White Shirt Monday: #PinyMcPine

Giuseppina Bridelli (Nerone) in Monteverdi's "Lincoronazione di Poppea", Schwetzingen Festival 2017 (La Venexiana/Davide Pozzi)

[Burn down Rome, don’t melt its citizens into puddles: White Shirt power struggles at play. Giuseppina Bridelli (Nerone) in Monteverdi’s “L’incoronazione di Poppea”, Schwetzingen 2017]

As if I would pass up this chance after the Friday liveblog, As if.

58 thoughts on “White Shirt Monday: #PinyMcPine”

    1. (though beyond the still, the WS community would certainly be able to supply a cleaned-up excerpt without the added media convergence of a filmed screen)

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    1. Scowl & Pine. I think we’re all set. Also, that’s what I’ll name the White Shirt bar, should I ever open one. Where all the drinks will have opera character names.

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            1. I was about to suggest a shot for every time a soprano takes off tie someone, but that’s good, too.

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            2. Wasn’t that that over a discussion of angle/axis (and the head tilt? I distinctly remember you pointing out the head tilt!)

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            3. We should start a list.

              Suitable for Saturday:
              Everytime the Marschallin comes in or goes out a door (this gives us Act 2 to drink water in recovery).

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      1. #When you’ve reached the point of ‘I revel in my skills and direct my own festival and if you cannot deal with the fact that this sometimes involves a beard instead of flowing locks, some else is already lining up for your ticket’

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          1. Hmm. This actually played here this past season (I didn’t see it). I remember ads and interviews on the radio about it though, and I was a little concerned about the “it’s a universal human story” take (which is in that article you link to as well). I also wonder…I know many trans folks advocate for trans roles being played by trans actors; what would that mean in this case?

            but also it’ll be awesome when media can talk about trans lives/stories and not mention Caitlyn Jenner…

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            1. yes, there is the aspect of trans stories not being sung by trans singers (and a larger issue of trans singers not transitioning because of fear for their voice as source of income) – which, okay, does not always have to be the case, but where are trans singers in *any* parts?

              There is one case in Germany (Karlsruhe Opera), a woman who transitioned and who still sings male repertory on stage in baritone range, but she is an exception.

              “universal love story” – we talked yesterday off blog about how neglectful that marketing language is, diminishing the specific experience of a specific group. Also applies here, I think.

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            2. lord, I never even thought of trans singers choosing not to transition for fear of losing income. damn.

              we fuck up so much stuff around gender (around everything really). sigh.

              and yes, I agree re: the “universal story” (which is a thing white western culture totally made up anyway)

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    1. Yes, but local only. No video broadcast, though radio, but with the “other” cast.

      Interesting casting in Elvira btw, both have done Sifare – and I was very much convinced by Persson’s take (which is beautifully Mozartean), and then Papatanasiu happened and we all know how that turned out.

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      1. ack. would have been nice to hear her Elvira.. i was really hoping.. there’s very photo of the two of them standing next to each other talking to someone else..

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        1. Yes, that would have been lovely (though unexpected – with how they seem to have set up an A vs B cast, I would have been surprised if they aired the other)

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            1. the FB photo shoot? yes!
              (goofball in sneakers is officially my favorite – taught two classes this past week on propriety and coding of the feminine and I am so happy about anything breaking out of that mold right now)

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            2. My guess is a photographer with GSS?
              I still remember hearing Persson as Zerlina in the ROH streaming a few years back, and she was wonderful in that. I am actually intrigued to hear her Elvira take; not her fault that her alternate cast simply interests me more.

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            3. (i was thinking the same, that first line 😉 )
              (i want us to liveblog S.Connolly’s Nerone with M.Persson at some point.. because i want to get to the bottom of why i don’t handel well M.Persson’s singing 🙂 )

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            4. So… Rosenkavalier, then Fatigues Coronazione, then eventually Connolly/Persson? (We certainly are celebrating Monteverdi’s 450th in style!)

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            5. how is the article coming along?

              (I got the concers as a safe copy, thanks to FF – so it is in the WS repository 😉 )

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            6. (currently making figure2, then will need to hack majorily on grammar + ref, and trim down 300 words, if not 400words… i ambitious today, it *must* be done because it’s due tomorrow and non of my co-authors have even seen the article yet… after this is another 1500word major report due.. you can tell i’ll be ready come Saturday for some music..)

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