White Shirt Monday: Thisbians

[A clear case of stonewalling, as if it were indeed Pyramus and Thisbe (not sure about the lion in this scenario, though): Jessica Pratt (Zenobia) and Lena Belkina (Arsace) in Rossini’s “Aureliano in Palmira”, Pesaro 2013. – Photo Credit. Rossini Festival Pesaro]

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Sound and Clouds and Thunder (165)

[Varduhi Abrahamyan (Arsace) and Nahuel di Pierro (Assur) singing “Bella imago degli Dei” from Rossini’s “Semiramide”, conducted by Michele Mariotti. Pesaro 2019. – Clip with thanks to badoero91]

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White Shirt Monday: Hey, Suspenders


[Lads looking as if it’s been a hell of a party for sure: Varduhi Abrahamyan (Maffeo Orsini) and, I presume, members of the Begamo men’s choir in Donizetti’s “Lucrezia Borgia”, Bergamo 2019. -Photo credit: GIanfranco Rota, via Abrahamyan’s Twitter feed]

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Pirata AU

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[Hey, Mrs. Danvers, having a hand in queering Bellini pre-Norma? – Marina de Liso (Adele) and Sony Yoncheva (Imogene) in Bellini’s “Il pirata”, Milan 2018. – Photo Credit: Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano/Teatro alla Scala]

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The Twelve White Shirts of Christmas, 2017 (5)

[God, that grin, I swear. Also the uniform. All the uniforms on Barcellona. And all the coloratura and all the low notes and all the swaggerdoccio. Send help. Only please don’t send help. – Daniela Barcellona (Arsace) in Rossini’s “Semiramide”, Munich/Staatsoper 2017.]

On the fifth Day of Christmas, the White Shirts sent to me:

One Butch Babylonian



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Sound and Clouds and Thunder (14)

[I thought we could do with some female disdain in charge at the moment: Anja Harteros (Alcina), “Ma quando tornerai” aka “Cry Me A River” in Handel’s “Alcina”, Vienna 2010. (in case this embeds wrongly at pt. 1 again: it’s part 21/25).- Clip with thanks to LyriqueMGK. For the full video-version, check here as of 39’00 (#HippyThing), and for a 2009 in-house from Milan (Carsen’s production, but still Harteros), head over to Gudrun’s]

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