White Shirt Monday: Load the 40 Guns Award

•October 20, 2014 • 2 Comments

Alcina_copnhgn_TS_PhotoCredit_Joerg_Wiesner[Handel's gift to White Shirt Peoplekind: Alcina. In this case, Tuva Semmingsen as Ruggiero. Just hand her that 40 Guns Award already and pass the rest of us the smelling salts. - Handel's Alcina, Copenhagen 2014/15. - Photo Credit: Joerg Wiesner]

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White Shirt Monday: Vintage Hot Chocolate

•October 13, 2014 • 8 Comments

"sie frühstücken sehr zärtlich"[Now this is a Monday morning breakfast to aspire to (does anyone remember that ST:Voyager episode where Janeway and Seven lounge on the couch? Something like that, plus hot chocolate. Neelix can sub for "den Mohamed"): much hot cholcoate, since I predict it will take energy to get out of all of these ruffles again in five minutes. Lisa della Casa (Marie-Theres') and Sena Jurinac (Octavian) in Strauss' "Der Rosenkavalier", Salzburg 1960. - Photo Credit: Willi Schuh (ed.). Der Rosenkavalier. Fassungen, Filmszenarium, Briefe. Frankfurt/M.: Fischer 1971, illustr. 35]

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“Sein wir wieder gut”: Friday Smile & Sigh

•October 10, 2014 • 2 Comments

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[Edita Gruberova on a late surprise revival of her sparkling Queen of the Night?

That's what I first thought, but it's Dominique Visse as Arnalta in the 2009 Willy Decker Liceu production of Monteverdi's "L'incoronazione di Poppea", known to most White Shirt readers of this site as "the one with the insanely hot bad boy Nerone of Sarah Connolly".]

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Post-Doc Notes: And the seven thin and ill favoured kine…

•October 3, 2014 • 17 Comments

postdocnotes_cWhile I was still a grad student, our evil assistant supervisor (previously referred to on these pages as Prof. McGonetohell, She-who-must-not-be-named or “only to be approached in Parseltongue”) used to repeat a phrase I hated with a passion. She always said “The really tough years are the ones after you complete your Ph.D.”

Of course, we scoffed at that. After all, what could be worse than slaving away over a Ph.D., still without a standing or a title in the academic community, overworked, underpaid, and depending on the supervisors’ board every whim?

Much to my chagrin, the assistant supervisor was right.

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White Shirt Monday: Knightress of the Rose

•September 29, 2014 • 2 Comments

erraught_ZEIT40.14[We will heartily buy into that headline. Repeatedly. - Featured in the OpernSpezial of ZEIT 40/14 (p.67): Tara Erraught in Munich]

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White Shirt Monday: Wir bleiben Troy

•September 8, 2014 • 18 Comments

troyanos ludwig RK[Well, Ms.Ludwig, who would not be smiling at THAT? - Tatiana Troyanos (Octavian) and Christa Ludwig (Marschallin) towards the end of Act I in Strauss' "Rosenkavalier", Salzburg 1969. - Photo Credit: Willi Schuh (ed.). Der Rosenkavalier. Fassungen, Filmszenarium, Briefe. Frankfurt/M.: Fischer 1971, illustr. 45.]

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White Shirt Wednesday: Ties That Bind

•August 20, 2014 • 10 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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