The Twelve White Shirts of Christmas, 2019 (12)

[And, finally, no 12 Days of White Shirt Christmas would be complete without a screencap from this production, which I still have not overcome, but then, why would I want to overcome this level of peak White Shirt pining, when I can just be overcome with it? – Myrtò Papatanasiu (Sifare) in Mozart’s “Mitridate, rè di Ponto”, Paris/TCE 2016]

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

one supremely pining Prince of Ponto.






…one call for the nightingale, and the nightingale only:

Leonor Bonilla (Giulietta) and Raffaella Lupinacci (Romeo) in Vaccaj’s “Giulietta e Romeo”, Martina Franca 2018

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

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:

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

…one perpetually horizontal pageboy:

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):

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:

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):

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

…one soprano/mezzo entanglement island getaway:

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

…one upstanding, cross-dressing contralto shirt collar:

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

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

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”.

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

3 thoughts on “The Twelve White Shirts of Christmas, 2019 (12)”

  1. It is so much more difficult to watch than the analogous expression of Octavian losing the Feldmarschallin, because there is no readily available alternative. This is entirely serious, and however unbearable it must be born.


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