White Shirt Monday: Wheat Shirts?

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[It’s springtime, and White Shirts in boots should can be seen in the fields again, usually accompanied by a soprano. In this case, Olivia Vermeulen (Turno) and Robin Johannsen (Giuturna), seen rehearsing for this past Saturday’s premiere at Staatsoper UdL/Schillertheater in Berlin, in Agostino Steffani’s newly undusted “Amor vien dal destino”, as staged by Ingo Kerkhof, Berlin/Staatsoper 2016. – Photo Credit: Thomas M. Jauk]

If you are in Berlin: the René Jacobs-conducted production is still running this week, on April 27th and 30th, and then the following week on May 4th and 7th. A rare chance to hear this music live (it apparently hasn’t been staged for the past 300 years? Though there is mention of a New York concert performance in 1982), plus Ingo Kerkhof gets a notion on my part as he was responsible for the Hannover “Figaro” which led to this special White Shirt post a while back.

Check their backstage blog post for some mezzo fencing, and some more wig-and-make up-free snapshot impressions from the rehearsal process.

Since this is such a rare piece, I suspect there to be at least a radio broadcast, I could not find data on a video streaming. But perhaps ARTE will offer up a pleasant surprise?

Also, the Berlin Staatsoper’s choice of of photo for advertising the next season is this:

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It would work on me. In fact, let me see if there is any coinciding conferencing happening in Berlin next season. I have some outstanding Wagner appointments with the Deutsche Oper anyway.

7 thoughts on “White Shirt Monday: Wheat Shirts?”

  1. “Amor vien dal destino” or “Lost in the Wheatfield” (that’s some crop they’re having!). That shot is ripe for captions. Let me attempt a couple:

    Turno: should I kiss her or keep pretending I know how to get out of this field?
    Giuturna: why won’t he kiss me already?

    Giuturna: when we arrived here the wheat was green and barely off the ground. Why do I always fall for the shy types?
    Turno: maybe I should kiss her. Then again, maybe not.

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    1. …I’m pretty sure that’s how it went.

      The wheat – yes, but it was the only shot without the white facepaint (I am so over white facepaint. Or – given tonight – over dark bodypaint)

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      1. I love white facepaint, it’s a staple of black metal 😀 (cheese +++). They could graduate to spikey arm guards and maces.

        is dark body paint a new (ironic?) version of blackface or something else altogether?

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        1. Ironic, don’t I wish!
          I think it was supposed to criticize blackface, but it was not as socially conscious as it wanted itself to be.

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          1. the Aix Così we just liveblogged. Death Metal may be a field of daisies in comparison (or at least less problematic).

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