White Shirt Monday: Uptied

•July 7, 2014 • 1 Comment

haveman loy vepres[If there is anyone who can be trusted to find a way to put a woman into suit and tie even in the most unlikeliest of operas, it is Cristof Loy, the White Shirt patron saint among the stage directors. Point in question: Barbara Haveman as Hélène in Verdi's difficult "Les vêpres siciliennes" (an intriguing reading throughout), Amsterdam 2010.]

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White Shirt Monday: I found a new place to dwell

•June 16, 2014 • 8 Comments

[You make me so lonely, baby, I get so lonely, so lonely, I could die. - In any case, probably less paternalist lyrics than the ones actually at work in "The Woman Without A Shadow". Also, I have really no other explanation for the red flare tuxedo pants other than "Keikobad The King made me do it." Not that I mind. -Simone Schneider (Empress) and Doris Soffel (Nurse) in Strauss' "Die Frau ohne Schatten", Leipzig 2014. - Photo Credit: Andreas Birkigt/Oper Leipzig]

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White Shirt Monday: Strawberry Yields

•June 9, 2014 • 9 Comments

Rk TE KR AMur[That's not the strawberries you're aiming for, Rofrano! Smart choice, too. - Tara Erraught (Octavian) and Kate Royal (Marschallin) in Strauss' "Rosenkavalier" as staged by Richard Jones, Glyndebourne 2014. - Photo Credit: Alastair Muir]

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The Glyndebourne “Rosenkavalier” – Liveblogging Thread

•June 8, 2014 • 129 Comments

opernglasWelcome to the live comment thread for Strauss’ “Der Rosenkavalier” videostream from Glyndebourne Festival, starring Tara Erraught as Octavian and Kate Royal as The Duchess Werdenberg. Full cast and crew details at the Glyndebourne website (shoutout to Helene Schneiderman as Annina!).

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White Shirt Monday: Skirting the Issue

•June 2, 2014 • 2 Comments

bllcper_glndbrn-RK_KRTE[A clear case of "Ich hab' ein Glück! Ich hab' ein Glück!": Kate Royal (Marie-Theres') and Tara Erraught (Quinquin) in Strauss' "Der Rosenkavalier", Glyndebourne 2014. - Photo Credit: Bill Cooper]

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White Shirts and Vocal Swagger (and woeful sexism)

•May 22, 2014 • 11 Comments

TEKR RK GB13 BCooper[Clearly, this is a Marschallin with good taste in mezzo lovers: Tara Erraught (Octavian) and Kate Royal (Marschallin) in the current Glyndebourne "Rosenkavalier", Glyndebourne 2014. - Photo Credit: Bil Cooper/Glyndebourne Festival]

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White Shirt Monday: Tall, Dark and Handsome

•May 19, 2014 • 2 Comments

SC Nerone09[Oranges aren't the only fruit? - Sarah Connolly as Nerone in Monteverdi's "L'incoronazione di Poppea", Barcelona 2009.]

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