Liveblogging Rossini’s “Semiramide”(Munich 2017) on Sunday


[Imperial Picnic: Daniela Barcellona (Arsace) and Joyce DiDonato (Semiramide) in Rossini’s “Semiramide”, Munich/Staatsoper 2017]

Bayerische Staatsoper Munich is livestreaming their Rossini “Semiramide” this upcoming Sunday, Feb. 26th, at 5:00 p.m. (UTC+1).

We’re joining in.

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Sound and Clouds And Thunder (8)

[Vesselina Kasarova rehearsing “Di tanti palpiti” from Rossinis’s “Tancredi” in Moscow, 2011. Clip with thanks to Denis Zaharov – There’s also the concert that followed this rehearsal. And just for kicks and because we can really need all the kicks and swagger we can get these days, here’s the take from about 20 years earlier. And yes, although I hope we’ll be able to sleep a little calmer again sooner, I’ll uphold this column for twenty years if need be.]

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The MET 2011 “Comte Ory” (Rossini) Liveblogging Thread


Welcome to the White Shirt live comment thread for Rossini’s “Le Comte Ory” from the MET (2011), staged by Bartlett Sher and under the baton of Maurizio Benini.

The cast features

Diana Damrau as  Countess Adèle
Joyce DiDonato as Isolier
Juan Diego Flórez as Count Ory
Stéphane Degout as Raimbaud
Susanne Resmark as Ragonde
Michele Pertusi as Ory’s Tutor.

The production is officially available online via iTunes for the (rather steep) price of €20, if youaare looking for a single stream-on-demand. There is also a DVD/BR (and, in a pinch, there is the White Shirt network).
The libretto is available in French/Italian, French only, or German with switch to optional French tab – if you have an English version, please post it below and I will edit it in here.

Semiramide Problems

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#SemiramideProblems: When the core question of the evening is ‘Mustard or Mezzo?’ and all options sound great.

[Josef Wagner (Assur) and Ann Hallenberg (Arsace) in Rossini’s “Semiramide”, Ghent 2011]

I know I posted these on Twitter already, but since they were so much fun, here’s an extended version while we wait for more Rossini tonight.

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Liveblogging: Rossini’s “Comte Ory” from the MET (2011) on Oct 15th


[In case of doubt: threesome. Diana Damrau (Adèle), Joyce DiDonato (Isolier) and Juan Diego Flórez (Ory) in Rossini’s “Le Comte Ory”, New York/MET 2011]

After last week’s “Semiramide”, the liveblog series continues with another Rossini: the MET’s 2011 pink Bartlett Sher production of “Le Comte Ory”, on Sat, Oct. 15th, at 8.40 p.m.

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