White Shirt Monday: Alpha Romeo II


[Things to do if you need a pick-me-up on this Monday morning: 1) Have a friend send you a message saying “But have you looked at DiDonato in Barcelona?” (the things one misses when looking at sopranos in Brussels!) because oh my. 2) Do a Google image search on “DiDonato +Capuleti” and sigh happily at the bounty. And be grateful that there are singers who throw themselves into a heartthrob Romeo or five with the same gusto as into mad queens or spunky maidens.- Patrizia Ciofi (Giulietta) and Joyce DiDonato (Romeo) in Bellini’s “I Capuleti e i Montecchi”, Barcelona 2016. – Photo Credit: Antoni Bofill/Liceu]

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The Tangled Coloratura Web(er) We Weave


[A timely reminder that tomorrow, ARTE airs the 44 minute cut of the Mozart/Weber Sisters program of Sabine Devieilhe with Ensemble Pygmalion and Raphaël Pichon. – Photo Credit: Molina Visuals/Warner, via Rondo]

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The Brussels “Mitridate”, cont’d: “Aspasia’s Diary”

[“Exactly how did I get here?!” – A post to continue our discussion of character cues for Aspasia (and related characters) as started here. I am assuming it will go… hand-in-hand?  – Lenneke Ruiten (Aspasia) in Mozart’s “Mitridate”, Brussels 2016.]

Of course, this is nothing but a flimsy excuse for a lengthy, campy screencap post (all caps: click to expand). I am particularly fond of all the variations of the “I’m done with this!” look that this Aspasia seems to keep at hand.

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