[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.