[Alice Coote (Agrippina). Oh, and there’s someone else, sorry, my brain doesn’t work properly right now – Franco Fagioli (Nerone) in Handel’s “Agrippina” as staged by Barrie Kosky, about to open at Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich 2019. – Photo Credit: someone who clearly gets me @Bayerische Staatsoper.]

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Brangäne is still my homegirl


[Take off your coat (not you, Brangäne) and file a motion to set “O sink hernieder” for mezzo and soprano. Bonus: nobody dies. – Sarah Connolly (Brangäne) and Iréne Theorin (Isolde) in Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde”, Barcelona 2017. – Photo Credit: Antoni Bofill/Liceu]

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Video Alert: “Barbiere” with Haller from Split


[Ivica Čikeš (Basilio)and  Diana Haller (Rosinia) in Rossini’s “Barbiere di Siviglia”, Split 2017. – Clip material with thanks to nikša-serafin lendić]

Over the summer, I made myself stay off Twitter entirely, to get more work done. Which worked out nicely, but of course I missed out on a lot of things, too.  Like this one. Hello, full live-televised “Barbiere” with Diana Haller! …anyone interested in a liveblog?

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In Tribute to ‘Genderf*ck Thursday’


[Where even the gossip rags do get the occasional headline right: tu, felix Austria. – Back on stage in Salzburg for the festival: Bartoli’s transporting take on Handel’s “Ariodante”. – Photo Credit: Monika Rittershaus (of course), reprinted by one of the local rags I usually wouldn’t even wrap my fish & chips in. p. 17]

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White Skirt Wednesday: Many Happy Returns

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[“Darling, you’ve got to do something about these split ends!” – Callum Thorpe (Antinoo) and Magdalena Kožená (Penelope) in Monteverdi’s “Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria”, Paris/TCE 2017. – Photo Credit: Vincent Pontet]

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The Munich 2017 “Semiramide” Liveblogging Thread Reloaded, pt. 2


Welcome to the reloaded White Shirt live comment thread for Rossini‘s “Semiramide” (2017. Actually LIVE!) from Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, staged by David Alden, with Michele Mariotti conducting. This time, without hiccups and tech glitches!

Cast Listing (*AAAAAAAaaaaaaaah!*)

Semiramide – Joyce DiDonato
Arsace – Daniela Barcellona
Assur – Alex Esposito
Idreno – Lawrence Brownlee
Azema – Elsa Benoit
Oroe – Simone Alberghini
Mitrane – Galeano Salas
The Ghost of Nino – Igor Tsarkov

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