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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Sound and Clouds and Thunder (15)

[If there ever was a clip that should be tagged #RockingTheRevolution and #IfBelcantoIsWithUsWhoMayStandAgainstUs, it is this one – the first Romeo scene from Bellini’s “I Capuleti e i Montecchi”, sung by Joyce DiDonato at the 2013 Berlin Aids Gala. Clip with thanks to MissHelena1011.]

15 down, 193 to go, barring the apocalypse, but we’d even have a soundtrack for the apocalypse and you bet it would involve a free press and Antonacci singing the Berlioz Cassandre with an interpolated “I told you this wasn’t normal, and you just wouldn’t listen.”

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