Cher Public

  • DonCarloFanatic: I also wondered. You’d think after 80 years, they could get the radio transmissions perfect. I got myself a ticket... 9:53 AM
  • vilbastarda: For anybody who is interested, or just curious, this summer’s San Francisco Opera’s Two Women/La Ciociara by... 9:40 AM
  • La Valkyrietta: Wonderful Tannhäuser, it reminded me why I love the Met, but what was that loud unpleasant hiss on the first act that went... 9:32 AM
  • willym: Violetta wore her tiara to bed????? Now that’s regietheater!!!!! 9:27 AM
  • olliedawg: Oops…pressed send too soon. Many thanks to CC for sharing this recording with us. 9:11 AM
  • olliedawg: von Stade & Horne & Blake…I mean, seriously, is this a great cast, or what? Flicka really kicked in the opera... 9:11 AM
  • Cicciabella: Me too. So good to have you back, grim. You deserve twenty trips to Berlin. In December there’s a Messiah at the... 7:38 AM
  • manou: Grim – I am dazzled by your erudition and scholarliness. 6:43 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?