On the Street Where You Live:
Vivica Genaux as Ernesto in the Dec. 5th opening night of Haydn’s “Il Mondo della Luna” at Theater an der Wien.
For all those unable to catch the none-too-high-res ORF2 live stream or one of the remaining December performances, here’s a bit of mezzo capping from the moon, featuring White Shirt All Star Vivica Genaux – and Maite Beaumont of Ruggiero and Ottavia fame giving the term “Upstairs Maid” a run for its money.
In my opinion, Beaumont was the musical highlight of the evening; Genaux had too little to work with and the staging was “meh” at best. Still, the White Shirt Impact and the Doubled Mezzo Factor turned the show into a reasonably entertaining evening.
Genaux and the “On the Street Where you Live” segment, including “casual strolling with jacket thrown over shoulder”:
1001 Ways to Get the Girl, No. 947: Try dressing up as the Statue of Liberty, with a goatee:
(Don’t knock it, it seems to work sometimes)
And then there was Maite Beaumont, and a lot of audible proof that the world needs a lot more Maite Beaumont on its opera stages (and just how many Almodóvar movies in one do you find channeled here?):
“Wait – did I just see a baritone auditioning for I Dream of Jeannie?”
…yes. You did.
White Shirt, Pink Blouse: this is not a time to be nitpicky. Beaumont rocks.