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.)


Video Alert: A Romp in Rome

[Joyce DiDonato (Agrippina) doing what most of us would do faced with this “Agrippina” production, New York/Met 2020.]

This production is still streaming for 7 1/2 more hours for free. Watch the heck out of it and if you enjoy it and have a few bucks to spare, throw them at the Met Chorus Fundraiser, or any other org trying to pay artists through this crisis.

If you are too distracted by Kate Lindsey’s Nerone to do as much as count up to two: have a very cold drink (and/or shower), and donations will still be just as welcome tomorrow.

Review: The Caesar under the stairs. “La clemenza di Tito” at the Liceu, 2020


[Curtain Call, Feb 19th: “La clemenza di Tito” at Gran Teatre del Liceu: ominous head that could not be cropped out (this is not the Caesar), lots of empire waists, the guards in full pose mode, Matthieu Lécroart (Publio), Lidia Vinyes-Curtis (Annio), Myrtò Papatanasiu (Vitellia), Paolo Fanale (Tito), Stépahnie d’Oustrac (Sesto) and Anne-Catherine Gillet (Servilia)]

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White Shirt Monday: Murder She Fioritured

[Two mezzo dudes who couldn’t plot their way out of a paper bag, and a soprano who brings the murder plot: this is one Jane Austen novel I would read. – Stephanie d’Oustrac (Sesto), Lidia Vinyes-Curtis (Annio) and Myrtò Papatanasiu (Vitellia) in Mozart’s “La clemenza di Tito”, Barcelona 2020.]

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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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