For opera singers, the scarf is much more than a practical winter accessory. The "singer scarf" is in fact a year-round, day-to-day obsession. Singers wear them indoors and out, in fair weather and foul. Why? Because their throats are their instruments.
The official reason singers wear scarves is to ward off illness, even though science says you don't catch a cold from being cold. (We forgive the paranoia though, because let's face it: when singers get sick, their livelihood is seriously compromised.)
Ask a psychologist and they might tell you the real reason opera singers wear scarves all the time is because they're comforting, like security blankets. Or something to hide behind, maybe? (Not going there.)
Whatever the reason, we love opera singers, and the list below is our tribute to their unwavering devotion to the scarf.
Baritone Finley whistles a happy tune. Why? Because he's feeling all cozy in that paisley scarf.
Tenor Grigòlo wore a scarf and — cryptically — a single glove while greeting a lucky fan after a performance of Verdi's Rigoletto at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Every singer knows that even on a beautiful summer day, a cool breeze can blow on your neck. Soprano Gheorghiu is ready for it!
Tenor Bostridge received this beauty from friends in Moscow, where they know scarves.
Mezzo-soprano DiDonato found a linen scarf the exact colour of her eyes, and she knows it.
Tenor Kaufmann wore a scarf to sign albums at the Metropolitan Opera shop. (We think a singer of his stature needs a better scarf.)
Go big or go home, right Domingo? (His wife, soprano Marta Ornelas, is wearing a scarf, too.)
While recording Mozart arias for Deutsche Grammophon, tenor Villazon kept his throat warm with this indigo scarf.
Not only does soprano Caballé rock her red scarf, but she swooshes it over her shoulder in a dramatic gesture.
Mezzo-soprano Rachvelishvili captioned this selfie "missing winter," but what she probably meant was, "missing scarf weather."
Bass-baritone Pisaroni, left, replaced his bow tie with a bright blue scarf.
She's all smiles, but just try taking away soprano Gauvin's scarf. (Or her champagne.)
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Tenor Flores, left, keeps it classy with a scarf that perfectly matches his suit. (Cecilia Bartoli is emphatically not wearing a scarf in this photo, but that's because she's in costume.)
Did Pavarotti start this trend?
Soprano Gruberova, right, wore a mauve scarf while rehearsing Donizetti's Anna Bolena with mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca (who is unaccountably sans scarf in this photo.)
Even countertenors (especially countertenors?) love scarves.
Mezzo-soprano Barton, right, wore a scarf (but no shoes!) when she did her Tammy Talks interview.
Tenor Beczala sports a gingham scarf that could double as an impromptu tablecloth in a pinch. (Although then he'd be without a scarf.)
Baritone Kwiecien's stylist allowed him to wear this pale grey scarf for his photo shoot.
Soprano Fleming, centre, wore a scarf to a Grateful Dead concert where she ran into Katy Perry and John Mayer.