White Shirt Monday: Orphic Bi Blues

[It happened! Jamie Barton trouser-roled on the Met stage and you all knew that this particular White Shirt Monday was coming. – Jamie Barton (Orfeo) in Gluck’s “Orfeo ed Euridice”, New York/MEt 2019. – Photo Credit, Metropolitan Opera/Ken Howard (?)]

It is interesting that most press photos showcase Barton, but no itneraction between Orfeo and Euridice. One hand, it’s logical the Met would capitalize on Barton’s star power – this rerun is her show –  but on the other hand, I cannot help but wonder whether the press department is treading carefully around promoting a trouser portrayal of an out and outstoken queer women. Because that woud be, you know, very gay. It is.

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[Fancy a nighttime walk through the eternal night? – Hei-Kyung Hong (Euridice) and Jamie Barton (Orfeo) in Gluck’s “Orfeo ed Euridice”, New York/MEt 2019. – Photo Credit, Metropolitan Opera/Ken Howard (?)]

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[“You get a ladyqueer Orfeo! And you get a ladyqueer Orfeo! And you get a ladyqueer Orfeo! Everyone gets a new ladyqueer Orfeo!” – Hei-Kyung Hong (Euridice), Jamie Barton (Orfeo) and ensemble in Gluck’s “Orfeo ed Euridice”, New York/MEt 2019. – Photo Credit, Metropolitan Opera/Ken Howard (?)]

..and what’s even better than another female-fronted “Orfeo”? – Mezzos celebrating each other in the role and embracing their queer fanbase’s response, that’s what!

 

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