The Twelve White Shirts of Christmas, 2019 (11)

[Holding out for a mezzo hero(ine), or something much like it. It’s the Italian outdoors at night, no larks in sight! – Leonor Bonilla (Giulietta) and Raffaella Lupinacci (Romeo) in Vaccaj’s “Giulietta e Romeo”, Martina Franca 2018]

On the Eleventh Day of Christmas, the White Shirts sent to me:

one call for the nightingale, and the nightingale only.

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.and…

…one Southern Italian dude who probably makes a mean espresso (with lots of crema):

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Kathryn Lewek (Ginevra) and Cecilia Bartoli (Ariodante) in Handel’s “Ariodante”, Salzburg 2017

…one apparition in a tux who is out to raise the dead:

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Marianne Crebassa (Orphée) in Gluck’s “Orphée et Eurydice”, Paris/Opéra Comique 2018

…one perpetually horizontal pageboy:

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Diana Haller (Cherubino) in Mozart’s “Le nozze di Figaro”, Stuttgart 2019

…one night with enough champagne to put the blame on it (though obviously, it was the mezzo):

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Gaëlle Arquez (Juditha) and Teresa Iervolino (Holofernes) in Vivaldi’s “Juditha triumphans”, Amsterdam 2019

…one case of mezzo sleeve art to keep framed against the wall:

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Joyce DiDonato (Romeo) in Bellini’s “I Capuleti e i Montechi”, Barcelona 2016

…one delighted look at the menu that, today, serves Warrior Prince(ss)

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Varduhi Abrahamyan (Arsace) and Salome Jicia (Semiramide) in Rossini’s “Semiramide”, Pesaro 2019

…one soprano/mezzo entanglement island getaway:

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Nicole Chevalier (Elettra) and Paula Murrihy (Idamante) in Mozart’s “Idomeneo”, Salzburg 2019

…one upstanding, cross-dressing contralto shirt collar:

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Delphine Galou (Amastre) in Handel’s “Serse”, Reggio Emilia 2019

…one smirking muse at the mic, with a soprano on her arm:

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Patricia Petibon (Giulietta) and Michele Losier (Nicklausse) in Offenbach’s “Les Contes d’Hoffmann”, Brussels 2019

…a poet with the first edition of “The Oak Tree”.

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Kate Lindsey (Orlando) in Neuwirth’s “Orlando”, Vienna/State Opera 2019

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