It’s all my baby brother’s fault. This all started because he – the Cooking Scientist – called me when he came back from Beaune, after a weekend of Baroque, escargots and cassis, with a crush on Romina Basso.
He heard her in Handel’s “Trionfo del tempo del disinganno” and is since smitten with her dark colors.
Well, that’s what good contraltos will do to you, I told him (although before managing that answer, I had to get over quite a bit of “green and ugly” first). Though Basso is also often billed as a mezzo-soprano. I’m not sure by which she goes officially, since she doesn’t have a website (that I could find). Perhaps she could call Sonia Prina about that sometime?
Either way, “Trionfo”. And my brother with an opera queen crush on Romina Basso.
“They live broadcast it on the web,” he told me. “But I didn’t have connection to send you a message about it!”
“Nevermind,” I said over the next flash of green. I checked Arte+7 immediately, but it wasn’t there, though some googling made me stumble about yet another Arte dependence, arteliveweb. And what do you know, the whole “Trionfo” still is streamable from there, though God knows for how long or from where. If you have a chance, catch this while it’s still online! It’s a little rough around the edges at times, but it’s Handel, it’s Beaune, and Basso does have some awfully nice low piani.
It’s with the Gabrieli Consort under Paul McCreesh, with Renata Pokupic, Rebecca Bottone, Roman Colett and the aforementioned Romina Basso.
Let me be more precise: Romina Basso in heels and pants and a black shirt and cleavage.
And since she’s Disinganno, of course she’s flirting with Bellezza. Let me provide you with a visual:
And there’s Edna from “The Incredibles” at the theorbo, too:
“Where can I hear Ms. Basso again?” my brother said.
“Can I see the dress of the soprano again?” I asked. The November “Alcina”, of course, I told him. He went off in search of tickets, only to tell me that there’s no Basso as Bradamante in sight in November: apparently, Romina Basso is out, Kristina Hammarström is on.
Not for the Paris performance, though (Nov. 29th). Romina Basso is still listed for that one.
And apropos Paris: we should go to Paris for this one. Of course, if it also had Mijanovic, I would probably already be standing in the street with my thumb out and a sign reading “Paris, 2011”. Like this, I may be able to plan with a shred of dignity left – Lemieux, Jaroussky, Basso… anyone else drooling already?