[Expecting those floor boards to spontaneously combust in 3, 2, 1,… – Delphine Galou as Andronico in Handel’s “Tamerlano” as staged by Pierre Audi, Brussels 2015. – Photo Credit: screencap by Lang]
Three hours of Baroque cleavage, tailcoats and jabots, featuring Ann Hallenberg as Irene (which might explain the sparse scenery – she probably would have chewed through it within her first aria), Christophe Dumaux as Tamerlano (Tolomeo all grown up!) and the dashing Delphine Galou as Andronico – and still available for streaming here, in case you missed the livestream (and check in today as of noon for Alcina with Sandrine Piau and Maite Beaumont!).
Christophe Rousset conducts the Pierre Audi production that is not that innovative or inspiring, but aesthetically pleasing (part of which I do shallowly attribute to a) Galou and b) Hallenberg) – and it has an interesting catch in that Audi derived the pace of his staging from the Baroque Drottningholm theatre, and while there may be a a bit much of somber walks coupled with staring broodily offstage, it is not jarring at any point, and a solid read.