White Shirt Monday: Vintage White Shirt

martha rohs[The Strauss year may be over, but I am not over the line-up of Vintage Octavians. Not by a long shot. Or riding crop. – Case in question: Martha Rohs (1909-1963), who sang a lot of Octavians, mostly in Zurich, Salzburg and Vienna. – Photo Credit: Willi Schuh (ed.). Der Rosenkavalier. Fassungen, Filmszenarium, Briefe. Frankfurt/M.: Fischer 1971, illustr. 30]

I’m not sure what it is – the line of her mouth? The arc of her brow? That measured Rofrano look? – but this is one of the vintages images, blurry as it is, that I keep coming back to.

One of the interesting things (well, from a Geshwitz perspective) about Vintage Octavians is the fact that in a time that frowned upon outright drag for female singers and saw the need to always tie them back to some kind of femininity, things looked very gay very quickly.

2 thoughts on “White Shirt Monday: Vintage White Shirt”

  1. “in a time that frowned upon outright drag for female singers and saw the need to always tie them back to some kind of femininity, things looked very gay very quickly.”
    Nor only then; see e.g. the blog comment about Salzburg’s 2004 Rosenkavalier: “it does make me wonder whether young Austrian army officers in 1914 routinely shaved their legs!” Same frisson, different goals.

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