Sound and Clouds and Thunder (59)

[Sandrina Piau (Asteria) and Sara Mingardo (Tamerlano) singing “Vivo in te, mio caro bene” from Handel’s “Tamerlano”. – Clip with thanks to the wonderful thebarroque]

We should probably start the new and next year of resistance with something upbeat and energetic and full of righteous fury, but screw that. Let’s sidestep the bigger buttons for how, we need selfcare to disable them sustainably.

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The Twelve White Shirts of Christmas, 2017 (9)

[Moving from Mingardo Year 2017 to Mingardo Year 2018, no matter the headdresses (or anything else, really. I hope someone remembered to bring the smelling salts): Sara Mingardo (Andronico) in Handel’s “Tamerlano”, Madrid 2009.]

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

One Heartbreaking Italian Contralto



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The Turin 2017 “Incoronazione di Dario” Liveblogging Thread


Welcome to the White Shirt live comment thread for Vivaldi’s “Incoronazione di Dario” from Turin (2017), with Ottavio Dantone conducting and staged by Leo Muscato.

Cast List:
Statira – Sara Mingardo
Argene – Delphine Galou
Dario – Carlo Allemano
Niceno – Riccardo Novaro
Alinda – Roberta Mameli
Oronte – Lucia Cirillo
Arpago – Veronica Cangemi
Flora – Romina Tomasoni
Ghost of Ciro & Oracle of Apollo – Cullen Gandy

Libretto: no such luck, but subtitles on the official DVD! (which is the only source for now; no online availability yet)