Pyre, Pyre, Hearts On Fire

[But why did they dye Xena’s hair blond? – I swear, it’s not me, it’s “Norma”. Aaaaand it’s another production that looks like a known episode of “Xena”. – Joyce DiDonato (Adalgisa) and Sondra Radvanovsky (Norma) in Bellini’s “Norma”, New York/Met 2017. Opening tonight!! – Photo Credit: Ken Howard.]

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In A Time Of Ancient Gods: The Norma Scrolls


[And now, someone will don a winged helm, figure out that Beowolf is actually Brunhilda (and gay), and kiss the princess awake in a shamanist potlach in the Amazonian woods. Or something like that. Also, who knew the chakram could double as a headgear? – Bellini’s “Norma” at the Teatro Real, with Karine Deshayes (Adalgisa) and Maria Agresta (Norma), Madrid 2016. – Photo Credit: Javier del Real/Teatro Real]

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White Shirt Monday: Camp Calisto

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[That elusive spot where the performance is simply fabulous, and gender matters only relatively, and sex not at all: Staatstheater Darmstadt’s current junior production of Cavalli’s “La Calisto” has an aim to rival Cupid’s there.
So… who’s who? Who’s what? …and why does it even matter? – If I deduced correctly: Penelope Mason (Satirino), Theodore Browne (Pane) and David Hong (Silvano) camping it up in the woods in in Cavalli’s “La Calisto”, Darmstadt 2016.]

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Mezzo Alert: going to Moscow. Bozhemoi!

ernman_esc_coverIt’s official. Chill the vodka, mezzo lovers – this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow (semifinals May 12th&14th, finale May 16th) will include one of our favorites: Malena Ernman won the Swedish finale last night.

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