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Hidden in plane sight


Later this month the Paris Opera opens it new season with an extreme rarity: Cavalli’s Eliogabalo which due to its controversial subject matter was never performed in the composer’s lifetime. “Trove Thursday” instead presents an equally rare Cavalli opera, Il Xerse, from 1665, featuring the lovely Swedish mezzo Kristina Hammarström in the title role.  Read more »

Statue of limitations

ZampaMany 19th century overtures became far more popular than the works they introduced—for example, when’s the last time you saw a Franz Suppé operetta? “Trove Thursday” has resurrected one such rarity: Hérold’s Zampaou La fiancée de marbre performed by Les Arts Florissants, conducted by William Christie with Richard Troxell in the title role and Patricia Petibon as Camille (!).  Read more »

That’s how they did it

Photo: Mostly Mozart Festival presents Mozart's "Così fan tutte" Freiburg Baroque Orchestra Louis Langrée, conductor Lenneke Ruiten, Fiordiligi (Mostly Mozart debut) Kate Lindsey, Dorabella Sandrine Piau, Despina Joel Prieto, Ferrando (Mostly Mozart debut) Nahuel di Pierro, Guglielmo (Mostly Mozart debut) Rod Gilfry, Don Alfonso (Mostly Mozart debut) Musica Sacra (Mostly Mozart debut) Kent Tritle, chorus director concert photographed: 7:30 PM; Monday, August 15, 2016 at AliceTully Hall; Lincoln Center, NYC; Photograph: © 2016 Richard Termine PHOTO CREDIT - Richard TermineTo celebrate its 50th anniversary, Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival scored a coup when it secured one of the world’s finest ensembles, the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, to play two operas in concert last week at Alice Tully Hall. Through simple, eloquent dramatic presentation, Idomeneo proved enormously moving while a much more complicated Così fan Tutte went for shallow romantic hijinks stripping that work of its darkly ambiguous disturbing view of love.  Read more »


La Duchesse s’amuse

As promised, “Trove Thursday” offers Don Quichote chez la duchesse, a second nearly unknown opera based on Cervantes’ towering literary masterpiece.

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Johanna Meier

Wagner, where you least expect it

“Trove Thursday” offers a Der Fliegende Holländer from New York City Opera featuring the underrated American soprano Johanna Meier.

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Julia Varady

With honor

Puccini’s Madama Butterfly with an unexpected heroine: the electrifying Julia Varady, seduced and abandoned by the suavely ardent Giacomo Aragall.

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Wer ein solches Weib errungen

Opera at Caramoor rallied Sunday afternoon with an admirable if erratic performance of Fidelio which was especially memorable for South African soprano Elza van den Heever’s thrilling first-ever Leonore.

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Claire Watson

A free soul

“Trove Thursday” presents Beethoven’s Leonore, conducted by Erich Leinsdorf .

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Photo:  "The Illuminated Heart: Selections from Mozart’s Operas" 
Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra
Louis Langrée, conductor
Netia Jones, director, designer, and illuminations (Mostly Mozart debut)

Christine Goerke, soprano

Dress Rehearsal Photographed: Monday, July 25, 2016 at 11:30 AM at Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center; New York, NY. Photograph: © 2016 Richard Termine 
PHOTO CREDIT - Richard Termine

A very little night music

The unevenly-beating Heart unfortunately proved less than the sum of its deluxe parts.

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Iris 1

When the sun comes out

This year as part of Bard’s “Puccini and His World” festival audiences may witness the resurrection of Mascagni’s distinctly odd Iris.

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