Gaia, isolata, bianca

Legendary opera diva Anna Moffo spreads her wings in a straight film role — but as a gay character. La Moffo plays the lesbian “Lia” in Das Mädchen Julius. The film concerns the heroine Jules (a girl with a boy’s name) who, according to the plot synopsis, as a teenager had a lesbian experience with her governess, Lia, who has taught her to hate men, whom she considers beasts who can bring nothing but harm to a woman.

So, if you ever wondered what a Moffo performance of Gräfin Geschwitz might be like (especially in a production set in the minimalist late 1960s) here’s a scene from Das Mädchen Julius.

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