Production Alert: Lamb Chops

[Arms to slay the bad cop? Check. – Laurent Naouri (Scarpia) and Myrtò Papatanasiu (Tosca) in rehearsal for La Monnaie’s new production of Puccini’s “Tosca”, Brussels 2021. – Photo Credit: Hugo Segers for La Monnaie]

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White Shirt Monday: High Five

[We spoke of that one thing that happened five years ago. Now let us talk about that other thing that happened five years ago. – Myrtò Papatanasiu (Sifare) in Mozart’s “Mitridate, rè di Ponto”, Paris/TCE 2016]

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Opera’s Eight

So apparently Francesca Ascioti runs her own Early Music band, called Enea Barock Orchestra, and apparently they played a fundraiser to fight violence against women last night (in Rome), called Donne all’Opera, which will be aired in April on both Rai5 and on the YT channel of Enea Barock Orchestra. – featuring: Vivica Genaux, Anna Bonitatibus, Patrizia Ciofi, Francesca Ascioti, Carmela Remigio and Paula Valentina Molinari. – Photo Credit: Enea Barock Orchestra]

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Video Alert: “Argippo” at FEMAS Sevilla

[A moment in the livestream last night. – Delphine Galou (Zanaida) and Giuseppina Bridelli (Silvero) in Vivaldi’s “Argippo”, Sevilla 2021]

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Video Alert: “Norma”, Orange 1974

ARTE Concert is really bringing out the firewoks for Lockdown #3 (or is it #4 already? I have lost count): until Feb 8th, the 1974 “Norma” from Orange, aka The Best Night Of Montserrat Caballé’s Singing Life (and that is including the legendary “Don Carlos” finale at the Met) is available as stream on demand here (geoblocking may apply).

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.



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