White Skirt IDAHOT

CalistoStrsbrg for IDAHOT

Singular instance (perhaps not if we staged more Venetian Baroque)? Elena Tsallagova (Calisto) and Vivica Genaux (Diana) on the brink of some love duetting in Cavalli’s “La Calisto”, Strasbourg 2017]

It’s May 17th, it’s IDAHOT – International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (and Queerphobia at large). It’s a day to remember that we all have bodies, and that how we read or shape or stage these bodies, how we live our truths in relation to them, and to whom these our bodies react (and how), does not make anybody or any body more valuable or ‘truer’ than the other.

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Pur ti stringo: a cross-cast detox

[Have you had enough hipster beards and enough cis-cast soup in your opera for today? Fear not, Early Music is coming to your rescue. – Mariana Flores & Giuseppina Bridelli vocally reenacting the First Abduction of Helen of Troy (no Paris here yet, just Menelao. In drag. It’s Cavalli. It’s complicated.) Also aboard: the Cappella Mediterranea and Leonardo García Alarcón]

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Giacomo Arbate: The Hunt for Legato Game (pt. 3)

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…the name’s Arbate. Giacomo Arbate.

[Silly Bond fun, concluded: 007 references meet the Brussels “Mitridate”. Intertextual hijinks ensue. Proceed at your own risk! – This is the final pt. 3, the prior installments can be found here and here]

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Giacomo Arbate: The Hunt for Legato Game (pt. 2)

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…the name’s Arbate. Giacomo Arbate.

[For everyone in need of some silly fun: Bond references meet the Brussels “Mitridate”. Proceed at your own risk. – This is pt. 2 of 3, the first installment can be found here]

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Giacomo Arbate: The Hunt for Legato Game (pt. 1)

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…the name’s Arbate. Giacomo Arbate.

[My excuse for this post: Eh, Agathe gave me a prescription for cough meds? (also, I promised). This is just some good-natured Bond fun with the Brussels “Mitridate”. Proceed at your own risk. – If you find all the Bond Girl/Bond Villain references, I will buy you a martini next time you’re in town.]

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