Alice Coote on gender via trouser roles
Here‘s a very insightful look into gender via opera from mezzo Alice Coote. I’ll leave you with two quotes from the article:
Some directors find it preferable not to even try to create the illusion of maleness, and want me to play a transparently “female” male, a choice which actually throws up many more nuanced and interesting questions than those faced by a female actor playing as close to a male as is possible.
This reminds me of biopics and actors doing a very pedantic impression of some historical figure vs. films that re-imagine reality and go into the spirit of the character rather than their concrete being. Depends on what you’re exploring, the person or the character.
More crucially when I am alone and not relating to men or women, do I define myself as female or as a rather more neutral being? Just because I have a female body is that the largest part of my identity?