Cher Public

  • antikitschychick: Hi Chenier631. I’m not sure why the Met would buy Ms. Wilson out of her scheduled performance, except that maybe... 11:08 AM
  • WindyCityOperaman: Wow. This makes the Peter Sellars production (with a Jimmy Swaggert-type hero and a megachurch Hall of Wartburg) look... 10:47 AM
  • steveac10: I can only guess it’s because she is probably hosting HD’s. Fleming, Racette and Rachvelishvili are on the roster... 10:33 AM
  • rapt: Must have been the diction. 10:16 AM
  • manou: Kaufmann’s Puccini album: http://tinyurl.com /nwrjpg3 10:15 AM
  • Evenhanded: Well. IMO, Meade has been treated with exceptional generosity, given the unevenness of her performances. Let’s face it,... 10:10 AM
  • manou: Kiri Te Kanawa….. 10:06 AM
  • Porgy Amor: Luisa contest! Where did that come from? Lucia, of course. I make so many errors here, where there is no edit button… 9:59 AM

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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