[Teresa Iervolino with “Nacqui al’affanno” from Rossini’s “Cenerentola”, Berlin 2016 – Clip framed and provided by Oberfranke]
It’s December 1st, which means I finally get to post clips from the Aids Gala Berlin (which already took place on Nov. 5th, but who’s counting) as a virtual red ribbon to commemorate the day.
So, yes, we could argue that it is not really a true Berlin Aids Gala of queer dazzle format if there is no Simone Kermes in the house to bring it down, or no Joyce DiDonato in a tux bringing her best Romeo, but look who *is* here! Teresa Iervolino!
Also: Michael Spyres with something from Bellini’s “Bianca e Fernando” (not Faliero, but hey, it’s still belcanto). Spyres and Edwin Crossely-Mercer with “Au fond du temple saint” (you know your core audience, dear gala), and Patrizia Ciofi with “Louise” (also, sepaking French. In a turtleneck. With reading glasses to the side (don’t give me that look – this is not really the gala you watch for the exceptional artistry. It’s nice if it’s there, as it is in this case, but that’s not why I watch it).