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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The Twelve White Shirts of Christmas, 2019 (10)

[Anyone still hung over from New Year’s Eve? – This guy probably knows their way around an high-end espresso machine (and high-end sopranos): Kathryn Lewek (Ginevra) and Cecilia Bartoli (Ariodante) in Handel’s “Ariodante”, Salzburg 2017]

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

one Southern Italian dude who probably makes a mean espresso (with lots of crema).

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The Twelve White Shirts of Christmas, 2019 (9)

[More 2020 goals: more mezzos (and contraltos, and sopranos) in tuxedos, on the opera and concert stages alike! Suit up, it is ging to be a dashing year. – Marianne Crebassa (Orphée) in Gluck’s “Orphée et Eurydice”, Paris/Opéra Comique 2018]

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

one apparition in a tux who is out to raise the dead.

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The Twelve White Shirts of Christmas, 2019 (8)

[Happy New Year! Time meet your fitness goals of 2020, and we are off to a good start hide out under the bed after the attempt (if successful or not might hinge on your mezzo skills, which in case of The Delightful Miss Haller clearly point towards a Contessa Score) to flirt with the wife of your choleric employer, all while hiding out in an IKEA warehouse. – Diana Haller (Cherubino) in Mozart’s “Le nozze di Figaro”, Stuttgart 2019]

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

one perpetually horizontal pageboy.

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The Twelve White Shirts of Christmas, 2019 (7)

[New Year’s Eve! Time to find yourself a mezzo, or, better yet, two mezzos, and enough champagne to make a memorable entrance into the hopefully happy (and mezzo-abundant) New Year of 2020. Santé! – Gaëlle Arquez (Juditha) and Teresa Iervolino (Holofernes) in Vivaldi’s “Juditha triumphans”, Amsterdam 2019]

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

one night with enough champagne to put the blame on it (though, obviously, it was the mezzo).

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