Octavian Tuesday: Agreed

Pretty sure we are all making that same face about the patriarchy, Octavian.

Sir John Tomlison as The Patriarchy, Sarah Connolly as The Rest of Us, ENO 2012

I admit I am rather coveting that shiny armor.


Marschallin Monday: Early Perfection

A 1992 Final Trio (and ending duet) with Renee Fleming, Frederica von Stade (in trousers, natch!), and Kathleen Battle.  I love it, and also Fleming learned a lot about the Marschallin in the ensuing years.  If we ever get to have tea together someday, I would ask her about that.

Anyway, it’s definitely more than 3.2 seconds of perfection.

Octavian Tuesday: Joyce

I met someone today who reminded me so much of Joyce DiDonato I had a hard time concentrating. So here is Joyce for your Octavian Tuesday.

Quite dashing. SFO 2007
Same production, such a kind face.
Such a good listener.  With Anne Schwanewilms, La Scala 2011
Poor Octavian, such angst!  SFO 2006, debuting the role.


The hat’s a nice touch. As is the sword. 2010 Teatro Real Madrid