Mezzo Alert. This is NOT a Drill.

•October 8, 2015 • 2 Comments

Crébasse that collar fall is doing things to well not exactly to my brain

[So, how about some Mozart? It is “Idomeneo” again and I may have a thing for another Idamante. See above: Marianne Crébassa and buttons are really only an adornment not meant to be used and how do you Anne Hathaway and OH MY all around. – The 2012 Mozart Gala with Marc Minkowski and Les Musciciens de Louvre, Paris 2012.]

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Mezzo. Soprano. Smirking.

•October 6, 2015 • 2 Comments

nousivresses[this is how you smirk when you’re about to launch into perhaps the most effortlessly sensouos Barcarolle renditions (and your duet partner is Ann Hallenberg, re: smirking, too) of recent years. This is not the treacle of “best-of” programs with the overy voluptuous sound, this is a fragrant, mild Venetian night with a perfect curated glass of vocal champagne. – Ann Hallenberg (out of focus) and Sabine Devieilhe (definitely smirking) in the Marc Minkowski-conducted Offenbach concert at Philharmonie Cologne, Cologne, 2013.]

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White Shirt Monday: Back To Old School

•October 5, 2015 • 4 Comments


[wear your suit correctly and you will get to hold hands with the Lady in Red. Fabulous singing probably helps, too. And the Ponytail of Righteous Coloratura. – Miah Persson (Sifare) and Netta Or (Aspasia) in Mozart’s “Mitridate, Ré di Ponto”, Salzburg 2006]

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White Shirt Monday: Cargo Bae 2

•September 28, 2015 • 14 Comments

[Can we not talk about my hair? Can, can  you just be kissing me now? –  in Mozart’s “Idomeneo”, Vienna (Theater an der Wien) 2013.]

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Amor, dammi l’armi: Contralto in Cufflinks

•September 25, 2015 • 1 Comment

[Delphine Galou rocking “Vorrei vendicarmi” (live – sound is a bit off) as Bradamante in Handel’s “Alcina”, St. Gallen 2011. – clip with thanks to Gudrun74]

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Di lacci avvinto il pie (e l’orecchio): Handel this

•September 24, 2015 • 5 Comments

[“Ma quando tornerai”: Anja Harteros as Handel’s “Alcina” (also, Monical Bacelli as Ruggiero, who does not sing here, but act, and I cannot decide of whom I am more jealous), staged by Robert Carsen and coducted by Giovanni Antonini. Milan 2009 – clip with thanks to Gudrun74]

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Handel Alert: O s’apre al riso

•September 23, 2015 • 12 Comments

“Alcina” lovers among us, drop everything and watch this, right this second:

[Thank you, Logan D!]

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