White Shirt Monday: Double-Breasted

15-01-2016 21-52-09[Perks to being a soubretta. Exhibit A. – Marina Prudenskaya (Composer) and Brenda Rae (hey, you remember that “Rinaldo”? Zerbinetta) in Strauss’ “Ariadne auf Naxos”, Berlin 2015.]

Hans Neuenfels’ “Ariadne auf Naxos” for Berliner Staatsoper won Opera of The Year 2015 (the critic’s award from Opernwelt magazine) –  and of course it comes with a nice double set of White Shirt Smattering: first of all, there is Marina Prudenskaya, who has delivered an Azucena that really had me sit up straight in my seat, as Composer, something that hit me out of nowhere (how often do you see an Azucena sing a Composer?!). That, and the return of the double-breasted suit that she carries rather well in addition.

And second, we may have uncovered the long lost third verse of the great Zerbinetta scene, “Großmächtige Prinzessin”:

15-01-2016 21-53-11[“Kam der neue Gott gegangen, hingegeben war ich stumm, we covered that. But now let’s move on to the goddesses – I like your hair, by the way – and that thing about keeping silent then… well, not so much.” – Brenda Rae (Zerbinetta) and Camilla Nylund (Ariadne) and the dialog that should have been in Strauss’ “Ariadne auf Naxos”, Berlin 2015.]

15-01-2016 21-54-14[“Actually, are you doing anything this evening? I’ve got four guys who can keep each other busy for a change, and that is a perfectly good chaiselongue that looks big enough for two and did I mention that I really like your hair?” – Brenda Rae (Zerbinetta) and Camilla Nylund (Ariadne) and more dialog that should have been in Strauss’ “Ariadne auf Naxos”, Berlin 2015.]

PS. I wasn’t kidding about the double-breasted suit:15-01-2016 21-56-34[“Guys, you pretend to be a set of pillars. I’ve got to chase after someone in this temple.” – Marina Prudenskaya (Composer) and Brenda Rae (Zerbinetta) in Strauss’ “Ariadne auf Naxos”, Berlin 2015.]

2 thoughts on “White Shirt Monday: Double-Breasted”

    1. oh, let me know if you find anything! The website only had the video (hence the blurry screencaps), no photo section that I could find… I didn’t check the press reviews, though.

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