The Twelve White Shirts of Christmas, 2020 (8)

[I have a weak spot for the “working class girl saves the day” staging by Kratzer. Clearly, said girl should also have had the option to take home the 7ft. dramatic soprano, be it as Leonore or as Fidelio. – Amanda Forsythe (Marzelline) and Lise Davidsen (Leonore) in Beethoven’s “Fidelio”, London/ROH 2020]

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

one alternative ending to “Fidelio”.






…one reminder that Mezzos Are The Champions:

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Teresa Iervolino (Rinaldo) in Handel’s/Leo’s Naples “RInaldo”, Martina Franca/Festival Valle d’Itria 2018)

…one horny homeboy:

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Kate Lindsey (Nerone) in Handel’s “Agrippina”, New York/Met 2020

…one magical romance:

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Maria Kataeva  (Ruggiero) and Jacquelyn Wagner (Alcina) in Handel’s “Alcina, Düsseldorf 2020

…one nightly embrace under the pine trees:

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Patricia Nolz (Cherubino) and Cristina Pasaroiu (Countess) in Mozart’s “Le nozze di Figaro”, Vienna/TADW 2020

…one knight ready to lend a hand:

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Daniela Sindram (Octavian) and Erin Morley (Sophie) in Strauss’ “Der Rosenkavalier”, Vienna/State Opera 2020

…one Cretan serpentinata:

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Aya Wakizono (Idamante) and Carmela Remigio (Ilia) in Mozart’s “Idomeneo”, Palermo 2019

…and one shirt-sleeved Emperor’s true groove.

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Sonia Prina (Ottone) in Vivaldi’s “Ottone in villa”, Venice/La Fenice 2020

6 thoughts on “The Twelve White Shirts of Christmas, 2020 (8)”

  1. Leonore is going back to a palace – or castle (more likely in Spain?) – with a husband who’s developed serious (hallucinatory) PTSD that won’t be improved by a vice-regal investigation of his kidnapping. Sounds like fun.

    She is going to need a sympathetic, vivacious, level-headed, Susanna-ready maidfriend of proven capability. Satisfying as it would be for her to decide instead on life as the Eidam, that prison isn’t going to be a going concern for some time, and her views on penology are too advanced for success in the career.

    So the sequel is Marzellina Makes Madrid, escorted by a certain beanpole caballero with gravedigger’s triceps. Don’t mess with them, worse men have tried that and come to grief.

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  2. Speaking of Susanna and the Countess and Wallace Giunta, this memory from Toronto. Not white shirts. But perhaps for that moment when Sophie comes to the Marschallin for advice, after she has been introduced to Mariandl.

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