White Skirt Wednesday: Gravitational Pull

[All I want for Christmas is another “Tito” to analyze with the White Shirts. Wrapped with a bow – which seems to be au par with this Vitellia’s schemes. – Amanda Majeski (Vitellia) and Stéphanie d’Oustrac (Sesto) in Mozatrt’s “La clemenza di Tito”, Paris/ONP 2017]

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Upcoming Liveblog: Handel’s “Tamerlano” (2008) this Friday

[The original “La ci darem la mano”? Or a more interesting version of “Così fan tutte” where the fiancés undergo a gendered body swap? – Ingela Bohlin (Asteria) and Monica Bacelli (Tamerlano) in Handel’s “Tamerlano”, Madrid 2008. – Photo Credit: Javier del Real/Teatro Real]

Time for the Madrid “Tamerlano” this Friday, Oct. 6th, at 9 p.m. UTC+2.

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Mezzo Party: Trouser Roles For Everyone

[That is actually what is says: Trousers Roles For Everyone. Diversity First! It’s a poster for a fictional party called “The Mezzos”, and it features Karolina Gumos of Komische Oper Berlin. – You have my vote, MEZ! ❤ – Photo Credit: Komische Oper Berlin/Facebook Page]

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The Dresden “Serse” (2000) Liveblogging Thread


Welcome to the White Shirt live comment thread for Handel’s “Serse” from Dresden (2000), conducted by Christophe Rousset and staged by Philip Behrens.

Cast List:
Paula Rasmussen – Serse
Ann Hallenberg – Arsamene
Patricia Bardon – Amastre
Marcello Lippi – Ariodate
Isabel Bayrakdarian – Romilda
Sandrine Piau – Atalanta
Matteo Peirone – Elviro

Libretto: Italian (pdf), Italian & English (pdf).


I have no idea what is going on here but I am all for it


So… Anna Bonitatibus has a new website?

The current cover graphic of which is announing a concert tour/CD release for Oct. 2017, with something-something trouser repertory? Maybe? (define ‘en travesti’. plus: rainbows!) Either way: sign me up.

Also, uncasual reminder that #Silla2018 starts in October 2017 already, and we’re going to liveblog the living, dead and immortal daylights out of that Kratzer production for La Monnaie, and Bonitatibus’ Cecilio – on ARTE Concert Nov. 9th, on Monnaie streaming Dec. 5th to 25th.


Upcoming Liveblog: Handel’s “Serse” (Dresden 2000) on Sunday


[#KlingonOpera (it is  the high foreheads, I swear) –  Paula Rasmussen (Serse) and Ann Hallenberg (Arsamene) in Handel’s “Serse”, Dresden 2000]

By urgent petition, it is time for a double-mezzo double-trouser bill with Handel’s “Serse”, this Sunday, Sept. 17th, at 9 p.m. (UTC+2).

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