White Shirt Monday: Greener Past(a)ures

[A little more conversation, a little less action, and he might not have died. – A little less conversation, a little more action: that’s what got us into this swooning situation in the first place. – Diana Haller (Tancredi) and Elisa Balbo (Amenaide) in Rossini’s “Tancredi”, Bad Wildbad 2019.]

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White Shirt Monday: Oh, Otto.

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[A very happy (and swagger-meter breaking) Sonia Prina taking the lead in Vivaldi’s “Ottone” at the back-in-the-game Fenice, Venice 2020. Also, yes, that is Lucia Cirillo in another trouser role to the right.]

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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 (5)

[Arsace swagger, fullstop – does it even matter whether the warrior mezzo is staged as a Warrior Prince or a Warrior Princess? Secondary worries, as long as there is a mezzo involved. Semiramide here clearly agrees, and, while being thoroughly distracted by Semiramide’s spot-on shirt & suit game (damn, that’s some mighty swagger on its own), neither do we. – Varduhi Abrahamyan (Arsace) and Salome Jicia (Semiramide) in Rossini’s “Semiramide”, Pesaro 2019. – Screenshot courtesy of thadieu]

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

one delighted look at the menu that, today, serves Warrior Prince(ss).

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White Shirt Monday: Miami Edition

[Serenading women likely way out of one’s league, or appreciatively eyeing those serenading women: both. Both are good (this a photo of my life, basically). –  Sarah-Jane Brandon (Contessa) and Diana Haller (Cherubino) in Mozart’s “Le nozze di Figaro”, Stuttgart 2019.]

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