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  • phoenix: Aulus, you are an observant & objective listener. Please give us your take on the performance... 4:57 PM
  • PCally: Tbh I know nothing about Killebrew other then that was in the Chereau ring. She’s wonderful so... 4:50 PM
  • Krunoslav: Pcally– indeed you are right. Killebrew did sing Fricka, and also Erda, elsewhere–... 4:49 PM
  • PCally: Krunoslav, Gwendolyn Killebrew sing Waltraute and one of the Valkyries (and she’s lovely in... 4:25 PM
  • Buster: Carlo Maria Giulini & Charlotte Margiono on stage together: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=a... 4:00 PM
  • Poison Ivy: If Brownlee were rejected from a gig and the stated reason was “at this time we do not feel... 3:51 PM
  • Buster: We can add Mattiwilda Dobbs and Reri Grist, who both sang the Woodbird. 3:46 PM
  • Krunoslav: If one is a fucking idiot in public on such an evident and divisive issue one is bound to be... 3:40 PM
  • Krunoslav: Yes, but her statement here is still too categorical: “It isn’t with pride that I say that still,... 3:34 PM
  • armerjacquino: Right. So every black singer who has ever auditioned to play the Marschallin, or Eva, or Elsa,... 3:20 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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