Mezzo Party: Trouser Roles For Everyone

[That is actually what is says: Trousers Roles For Everyone. Diversity First! It’s a poster for a fictional party called “The Mezzos”, and it features Karolina Gumos of Komische Oper Berlin. – You have my vote, MEZ! ❤ – Photo Credit: Komische Oper Berlin/Facebook Page]

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The Dresden “Serse” (2000) Liveblogging Thread


Welcome to the White Shirt live comment thread for Handel’s “Serse” from Dresden (2000), conducted by Christophe Rousset and staged by Philip Behrens.

Cast List:
Paula Rasmussen – Serse
Ann Hallenberg – Arsamene
Patricia Bardon – Amastre
Marcello Lippi – Ariodate
Isabel Bayrakdarian – Romilda
Sandrine Piau – Atalanta
Matteo Peirone – Elviro

Libretto: Italian (pdf), Italian & English (pdf).


I have no idea what is going on here but I am all for it


So… Anna Bonitatibus has a new website?

The current cover graphic of which is announing a concert tour/CD release for Oct. 2017, with something-something trouser repertory? Maybe? (define ‘en travesti’. plus: rainbows!) Either way: sign me up.

Also, uncasual reminder that #Silla2018 starts in October 2017 already, and we’re going to liveblog the living, dead and immortal daylights out of that Kratzer production for La Monnaie, and Bonitatibus’ Cecilio – on ARTE Concert Nov. 9th, on Monnaie streaming Dec. 5th to 25th.


Upcoming Liveblog: Handel’s “Serse” (Dresden 2000) on Sunday


[#KlingonOpera (it is  the high foreheads, I swear) –  Paula Rasmussen (Serse) and Ann Hallenberg (Arsamene) in Handel’s “Serse”, Dresden 2000]

By urgent petition, it is time for a double-mezzo double-trouser bill with Handel’s “Serse”, this Sunday, Sept. 17th, at 9 p.m. (UTC+2).

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The Glyndebourne “Tito” (2017) Liveblogging Thread


Welcome to the White Shirt live comment thread for Mozart’s “Clemenza di Tito” from Glyndebourne (2017), conducted by Robin Ticciati and staged by Claus Guth.

Cast List:

Tito – Richard Croft
Vitellia – Alice Coote
Sesto – Anna Stéphany
Annio – Michèle Losier
Servilia – Joélle Harvey
Publio –
Clive Bayley

Libretto: English (html) Italian (pdf).

Tragic Valentines: Hasse’s “Piramo e Tisbe” at Theater an der Wien


It’s been a while since this concert, but I still have a few thoughts collected on Hasse’s “Piramo e Tisbe” under the baton of Fabio Biondi, starring Vivica Genaux and Desirée Rancatore in the leads.

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