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  • RosinaLeckermaul: Why were you cheering loudly if you thought it was a disappointing performance? 9:18 PM
  • Lurker_del_Cairo: The entire Solti Ring documentary used to be on utube but alas, gone, along with the clip where they surprise Nilsson... 6:54 PM
  • La Cieca: Enjoy your time on moderation, you ridiculous coot. 6:51 PM
  • phoenix: Obviously, the powers that be at parterre.com are enjoying their bank holiday weekend with nimiety distracting enough for them to... 5:44 PM
  • Bluebeard: Totally agree regarding more DVDs from Munich. Their live streams are a treat, and I try to watch them whenever my... 5:37 PM
  • Mountaine: My friend and I were sitting in the upper balcony. Although the orchestra playing was wonderfully LOUD and FULL up there, and... 2:12 PM
  • kashania: PCally: Indeed. Whenever Gelb speaks publicly about Levine, he bows at his altar. 2:07 PM
  • PCally: Not to mention almost literally every interview gelb has given about the subject where he expressed his joy and enthusiasm (more... 1:46 PM

How monarchic was my sprezzatura!

“Yet the evening’s first words, heard in the set-piece Ombra ma fui—like all of Xerxes’ arias sung with monarchic sprezzatura and amoral relish by Stella Doufexis—came unexpectedly in Italian. It was flagrant violation of this house’s fundamental principle, here brushed aside by the cultural capital of the aria and deemed insufficient to sunder the inextricable bonds between the Italian text and Handel’s melody. It was as if the composer and his music, through his advocate Herheim, was holding ground at least at the outset against appropriation of his music by the moderns.”

Oh, what’s not to like in a review like this one?

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