White Shirt Monday: Camp Calisto

Calisto Camp Darmstadt.png

[That elusive spot where the performance is simply fabulous, and gender matters only relatively, and sex not at all: Staatstheater Darmstadt’s current junior production of Cavalli’s “La Calisto” has an aim to rival Cupid’s there.
So… who’s who? Who’s what? …and why does it even matter? – If I deduced correctly: Penelope Mason (Satirino), Theodore Browne (Pane) and David Hong (Silvano) camping it up in the woods in in Cavalli’s “La Calisto”, Darmstadt 2016.]

The production also has a Jupiter who does his own falsetto for Giove-in-Diana (seen before), a mezzo Endimione (not seen before, especially with the sheep hairstyle) and a female-bodied Linfea (likely transposed up?) to write home about. There is one final performance on July 12, though it’s aready sold out. At least we do have the trailer, which leaves me with the (Paris is) burning question “Where do I get Pane’s giraffe-pane jacket? And what is his hairspray brand?”

 

P.S. Bonus points for the production tagline:

“Wollten Sie nicht schon immer von einem Schwan geliebt werden? Von einem Goldregen verführt? Oder sogar endlich etwas mit Ihrer Vorgesetzten anfangen? Alles ist möglich, wenn Jupiter, der Gott aller Götter, Sie liebt, zumal im paradiesischen Arkadien…”

[“Haven’t you always wanted to be loved by a swan? Seduced by a rain of gold? Or even finally start an affair with your female boss? Everything is possible if Jove, God of Gods, is in love with you, especially if it’s in Arcadia…”]

If you want a whole “Calisto” after this, YT has the Glyndebourne 1971 with Ileana Cotrubas and Janet Baker, and the almost complete Monnaie 1996 with Maria Bayo. (and if you want an bit of queer campy fic to go with the myth: at your service).

27 thoughts on “White Shirt Monday: Camp Calisto”

  1. great.. i was really debating music for the night.. Gilda dying again was a bit heavy… and Pique Dame is also a bit heavy given i woke up sooo late and had meetings all the way until 10pm (!) and need something light.. so this will do! i’d love to be taking part in that production from trailer😀 .

    Like

    1. ps- the styling of the singing + the orchestration was sooooo similar to the Paris 2004 Poppea with ACA’s Nerone that at some points I thought I was listening to Monteverdi.. so i checked: indeed: Concerto Vocale with Rene Jacobs!🙂 (the 1996 version)

      Like

      1. The Monnaie 1996 with Jacobs is my favorite – love his idea of orchestral color. Wait the 2004 ACA Poppea is also Jacobs? Off I go to relisten while hopefully designing morally appropriate exam questions…

        >

        Like

        1. yes, really, i looooooove that ACA’s Nerone, soo much.. particularly also b/c of Concerto Vocale + Jacobs. He put the whole thing together.. (now that i hear this 1996 La Monnaie.. it is realllly his style, all singers in that Poppea 2004 sounded like this in phrasing.. and then you add ACA to it for the tone🙂 )

          Like

          1. don’t forget this (and note all the instruments!!) that whole show rocks. in this role i love how much dedicated T.Allen is in phrasing because most tenor really tries a bit too hard… but yes, *everyone* was amazing (including the baby dyke Amore..)
            (oh yes, von Otter, she tackled and nearly strangled Ottone into submission!)

            Like

          2. Allen has done this various times, hasn’t he? He feels very familiar also beyond this production.

            “baby dyke amore” – yes, pretty much😀

            (oh dear, there is ACA in that undone bowtie. Must remember breathing.)
            (good thing we don’t have this one in HD. We might get arrested on crashing the WP servers with screencaps – although: if we did not manage that with “Mitridate”, I think we are safe)

            Liked by 1 person

          3. i did want to write 5 posts on it… i’d love to have a discussion at some point.. b/c it’s really ranking up there for me in acting and singing ( + orchestra + conducting)

            Like

          4. It must be a TCE fate that they put on the most engaging productions to never appear on DVD.

            Like

          5. at least they broadcast… i’m still hoping somebody will share their vhs-taped ACA’s agrippina 2003🙂 .. i was thrilled this Nerone was available (miraculously)

            Like

          6.  

            yes, at least they are friends with ARTE.😉

            (imagine how deprived we would be, and not even know it, without the Paris Mitridate! We might have seen a few stage photos online and wondered what might have been, but we would have missed out on so much truth and beauty)

             

             

            Gesendet: Dienstag, 28. Juni 2016 um 11:16 Uhr Von: "Eye Bags" <comment-reply@wordpress.com> An: aniklachev@web.de Betreff: [Eye Bags] Comment: "White Shirt Monday: Camp Calisto"

            Like

          7.  

            we might have watched Brussels.

            (But it's not the same thing. Particularly with regard to a certain coloratura soprano or two!)

            Gesendet: Dienstag, 28. Juni 2016 um 11:27 Uhr Von: "Eye Bags" <comment-reply@wordpress.com> An: aniklachev@web.de Betreff: [Eye Bags] Comment: "White Shirt Monday: Camp Calisto"

            Like

      1. oh yes, contralto Endimione!! She transmits such peace there, even though the aria is about impossible longing. (it’s on her Monteverdi/Vivaldi/Handel album, isn’t it? That was the first of hers I owned – also because of that aria)

        La Calisto: I first listened to it in the summer of 1997. I had a friend in Early Music, and we spent days on the couch watching and rewatching “Calisto”. (I remember the news of the Death of Lady Di shaking up our summer and distracting us for a few day from the Cavalli Diana) My friend loved the role of Endimione and the non-possessive love he embodies. I – slowly at the point of coming out to other people, him included – was stupefied by Calisto’s storyline: ostracized desire beautifully, unabashedly voiced. We were both very attracted to unattainable women at that point, very much “Goddess of the Moon”. So Cavalli will always feel a bit like falling love to me.😉

        But the story has a PS:
        that friend, several years later, worked up his courage and asked his Diana out. And another few years later, he actually married his “Goddess of the Moon” (they continue to be happy all over my Facebook feed and are wonderful together).
        (Mine never loved me back and married another eventually, but every time I listen to this aria, I remember the years spent in her vicinity and the wealth of things, both deliriously happy and desperately sad, she made me feel.)

        Liked by 1 person

        1. 17 hours later… i can’t get it out of my head (not that i need to, currently on repeat..). Thanks for the beautiful accompanied memory-story (and inadvertent explanation of the plot, i was only listening last night w/o reading up the story.. will have a go again today). But yes, R.Jacobs, i’m a devout follower of his conducting, exemplified by this La Calisto and that Poppea.. his way of accompanying Pushee, so achingly beautiful… His is quite different than E.Haïm (but I haven’t listened to EM in these two pieces nor have I to RJ in Mozart..) but they both have tremendous effect on me..

          Like

          1. If you’ve seen the dystopian Idomeneo from TADW with Arquéz and Petersen, you’ve heard Jacobs with Mozart.
            His Figaro is on YT in full, too.

            Like

          2. oh, you’re right.. i heard partially Idomeneo on tube, i have heard him live conducting La Finta Giardiniera from TADW back in that 2010 alcina trip… so either i’m not used to hearing Mozart or i muuuuch love his conducting in Händel + Monterverdi + other baroque things… same way I didn’t quite hear anything from L.Equilbey: to my untrained ears Mozart is very different than Händel + earlier music🙂 , i.e., whatever ideas LE or RJ have i don’t hear well. So in that sense, E.Haïm’s conducting really speaks to me more (b/c i remember already hearing it right out of the gate that first “discovery” night back in Feb…, and *then* PP entered.. and then the grasp…)

            Like

          3. PS. The Calisto plot overall is both touching and a riot – classical Venetian opera, but even queerer.

            Like

    2. Overall, I found the Rigoletto relatively easy to watch because Gilda claims and keeps agency and doesn’t really die – still need to watch Pique Dame in full.

      I figured out the Calisto hairspray brand (I love how the level of camp simply makes biology obsolete): Defying Gravity.

      >

      Like

    3. …meetings until 10 p.m.?! That would leave one too drained to even enjoy a favorite Lungi da te! Hope today will be better. (I filed my paper 2 minutes before the deadline/midnight – now onto the next…)

      >

      Like

      1. meeting started at 5pm… but still, indeed was too long.. currently running “Erme e solighe cime” on repeat… it’s got this meditative vibe to it…
        2min before midnight! hope you have more time indeed to enjoy a fav Lungi da te🙂.
        (omg, am keeling over with this.. i have a very strange melancholy attachment to this aria.. and this CT in the 1996 version is also very good…)

        Like

        1. oh yes, Graham Pushee!
          I had to relisten for a piece of writing these days and thought the same thing: “I really enjoy Pushee”, and that was before the countertenor busniess became mainstream. He has a very unforced quality to his tone that fits the part and “Lucidissima face” well – the hopeless lover alone on a mountain top at night, happy to simply be closer to the light of the moon, and asking to be allowed to sleep so he can at least be with her in his dreams (of course, the added twist of “La Calisto” is that Diana is also in love with him, but there is that thing with being the goddess of chastity… but as long as he is asleep and cannot tell, she feels free to love him back (very media theory: thigns are only when they are seen?). – it’s a bit icky in regards to consent, but since he clearly and repeatedly gives prior consent while being awake —- in one version of the myth, they have 50 daughters.)
          (Sorry. Nobody needs to know all this.)

          Liked by 1 person

        2. PS. no “Lungi da te” last night, but I may have gotten stuck again on that “Se il rigor d’ingrata sorte” bit. Because of reasons.

          Liked by 1 person

          1. ps2- now up, along w/ PP’s Pallid’ombre🙂 (i merged audio from radio broadcast because it’s clearer on both my headset and speakers. same w/ Lungi da te and PP’s Nel grave tormento earlier..)

            Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s