[If you thought that Latin, Bible-based oratorios automatically exclude some sizzling White Shirt mezzo/contralto flirting, think again. – Delphine Galou (Holofernes) and Ann Hallenberg (Juditha) in Vivaldi’s “Juditha triumphans”, Beaune 2011. Conductor in the middle: Federico Maria Sardelli]
ArteLive Web continues to share its Beaune bounty of 2011. The Vivaldi “Juditha triumphans” starring Delphine Galou as Holofernes, the bad boy lusting after the virtuous widow Juditha (Ann Hallenberg) is up for your general and un-geoblocked White Shirt enjoyment on the corresponding website.
Of course Juditha only agrees to meet Holofernes for a date to later behead him, but that still doesn’t cut out the flirting. And as far as lesbian drama goes, well, just read “beheading” as a metaphor for “overly processing ex-girlfriends at inopportune moments” and you’re all set. Add a female -casted supporting cast and the energetic and differentiated reading by Sardelli – I last heard him with Handel, but now I think that I like his Vivaldi even better – and you’re up for one very enjoyable evening.
Also, if I were 14 again, I would definitely be crushing out on Galou. Hot damn!
A word on the side regarding our very favorite YouTube channel, OedipusTyrannus: If you’re quick, you can take home the evening for good here (nicely sorted and with playlist – thank you Oedipus. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!), but be quick. Oedipus had also uploaded the Hallenberg Farinelli extravaganza (still up on ArteLiveWeb and do not miss, if for the encores alone!), but that got taken down by ARTE within less than 24 hours. In light of recent news of coloraturafan2’s much appreciated efforts of bringing us poor MEZZO-less folks the Aix-en-Provence “Clemenza” with Connolly getting thwarted, “be quick” bears repeating.