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.
While the fervor for Handel continues, works by other important 18th century opera composers have had a harder time gaining attention. One relatively neglected figure is Johann Adolf Hasse, but the invaluable and intrepid early-opera pioneer Newell Jenkins daringly presented one of the composer’s greatest works to New York way back in 1971. “Trove Thursday” presents a recording of that rare L’Olimpiade featuring particularly exciting performances by Joan Caplan and Rita Shane in the two leading castrato roles. Read more »
Although US appearances over her long career by the splendid Italian diva Anna Caterina Antonacci have been few and far between, she is currently in San Francisco performing a program that includes Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine. For those unable to attend, “Trove Thursday” presents Altre Stelle, a fascinating performance piece which includes superb renditions of excerpts from operas by Berlioz, Cherubini, Gluck and Rameau. Read more »
Domenico Cimarosa (1749-1801) wrote over 60 operas during his relatively short life, but his fame rests primarily on just a single work–Il Matrimonio Segreto. This week Trove Thursday endeavors to broaden his exposure with a bubbly performance of another of his delightful buffas: Il Marito Disperato starring Sylvia Geszty. Read more »
“Trove Thursday” presents Mozart’s Idomeneo with superstar tenor Jonas Kaufmann in the title role.
Today is Handel’s 332nd birthday and “Trove Thursday” celebrates with a rare live broadcast of his best-known opera Giulio Cesare in Egitto.
Trove Thursday presents as compensation Verdi’s Jérusalem with Cecilia Gasdia, Veriano Luchetti and Silvano Carroli conducted by Donato Renzetti.
“Trove Thursday” presents an intriguingly unconventional all-star performance of Bizet’s Carmen featuring Christa Ludwig.
“Trove Thursday” presents Ann Hallenberg and Franco Fagioli in the title roles of a true rarity: Giulietta e Romeo by Niccolò Antonio Zingarelli.
To mark Mozart’s 260th birthday tomorrow, “Trove Thursday” offers his infrequently performed bucolic opera Il Re Pastore with the sublime Arleen Augér as its heroine and Edith Mathis as her shepherd-lover.