[The space oepra continues, though I’m not quite sure whether it is Romeo Starbuck in a Cylon tryst (any arguments against Three? No? Didn’t think so…) or whether someone in charge has read Megan Rose Geddis’ wonderfully camp graphic novel, “I was kidnapped by lesbian pirates from outer space” (any complaints against such a kidnapping? No? Didn’t think so, either). – Nicole Cabell (Giulietta) and Joyce DiDonato (Romeo) in Bellini’s “I Capuleti e i Montecchi”, Kansas City 2013. – Photo Credit: Cory Weaver for Lyric Opera of Kansas City]
There is a cultural narrative that informs the trope of female singers “growing out of trouser roles”, just as it used to inform the idea of female singers getting married meaning they had to stop performing (as late as the 1960s!).
And then there’s Joyce DiDonato, proving it all wrong.
And in the wonderland that is queer opera admiration, sometimes, if you call out for a hero(ine), you’ll have a mezzo coming to the aural rescue within a heartbeat. At least if it’s 1820s and 1830s Italian belcanto.