By now, I think every review about Artaserse and the performance in Nancy has been published, and to my knowledge, there wasn’t a single reviewer who really picked on one specific aspect of the production. This either means that what I am about to write is hilariously far-fetched, or others shared my own concerns: I wanted to write this for a long while already, and postponed it out of cowardice, I have to admit. I just didn’t feel prepared for the shit-storm I am most probably about to create. However, here are my two cents.
This post on tumblr was too good to not comment on it, and, as usually, my reply got a little longer. How to summarize? “Do appearances matter in a singer, or would Netrebko be yet better with a thigh gap?”
Firstly, let me say how proud I am, and a little intimidated as well by Lydia’s great interview of Margarethe von Trotta. (Proud for the sole reason that I feel deeply satisfied when good people get an opportunity. It fills me with hope, for mankind, and I want to explicitely include females here in the horribly sexist term.)
In the interview that you have to read – so I will link it a second time – Lydia mentions the Bechdel Test, a term I wasn’t familiar with up to now. I may quote:
To pass, a film has to have at least two women, these two need to have some sort of conversation at some point, and that conversation needs to be about something other than a man. Most films fail.