tornamiadir asked: 3, 6, 8 (lol), 10, 14, 19
3. What’s your favorite freaky production?
I’m really fond of the Dresden Rigoletto for some reason? With the birds heads and Juan Diego groping boobs. I am not sure if that is because I sincerely like the production or because of… you know, Juan Diego groping boobs. Herheim’s Rusalka blew my mind, but does that really qualify as freaky?
6. Is there an opera you don’t ever want to see set in a modern context? Why?
Like modern dress or fully modern context? I really don’t think it would be possible to update Rosenkavalier because so much is so specific to that moment of time in Vienna. I’ve seen abstractly modern dress productions that work, but updating it wholesale would be a disaster.
8….so, ever been attracted to a mezzo in a pants role? Who do you find the most appealing?
I AM SORRY, HAVE YOU MET ME? My first exposure to Alice Coote was the Stuttgart Alcina which is really all I have to say about that. But it’s a stone cold stalemate between her and Sarah Connolly. I also think Brigitte Fassbaender’s artistry is the most erotic thing EVER, but I am not sure how much of that is pants roles and how much of that is just her being a badass.
10. You’ve got someone’s attention for 5-20 minutes, just enough time for ONE aria/duet/trio/etc. What would you pick to introduce them to opera and why?
I’d much prefer to take someone to the opera, and then there’s the issue of it depends very much on the person. If it’s someone I don’t know well… okay, got it down to two. Either ‘Un Soave Non So Che’ (Cenerentola and the Prince meet) from Cenerentola or ‘Non So Piu’ from Nozze. I feel like these are high energy, and it will help destroy the conception that opera is tragic, musically static, and long.
14. Any famous scene in opera that you weirdly aren’t touched by and just don’t get?
La Boheme as a whole does nothing for me (although I do like, surprise, the Herheim production). I mean, as a broke young person, I feel like I should connect to it, but I really don’t. The end just leaves me… eh.
19. Ever snort-laughed at an opera? What was so darn funny?
All the time! I am the worst audience member, never sit next to me. Mariandl in Rosenkavalier always has me in stitches and good god NOZZE. And a really good drunk Nemorino can steal the show. But if I need to isolate one incident… I was at La Rondine, and there is one moment when the libretto mentions Salome and Puccini musically quotes Strauss in this really obvious way. And I snorted SO LOUD, it was awful.