White Shirt Monday: Camp-a-nile

[“Hello, tenors, I have come to take away your swashbuckle rep and your swagger. Also I have brought three likewise female pageboys in frills with questionable haircuts just because I can.” – Daniela Barcellona (Falliero) in Rossini’s “Bianca e Falliero”, Prague 2005]

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White Shirt Monday: Chain Reaction

[Please cue all possible Prince Valiant/Chain a soprano to this/”You’ve Got Chainmail and it sings better than the tenor, among other things” summer quips and chill the Côtes du Provence rosé while you contemplate the reasons for this smirk: Daniela Pini (Isolier) in Rossini’s “Le Comte Ory”, Malmö 2015 PS. That shirt collar detail, bring me the ice bucket]

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White Shirt Monday: Greener Past(a)ures

[A little more conversation, a little less action, and he might not have died. – A little less conversation, a little more action: that’s what got us into this swooning situation in the first place. – Diana Haller (Tancredi) and Elisa Balbo (Amenaide) in Rossini’s “Tancredi”, Bad Wildbad 2019.]

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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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White Shirt Monday: Tancredi, Son of Mogh


[Tancredi, Son of Mogh would like to have a word with you, and by word he means fisticuffs. Perhaps also command of the Enterprise low-E? – Diana Haller (Tancredi) in Rossini’s “Tancredi”, Bad Wildbad 2019]

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Video Alert: the 2019 Bad Wildbad “Tancredi” will stream July 15-17

– I am completely reasonably breathing into a paper bag right now.

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