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  • bobsnsane: May I ask, please, who is the Hunding ? 10:31 PM
  • willym: Saw Stemme at La Scala – under Barenboim’s otiose baton – and Goerke in Toronto. To quote Macheath: How happy... 10:06 PM
  • phoenix: A TALE OF TWO MEISTERSINGERS – This weekend two Meistersingers were broadcast, one Sunday from SFO last autumn and another... 7:36 PM
  • m. croche: Born on this day in 1843, Carl Michael Ziehrer httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=VmYJ KWkS2lc 7:31 PM
  • John L: After seeing Goerke in Die Walkure in Houston last year and her recent Siegfried (also at Houston) and having seen Stemme in Die... 7:27 PM
  • m. croche: Born on this day in 1660, Alessandro Scarlatti httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=8RsN lQXNBMs 7:27 PM
  • gerbear: Jungfer M.L.: Thank you so much for posting this. Dialogues des Carmelites has long been my absolute favourite opera in the... 7:25 PM
  • Operngasse: “unsinged 221; Great pun, intended or not. 7:21 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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