[It seems to be a very Semiramide week, with Anna Bonitatibus touring with her Assorted Assyrian Queens program and TroSantafé rocking the score and some leather as Arsace in the current run at Maggio Musicale. Add to that Cougar Problems in Mint Green, as staged by Nigel Lowery: Myrtò Papatanasiu (Semiramide) in Rossini’s “Semiramide”, Ghent 2011]
The next liveblog events will be a Rossini double bill, starting this Saturday, Oct. 8th, at 9 p.m. (UTC+2) with “Semiramide” in the 2011 Ghent production featuring Myrtò Papatanasiu in the lead and Ann Hallenberg (and her epic qualities of eyerolling at Assur) as Arsace, and this week, we could probably all use some Hallenberg because Hallenberg singing means restored faith in humanity. Alberto Zedda conducts the Opera Ghent Symphony Orchestra and his take is worth the DVD buy already.
This production is not readily available on YT, but if you would like to watch and comment along (and do not own the DVD), just drop a comment below and we’ll hook you up one way or the other.
— yes, Agathe, I know what you said, but how could I not marble at this?]