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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Video Alert: “Norma”, Orange 1974

ARTE Concert is really bringing out the firewoks for Lockdown #3 (or is it #4 already? I have lost count): until Feb 8th, the 1974 “Norma” from Orange, aka The Best Night Of Montserrat Caballé’s Singing Life (and that is including the legendary “Don Carlos” finale at the Met) is available as stream on demand here (geoblocking may apply).

Video Alert: “Maestra”

– Just found out that ARTE has the entire MAESTRA competition available as stream on demand, from pre-rounds to finals.

So – apart from a change to witness some great TNG music-making – if seeing women in charge at the helm of an orchestra is a sight you have been starved for for most of your life: this one is for you.

Video Alert: Came, Saw and Sang

Also online, as of right now, for a full week: the 2005 cast-as-God-intended Glyndebourne take on Handel’s “Giulio Cesare” (staged by McVicar, conducted by Christie) with Sarah Connolly in the lead redefinding your limits of Mezzo Swagger and that is all you need to know at this point. (fine. we may need to reorder the verbs in the post title when it comes to the viewers. But first: watch!)

(that, and there is a donation window in the upper right corner, if on your 5th rewatch you are able to tear your eyes away from the video for long enough to pay back to Glyndebourne. But doing that after the 10th rewatch is also fine.)