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Versatile mezzo appreciation post or Lucia Cirillo vs the sea

You can’t love Baroque opera and not be particularly soft on rough sea arias:

Do I need to remind you that, earlier this year, Cirillo was the unabashedly hedonistic Alcina in Vivaldi’s Orlando, at the wonderful Teatro Malibran in Venezia (where else?!)? I don’t think so. But you can still catch it on Culturebox, if you haven’t already done so.

PS: Yes, y’all, a very post-lazy month is nearing its end (don’t forget to change your clocks tonight, lest you show up one hour early to wherever you’re going tomorrow 😉 ), and that means I’m cramming it like a student on exam week. But let me take this opportunity to thank all who have nevertheless read the blog, even though there were only two new posts.

3 months of Baroque housework on Culturebox


cleanliness is next to godliness

Vinci’s Catone in Utica from Versailles is out on Culturebox until 21 September. Can you say no to 4 countertenors, 2 tenors and a jolly featherduster? Be still my beating heart! Leander saw it in the house and loved the (very tidy) chandeliers. There’s music too!

Opera graphic novels (yes, please)

Leander has posted Act I of Artaserse, the graphic novel, which she’s based on Vinci’s opera seria and Purcărete’s production. Go check it out (if you haven’t already), it’s fun and probably as true to Ancient surroundings as can be. My favourite bits are Artabano’s horns and Arbace’s dream sequence 😉

I’ve often toyed with the idea of opera fan fic, but unlike Leander1, have not persevered just yet. More power to her! It’s another great way of experiencing operas we know and love – and renewing our love for them (and for Metastasio’s (etc.) libretti). There should be more out there! – both opera graphic novels and opera fan fics.

  1. Leander’s Artaserse‘s isn’t fan fic, it’s faithful to the libretto.