Mezzo Alert: ma tu ben mio… Connolly in Aix
Lord Byron Sesto (Sarah Connolly) in discussion with Carmen Gianattasio's Vitellia, Aix-en-Provence 2001. - Festival Aix-en-Provence]
Empire waistlines, riding boots and black waist coats, oh my. “La clemenza di Tito” in Aix-en-Provence is looking good and it’s also bringing in rave reviews for its resident Sesto, Sarah Connolly. (can I have another moment for that coat an those boots, please?). Also doing well in reviews is the Annio of Anna Stephany, the second trouser role of the opera.
The production will be live broadcast on France Musique on July 19th as of 8 p.m. (GMT+1), though the actual music will start at 9:30 p.m. (GMT+1). Meanwhile, the lucky inhabitants of France and Germany who are solvent owners of a MEZZO channel access can not just hear, but also see the production in a live broadcast on July 21st, along with viewers in Switzerland and France who have a chance to book a seat for a HD video broadcast in selected cinemas also on July 21st.
As for the rest of us, we can only hope that someone records the MEZZO broadcast and makes parts or the entirely available via YouTube.
In addition, a little bird told me that for further visual impressions, you can stop by the Photo Gallery by Pascal Victor, which is well worth a look – Connolly in boots, Connolly brandishing a sword, Connolly strutting around in a black coat, Connolly invading the personal space of a soprano or two…