[Well, Ms.Ludwig, who would not be smiling at THAT? – Tatiana Troyanos (Octavian) and Christa Ludwig (Marschallin) towards the end of Act I in Strauss’ “Rosenkavalier”, Salzburg 1969. – Photo Credit: Willi Schuh (ed.). Der Rosenkavalier. Fassungen, Filmszenarium, Briefe. Frankfurt/M.: Fischer 1971, illustr. 45.]
I think I’ve found the equivalent of Bering & Wells romance angst in opera: It’s the look on Tatiana Troyanos’ face when her Octavian realizes that he will never kiss Her Highness the Empress Werdenberg again.
Also: GOD, that jawline.
Actually, I was at the library for something entirely different, but I didn’t manage to walk past this volume. It’s still Strauss year, and how to celebrate it better than with many, many Octavians? (well, with many, many a Marschallin, obviously, if one *is* a White Shirt of sorts).
Stumbling over this photo als made me realize that it has been 21 (!!) years, 2 weeks and 3 days since we lost Tatiana Troyanos. It does not feel that long, and yet it feels much too long.