The Twelve White Shirts of Christmas, 2020 (12)

[And, finally, no 12 Days of White Shirt Christmas would be complete without a screencap from this production. #NotOverThisIn2020Either – Patricia Petibon (Aspasia) and 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 perpetually pining Prince of Ponto.

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The Twelve White Shirts of Christmas, 2020 (11)

[A fierce Orfeo in coveralls flying across the stage? La Fura dels Baus clearly had my number back in 2011. – Anita Rachvelishvili (Orfeo) and Maite Alberola (Euridice) in Gluck’s “Orfeo ed Euridice”, Castell de Peralada 2011]

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

one Orpheus from Outer Space.

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The Twelve White Shirts of Christmas, 2020 (10)

[There may be ore than one declaration happening here, but will Cherubino realize that? Either way, sing on. – Raffaella Milanesi (Cherubino) and Judith van Wanroij (Countess) in Mozart’s “Le nozze di Figaro”, Liège 2018]

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

one artfully lit declaration.

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The Twelve White Shirts of Christmas, 2020 (9)

[It may be winter and lockdown and a time without live theatre in the halls, but no one said we couldn’t be dramatically good-looking while brooding in the dark. – Taking a page from Diana Haller (Tancredi) in Rossini’s “Tancredi”, Bad Wildbad 2019]

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

one supremely sulking Syracusean.

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The Twelve White Shirts of Christmas, 2020 (8)

[I have a weak spot for the “working class girl saves the day” staging by Kratzer. Clearly, said girl should also have had the option to take home the 7ft. dramatic soprano, be it as Leonore or as Fidelio. – Amanda Forsythe (Marzelline) and Lise Davidsen (Leonore) in Beethoven’s “Fidelio”, London/ROH 2020]

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

one alternative ending to “Fidelio”.

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The Twelve White Shirts of Christmas, 2020 (7)

[May you cross into 2021 and through the new year with the amount of effortless swagger that Iervolino’s Rinaldo has. (Brass optional)  – Teresa Iervolino (Rinaldo) in Handel’s/Leo’s Naples “Rinaldo”, Martina Franca/Festival Valle d’Itria 2018]

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

one reminder that Mezzos Are The Champions.

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