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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.

My new philosophy

The classical music world loves to note beginnings and endings, so “Trove Thursday” does its part in commemorating the 250th anniversary of Georg Philipp Telemann’s death this year with a rollicking performance of his delightful comic opera Der geduldige Sokrates featuring a fine cast and the magnificent Akademie für Alte Musik conducted by René JacobsRead more »

The good earth

As a (by chance long-scheduled) follow-up to recent postings about Janet Baker who turns 84 later this month, “Trove Thursday” presents the English mezzo in Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde from 1970 partnered by Jess Thomas and conducted by Josef KripsRead more »

Three sisters who are not sisters

Due to bandwidth limits “Trove Thursday” must post some more modest offerings in months with five Thursdays. As in the past here are three short works—this time all for soprano. The perverse (?) line-up includes Elly Ameling angelically exalting Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate; Marisa Galvany barnstorming through Beethoven’s Ah! Perfido; and Eva-Maria Westbroek navigating uncharted American waters with Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915.  Read more »

Catch a falling tsar

You’d think by now I’d know better than to make snap judgments about an opera or a singer—but apparently not.

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Goodbye, gorgeous!

Can a surfeit of pleasure become—in the end—unsatisfying?

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Woman on the Vergy

“Trove Thursday” offers Gemma di Vergy with the lovely, largely now forgotten Adriana Maliponte in the title role.

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Drunk in both head and heart

This week’s “Trove Thursday” offers Benjamin Britten’s Death in Venice featuring Anthony Rolfe Johnson.

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Dramatic ARC

Wednesday brought Christopher Alden’s grimly dark and violent take on Handel’s Aci, Galatea e Polifemo at National Sawdust.

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Czar search

The highlight of this year’s Bard Summerscape festival must be a rare staging of Dvorak’s Dimitrij.

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Iris, hence away

Endlessly extricating her from existing contracts then negotiating new ones must make being Sonya Yoncheva’s manager the hardest job in the music business.

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