The Twelve White Shirts of Christmas, 2020 (8)

[I have a weak spot for the “working class girl saves the day” staging by Kratzer. Clearly, said girl should also have had the option to take home the 7ft. dramatic soprano, be it as Leonore or as Fidelio. – Amanda Forsythe (Marzelline) and Lise Davidsen (Leonore) in Beethoven’s “Fidelio”, London/ROH 2020]

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

one alternative ending to “Fidelio”.

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The Twelve White Shirts of Christmas, 2020 (7)

[May you cross into 2021 and through the new year with the amount of effortless swagger that Iervolino’s Rinaldo has. (Brass optional)  – Teresa Iervolino (Rinaldo) in Handel’s/Leo’s Naples “Rinaldo”, Martina Franca/Festival Valle d’Itria 2018]

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

one reminder that Mezzos Are The Champions.

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The Twelve White Shirts of Christmas, 2020 (6)

[2020 may have been a complete clusterfuck, but it also gave us the mezzo sideplank coloratura in this very aria rendition, and many more memorable Nerone moments. Is it even a 12 White Shirts of Christmas listing without Kate Lindsey on it? – Kate Lindsey (Nerone) in Handel’s “Agrippina”, New York/Met 2020]

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

one horny homeboy.

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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: Stepmom Plot

[A clear case of mezzos are doing it for themselves? – I think I could use a drink from that green bottle on the marble dresser. With lots of eyes. Joyce DiDonato (Agrippina) and Kate Lindsey (Nerone) in Handel’s “Agrippina” as staged by David McVicar, NewYork/MEt 2020 – Photo credit: THANK YOU, Sara Krulwich, of the NY Times, for this new altarpiece in the White Shirt Cathedral.]

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