[Top hats are clearly all-gender attire. Count on Gioacchino to bring some headdress ambiguity to the party!
(and I’d like to have a glass of whatever it was the costumer designer was drinking, please, because you haven’t even seen the flamingo get-up yet. In other news, Cage aux folles called and wants their wardrobe back) – Myrtò Papatanasiu as Fiorilla in Rossini’s “Il turco in Italia”, Genoa 2009.]
[And you thought I was kidding about the flamingo.
Not quite tango beneath a blue moon: Vincenzo Taormina (Prosdocimo), Myrtò Papatanasiu (Fiorilla), Antonella Nappa (Zaida) and Simone Alaimo (
Zaza Selim) in Rossini’s “Il turco in Italia”, Genoa 2009]
[If you ask me, Fiorilla should ditch all three guys and instead go to dinner with Zaida to discuss the problematic othering of the oriental, debate Edward Said, and drag the stereotype of the ‘opera gypsy’ before they team up and host a fundraiser against domestic abuse, racist stereotyping and gender-based violence. – Myrtò Papatanasiu as Fiorilla in Rossini’s “Il turco in Italia”, Genoa 2009. – If you’re thinking about getting the DVD, be aware that this is a very Italian staging. For a first impression, you could always check the usual sources. *cough*]