[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…