The Twelve White Shirts of Christmas (9)

[Sonia Prina (Polinesso) in Handel’s “Ariodante”, Aix-en-Provence 2014]

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

One Queer Remake of ‘Thornbirds’

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(that I’ actually watch),

one Hormonal Emperor:

12ws_ofxmas_8  Danielle DeNiese (Poppea) and Alice Coote (Nerone) in Monteverdi's
Danielle DeNiese (Poppea) and Alice Coote (Nerone) in Monteverdi’s “L’incoronazione di Poppea”, Glyndebourne 2008

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

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

  1. …an uncanny resemblance to someone I used to know, just that in him the arrogance was genuine, at least he wasn’t a priest.
    I’m in for the Thonbirds remake!

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    1. what’s worse, priest or arrogance? Or both combined? (would probably depend very much on the circumstances).
      At least the remake should be okay on all counts there… now we just need someone to write the opera for it. At the moment, I’d vote Pergolesi.

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      1. Yes Pergolesi, although the story has quite a strong 19th century vibe. And Fagioli could be cast as Meggie. No, scratch that, that character would cry for PP.

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      1. …not a fan of jeans vests? (how ever did you survive the late 80s/early 90s?) 😀

        And this is the point where I would make another quip about you having a type (a very nice type, vest notwithstanding). but yesterday, I looked at the blog feed for 2016 and came upon – in consecutive order – images of Sindram in last year’s Rosenkavalier, of MP, and of Antonacci in concert, accompanied by enthusaistic writing. And I decided I am not allowed to talk about having types ever again (“tall, dark and handsome with an edge” much? Sigh.)

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        1. Yeah, cough, I kind of noticed what your type is. That reminds me, do you have MC’s boy album already? Tell me if not.
          (actually, I did have a jeans jacket in that exact pale blue, even with an anti nuclear testing sticker at the back)

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          1. but an anti-nuclear sticker upgraded *everything*!

            Got the MC – thank you! Listened to it over the holidays and have lots of feelings over it (but still have that half-done DonG psot to go first) – her French diction is fantastic, of course, but I really find she fits bets to Mozart at the moment (and the Fantasio is wonderful, too). THe program is VERY ambitious, and of course it’s a claim-staking thing in a first solo album, but I find some of the choices still a bit on the heavy side.

            (Types: God, yes – one is always so blissfully unaware when it comes to onseself. Until seeing those three pics back to back yesterday, I hadn’t quite grasped how utterly specific (and utterly obvious) my pattern is. Must work on diversification.)

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          2. Yes, I know what you mean, and looking forward to your review. Fantasio, yes, that one is wonderful, definitely on my wish list to hear this work performed live, I really like Offenbach in general. She will sing this role at Opéra-Comique soon I saw.
            Speaking of Crébassa, there’s also the Scala Figaro on the magic channel, but I have only seen glimpses of it so far,
            I’ve got the Mitologica and am enjoying it very much, thank! But anyway, it’ll be on me to get the next interesting release, OK?

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          3. Much of my Christmas break was Mitologia and Oh Boy… and yes, VERY tempted by the opéra comique Fantasio. Someone send the ARTE team there, please!
            Didn’t make it through the Pornstachbino Figaro yet, either, but have it saved away – we could put it on our list, but I guess it would not be a high priority? At least not visually. though I am morbidly taken with the physics of the reverse mollusk Countess dress.

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          4. That dress…The whole thing looks kind of silly, (what’s the exact translation of „albern“?), and I guess it can get annoying pretty soon.
            But speaking of Offenbach I just found this on YT: Tales of Hoffmann, Geneva 2010, Py, Doufexis, Petibon. Would that be something for our meetings?

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          5. Oh, I’m all ears! Would also be glad to watch some Doufexis.
            – Would the Aix Ariodante be okay with you this Saturday, though? Or is ist still holiday hosting season?

            (apropos, the Magic channel just added the Bastille 2016 take of the Carsen staging, with Stepahnie D’Oustrac as Nicklausse and Doris Soffel as Antonia’s Mother)

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          6. I’m also in for the Carsen Hoffmann, another theatre in theatre approach it seems? Whatever, I’m positively biased towards Carsen in general, being so grateful for the Rinaldo.

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          7. I’d also watch the Carsen Semele. And we still need to watch the Rinaldo together! And put poor thadieu through a Magic Flute. – We need a new list.

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          8. Is that the Baden-Baden one? Do we have the video? I’d be in! (Though I have to warn you all, I go on feminist/anti-elitist rants during Magic Flute, possibly even more than during DonG)

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          9. The Rinaldo is a MUST, it really gets better the more often you watch it and I think it’s extraordinary in so many respects, conducting, orchestra, staging and the casting, may have to do with types but this just works extremely well for me for every single main character. Also, sound quality is very good for a recording with no mics probably due to the excellent Glyndebourne acoustics.

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          10. Yes, absolutely – it was also the first time I saw Abrahamyan! We could always do this next week…?

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          11. But is that the Renaissance looking one that is on YT with JDD and Netrebko? Don’t think so?

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          12. I will check that out right now, thank you – curious about this (he so rarely does period dress, so it must signify something here)

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          13. (well, he spoke 3 sentences 😉 , but i knew of him because of this! this, and the temple of fame Opera Bastille..; of course you could stay for the rest of that clip..)

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          14. staying right now!
            yep, he did nto say anything about the concept, of course – and he is so YOUNG here! – but I would really like to know what made him choose this setting.

            Also, I add my voice to the chorus of WHY IS THERE NO DVD of this. The singing is stellar, of course, but the stage presence is also magnetic.

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          15. but what you really wanted to show us was the following VK sword move, right? 😉 fair enough.
            No, but seriously I like the way Carsen talks about singers, always respectful and appreciative of their qualities.

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          16. *agreeing enthusiastically*
            such a nice move it is. Such a nice peformance overall. And by nice I mean something far less innocuous.

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          17. Did you also end up watchign the entire clip? We also need to find someone to bribe at the Bastille archive. Or write a propsal and then ask for “research material”…

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          18. I hadn’t read that particular review before but Good Lord am I ever swooning all over the place now. I’d be really interested in Rousset’s tempo choice for this much grittier setting (in comparison to Brussels). Also lovely to see PP and MP singled out for their acting (boom goes the dynamite…)

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          19. but that’s not Rousset, it’s Bicket! I like Bicket! and i also most of the time don’t get Rousset…
            drooling, yes… (and i wonder if E.Haïm might have consulted with PP who her preferred Sifare would be during casting 😉 )

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          20. Reading this review is a bit mean with no DVD or recording available. SOunds so good and I’d also be very interested in the staging because it sounds quite unappealing from the review, but somehow I can’t believe Carsen doing something really “oe” and the work with the singers was apparently very successful unless they figured it all out on their own..

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          21. (no, the word “oẹ” should only be reserved for stagings such as that DonG at the 2009 macerata-Sferisterio opera festival. Even the Alcina from Geneve is not bad enough for this word. it’s rather strong, in the most revolting way (have you ever been at a fish factory? where the food in your stomach simply will *not* remain there…) . I can’t imagine ever using it with a Carsen.. of course he got infinite credit for being the first stage director for my intro into VK’s romeo…)

            i tried to google him and capuleti and found this writeup about his ideas on staging.

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          22. Oh, good to know, I read swearing is the thing hardest to learn in a foreign language because you need to get a feeling for the nuances of how strong or vulgar a word is.

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          23. My personal pendant to your fish factory would be the pathology rooms at medical school (those actually featured on TV as Dr. Boerne’s lab).

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          24. My favourite Tatort couple were Klaus Borowski and psychologist Frieda Jung though. Oh, googling this, I just saw Jung returned to the series recently!

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          25. Yes, she did!
            But since we nixed the TV because of the kids, I am completely out of the loop. I also enjoyed the Tukur ones, for all their references, and the lead dynamics in Dortmund… and Vienna. And the Frankfurt ones when Kunzendorf was still there, but since the ARD Mediathek is geoblocked over here, I haven’t seen one in over a year.

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          26. You’re ahead of us with the TV rules there. We only watch selected streamed stuff but it’s still a problem to keep it in reasonable amounts with the kids and bear their rather strong reactions to turning it off. I’ve also lost track with the Tatorts but will watch the latest Frieda Jung one!

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          27. YT clips on the computer is our limit – but yes, the DRAMA when we switch off the computer, ugh.

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          28. Still didn’t check the news – am I again woefully out of the loop? Cecil(e) vs. The Cheeto at the Globes, or Magic Channel Loss, or something I missed entirely? (Sorry. I am probably being an idiot)

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          29. it’s really an appetizer review, also about Mehta!
            (I *really* need to find someone with access to the TADW rehearsal video house archive).
            The photos look unappealing in part, but I’d also give Carsen the benefit of the doubt. (and in between Petibon, Metha and Papatanasiu, he probably didn’t have any trouble with people unwilling to act!)

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          30. finishing reading that review now – methinks we found another fangirl with GS Syndrome who was seduced by the Sifare Show. 🙂

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          31. i was thinking about that while walking to the office yesterday! and indeed the question i posed during Alcina: what demands our attention? (well.. besides the shirt 😉 , and the grasp…) So i was quite happy to read this review.. i (we) didn’t get hooked on her (them) by accident! Such talent, we’d inevitably catch on.. (though surely if she never sings Sifare i wonder if i would ever even discover… imagine the missed op to see Alcina live!)

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          32. unthinkable!!
            (but I thounk you would have stumbled over her via Haim at TCE anyway. And if there’d been more of a mezzo pull casting for the Alcina, you would ahve come for the Ruggiero/Bradamante, and stayed for the Alcina. As I am so glad we did. So, so glad.)

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          33. (what i meant is if she hadn’t been casted for Sifare with Haïm.. because i’m 100% certain i’d discover her immediately following the “oh there’s Haïm” lead (clearly! i still remember “crawling” back to my blog with “oh me goodness…”))

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          34. good question – it would have to have been in Early Music repertory, I guess. Would we have stumbled over the Monnaie Mitridate? Probably yes, since they are have the 3-weeks-broadcast of all their shows and I usually check those out. You might not have fallen for the The Shirt, but possibly for The Badge? And then we would have ended up researching from there, e.g. the Amsterdam “Giovanni”. Which might still have led you to Paris in December… and to Vienna in October.

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          35. my path would likely have been: check out Monnaie Mitridate following your recommendation 😉 (i always do, with a time lag.. but i’m picky when it comes to trouser role, but i’d catch on for sure… then likely random Traviata and running away (like it was reality back in March), then Semiramide and sticking for *months*, then Rusalka, then that Alcina clip, then Alcina.. i doubt very much i’d catch on to DonG if not for you+Agathe’s discussion (oh, but you’re right, i heard her Amsterdam’s “Non mi dir” and liked it immediately!)

            (well leave it to us to talk about “type” on a post with SP, sorry Agathe! 😀 )

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          36. ps- but i want to mention: before coming for her Alcina i was not sure if she alone would justify flying over; conclusion: YES! Then, for DonG, i was really doubting.. and it’s true without ACA’s Sancta Susanna i would have not flown over.. but after seeing her DonnaA, it really made me think it’s true I’d come for HER DonnaA in a DonG. Then i caught myself imagining what it could have been to have also ACA as DonnaE in Paris!!! I also think we need a better conductor, say Harnoncourt 🙂 . Listening to this Amsterdam version, i really see what Dehggi’s saying by “having room to breath” with Mozart (i think you also said that, with Harnoncourt)

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          37. I don’t know if Harnoncout would have been taken by her voice, he had an odd way of a purist approach (and wasn’t that much into acting). But tempi-wise, it would have been great to hear both of them sing with him.
            Still not through with the Rhorer, but not as mcuh breathing space there… (I also get the impresisont hat Currentzis does not start thinking from the singing, but, after the Pergolesi recording – not so much the live event – I do e.g. get the impression that Adamus also starts at a very singer-close point of breath and flow of speech)

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          38. “diversification”
            we’re now listening to sopranos!! currently listening to one now! (DonG from Amsterdam… now that i get a hang of her interpretation of this role, time to go back for further investigation..)

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      1. i’ve had catholics ask me if i’m a priest? I’m always like, um, you’re catholic, you should know i’m not? it’s so weird. (then there are the people who see me, spot the tab collar, then literally turn and walk quickly away in the other direction.)

        i don’t have a denim vest. i do have a denim jacket though, but have never considered wearing it with my collar shirt. Hmmmmmm. with my black boots. Hmmmmmmm. Ideas…..

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        1. No offence meant about the denim jacket! It’s more the whole combo that makes me wish he/she would keep the collar shirt on (that one is actually quite attractive).

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        2. “Polinesso: Fashion Police” (is that the Ariodante sequel?!) well, you might have soprani leggeri falling all over you left and right, so… is is the Xena-esque gauntlet?

          (the Catholics did NOT!!)

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          1. the catholics DID! so weird.

            No offense taken, Agathe! I’m now pondering collar shirt/denim jacket/black boots for the next protest I’m at…that’s a look, right?

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          2. I guess the flower apron would get taken off of you?
            (but yes, that apron has a very 50s feel to it – is there a translation of “spießiger Hauskittel”?)

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