reblog this post if you wish the white queen was as well written as it was acted
Most definitely! The Nevilles, George, Richard, Elizabeth, Jacquetta and Margaret were all played beautifully; imagine if the actors had had some proper material to work with, something with depth and subtlety.
A trouser role is a operatic male role created for a female singer (usually for the mezzosoprano but there are also some trouser roles for sopranos).
Trouser roles are a common thing in the classic, romantic and even bel cantist repertoire. Some trouser roles were written because the composer wanted a specific singer, others are because the character is young and his voice is still high, and others because of the inspiration of the castrati and the idea of the voice-character relationship (when the baroque was in vogue, the idea was that the higher the voice the purer the character. This idea remains today. This is why heroes are tenors and heroines sopranos. Sexually mature characters are mezzos or baritones and evil or funny characters are bassos or contraltos).
Many people have the misconception that castrati roles are the same as trouser roles, but this is wrong. A trouser role is a male role that was composed for a female singer. Castrati roles are male roles composed for males who sing high. (In the lack of this kind of man a woman is used.)
The average mezzosoprano repertoire includes several trouser roles; here are a few:
Sesto from Giulio Cesare (often mistaken for a castrato role but it was actually composed for Margherita Durastanti);
Cherubino from Le Nozze di Figaro;
Sifares from Mitridate Re di Ponto;
Faunno from Ascanio in Alba;
Sesto from La clemenza di Tito;
Octavian from Der Rosenkavalier;
Niklausse from Les contes d’Hoffman;
Tancredo from Tancredi;
Malcom from La donna del Lago;
Romeo from I Capuleti e I Montecchi;
Siebel from Faust;
Hansel from Hansel und Gretel;
Prince Charmant from Cendrillon;
Isolier from Le comte d’Ory;
Arsace from Semiramide;
Prince Orlofsky from Die Fledermaus;
Medusa from Persee;
Maffio Orsini from Lucrezia Borgia;
Many mezzosopranos have sung trouser roles with mixed results.
Mezzos like Tatiana Troyanos, Ann Hallenberg, Marilyn Horne or Joyce DiDonato are very good at it. Mezzos like Magdalena Kozena,Teresa Berganza or Frederica Von Stade are vocally good but not convincing as men.
Also there are some countertenors with lighter voices who have sung some of these roles, like Philippe Jaroussky, Bejun Mehta or Max Emanuel Cencic.