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)]

~ by Anik LaChev on November 12, 2012.

14 Responses to “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….

    • 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!

      • 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?

        • 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.

        • 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…

        • 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 ├ťber-singer-actress, but as much more Italian schooled (in the sense of a different approach).

  2. Hey Anik, you have forgotten THE white shirt of the week, Oct. 30 was Fidelio in Paris with Waltraud Meier. Photo here: https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/297283_409226685797245_44833459_n.jpg
    You can listen the recording of the concert for only one week starting from today here: http://sites.radiofrance.fr/francemusique/em/soirees_lyriques/emission.php?e_id=26&d_id=515002894&nojpcache=true

  3. Kinda looks like Bono or some other 80s Rock God/Godess ­čśÄ

  4. She was a pretty cute Ruggiero in the Stuttgart Alcina.

  5. I looked for this dvd, (the 2011 Chicago Ariadne) but its nowhere to be found…. no clips on Youtube either.

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