I found out something interesting today. You know Dorothea Röschmann’s recording of Handel’s Nine German Arias? I had thought that that recording was out of print, and I was sad, because it’s nice – but I discovered that it’s actually available as part of a boxed set that contains a lot of other (non-Röschmann-y) goodies as well. This makes me feel better about the world.
On Arkivmusic’s page about the recording, she’s listed as a mezzo. Although I don’t think this has anything to do with Arkiv’s webpage, I do remember reading someone – I cannot remember where or when – theorize that she might be a mezzo in disguise. This question I leave to the experts, although I will say that if she is only pretending to be a soprano, she’s done an awfully good job with that.