White Shirt Wednesday: Ties That Bind

•August 20, 2014 • 4 Comments

AN_TROV-slzb_forster1[Have a guess: what is wrong with this picture? - Anna Netrebko during a performance of Verdi's "Il Trovatore", Salzburg 2014. - Photo Credit: Salzburger Festspiele/Forster]

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White Shirt Monday: We’ll Always Have Vienna

•August 11, 2014 • 24 Comments

RKDD_SI_DS_13["No! Let's Get Back To Bed, Boy is a horrible, horrible song!" - True, perhaps, but one cannot argue with the point it makes. Add the sideburns, tux stripes and attitude (can I have  a stanza for that stance?!), and we've got a Princess W. with royal self-control on our hands. Soile Isokoski (Marschallin) and Daniela Sindram (Octavian) in Strauss' "Rosenkavalier", Dresden 2013. - Photo Credit: Matthias Creutziger / Semperoper Dresden]

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White Shirt Monday: The Mothership

•August 4, 2014 • 21 Comments

Rosenkavalier_Koch_Stoyanova_c_Monika_Rittershaus-slzbrg14[White Shirts in violet leather as an anniversary gift? - Sophie Koch (Octavian) and Krassimira Stoyanova (Marschallin) in Strauss' "Rosenkavalier", Salzburg 2014. - Photo Credit: the one and only Monika Rittershaus for Salzburger Festspiele]

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White Shirt Monday: Dapper Edition

•July 28, 2014 • 23 Comments

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[That's a White Shirt. No sh*t, Sherlock. - Tuva Semmingsen as Rosmira in Handel's "Partenope", Copenhagen 2009]

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White Shirt Monday: Uptied

•July 7, 2014 • 2 Comments

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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