White Shirt Monday: Rom(ul)ans

[Powder blue tunic from outer space: Isabel Leonard as Sesto in Handel’s “Giulio Cesare”, Paris 2011.]

After a weekend that most of us will have spent with donations (e.g. via the Red Cross – if you have other trustworthy links for donations, please share it in the comments) and the renewed conviction to always vote anti-nuclear, let us remember for a second that what can keep humanity afloat apart from these things – helping hands and responsible action – are beauty and the ability to smile.

Lang sent me this clip of “L’angue offesa mai riposa” with a “White Shirt/Blue Tunic” post-it last week, but more than the White Shirt factor, I was thrown by the extraterrestrial factor.

Clearly, the libretto has been misinterpreted so far. It’s not “Sesto, a young Roman”, but “Sesto, a young Romulan“. Like this. That, or perhaps a very sensitive young Vulcan – perhaps like this one? (Bonus question: does that make Cleopatra more likely to be Betazoid?)

But back to Sesto: It’s all there! The marked eyebrows, the distinct ears, the characteristic unisex haircut (including the forehead hairline!) the tunic dress style in cool colors and even the pale skin tone. Isabel Leonard – whom I didn’t recognize at first – may indeed have otherworldly powers (something the guys over at Barihunks suspect ever since her marriage).

I’m still looking for the Romulan Warbird space ship in this clip…

[Youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EK-JRVz4CwY]

[clips with thanks to – for much more (Dessay as Cleopatra!), check in at OedipusTyrannus]

14 thoughts on “White Shirt Monday: Rom(ul)ans”

  1. Snigger…. ah, Monteverdi, little did you realise when you set this ball rolling that it would all end up at Xena and Star Trek! And you know Trebs always put me a little in mind of Deanna Troi… Fantasy Star Trek opera casting anyone?

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    1. nice call.

      Does that make Josephine Barstow Beverly Crusher?

      Also, I’d cast Christine Schäfer as DS9’s Conolel Kira Nerys.

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      1. I see your Kira Nerys and raise you an Angelika Kirchshlager/Jadzia Daz and a Sonia Prina/Ezri Dax. That of course leaves us with Seven of Nine… hmm… Elina Garanca?

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        1. deal on Garanca! 😉

          I applaud your Dax choices and suggest Felicity Lott as Lwaxana Troi.

          Anja Harteros wouldn’t make a bad Deanna, either. She’s got the hair…

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  2. Troyanos has already played a starship captain: at the Met, in The Voyage. It could only get better if she did another.

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        1. you’re making this difficult, FF! 😉 I even own an old video tape (bought!) from this Fledermaus, back from my KTK crush days, though Soffel makes it worth rewatching every time.

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  3. “After a weekend that most of us will have spent with donations (e.g. via the Red Cross – if you have other trustworthy links for donations, please share it in the comments) and the renewed conviction to always vote anti-nuclear, let us remember for a second that what can keep humanity afloat apart from these things – helping hands and responsible action – are beauty and the ability to smile”

    Hi Anik and all –
    I have a bunch of friends in Japan and the all say it is best to support ’Médecins Sans Frontières’ I learned there is a branch of the organization in several counties accepting donations going to Japan: http://www.msf.org/msf/donations/donations_home.cfm
    Yesterday I had a meeting with several artists and we were all feeling quite ashamed worrying about the future of arts in these apocalyptic days until one of them quoted German priest and scholar Martin Luther:
    “Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.”
    Well then – see you in the garden … .

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    1. Having worked in emergency aid myself many moons ago, I’m with the ‘chef… MSF are great, absolutely reliable, your money will a) get there and b) be used wisely. A friend who worked for a large aid org in Aceh after the 2004 tsunami confirmed the same problems existed there. He’s now in Pakistan working on post-flood relief and surprise surprise same old problems!

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      1. Thanks, Bergerchef and Purity!
        MSF Germany doesn’t collect Japan-specific yet, though they may open a call soon. German Red Cross launched a specific call (my second choice since MSF wasn’t available yet) a few days ago already. I’ll keep scanning for this side of pond and channel.

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