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7 Sensational Sword Scenes in Opera: En garde!

1) Best “to the death!” duel

(in which neither man actually dies)

Riccardo Massi as Don Alvaro duels Jonathan Summers as Don Carlos as Rinat Shaham (Preziosilla) moves the hands of fate. Photo by: Prudence Upton

Riccardo Massi as Don Alvaro duels Jonathan Summers as Don Carlos as Rinat Shaham (Preziosilla) moves the hands of fate. Photo by: Prudence Upton

2) Best use of an alternative implement for a sword fight

Shane Lowrencev and David Parkin duel with paintbrushes in La boheme. Photo by: Jeff Busby

Shane Lowrencev and David Parkin duel with paintbrushes in La boheme.
Photo by: Jeff Busby

3) Best “I’m going to plunge that sword right into my gut” scuffle

Catherine Carby and Richard Anderson in Julius Caesar Photo by Branco Gaica

Catherine Carby and Richard Anderson in Julius Caesar
Photo by: Branco Gaica

4) Best “I’m just going to lean casually on my sword” pose

Samuel Dundas in Cosi Fan Tutte Photo by: Branco Gaica

Samuel Dundas in Cosi Fan Tutte
Photo by: Branco Gaica

5) Best sword-fighting outfit

(those infamous leathers)

Teddy Tahu Rhodes in Don Giovanni Photo by: Branco Gaica

Teddy Tahu Rhodes in Don Giovanni
Photo by: Branco Gaica

6) Best bladed guard of honour

Turandot Photo by Jeff Busby

Turandot
Photo by: Jeff Busby

7) Best giant sword descending from the sky

Aida Photo by Jeff Busby

Carlo Barricelli as Radamès in Aida
Photo by: Jeff Busby

 

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