The Twelve White Shirts of Christmas (8)

[Floored: Danielle DeNiese (Poppea) and Alice Coote (Nerone) in Monteverdi’s “L’incoronazione di Poppea”, Glyndebourne 2008]

On the eighth Day of Christmas, the White Shirts sent to me:

One Hormonal Emperor


(though no one tops the mezzo. No one – not even on a hung over first morning of a hopefully Happy New Year),

one Vintage Fangirl:

12ws_ofxmas3112 - Renate Müller (Viktoria) and uncredited extras in Reinhold Schünzel's
Renate Müller (Viktoria) and uncredited extras in Reinhold Schünzel’s “Viktor und Viktoria”, 1933

one Cup of Chocolate:

Sophie Koch (Octavian) and Renée Fleming (Marschallin) in Strauss' Rosenkavalier, Baden-Baden 2009
Sophie Koch (Octavian) and Renée Fleming (Marschallin) in Strauss’ Rosenkavalier, Baden-Baden 2009

one Scowling Warlord:

12ws_ofxmas Teresa Iervolino (Holofernes) in Vivaldi's
Teresa Iervolino (Holofernes) in Vivaldi’s “Juditha Triumphans”, Venice/La Fenice 2015

one Baroque Slowdance:

12ws_ofxmas_4  Vesselina Kasarova (Ruggiero) and Anja Harteros (Alcina) in Handel's
Vesselina Kasarova (Ruggiero) and Anja Harteros (Alcina) in Handel’s “Alcina”, Vienna/Staatsoper 2010

one Elektric Candle:

12ws_christmas-lightceps - Evelyn Herlitzius (Elektra) in Strauss'
Evelyn Herlitzius (Elektra) in Strauss’ “Elektra”, Barcelona/Liceu 2016. – Photo Credit: Antoni Bofill for the Liceu

two Sottish Lovebirds:

12ws-ofxmas_2 - Joyce DiDonato (Elena) and Daniela Barcellona (Malcolm) in Rossini's
Joyce DiDonato (Elena) and Daniela Barcellona (Malcolm) in Rossini’s “La donna del lago”, London/ROH 2013

…and one pining Prince of Ponto:

12ws_ofxmas-1 Myrtò Papatanasiu (Sifare) in Mozart's
Myrtò Papatanasiu (Sifare) in Mozart’s “Mitridate”, Paris/TCE 2016

9 thoughts on “The Twelve White Shirts of Christmas (8)”

  1. For the new year, Muriel Rukeyser –

    We tell beginnings: for the flesh and the answer,
    or the look, the lake in the eye that knows,
    for the despair that flows down in widest rivers,
    cloud of home; and also the green tree of grace,
    all in the leaf, in the love that gives us ourselves.

    The word of nourishment passes through the women,
    soldiers and orchards rooted in constellations,
    white towers, eyes of children:
    saying in time of war What shall we feed?
    I cannot say the end.

    Nourish beginnings, let us nourish beginnings.
    Not all things are blest, but the
    seeds of all things are blest.
    The blessing is in the seed.

    This moment, this seed, this wave of the sea, this look, this instant of love.
    Years over wars and an imagining of peace. Or the expiation journey
    toward peace which is many wishes flaming together,
    fierce pure life, the many-living home.
    Love that gives us ourselves, in the world known to all
    new techniques for the healing of the wound,
    and the unknown world.

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    1. thank you – food for thought in that I wonder how she would differentiate between intentions of ‘seeds’ beyond the quality of being a seed, but perhaps the whole point is that she focuses on the act, and not on the content (so tough these days, now once more in Istanbul). But hope, much hope…


    1. But thank you for all the feedback 🙂 I figured that with doing this during festive season, it would pretty much fly under the radar, but not all of us are covered in contacts at this time of year and can perhaps use the extra smile and representation of sorts.



  2. I love that Poppea production – it gets just the mood of the libretto without having to resort to a storm of props. I hope they revive it at some point (no CT Nerone allowed), what with DeNiese being Mrs Glyndebourne.

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