[Since calling up the entire opera while sitting on the bus is hell on the data plan: “Se viver non degg’io” as a separate file on YouTube. Once more – still – Mozart’s “Mitridate” with Myrtò Papatanasiu (Sifare) and Patricia Petibon (Aspasia), Paris 2016. – Clip with thanks to thadieu!]
Actually, I meant to talk about the Jommelli “Vologeso” from Stuttgart today, but I still only managed to skim through the performance (Smith and Schneiderman, though. I would watch those two navigate a comlicated seria relationship for the length of an entire “Ring” cycle), so that will have to wait a bit longer.
I did think a lot about “Don Giovanni” and authorship in the past few days, thanks to a lively discussion in the post announcing chapter 15 of “Stages”, and about the fact that the trope of the irresistible seducer is still so very uncontested in scholarship, staging and reception, but none of that really involves hot mezzos in pants or other White Shirt instances.
So instead, have some non-toxic masculinity on a cis female body, and involved performances and beauty (also, hands). A happy week to all of you.