White Shirt IDAHOT

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[It’s May 17th, it’s IDAHOT – International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (and I’d add “Queerphobia, Heteronormativity & Cisnormativity”).
A day to remember that we all have bodies, and that how we read or shape or stage these bodies, how we live our truths in relation to them, and to whom these our bodies react (and how), does not make anybody or any body more valuable or ‘truer’ than the other. Let there be respect, and let there be joy. And also, let there be gratitude for the space opera grants us to be who we are. – Susan Graham as Prince Orlofsky in “Cats Reloaded”The Flamboyant” “Die Fledermaus”, New York/MET 2015. – Photo Credit: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera]

And since I am currently going through some Ernman withdrawals, have some more Orlofsky because sometimes ‘stashed is the way to go. And if a performance is committed, there is truth to be found, no matter the cis state of things.

And since I can get away with posting this again, how about my favorite Gruberova impersonation ever? Moving on heels like Visse and mastering that coat shake (Pier Luigi Pizzi could still pick up a thing or two here!): #lifegoals. Plus Beaumont’s Ottavia: another note on sincere performances (also: #wifegoals)

And just when you thought you had gotten away: let me sneak in one recent screencap. (slightly adapted for today)

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[adapted from the current production of Mozart’s “Mitridate” as staged by le lab, Brussels 2016. – Review and cast details here.]

Happy IDAHOT! May you be safe and happy, or at least on the way there. And never forget that you are not alone.

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