The Toulon 2015 “Giulio Cesare” Liveblogging Thread

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Welcome to the White Shirt live comment thread for Handel’s “Giulio Cesare in Egitto” from Toulon 2015, starring
Giulio Cesare: Sonia Prina *screaming*
Cleopatra: Roberta Invernizzi
Cornelia:Teresa Iervolino *screaming*
Sesto: Monica Bacelli *screaming*
Tolomeo: Daniela Pini *more ladies!*
Achilla: Riccardo Novaro
Nireno: Benedetta Mazzucato *yet more ladies! Maximum of ladies!*
Curio: Pierre Bessière.

Rinaldo Alessandrini conducts the Toulon opera orchestra, the Xena-levels-of-camp staging is by Frédéric Andrau.

The show can be found on YT in an 8-part playlist; the libretto in English, German and Italian can be found here.

Liveblogging: Handel’s “Giulio Cesare” from Toulon (2015) on Saturday

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[Just in case you ever wondered what it looks like when the White Shirt crowd meets up for some snark’n’swoon liveblogging over drinks. – Sonia Prina (Cesare, centerstage) throwing a party in Handel’s “Giulio Cesare”, Toulon 2015]

The Eye Bags Summer Festival of liveblogging continues with another White Shirt event, the campy 2015 Handel “Cesare” from Toulon featuring Sonia Prina in the lead. The date is this upcoming Saturday, Aug. 27th, at 9 p.m. (UTC+2).

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Acres of Baroque Belcanto

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Cancel everything, I obviously need to undertake a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. On Sept 26th, to be precise.

Can I just squeal for a moment about how utterly PERFECT this lady casting is? (my office colleage is asking whether I am in need of medical assitance. Possibly, yes.)

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White Skirt Wednesday: The Trope of the Trouser Traveller

[Taking out the trash? Also the precise moment Zerlina considers option B (or rather, option E). – Myrtò Papatanasiu (Donna Elvira), Ildebrando D’Arcangelo (Don Giovanni) and Emily Fons (Zerlina) in Mozart’s “Don Giovanni”, San Diego 2015.]

When we liveblogged the 1999 Vienna “Don Giovanni”, the only redeeming element about its costumes (candyfloss and spaniels, anyone?) were the commedia dell’arte elements used for Leporello and Donna Elvira, turning them into a Zanni and an Innamorata respectively. That meant Donna Elvria in pants, which makes a startling lot of sense, given the history of the myth prior to Mozart and da Ponte.

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Through Geschwitz’s Lorgnette: Trouser Role Politics

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[Latin Oratorio Problems: When you are in love with your army commander who keeps ogling the enemy instead. –  Paola Gardina (Vagaus) in Vivaldi’s “Juditha Triumphans”, Venice 2015.]

On the heels of last week’s “Juditha Triumphans” Liveblogging, we ended up talking about trouser roles (as if we ever did much else), which in this case is to blame on Paola Gardina’s Vagaus (see above), which led to thadieu digging up an August 2014 interview with Gardina from a local Rovigo (Gardina’s hometown) news outlet. It’s a small feature on Gardina’s career, in which, upon being asked which roles she prefers, she answers, „I like the roles of young men, barely more than adolescents, who arrive on the stage of life with all their anxieties and insecurities, their enthusiasm and their wish to get to know love.“

It is a lovely interview, and a lovely answer – much more about a phase in life than about gender – and as I pointed this out in commenting, it made me realize how this answer stood out as something rare to me. I examined my own relief and happiness at reading the statement, and then I turned disgruntled because it should not be a rare occurrence to find a singer who enjoys singing trouser roles and says so.

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White Shirt Monday: Romeo Rizzoli

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[No amount of barbie dolls will make this picture any less gay. – Anna Sohn (Giulietta) and Franziska Rabl (Romeo), looking for all purposes as if the grand “Rizzoli & Isles” finale will be Jane marrying the returned-from-the-dead Senior Criminalist Susie Chang, who has gotten contacts and hair extensions on the other side, but still frowns just the same. And just like that show, this production is totally straight. Riight. – Bellini’s “I Capuleti e i Montecchi” staged by Ultz for Landestheater Niederbayern/Passau 2015.]

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