White Shirt Monday: Alpha Romeo
[Swagger: This is how you do it. - Vesselina Kasarova as Romeo in Bellini's "I Capuleti e i Montecchi", Munich 2012.]
There are still 327 (now, 326) shots of Kasarova’s final scenic appearance as the Romeo of all Romeos sitting on my harddrive. And I would have posted this in the morning, but I got sidetracked by that jawline.
This opera has it all: the mezzo who gets the soprano (fin, they both die, but tenor boy is definitely left outside the crypt), including two big love duets. Also: swords, leather jackets, vocal bravado, white shirts, boots, romance, dueling. And dying for love.
It’s Romeo and Juliet with lesbian leads, right down to the processing and U-Hauling (fine, it wouldn’t have needed to be a crypt, but still, they did move in together). It was even written for a female singer back 1830.