White Shirt Monday: …with their boots on.


[Boots. And tie. And vest.You’re doing it right, Phyllis Pancella  – here as Sesto in Mozart’s “La clemenza di Tito” with Paul Austin Kelly as Tito, Boston 2006. – Photo Credit: Clive Grainger via the Preterist Archive, of all places]

The other day, I (s)tumbl(r)ed upon this (could be illustrated by this little Panto exercise). More boots!

Also, if Schubert had, by time warp, ended up dating Gilbert or Sullivan, they’d have written a song for Phyllis P. instead of that prancy-boorish “An Silvia”. But why do I go on talking, I’m sure you’re still drooling over that “Rinaldo photo”. Handel with care!


25 thoughts on “White Shirt Monday: …with their boots on.”

    1. That’s W.S. Gilbert. This isn’t.

      For Phyllis Pancella, who makes a fine fella,
      As Titus, Rinaldo, and Sesto too,
      We drool adoration, we pool incantation,
      All singing–“Just wear boots and vest, oh do!”
      If Schubert had seen her when she’s Angelina,
      Forgotten Syl, he’d of.”It’s Phyl I’m in need of!”
      And she’d have made Gilbert as nuts as a filbert,
      Unmodified rapture his cry:
      “Could I but be the four-in-hand knot on your tie!”


      1. ….LOLing forever. 😀

        Following Anna Russel’s advice, I think we could easily put on our own Gilbert and Sullivan – “HMiP Pantsgalore”, or something of the like.


        1. Love that idea! Cast like Handel: one soprano, one bass, all the rest all mezzo, all the time. The Mezzo of the Queen’s Navy, The Modern Mezzo-General. What a fantasy! Thank you!


        1. See, I missed that the three first times. And with the plethora of Titus operas around, one of them has got to feature a version apt for a mezzo hero.


    1. …always beautiful to witness another generation seeing the light and following the path of true trouser mezzo glory, right? 😉 And ticking off all the right classics, too!


    1. To get back to the original – this is entertaining

      And I’ve been burning the midnight oil lately, listening to the Met broadcasts and gabbed the Bardon (most of it anyway) and Coote interviews from the intermissions of Faust and Otello:

      Coote: https://www.sugarsync.com/pf/D8611064_68977536_369081
      Bardon: https://www.sugarsync.com/pf/D8611064_69467288_061595

      DiDonato certainly is an engaging figure all the same, you’ve got to admire her on so many levels. I don’t think anybody has (deservedly) got it so right over the last few years.


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