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Off-topic question on "breeches" roles in operas

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#16 Ed Waffle

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Posted 12 February 2002 - 02:09 PM

Time permitting, you may want to look at (and listen to) the role of Octavian in "Rosenkavalier"--at least the first act. It begins as a standard trouser role. Octavian makes love to the Countess, but then has to disguise himself as a maid, Mariandel. As Mariandel, he (she) must fend off the crude passes of Baron Ochs, the Countess's cousin.

So there is a female singer playing a male character who has to impersonate a female.

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