White Shirt Monday: Sole-Searching

[I case you’ve ever wished for young Annick Massis and Julie Andews Diana Montague to fall in love over some misplaced shoes to a Rossini score, search no more. (You have, you just didn’t know it yet). – Annick Massis (Adèle) and Diana Montague (Isolier) in Rossini’s “Le Comte Ory”, Glyndebourne 1995]

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[To frame this stupidly cute shoe dueting that has Radegonde give them a raised eyebrow because the mix-up of pantoufles in front of the bed makes it clear that they have shared it: This was in 1995. Ellen wasn’t out yet. And yes, trouser repertoire and convention and all that, but seeing this would have made a few things clear to 1995-not-out-at-all me, as well (while I would have been appropriately flustered over my far prettier namesake). – Annick Massis (Adèle) and Diana Montague (Isolier) in Rossini’s “Le Comte Ory”, Glyndebourne 1995]

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[Shoes! And it’s not even *that* Rossini opera. – Annick Massis (Adèle) and Diana Montague (Isolier) in Rossini’s “Le Comte Ory”, Glyndebourne 1995]

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[Would get married over a poulaine: Isolier, probably. D’awww. – Annick Massis (Adèle) and Diana Montague (Isolier) in Rossini’s “Le Comte Ory”, Glyndebourne 1995]

(And did I mention that the whole thing is officially available on YT, because it is)

White Skirt Wednesday: What The Norma?

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[It isn’t “Norma” if it doesn’t look a bit like a Xena episode (I would single out gayness, but that is already included in “Xena”, right?) – Patrizia Ciofi (Norma) and José Maria Lo Monaco (Adalgisa) in Bellini’s “Norma”, Liège 2017.]

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White Skirt Wednesday: Fairy Queen Stag Party

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[Things to do in Styria: apparently, having a Baroque Masque stag party led by Dorothea Röschmann in traditional garb (men’s traditional garb, that is, though the concept is much more fluid in traditional garb when it comes to jackets. Autumn chill in the woods doesn’t seem to care much about gender.) – Henry Purcell, “The Hairy Queen”, Graz/Styriarte 2014]

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