White Shirt Tuesday: I’ll Be Over There, Getting Drunk With The Rest Of The Aliens

•February 2, 2016 • 3 Comments

Grande White Shirt[La Grande Dame White Shirt du Nord: look at those cufflinks and tell me that Anne Sofie von Otter hasn’t still got it. I dare you. – “Isolde’s Abendbrot” [Isolde’s Dinner], a lieder evening show staged by Christoph Marthaler, starring Anne Sofie von Otter behind a bar (plus a few dudes), Theater Basel 2015]

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From The Writing Desk. Stages, Chapter 13

•February 1, 2016 • 6 Comments

[an opera novella]
[written as Daphne]

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From The Writing Desk: Stages, Chapter 12

•January 28, 2016 • 2 Comments

[an opera novella]
[written as Daphne]

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White Shirt Monday: Countess Chatterley’s Page

•January 25, 2016 • 3 Comments

16-01-2016 23-38-05[The Lay of the Love and Death of Cherubino Cornet Rilke: Do you remember the suit-yes-shirt-no Dorabella in the existentialist Madrid “Così fan tutte”? – Now south of Madrid with lots of suit and lots of shirt: Paola Gardina as Cherubino in Mozart’s “Le nozze di Figaro” as staged by Elena Barbalich, Turin 2015.]

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White Shirt Monday: Double-Breasted

•January 18, 2016 • 2 Comments

15-01-2016 21-52-09[Perks to being a soubretta. Exhibit A. – Marina Prudenskaya (Composer) and Brenda Rae (hey, you remember that “Rinaldo”? Zerbinetta) in Strauss’ “Ariadne auf Naxos”, Berlin 2015.]

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From The Writing Desk: Stages, Chapter 11

•January 7, 2016 • 8 Comments

[an opera novella]
[written as Daphne]

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White Shirt Monday: I’m Hänseling It

•January 4, 2016 • 15 Comments

Hänseling It[The Indigo Girls may have worn this vest during a 90s Unplugged Event, about the same time my girlfriend’s dog had this haircut. But even under dire Wardrobe conditions, a perfect White Shirt mezzo will execute signature move A and throw herself protectively (or not) atop the soprano. – It’s Humperdinck’s “Hänsel and Gretel”-but-that-is-no-excuse as staged my Adrian Noble, Vienna/Staatsoper 2015.]

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