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Christopher Corwin

Christopher Corwin began writing for Parterre Box in 2011 under the pen name of “DeCaffarrelli.” He has lived in New York City for over 25 years where he attends opera and other performing arts events regularly. Like many, he came to opera via the Saturday Met Opera broadcasts which he began listening to at age 11. Thanks to the rich collection of LPs at his local library he learned and grew to especially love 17th and 18th century opera.



I’ll be hard to Handel, I promise you that

For my early self-birthday gift “Trove Thursday” offers a Handel-orgy of rarely done works: a fierce Teseo featuring Max-Emanuel Cencic; Ann Hallenberg (and chorus!) dazzling in Donna che in ciel; and the entrancing duet cantata Cecilia volgi un squardo with Maria Keohane and Joshua EllicottRead more »

I love you to death

Cornetto fancier Pluhar.

New York fans of 17th century Italian vocal music should be rejoicing this month. Lincoln Center will present all three of Monteverdi’s operas beginning on the 18th, but last Thursday presented a tough choice. William Christie conducted Juilliard 415 in tasty morsels by Monteverdi, but instead I opted for the Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble doing Agostino Steffani’s duetti da cameraRead more »

Rome if you want to without anything but the love we feel

“Trove Thursday” marks Monteverdi’s 450th birthday with a rare broadcast of his towering final work L’Incoronazione di Poppea in which the magnificent Ottavia of Lorraine Hunt Lieberson schemes to thwart the romantic and political alliance of Anne-Sofie von Otter and Mireille Delunsch as Nerone and Poppea under the taut direction of Marc MinkowskiRead more »

Outside this house

The 55th New York Film Festival presented the world premiere of Susan Froemke’s marvelous new documentary The Opera House in a special one-time-only screening at the Metropolitan Opera. 

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Debuts and farewells

Arabella with Wolfgang Sawallisch conducting a prime-time 1980s Munich cast.

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Drunk history

Last night was my fourth or fifth wade into the slough of Bartlett Sher’s production of Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the Met since its premiere in 2009.

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Better call Gaul

Bellini’s Norma Monday evening didn’t at all improve on the production it was replacing.

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Steal me, sweet thieves

Ali Baba ou Les Quarantes Voleurs continues straight-tone September with Teresa Stich-Randall as its heroine while Alfredo Kraus scales the heights with another Nadir.

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Stage struck

“Trove Thursday” presents a performance from 40 years ago: an inspired Renata Scotto as Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur.

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Not much gold, but plenty of rush

Is this not Puccini’s greatest opera, his most human, least manipulative?

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