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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White Shirt Monday: Semiramide Problems (BSO Edition)

[When the Trouser Mezzo would go very well with your couch color scheme, but simply won’t take a hint, and other #SemiramideProblems – courtesy of the live broadcast with Daniela Barcellona (Arsace) and Joyce DiDonato (Semiramide) in Rossini’s “Semiramide”, Munich/BSO 2017.]

(Screenshot Extravaganza for all those who couldn’t follow the stream last night due to the technical hiccups, featuring the Chorus of Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, Joyce DiDonato (Semiramide), Daniela Barcellona (Arsace), Alex Esposito (Assur), Lawrence Brownlee (Idreno), Elsa Benoit (Azema) Simone Alberghini (Oroe) and Galeano Salas (Mitrane)).

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White Skirt Wednesday: Paging Medea

[Stop the machines, it’s Kristina Hammarström in a white shirt. I don’t care if it’s in a male, female or non-binary part:  it’s appealing across drawers and beyond. In this case, it’s Medea (all children survive, too). – Kristina Hammarström (Medea) in Cavalli’s “Giasone”, Geneva 2017.]

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White Skirt Wednesday: Peristyle Pastimes


[It seems as if every major house is in the process of putting on the Chérau “Elektra” sooner or later, and I am more than fine with that. I am also more than fine with the promo materials the current Liceu run is using (and please don’t let me comment on this any further *biting fist*). Evelyn Herlitzius (Elektra) and Adrianne Pieczonka (Chrysothemis) in Strauss’ “Elektra”, Barcelona 2016. – Photo Credit: Victor Pascal/Liceu]

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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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