One for the Mezzo beard Hall of Fame
There’s also a coloratura mezzo who plays a trouser role, Edoardo. Not only does she wear pants, she also has a beard and a mustache that she shaves off with a sword in the second act. (Mathilde di Shabran)
Spectacular idea! 😀 Only ballsy mezzos need apply.
Now if you’re curious about Mathilde (or if you forgot how the hell that one goes – The Taming of the He-Shrew), here’s another funny reminder:
A group of unidentified woman (sic) appear and tell Corradino that he’s a wretch for having condemned Mathilde to death – Mandare a morte.
Clearly, the ghosts of scorned women past. Other than that, I think Mathilde is rather eh. Almost four (four?!) hours on a rather annoying and most certainly thin plot…