White Shirt Monday: Untied

[Prize question to Aspasia above: What is the most logical reaction to this display of an attractive soprano in a white shirt taking off their tie? – Lenneke Ruiten (Aspasia) and Myrtò Papatanasiu (Sifare) in Mozart’s “Mitridate” as staged by le lab, Brussels 2016.]

The older I get, the more I treasure the ability to still be unapologetically enthusiastic about something.
And it is not just the capacity to be moved by something, despite having lived long enough to have learned to govern and guard emotions: it also extends to not economizing and rationalizing one’s own reaction, but being unabashed in the enjoyment of it instead.

In that sense, streamblogging the Brussels “Mitridate” on Friday was a wonderful experience, and it was a performance (see the review in the post right below this) with many wonderful elements. The stream is available on ARTE Concert by now and downloads as a 4GB+ file, but if thadieu is right, the wired singers and well-micc’ed pit on Thursday seem to suggest the possibility of a DVD release – just in case you’d like to wait an inordinately long time to make yourself familiar with this production (which you’ll likely also achieve if you keep reading this blog). Or, if you’re in Brussels this week: the show is still running on Tue 17th and Thu 19th.

That said, I wasn’t kidding about the next “Mitridate” screencapping avalanche coming your way (I’ll try to tag the gist of it with “Greek Soprano Syndrome” or some such thing, so you can skip them if you like). The only thing preventing a dozen-capped “Sifare Reloaded” post right now is the fact that I still have to write two lectures for this week, and neither of them is on early Mozart seria.

Oh, and the answer to the prize question:


[Dropping your shirt, obviously. – Myrtò Papatanasiu (Sifare) and Lenneke Ruiten (Aspasia) in Mozart’s “Mitridate”, Brussels 2016 aka What A Time To Be Alive.]

11 thoughts on “White Shirt Monday: Untied”

  1. also, taking a peek at the Arte link whilst trying to work and my first impression is, I pretty much dress just like Sifare in that opening scene, assuming the blue pants are jeans and hair a little spikier. Strikes me funny. 🙂


    1. …if you’re wife fancies power suits in pistachio green in addition, you’re all set for the next theme party!

      (if we played “Are you Brussels or Paris, tag yourself”, I’d end up in the Paris corner. Including the marriage to a fierce petite redhead.)


        1. it’s enough when the singers breathe!

          (and my cap archive is growing – fun weeks ahead. Though I might have to keep the Scotch at hand)

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