me seek out some clips and I enjoyed her big messy mane of hair in various roles – it really suits her and makes for a quite unusual type of trouser role. Long hair can be so macho – also see Ruxandra Donose’s Ramiro (though the side part is all wrong) – why don’t more costume/makeup people realise this?


        1. oh, Barcellona is wonderful – and notable in being able to portray a high level of butchness without going for manliness in looks. I’m not sure it’s just the voice, but she definitely gets my attention, every time.


        2. I don’t know, I think her looks are pretty manly, even more manly than the generic idealised-youth type of trouser role. Manly like a big bulky hairy stubbly teen musketeer or crusader in clumsy armor…


        3. perhaps a question of terminology – Barcellona, to me, is able to portray masculinity without the general props of dominant maleness (short hair, possibly facial hair, the athletic & youthful body, gesture repertory) that trouser roles are often staged by. Although perhaps it is that she simply, possibly not even consciousness, projects a relation to power that the patriarchal society has to come to associate with masculinity and male bodies.

          I find it partcularly interesting because Barcellona doesn’t strike me as an Über-singer-actress, but as much more Italian schooled (in the sense of a different approach).


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