Video Alert: A Romp in Rome

[Joyce DiDonato (Agrippina) doing what most of us would do faced with this “Agrippina” production, New York/Met 2020.]

This production is still streaming for 7 1/2 more hours for free. Watch the heck out of it and if you enjoy it and have a few bucks to spare, throw them at the Met Chorus Fundraiser, or any other org trying to pay artists through this crisis.

If you are too distracted by Kate Lindsey’s Nerone to do as much as count up to two: have a very cold drink (and/or shower), and donations will still be just as welcome tomorrow.

White Shirt Monday: #MezzosForTheApocalpyse

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[Never say mezzos came unprepared to the apocalypse. Even if the apocalpyse is merely a tenor. – Joyce DiDonato (Romeo) and William Burden (Tebald) in Bellini’s “I Capuleti e i Montecchi”, Kansas 2013. – Photo Credit: Julie Denesha/KCUR]

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The Twelve White Shirts of Christmas, 2019 (12)

[And, finally, no 12 Days of White Shirt Christmas would be complete without a screencap from this production, which I still have not overcome, but then, why would I want to overcome this level of peak White Shirt pining, when I can just be overcome with it? – Myrtò Papatanasiu (Sifare) in Mozart’s “Mitridate, rè di Ponto”, Paris/TCE 2016]

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

one supremely pining Prince of Ponto.

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The Twelve White Shirts of Christmas, 2019 (11)

[Holding out for a mezzo hero(ine), or something much like it. It’s the Italian outdoors at night, no larks in sight! – Leonor Bonilla (Giulietta) and Raffaella Lupinacci (Romeo) in Vaccaj’s “Giulietta e Romeo”, Martina Franca 2018]

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

one call for the nightingale, and the nightingale only.

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