Radio Alert: “Lucrezia Borgia” from Munich

lucrezia-borgia_1235137657793Next Monday won’t be quite as hard as other starts into the working week, since there’s one thing waiting for you after shift, if you turn on your computer: the Bavarian State Opera, in cooperation with Bayern4 Klassik, is streaming the opening night of Munich’s new “Lucrezia Borgia” online.

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Through Geschwitz’s Lorgnette: La Calisto

[Francesco Cavalli: “La Calisto”. Prologue and Satiro/Linfea scene of the 1996 Bruxelles production with the staging of Herbert Wernicke and with René Jacobs conducting. Maria Bayo (Eternità), Barry Banks (Natura), Louise Winter (Destino)   Dominique Visse (Satiro), Alexander Oliver (Linfea). Youtube clip thanks to bejun]

Cavalli’s “La Calisto(first performed in 1651) is one of the few operas that get readily touted as lesbian, and the opera TV video to the Bavarian State Opera’s current production, premiered in 2006 (staged by David Alden) offers the same explanation – dramatic adviser Ingrid Zellner describes “La Calisto” as “the first lesbian opera”.

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Through Geschwitz’s Lorgnette: Romeo for Valentine


While checking out that new Alan Curtis “Alcina” recording (release date for Germany March 20th), I came across the “people who bought this item also looked at…” bar and stumbled over the above picture: new “Capuleti e Montecchi” under Fabio Luisi, release date February 20th (Germany) – just in case you will forget Valentine’s Day and need something romantic with rather lesbian cover art about a week later.

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