[Rehearsal footage from the 2015 production of Vivaldi’s “Juditha triumphans” with Manuela Custer (Juditha) and Teresa Iervolino (Holofernes), Venice/Fenice 2015. – Clip with thanks to the Fenice channel]
The Eye Bags Summer Festival continues on short notice with a full-on White Shirt event, last year’s “Juditha triumphans” from the Fenice, tomorrow, Aug. 19th, at 9 p.m. (UTC+2).
All five parts of the work, three of them men, are, in this case, sung by women (Manuela Custer, Teresa Iervolino, Paola Gardina, Giulia Semenzato & Francesca Ascioti). There are mezzos and contraltos involved, and a whole female chorus to boot (the production was staged by Elena Barbalich, Alessandro de Marchi conducts the Fencie house orchestra). Just as
God Vivaldi intended it to be (well, given that he wrote it for a girls’ boarding school, a scenario about as heternormative as the scissoring Mallory Towers).
Now this is my type of Olympics: Operatic Pentathlon! Featuring Coloratura, Vocal Swagger, Low Notes, Legato Pick-Up Lines and Overall Estrogen Highs.
The production is not on YouTube, but given that it was available via Culturebox for a long time and that most of you are queers with a penchant for White Shirts, you may likely have saved away a copy anyway. In case you don’t have one and would like to join the usual suspects in some Baroque White Shirt swooning, let us know and we will try to work something out beforehand.