The Twelve White Shirts of Christmas, 2020 (12)

[And, finally, no 12 Days of White Shirt Christmas would be complete without a screencap from this production. #NotOverThisIn2020Either – Patricia Petibon (Aspasia) and 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 perpetually pining Prince of Ponto.






…one Orpheus from Outer Space:

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Anita Rachvelishvili (Orfeo) and  Maite Alberola (Euridice) in Gluck’s “Orfeo and Euridice”, Festival Castell de Peralada 2011

…one artfully lit declaration:

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Raffaella Milanesi (Cherubino) and Judith van Wanroij (Countess) in Mozart’s “Le nozze di Figaro”, Liège 2018

…one supremely sulking Syracusean:

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Diana Haller (Tancredi) in Rossini’s “Tancredi”, Bad Wildbad 2019

…one alternative ending to “Fidelio”:

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Amanda Forsythe (Marzelline) and Lise Davidsen (Leonore) in Beethoven’s “Fidelio”, London/ROH 2020

…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

10 thoughts on “The Twelve White Shirts of Christmas, 2020 (12)”

        1. Every year – and that is the point of Twelfth Night, a feast, the Epiphany:
          Time present and time past
          Are both perhaps present in time future
          And time future contained in time past.
          And we shall see This again, in image and memory, “a natural perspective that is and is not,” throughout the year ahead, starting with your “finally.” In your end is our beginning.
          For this feast and fulfillment, many heartfelt thanks. I think I say that every year.

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