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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White Skirt Wednesday: Give That Woman A Cigar

[Strasbourg is indeed looking very lovely this time of year. – Raffaela Milanesi (Giunone) and Vivica Genaux (Diana) in Cavalli’s “La Calisto”, Strasbourg 2017.]

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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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on the issue of White Shirt Archives


[The Original White Shirt Graphic as done by Purity, way back when.]

Apparently, today is #WorldOperaDay?

(wait, you meant that’s not every day? – It is in the universe that I am inhabiting. Living in bubbles is very dernier cri at the moment, I hear)

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White Shirt Monday: Preppy College AU

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[Haruna Yamazaki (Octavian) in Strauss’ “Der Rosenkavalier”, staged by Markus Dietze. Theater Koblenz 2017. – Photo Credit: Matthias Baus/Theater Koblenz]

Octavian then moved onto Oxford University, briefly dated someone named Maurice, joined the Rowing Club, befriended a classmate called Orlando and later turned into a 21st century professor for Gender Studies. The End.

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Radio Alert: Lulu… mein Engel!


[Just making sure this week stays sufficiently gay, while looking fabulous in white shirts and practicing the ‘judging you!’ eyebrow rise of Geschwitz. – Brenda Rae (Lulu) and Sarah Connolly (Countess Geschwitz) in Berg’s “Lulu”, London/ENO 2016. Photo Credit: Catherine Ashmore/ENO]

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