At the risk of appearing to say something positive about Bellini. . . . Written by earwormopera Opera got there a looooong time ago, people. Share this:TwitterFacebookEmailTumblrGoogleLike this:Like Loading... 12 thoughts on “At the risk of appearing to say something positive about Bellini. . . .” Well…sorta. Taken in the aggregate, this trend in Shakespeare performance, though late in coming, is way more interesting. LikeLike Reply This is true – what people have been doing with cross-casting in Shakespeare is certainly more deliberate & self aware than the average 19thc pants role as originally conceived. LikeLike Reply Especially when it’s a question of changing the gender of the character, not just the gender of the person playing the character. LikeLike Reply Though sometimes the gender of the person playing the character can blur that of the character, even if the effect isn’t intentional LikeLike Reply No question, and that’s sort of where opera excels, because voice category plays into that ambiguity. I guess what interests me are these extreme cases in non-musical theater, like the recent Tempests, where it’s not ambiguous at all, but suddenly a completely different story. LikeLike Reply I really wish I could see that Tempest I heard about a while back with Helen Mirren as Prospera – the critical reactions to it that I read were mixed enough that it sounds like it did some interesting things to the play. LikeLike Reply That’s one your uni library should have, or how will survey class kids manage to avoid reading even the Cliff Notes? Plus, Russell Brand. LikeLike Reply With our university library, “should have” is no guarantee of “does have” or “will have.” We have excellent coverage of the civil war and William Faulkner, but every thing else tends to be a little hit or miss. LikeLike You will see / have seen that all-female Julius Caesar, right? I don’t think I will be in town to make it to that, but I’m curious about how it’ll work out. LikeLike Reply Next week. LikeLike Reply http://theater.nytimes.com/2013/10/06/theater/gender-bending-julius-caesar-has-all-female-cast.html?src=dayp LikeLike Reply Cool. (I love the quote from the guy who’s like “SHAKESPEARE NEVER INTENDED HIS LINES TO BE SPOKEN BY WOMEN!” Because squeaky ladyvoices will break the words or something.) LikeLike Reply Leave a comment Cancel reply Enter your comment here... Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email (required) (Address never made public) Name (required) Website You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Twitter account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Facebook account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Google+ account. ( Log Out / Change ) Cancel Connecting to %s Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email.