Sound and Clouds and Thunder (29)


[“Se ben mai non mi vide” from Cavalli’s “La Doriclea” sung by Anne Sofie von Otter, featuring La Cappella Mediterranea. – Clip with thanks to Emily Brontë]

That state were privileged people break the law and it is public knowledge and yet there are no consequences because slightly lesser privileged people hope to cash in on the the wave of ‘me first/me, too/and it doesn’t hurt me personally, so what’?

Still happening. A lot.

Still not normal.

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Upcoming Liveblog: The Schwetzingen “Poppea” (2017) tomorrow


[Headwear, neckwear, shirtwear, nightwear… Emanuela Galli (Poppea) and Giuseppina Bridelli (Nerone) in Monteverdi’s “L’incoronazione di Poppea”, Schwetzingen 2017]

While we did sort-of liveblog this “Poppea” as it aired on May 7th, the timing was such that many of us could only catch bits and pieces of it, so it’s on the schedule for a more leisurely rewatch tomorrow night, May 26th, at 9 p.m. (UTC+2).

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The Spoleto “Ariodante” (2007) Liveblogging Thread


Welcome to the White Shirt live comment thread for Handel’s “Ariodante” from Spoleto (2007).

Since, clearly, we haven’t yet outmaxed our “Ariodante” quote for this spring (Haller! DiDonato! Coote!), we’re adding Hallenberg to our liveblog list, in a staging by John Pascoe and with Il Complesso Barocco under Alan Curtis.

Cast List:
Ann Hallenberg (Ariodante)
Laura Cherici (Ginevra)
Marta Vandoni Iorio (Dalinda)
Mary-Ellen Nesi (Polinesso)
Zachary Stains (Lurcanio)
Carlo Lepore (King of Scotland)
Vittorio Prato (Odoardo)

Libretto: Italian (pdf).