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  • Poison Ivy: I also think the second act makes the characters kind of intolerable. As I said, the sudden... 7:44 PM
  • MontyNostry: I’m so pleased I’m not alone in feeling that Act II of Don G goes badly off –... 7:22 PM
  • Gualtier M: Just a note about the Act II problems in “Don Giovanni” that Poison Ivy astutely... 7:16 PM
  • olliedawg: You speak my mind, Poison Ivy. As much as I don’t want to admit it, I, too, find Act II of... 7:15 PM
  • La Cieca: The correct link is http://www.ustream .tv/channel/978781 8 sorry for the confusion 7:12 PM
  • tinhtraiviet: Thanks for the head-up, but I don’t see any streaming link/button on the linked page,... 6:50 PM
  • CwbyLA: One of my favorite scenes. Gencer and Verrett to die for. 6:30 PM
  • CwbyLA: Oh my god. Those Il mio figlios are bloody amazing. I have never heard anyone give such spine... 6:23 PM
  • Poison Ivy: Well I disagree. I think Don Giovanni’s second act loses a lot of steam. Almost everything... 4:53 PM
  • operaassport: Great review but I must disagree with your first few paragraphs. Giovanni is absolute perfect... 4:40 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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