Many classical music artists maintain a presence on the Internet. Some even have fan sites. German soprano Dorothea Röschmann has something even more: an online tribute titled Dorothea Röschmann — An Appreciation.
In 2011, an anonymous Röschmann advocate set up the site, which features audio, video, photos, news, reviews and performance dates. As the saying goes, you can’t buy publicity like this. Seemingly anything about the artist (who will join the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Schumann’s Frauenliebe und -leben at concerts April 2-4) may be found here.
Here’s an excerpt from the site’s manifesto (condensed for space):
Completely accidentally, I stumbled upon something on the Internet that touched my heart and shattered it to pieces: the 2006 Harnoncourt and Guth’s DVD recording of Le Nozze di Figaro [featuring Röschmann]. It was for me a life-changing experience.
I must have watched the DVD of this performance hundreds of times; I have been promoting it whenever and wherever I could. All this because thanks to it, I not only understood what I had been missing in my life for so many years of my adult life, but also because it was the best interpretation of Mozart’s opera I have ever seen — a testament to the genius of all the people who created it. The emotions I feel every time I watch this rendering of Le Nozze di Figaro are a strange mixture of the childish awe I felt at my first opera [performance] and immense appreciation for the dramatic genius of the production.
I quickly understood that, although I enjoy and appreciate many performances, there is one singer that will always touch me in a very special and deep way. This singer is Dorothea Röschmann, whose voice has such an outstanding color and texture that it melts my heart every single time I hear it. In addition to her voice, she is an amazing actress, and her performances in various operas bring the characters to life in a way that allows me understand them better and identify with them now, even though they were created a couple of hundreds years ago for a genre that does not always boast deep characterization.
Fast-forward to June 2011: I have collected almost all the DVDs and many of the CDs with performances of my absolutely favorite soprano — Dorothea Röschmann. I also feel that her work should be known to absolutely every music lover (not necessarily only classical music lovers). Thus, I decided to set up this site. For me, it is a personal project in deepening and systematizing my knowledge about my favorite singer. For others, I hope, it might become a meeting place where they will become acquainted with Dorothea Röschmann’s immense dramatic talent and fall in love with her voice.
The site’s mastermind goes on to explain that the online tribute is intended as a thank-you gift to Röschmann for “everything you sing.”
It’s doubtful that crush magnets such as One Direction or Justin Bieber could command such well-curated attention. Judge for yourself here.
PHOTO: Dorothea Röschmann in a 2011 production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Salzburg Festival.