The Salzburg 2003 “Clemenza di Tito” Liveblogging Thread


Welcome to the White Shirt live comment thread for a White Shirt classic: Mozart’s “La clemenza di Tito” from the 2003 Salzburg festival, with Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducting the Vienna Philharmonic and in a Martin Kušej staging.

Cast Listing:
Tito: Michael Schade
Sesto: Vesselina Kasarova (bring your smelling salts for the shirtsleeves!)
Vitellia: Dorothea Röschmann (more smelling salts)
Annio: Elīna Garanča (bring new dyke on the block kit)
Servilia: Barbara Bonney (bring smelling salts and flowers)
Publio: Luca Pisaroni (#IfIHadToPickABassbaritone)

The production is available on YT (among the first search results for “Clemenza di Tito”).

Libretto:  Italian, English.

White Shirt Emergency Support (3)

[Okay. It’s done. Time to put on the armor and sneer in contempt at the level of idiocy and incompetence on display (why, yes, I do feel like being petty today). – Joyce DiDonato (Romeo) in Bellini’s “I Capuleti e i Montecchi”, Kansas City 2013. – Photo Credit. Cory Weaver/K.C. Lyric Opera]

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White Shirt Emergency Support (2)

[Oh look – live footage from Capitol Hill, as the allegories of Desolation, Despair and Depression assemble to commemorate one of the unfiner moments in history. And if I am to make through today without live-conserving my liver, I have to rely on the most blinding moment of beauty and truthfulness and godness that 2016 had to offer for me. – Myrtò Papatanasiu (Sifare), Petricia Petibon (Aspasia) and Agnès Aubé (Older Lady-in-Waiting) in Mozart’s “Mitridate”, Paris/TCE 2016]

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White Shirt Emergency Support (1)


[Because sometimes, the only viable option is #DrinksWithBrangäne. Or cooking up a sleeping potion with a duration of, say, four years? – Catherine Naglestad (Sieglinde) in Wagner’s “Die Walküre”, Amsterdam/DNO 2016]

Since I can’t pass you the bottle of strong liquor, let me counteract the current ritualistic burial of Western Democracy the only way I know: with the beauty and fierceness of opera and its singers.

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Sound and Clouds And Thunder (9)

[Barbara Hannigan performing Ligeti’s “Mysteries of the Macabre” with the Gothenburg Symphony. Recorded 12 April 2013 in Gothenburg; clip with thanks to Göteborgs Symfoniker]

There’s also a  full performance of “Le grand macabre” on YT, staged by Fura del Baus, and yet the whole Ligeti is still less absurd than what is going on today.

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