White Skirt Wednesday: Many Happy Returns

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[“Darling, you’ve got to do something about these split ends!” – Callum Thorpe (Antinoo) and Magdalena Kožená (Penelope) in Monteverdi’s “Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria”, Paris/TCE 2017. – Photo Credit: Vincent Pontet]

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The Munich 2017 “Semiramide” Liveblogging Thread Reloaded, pt. 2

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Welcome to the reloaded White Shirt live comment thread for Rossini‘s “Semiramide” (2017. Actually LIVE!) from Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, staged by David Alden, with Michele Mariotti conducting. This time, without hiccups and tech glitches!

Cast Listing (*AAAAAAAaaaaaaaah!*)

Semiramide – Joyce DiDonato
Arsace – Daniela Barcellona
Assur – Alex Esposito
Idreno – Lawrence Brownlee
Azema – Elsa Benoit
Oroe – Simone Alberghini
Mitrane – Galeano Salas
The Ghost of Nino – Igor Tsarkov

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The Munich 2017 “Semiramide” Liveblogging Thread Reloaded, pt. 1

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Welcome to the reloaded White Shirt live comment thread for Rossini‘s “Semiramide” (2017) from Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, staged by David Alden, with Michele Mariotti conducting. This time, without hiccups and tech glitches! (thanks again, B.)

Cast Listing (*AAAAAAAaaaaaaaah!*)

Semiramide – Joyce DiDonato
Arsace – Daniela Barcellona
Assur – Alex Esposito
Idreno – Lawrence Brownlee
Azema – Elsa Benoit
Oroe – Simone Alberghini
Mitrane – Galeano Salas
The Ghost of Nino – Igor Tsarkov

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Through Geschwitz’s Lorgnette: “Giasone” from Geneva

[So, on a scale from one to ten, how straight does this image look to you, with 1 being narrow naysay, and 10 being unicorns galopping across a rainbow?
If you said 12, then we’re in for a lovely reading of Cavalli’s “Giasone”, with the subheaders #PerfectlyPoly and #KeepYourBinaryOutOfMyBaroque.
– Mariana Flores (Alinda) and Kristina Mkhitaryan (Isifile) in Cavalli’s “Giasone”, Geneva 2017]

Le Grand Théâtre de Genéve did not just put on that Petibon “Manon” this season, or Delphine Galou in a white suit in “Orfeo”, no, they went and had Serena Sinigaglia stage Cavalli’s “Giasone”, and if the director got one thing right, it is the relaxed pre-19th century approach to sensuality and sexuality as a nuanced hub of possibilities that can not be narrowed down to ideological boxes.
(this is not a review. this is just libretto queering in screencaps)
(all caps are tied in from Photobucket and will expand upon clicking. In case you need a closer look. For research.)

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Up, Up And Away With Iris

[Things you find on YT while listening to all the “Hence Iris, hence away” takes on offer: the 1999 ENO variant of the popular Royals version by Robert Carsen, starring Susan Bickley (Juno) and Janis Kelly (Iris). – Clip with thanks to Dig Deeper]

YT also has the entire thing. Yes, that is Sarah Connolly as Ino.

(Juno should elope with Iris. To Boston.)

 

White Skirt Wednesday: Fausticuffs

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[The queer Shopping Cart-a Magna: Frank Castorf stages Gounod’s “Faust” at Staatsoper Stuttgart, delivers a genius evening on all accounts, and turns Siebel into a lady, too. Paris, mon amour! – Mandy Fredrich (Marguerite) and Josy Santos (Siebel) going shopping in Gounod’s “Faust”, Stuttgart 2016. – Photo Credit: Thomas Aurin]

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