a cosplay photo so old it was taken on actual film (which explains the streaks from my scanner) and the con we were at doesn’t even exist anymore. it was around 13 years ago actually now that I think about it.
Bartoli’s tribute to the Italian castrati offers a rare glimpse of the explosively virtuosic musical world they inhabited. In this film, arias from now largely forgotten composers such as Nicola Porpora and Francesco Araia transport us back to the 18th century opera house…with the help of Bartoli’s exquisite show(wo)manship, of course.
Porpora was actually the teacher of Joseph Haydn. As a young man, “Haydn [was] Porpora’s valet, pupil and his keyboard accompanist; he [later] claimed to have learnt ‘the true fundamentals of composition from the celebrated Herr Porpora’.” (GMO)