…and today in “just how gay is Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda“?

Loy/Rittershaus White Shirt levels: clearly set to stun.

(I have no idea what is going on here, but far be it from me to protest.)

The Geneva 2016 “Manon” (Massenet) Liveblogging Thread


Welcome to the White Shirt live comment thread for Massenet’s “Manon” from Geneva (2016), staged by Olivier Py and under the baton of Marko Letonja.

The cast features:

Marc MazuirMonsieur de Brétigny
Omar GaridoThe Pub Owner
Bálint SzabóLe Comte des Grieux
Seraina PerrenoudJavotte
Mary FeminearPoussette
Marina ViottiRosette
Patricia PetibonManon Lescaut
Bernard RichterLe Chevalier des Grieux
Pierre DoyenLescaut
Rodolphe BriandGillot de Morfontaine

The production is  available via ARTE Concert. If you would like to know what happens via the libretto, there is a web-based version in French, English and German here, and access to a French/English side-by-side version in pdf format through here.

A word of warning: this is a very straight opera. There is plenty of male gazing, and inapporpriate handling of female characters on all levels.
I haven’t seen the show yet, but I trust Py and Petibon to try and deliver a take that is a critique of that and to look at Manon not as a shallow prostitute fantasy, but as the story of a young woman making choices and trying to find a way to move through a patriarchic society (spoiler: yes, she does end up dead and imprisoned. Perhaps we should get out the liquor right now).

Liveblogging: Massenet’s “Manon” from Geneva (2016) on Sunday


[Manon? Mais oui. – It feels like the right time to watch a smart soprano address questions of sexism and misogyny and the right to one’s own decisions on stage: Patricia Petibon in Massenet’s “Manon” as staged by Olivier Py, Geneva 2016.]

The early Geneva night filming is finally available via ARTE Concert, and the White Shirts, both regulars and newly interested, are welcome to join the liveblog this upcoming Sunday, Nov. 13th, at 8.30 p.m. (UTC+1).