Upcoming Liveblog: The Schwetzingen “Poppea” (2017) tomorrow


[Headwear, neckwear, shirtwear, nightwear… Emanuela Galli (Poppea) and Giuseppina Bridelli (Nerone) in Monteverdi’s “L’incoronazione di Poppea”, Schwetzingen 2017]

While we did sort-of liveblog this “Poppea” as it aired on May 7th, the timing was such that many of us could only catch bits and pieces of it, so it’s on the schedule for a more leisurely rewatch tomorrow night, May 26th, at 9 p.m. (UTC+2).

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Upcoming Liveblog: “Ariodante” again tonight!


[Bring on a date: flowers, sword, epaulets. Seems to work like a charm. – Marta Vandoni Iorio (Dalinda) and Mary-Ellen Nesi (Polinesso) in Handel’s “Ariodante”, Spoleto 2007. – Photo Credit:  Francis Menotti Archive/Giulio Marocchi]

No, it’s still not enough “Ariodante”. Short-notice (though we’ve had this one on the list for a whilte) meet-up for a liveblog of the 2007 Spoleto production with Hallenberg and Nesi tonight, May 18th, at 9 p.m. (UTC+2).

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Upcoming Liveblogs: Handel & Cavalli Baroque Double on Sun/Tue


[“Gay? As in merry?” – “No, gay as in yep-I-am. I figured between the dogs, outdoor sports, women-only bathing spaces and the white shirts/tunics, it was kind of obvious?” – Someone buy Diana a clue. (Also, it’s the 20 year anniversary of the Puppy Episode.)  Vivica Genaux (Diana) and Elena Tsallagova (Calisto) in Cavallis “La Calisto”, Strasbourg 2017. – Photo Credit: France3/Culturebox]

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Liveblogging Handel’s “Alcina” (Stuttgart 1999) on Saturday

[The A.T. Schaefer shot that became the cover of the first DVD release of this production, or “how to tell the focal point of Alcina in one image”: Catherine Naglestad (Alcina) and Alice Coote (Ruggiero) in Handel’s “Alcina”, Stuttgart 1999. – Photo Credit: A. T. Schaefer for Staatsoper Stuttgart]

And on the issue of formative classics, it’s time for THE “Alcina” aka Naglestad and Coote burning down the haus in the smart and challenging Wieler/Morabito staging. Also: Helene Schneiderman. And Catriona Smith. And young Claudia Mahnke.

Bring your ice bucket (then again: better bring two. Or the whole bathtub) and meet us this Saturday, Apr. 8th, at 9. p.m. (UTC+2) for some liveblogging and, possibly, livefainting.

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Liveblogging Gluck’s “Orphée” (Munich 2003) on Saturday

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[Stop the clocks, it’s the White Shirt Mothership Performance (well, one of the two, the other one is the 2003 Salzburg Tito) is descending. – Vesselina Kasarova (Orphée) in Gluck’s “Orphée et Eurydice”, Munich 2003]

Time for another timeless classic: we’re livblogging the Munich 2003 “Orphée” with Kasarova in the lead this upcoming Saturday, April 1st, at 9 p.m. (UTC+2). Bring smelling salts.

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