[A clear case of mezzos are doing it for themselves? – I think I could use a drink from that green bottle on the marble dresser. With lots of eyes. Joyce DiDonato (Agrippina) and Kate Lindsey (Nerone) in Handel’s “Agrippina” as staged by David McVicar, NewYork/MEt 2020 – Photo credit: THANK YOU, Sara Krulwich, of the NY Times, for this new altarpiece in the White Shirt Cathedral.]
Nearly all opera plots have one of two simple solutions that are almost never employed: 1) threesome, 2) but what if she’s only his stepmom.
This is a case of #2, but if we ask Poppea, it might also be a case of #1, off #2 holds true.
Between DiDonato and Lindsey on our stages: what a time to be alive.