White Shirt Monday: Not Against Lapels

[It’s coat season, isn’t it? – Adrianne Pieczonka (Fidelio Leonore It’s Complicated) and Olga Bezsmertna (Marzelline) in Beethoven’s “Fidelio”, Salzburg 2015. – Photo Credit: The One and Only Monika Rittershaus]

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White Shirt Monday: The Answer Is Threesome

[Look at all that tension. Look at that wallpaper. No, don’t look at the wallpaper. Also, don’t look for the CT Ruggiero. We got this. – Cecilia Bartoli (Alcina), Julie Fuchs (Morgana) and Varduhi Abrahamyan (Bradamante) in Handel’s “Alcina”, Zurich 2016. – Photo Credit: the one and only Monika Rittershaus]

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“Lulu”: High-fiving a million angels.

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[Barbara Hannigan (Lulu), Anne Sofie von Otter (Countess Geschwitz), Jochen Schmeckenbecher (Dr. Schön) in Christoph Marthaler’s staging of Berg’s “Lulu”, Hamburg 2017. – Photo Credit: Monika Rittershaus]

This Sunday, the new Marthaler “Lulu” premieres in Hamburg, and it might be the most thoughtful “Lulu” ever because it has Barbara Hannigan and Anne Sofie von Otter in a bowtie as its female leads, plus did I mention the staging is by Marthaler?

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Liveblog Forecast: Candy Shop

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[Someone should perhaps tell the Countess that reading glasses *are* a very attractive sight? – Elenora Buratto (Countess), Christiane Karg (I presume) (Susanna), Marianne Crébassa (Cherubino) in David Bösch’s recent reading of Mozart’s “Le nozze di Figaro”, Amsterdam 2016. – Photo Credit: none other than White Shirt favorite Monika Rittershaus]

“…as if the opera’s subtitle were ‘Puffed-Up Dunderheads and the Women Who Love Them'”: Jenny Camilleri’s review for bachtrack is a delightful read (also, an exercise in artful employ of culinary adjectives, which is already half the fun).

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