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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The Carnegie Hall “Ariodante” (2017) Liveblogging Thread


Welcome to the White Shirt live comment thread for Handel’s “Agrippina”, live from Carnegie Hall, NY, conducted by Harry Bicket.

Cast Listing:
Ariodante – Joyce DiDonato
Ginevra – Christiane Karg
Polinesso – Sonia Prina
Dalinda – Mary Bevan
King – Matthew Brook
Lurcanio – David Portillo
Odoardo – Tyson Miller

The concert is  livestreamed on

Libretto: Italian (pdf). There does not seem to be an English version around? Odd.

Wrestling Rousseau: “Ariodante” in Stuttgart


To get this out of the way: no, this evening is not like “Alcina” (nothing will ever be like that formative “Alcina”), but if the legendary “Alcina” is one Baroque bookend of Wieler’s Stuttgart years, then this “Ariodante”, staged by Wieler and Morabito. may well be the other.

The concept looks at the intersection of class and enlightenment thought, juxtaposing baroque affect against classicist emotion and the question of identity warred between them. Literally: in a boxing/wrestling arena.

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The Brussels 2000 “Agrippina” Liveblogging Thread


Welcome to the White Shirt live comment thread for Handel’s “Agrippina” (2000) from the La Monnaie Brussels, staged by David McVicar and conducted by René Jacobs.

Cast Listing:
Anna Caterina Antonacci – Agrippina
Rosemary Joshua – Poppea
Lawrence Zazzo – Ottone
Malena Ernman – Nerone
Lorenzo Regazzo – Claudio
Dominique Visse – Narciso
Antonio Abete – Pallante

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Liveblogging Handel’s “Agrippina” (Brussels 2000) on Saturday

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[“And then they elected… wait, WHAT?!” – “I know, girl. I know.” – Narciso (Dominique Visse) and Anna Caterina Antonacci (Agrippina) in Handel’s “Agrippina”, Brussels 2000.]

Continuing the current mood of “sopranos (and mezzos) setting things on fire”, we return to Handel for the next liveblog, with the 2000 Brussels “Agrippina” featuring Antonacci in the title role and Ernman as Nerone, on Saturday, Feb. 4th, at 9 p.m. (UTC+1).

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White Shirt Emergency Support (3)

[Okay. It’s done. Time to put on the armor and sneer in contempt at the level of idiocy and incompetence on display (why, yes, I do feel like being petty today). – Joyce DiDonato (Romeo) in Bellini’s “I Capuleti e i Montecchi”, Kansas City 2013. – Photo Credit. Cory Weaver/K.C. Lyric Opera]

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