White Skirt Wednesday: What The Norma?


[It isn’t “Norma” if it doesn’t look a bit like a Xena episode (I would single out gayness, but that is already included in “Xena”, right?) – Patrizia Ciofi (Norma) and José Maria Lo Monaco (Adalgisa) in Bellini’s “Norma”, Liège 2017.]

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Pyre, Pyre, Hearts on Fire, II

[In Sickle and in Health! – Joyce DiDonato (Adalgisa) and Sondra Radvanovsky (Norma) in Bellini’s “Norma”, New York/Met 2017.]

So… how about a round of “Norma still or Xena episode?”

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Pyre, Pyre, Hearts On Fire

[But why did they dye Xena’s hair blond? – I swear, it’s not me, it’s “Norma”. Aaaaand it’s another production that looks like a known episode of “Xena”. – Joyce DiDonato (Adalgisa) and Sondra Radvanovsky (Norma) in Bellini’s “Norma”, New York/Met 2017. Opening tonight!! – Photo Credit: Ken Howard.]

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White Shirt Monday: Rohrschach

[…apparently there are poses that are hotwired into my brain:
“Are you pondering what I’m pondering? – “I think so, Brian. But what would that Eurydice costume look like on a petite redhead?” – Sophie Witte (Eurydice) and Eva Maria Günschmann (Orphée) in Gluck’s “Orphée et Eurydice”, Mönchengladbach 2017. – Photo Credit: Matthias Stutte]

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In A Time Of Ancient Gods: The Norma Scrolls


[And now, someone will don a winged helm, figure out that Beowolf is actually Brunhilda (and gay), and kiss the princess awake in a shamanist potlach in the Amazonian woods. Or something like that. Also, who knew the chakram could double as a headgear? – Bellini’s “Norma” at the Teatro Real, with Karine Deshayes (Adalgisa) and Maria Agresta (Norma), Madrid 2016. – Photo Credit: Javier del Real/Teatro Real]

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