Sound and Clouds and Thunder (23)

[On the importance of stars: If the road seems endless and your steps are faltering, look up. Which I don’t mean to sound quite so Hallmark, but what I definitely mean is that perspective matters. – Theodora Baka (Alceste) singing “Son qua stanco pellegrino” from Handel’s “Arianna in Creta” – Clip with thanks to thebarroque]

So we have survived a 100 days of 1461 days.

Feels much longer, doesn’t it?

The prospects of what power abuse and unsound decisions will likely lie ahead for the remaining 1361 are frightening. (as is the fear that we may become numb enough to accept things are normal. They are NOT.)

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The Paris 2017 “Fantasio” Liveblogging Thread


Welcome to the White Shirt live comment thread for Offenbach’s “Fantasio” (Paris/TdC 2017), staged by Thomas Jolly and conducted by Laurent Campellone.

Cast Listing:

Fantasio – Marianne Crébassa
King of Bavaria – Franck Leguérinel
Princess Elsbeth – Marie-Eve Munger
Prince of Mantua – Sébastien Bou
Marinoni – Loïc Félix
Flamel – Alix Le Saux
Sparck – Philippe Estèphe
Facio – Enguerrand de Hys
Max – Kévin Amiel
Hartmann – Flannan Obé
Rutten/Taylor/Swiss Guard – Bruno Bayeux

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Liveblogging Offenbach’s “Fantasio” on Saturday

[The only version of “Twilight” I’ll ever watch: the one with the mezzo serenading underneath the balcony. #OutMontagued! – Marianne Crébassa (Fantasio) and Marie-Eve Munger (Elsbeth) in Offenbach’s “Fantasio”, Paris/TdC 2017]

The times call for some Offenbach and mezzos in trousers (the again, when do they not?), so this weekend, we’re finally liveblogging the recent “Fantasio” staged by Thomas Jolly at Théâtre du Châtelet, this Saturday, Mar. 25th, at 9 p.m. UTC+1.

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White Shirt Monday: Mezzo Fantasy

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[Monday face? Oh please, Fantasio, your yellow hairpiece is a lot more in good taste than its brainslug counterpart on 45. – Marianne Crébassa (Fantasio) and chorus in Offenbach’s “Fantasio”, Paris/TdC 2017 – Photo Credit: Pierre Grobois/Opéra comique]

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Liveblogging Rossini’s “Tancredi”(Florence 2005) on Saturday

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[A new entry to the Red Shirts research discussion: Daniela Barcellona (Tancredi) in Rossini’s “Tancredi”, Florence 2005. – Photo Credit: since I don’t have my DVD at the office, this shot comes via the folks of operaclick]

Time for another Rossini contralto musico epic – the one that started it all, “Tancredi”! We’re liveblogging a production that also started an ongoing interest in the work of Daniela Barcellona for more than one of us, the 2005 Maggio Musicale take, this upcoming Saturday, Mar. 18th, at the usual hour of 9 p.m. (UTC+1).

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White Shirt Monday: The Man Mezzo With the Golden Gown

[On the continued iconography of gold laurel wreaths: Laura Zigmantaite (Nerone) in the re-enacted Aix Grüber staging of Monteverdi’s “L’incoronazione di Poppea”, Lyon 2017. – Photo Credit: Opéra de Lyon]

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