White Shirt Monday: Composure

schaefer wien komp13[Christine Schäfer as the Composer in Richard Strauss’ “Ariadne auf Naxos”, Vienna 2013. – Photo Credit. Wiener Staatsoper via BBC3]

Christine Schäfer isn’t new to mezzo territory as a soprano: She has created a fantastic Cherubino in both Paris and Salzburg.There’s no doubt that Schäfer knows how to wear a white shirt and a pair of trousers.

But while Cherubino has a tradition of being sung by sopranos as well as mezzo-sopranos, the Composer in Strauss’ “Ariadne auf Naxos” is a more dramatic part and doesn’t have a similar performance history. It has aspects of the same youthfulness, though – so, a soprano Composer: does it work for you?

You can still listen to the whole Vienna performance on BBC3 for three more days to make up your own mind.

9 thoughts on “White Shirt Monday: Composure”

  1. Though I really like CS I listened prepared to not like it, but I think I must be developing a taste for two soprano voices duetting, because I really did… A bit odd but in a good way. And she was a very, very, very nice Cherubino so guess she has trouser form. Oh and there was that amazing white shirt a couple years back…


  2. I listened last night – found it actually quite appealling. If you didn’t know the Composer was normally a mezzo role you really wouldn’t have guessed. Nice recording all round. And yes, great shoes. I notice on the last operatic programme I bought (outside of skimpily low budget stuff at home) an entry for a shoe specialist in the costume department. Granted it WAS in France, but is that becoming the norm elsewhere? Is there no holistic view of costuming that includes both hair and shoes?


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