Through Geschwitz’s Lorgnette: Cavalli cont’d

[‘Heteronormativity: you’re doing it wrong’, and some more elaborate thoughts on the performance of La Cappella Mediterranea’s Teatro dei Sensi, featuring Mariana Flores and Giuseppina Bridelli, Venice 2015 (in the Sala Superiore of the Scuola Grande di San Rocco – so it’s not quite a church, but it is a confraternity building and this hall has an altar (and Tintoretto works because Venice isn’t kidding around))]

No, I’m not over this concert anytime soon. And I’ve been trying to pinpoint why.

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The Madrid 2017 “Rodelinda” Liveblogging Thread


Welcome to the impromptu White Shirt live comment thread for Handel’s “Rodelinda” (Madrid 2017), staged by Claus Guth and conducted by Ivor Bolton.

Cast Listing:

Rodelinda – Lucy Crowe
Bertarido – Bejun Mehta
Grimoaldo – Jeremy Ovenden
Eduige – Sonia Prina
Unulfo – Lawrence Zazzo
Garibaldo – Umberto Chiummo

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White Skirt Wednesday: The answer is 42, or mezzo/soprano duetting

[Is this the British reaction clip of the day regarding Article 50? Is this the convening of the coven at the news of yet more cis-het casting? Or is it solemn vows that would only need a seal of champagne? – Alexandra Deshorties (Elisabetta) and Ilse Eerens (Matilda) in Rossini’s “Elisabetta, regina d’Inghilterra”, Vienna/TADW 2017. – with thanks for the alert to @sestoinfedele on Twitter (he tagged it “well that sure looks very straight” and I don’t really have anything to add to that)]

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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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