White Shirt Monday: Orphic Bi Blues

[It happened! Jamie Barton trouser-roled on the Met stage and you all knew that this particular White Shirt Monday was coming. – Jamie Barton (Orfeo) in Gluck’s “Orfeo ed Euridice”, New York/MEt 2019. – Photo Credit, Metropolitan Opera/Ken Howard (?)]

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Video Alert: Chinatown

Operavision just made Gluck’s “Le cinesi” (a sort of Persian Letters on mid-18th century romantic affect conventions, dose of colonialism included) from Valencia available, starring Tro Santafé, Rancatore and Hallenberg (and Zorzi Giustiniani), with Biondi conducting.

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The Munich 2003 “Orphée” Liveblogging Thread


Welcome to the White Shirt live comment thread for Gluck’s “Orphée et Eurydice”, staged by Nigel Lower/Amir Hosseinpur and conducted by Ivor Bolton.

Cast Listing:

Orphée – Vesselina Kasarova
Eurydice – Rosemary Joshua
Amor – Deborah York

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Review: The Prison of our Perceptions. Gluck’s “Armide” at Vienna Staatsoper (2016)


[Negotiating attraction: Gaëlle Arquez (Armide) and Stanislas de Barbeyrac (Renaud) in Gluck’s “Armide”, Vienna/Staatsoper 2016. – Photo Credit: Michael Pöhn/Wiener Staatsoper]

What is it that draws us to a person? To what degree is gender a construction? Where do we end and where does the other person begin, and is there a space of overlap in which we can truly see each other?

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Tank Top Tuesday: Boeotian Seaside Getaway


[The only appropriate reaction to another bout 30°C+ temperatures: How about an extended stay at the Boeotian seaside? And tank tops, of course. – Bo Skovus (Agamemnon) and Myrtò Papatanasiu (Iphigénie) in the Torsten Fischer staging of Gluck’s “Iphigénie en Aulide”, Vienna/TADW 2012. – Photo Credit: Armin Badel]

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