White Skirt Wednesday: Therapy

[Please explain these staging ~choices~ to me in straight terms. On second thought, please do not explain anything to me in straight terms, just be gay and merry, and please carry on. – Antoinette Dennefeld and Jodie Devos in “Offenbach Thérapie” with Orchestre Symphonique de Mulhouse and Marc Minkowski, staged by Romain Gilbert, Mulhouse 2020.]

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White Skirt Wednesday: In The Unlikeliest Of Places (there’s more of them)

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[Absolutely the better setting for any final tenor/soprano love duet: the soprano having a change of heart and kneeling down next to the other soprano instead (if there even is another soprano. This will not work for “Parsifal”. Or “I masnadieri”). – Irène Theorin (Turandot) and Ermonela Jaho (Liù) in Puccini’s “Turandot”, Barcelona 2019.]

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Invisible Lesbians (Opera Edition)

[Time for some queer tango? – Patricia Petibon (Giulietta) and Michèle Losier (Nicklausse) in Offenbach’s “Les contes d’Hoffmann” Brussels/La Monnaie 2019]

In honor of Lesbian Visibility Week, here are some operatic lesbians you probably never considered as lesbians, despite all this evidence:

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White Skirt Wednesday: ‘f/f, enemies to lovers, 50k+ coloratura notes’

[“Se mai più sarò geloso” from Hasse’s “Cleofide”, sung by Simone Kermes (Cleofide) and Vivica Genaux (Poro), with Cappella Gabetta, Gstaad 2014. – Clip with thanks to Gstaad Menuhin Festival & Academy]

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White Skirt Wednesday: In the Unlikeliest Of Places

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[Even in the bleakest and most misogynist of operas, there are possible points of connection. Case in question: Corinne Winters (Halka) and Natalia Kawałek (Zofia)  in Moniuszko’s “Halka”, Vienna/TADW 2019. – Photo Credit: the one and only Monika Rittershaus]

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