White Shirt Monday: Chaise, not Chair

[The most emblematic thing about “Le nozze di Figaro”? – It’s not the Act I wingchair. It’s the Ac II winged seduction sequence. Who’s seducing whom – voi lo sapete? – Eléonore Pancrazi (Cherubino) and Vannina Santoni (Contessa) in Mozart’s “Le nozze di Figaro”, Paris/TCE 2019]

Whatever one might consider the qualities of James Gray’s perfumed early-Goya setting and its Strehler vibes: in any case, there’s Santoni’s etheral, youthful Contessa and there’s Pancrazi’s adorably nervous Cherubino, and if there’s one thing that makes or breaks a good “Le nozze di Fogaro” from a White Shirt perspective, it’s the swoon level of “Voi che sapete” and anything that follows until the Conte comes knocking (hopefully, late).


13 thoughts on “White Shirt Monday: Chaise, not Chair”

  1. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    For years we kept getting Countesses for whom Dove sono keynoted the character: poor languishing lady, nel languire amando ognor. Lovely to see the role energetic, open to possibilities, with high yearning power.
    And dramatically, if the Countess and Susanna don’t find Cherubino a strongly attractive possibility, they do not channel the audience’s emotions as they should.

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