The Stuttgart 1999 “Alcina” Liveblogging Thread


Welcome to the White Shirt live comment thread for Handel’s “Alcina”, staged by Jossi Wieler & Sergio Morabito and conducted by Alan Hacker.

Cast Listing:

Alcina – Catherine Naglestad
Ruggiero – Alice Coote
Bradamante – Helene Schneiderman
Morgana – Catrona Smith
Oberto – Claudia Mahnke
Oronte – Rolf Romei
Melisso – Michael Ebbecke

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The 2017/18 Season at Théâtre du Champs-Elysées


The TCE season reveal 17/18 starts in twenty minutes!

I am abandoning all plans of a productive morning and am settling down in front of the screen with a glass of Scotch because I don’t have any French wine in the office.

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Double Mezzo Alert: Munich streaming “Semiramide” on demand this weekend!

towanda just alerted me to the fact that Bayerische Staatsoper has as taken pity on our in some cases severely hiccuped Sunday night and is offering their “Semiramide” again, once more as a free stream (now on demand), all weekend long.

Exact time window: Sat., 9 a.m. (UTC+1) to Sun., midnight.

Matters of the Heart

[Anja Harteros, “Ah, mio cor” – Handel’s “Alcina”, Vienna 2010. Clip with thanks to musicalpunchlines’s channel]

It’s 3 p.m., and I’m still at the office, looking out into a decidedly gray afternoon. Yet in less than three hours, I’ll already be at the opera and will probably pinch myself and wonder how I got to be so lucky: The 2016 Vienna “Alcina” is finally upon us.

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From Anik’s Kitchen: Tagliatelle alle erbette

One of my favorite things to do is to make pasta. I like it better than watching TV or drinking tea or – well, not better than opera, but it comes close.

And right now is the perfect time to do it because the herbs are still standing high in their balcony flower boxes, yet the temperatures have cooled down enough to have “a batch of herb pasta with butter and parmesan to ward off the early autumn chill” sound really appealing.

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