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.

Alexandrina in Alexandria

Beware the Ides of March as it means “Trove Thursday” will be posting Giulio Cesare in Egitto! But since we’ve already had Handel’s with Janet Baker, today instead must be Antonio Sartorio’s 1676 setting featuring the artist formerly known as Alexandrina Pendatchanska in the title role.  Read more »

The girl next door

Verdi’s marvelous yet neglected Luisa Miller finally returns to the Met later this month after an absence of a dozen years so “Trove Thursday” provides a preview with a fiery broadcast featuring another “pirate queen” in the title role, the prodigiously versatile Romanian soprano Nelly Miricioiu, abetted by Vladimir Galouzine and Alexandru AgacheRead more »

The mania event

Patrice Chéreau’s raw yet elegant Elektra arrived to great acclaim less than two years ago but it returned Thursday evening to the Met to showcase both Christine Goerke as one of the world’s leading exponents of the grueling title role and Yannick Nézet-Séguin as the house’s next Music Director. The latter scored another slam-dunk success while the former left a more equivocal impression.  Read more »

“The trouble is you think you have time”

“Trove Thursday” presents Falla’s La Vida Breve in a live concert version with Victoria de los Angeles, one of Spain’s greatest singers, as Salud.

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Teen model

While she brought many exceptionally appealing qualities to her portrayal, Ermonela Jaho’s slender soprano often struggled to cope with Puccini’s demanding music.

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Women on the verge

“Trove Thursday” offers Così fan tutte with Pilar Lorengar, Josephine Veasey, Lucia Popp, Luigi Alva and Kieth Engen with Georg Solti conducting.

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Gilt trip

As a diehard completist I felt guilty as the Met’s scattered, campy revival of Semiramide lumbered toward its abrupt conclusion after nearly four hours.

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True Romans

On Saturday Juilliard 415 welcomed the sterling 10-member Belgian group Vox Luminis for a striking program of “Handel in Rome.”

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Bringing up Babylon

“Trove Valentine’s Day” further stokes Semiramis-fever with another of the celebrated works about the infamous queen: La Semiramide riconosciuta, a superb 1729 opera by Nicola Porpora.

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Horne in the morning and June at night

Semiramide produced at Carnegie Hall by Matthew Epstein in 1983 with June Anderson, Marilyn Horne, Samuel Ramey and Douglas Ahlstedt with Henry Lewis conducting.

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