The Madrid “Tamerlano” (2008) Liveblogging Thread


Welcome to the White Shirt live comment thread for Handel’s “Tamerlano” from Madrid (2008), with Paul McCreesh conducting and staged by Graham Vick.

Cast List:
Tamerlano –
Monica Bacelli
Asteria – Ingela Bohlin
Andronico – Sara Mingardo
Irene – Jennifer Holloway
Bajazet – Plácido Domingo
Leone – Luigi De Donato

Libretto: Italian (pdf). English/Italian/German/French in booklet format (thanks, eClassical & Naive!)


Upcoming Liveblog: “Ariodante” (Barcelona 2006) tomorrow


[No, we clearly still haven’t maxed out on possible “Ariodantes” this year. Also, no sign of tiring of Sara Mingardo. #ItalianContraltoSyndrome – Sara Mingardo (Polinesso) in Handel’s “Ariodante”, Barcelona 2006]

Yes, it’s the puppet version. Comment discourse on how Bretchian alienation from immediate emotional immersion can allow you to connect to a work on a different and possibly deeper level included. Liveblog of this “Ariodante” tomorrow, Saturday, June 17th, at 9 p.m. (GMT+2).

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The Salamanca “Poppea” (2006) Liveblogging Thread


Welcome to the White Shirt live comment thread for Monteverdi’s “L’incoronazione di Poppea” from Salamanca (2006), staged (?) and conducted by Rinaldo Alessandrini.

Cast List:

Fortuna: Monica Piccinini
Virtù: Eleonora Contucci
Amore: Anna Simboli
Ottavia: Raffaela Milanesi
Poppea: Laura Polverelli
Nerone: Stefano Ferrari
Ottone: Sara Mingardo
Drusilla: Roberta Invernizzi
Seneca: Antonio Abete
Arnalta: Martin Oro
Nutrice: Pino De Vittorio
Lucano: Luca Dordolo
First Soldier: Luca Dordolo
Second Soldier: Furio Zanasi
Valletto: Monica Piccinini
Damigella: Eleonora Contucci
Mercurio: Sergio Foresti
Seneca’s Students: Daniele Zanfardino, Luca Dordolo, Sergio Foresti
Liberto: Furio Zanasi

Libretto: Italian (pdf), Italian/English (pdf))

Upcoming Liveblog: “L’incoronazione di Poppea” (Salamanca 2006) on Saturday

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[“And I look for contralto Ottones! And I come up empty-handed!” – Well, not this time: Sara Mingardo (Ottone) in Monteverdi’s “L’incoronazione di Poppea”, Salamanca 2017.]

“Poppea” again! This time the Alessandrini-conducted take from Salamanca, 2006, also knows as the “contralto Ottone in fatigues” production, to be live-blogged this upcoming Saturday, June 10th, at the customary hour of 9 p.m. (UTC+2).

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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.

Resonating: Handel’s “Lucio Cornelio Silla” at Konzerthaus Wien

To close out January, I managed to catch the final concert of this year’s “Resonanzen” (the Early Music festival  at Konzerthaus Wien). Others do ball season at this time of year, I do Baroque. On the menu: “Lucio Cornelio Silla”, a Handel I was not familiar with. I initially booked it (and thanks again to Agathe for pointing it out to me) for Biondi and L’Europa Galante, but the cast was plenty swoon-inducing: Sonia Prina! Vivica Genaux! Roberta Invernizzi!

The evening is, as I write this, still available as stream-on-demand over at OE1. Get it while you can (though it does not quite capture the live atmosphere), and don’t miss the introduction that tries to find five different polite ways in describing the volatile womanizing character of Silla (Prina) as “trying to approach *cough* this and that lady”. It also loses the gender overview when it comes to the female-studded cast: “As Claudia, Martina Belli. Oh, sorry, that should be Claudio, Martina Belli.” (I would have accepted ‘Claudia’, too. Wouldn’t we all.)

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