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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.



Sausendes, brausendes Rad der Zeit

At long last, cher public, a finale to our Senta’s Ballad quiz, nearly a month late! The name of the winner and the complete lists of sopranos after the jump.  Read more »

The son-in-law also rises

The 2017 Glyndebourne Festival opens on Saturday with the UK premiere of L’Ipermestra conducted by William Christie and directed by Graham Vick. Even for a Cavalli opera, it’s a real rarity but fear not as “Trove Thursday” offers a preview—a live broadcast of the complete work featuring La Sfera Armoniosa conducted by Mike FentrossRead more »

Saluting Kurt Moll

“Trove Thursday” pays tribute to the great German bass Kurt Moll who died two months ago with Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail featuring his classic Osmin. This broadcast from Paris is conducted by Karl Böhm and its cast also includes Christiane Eda-Pierre, Norma Burrowes, Ryland Davies and Norbert OrthRead more »

Fifty shades of gold

Anticipation of events like the Metropolitan Opera’s 50th Anniversary bash turns me back into the newly opera-soused kid who begged his parents to let him watch the highlights of the Bing Gala on the family color television.

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Angry in a noble manner

“Trove Thursday” presents a live Motezuma conducted by Alan Curtis with Karina Gauvin, Sonia Prina, Mary-Ellen Nesi, Vito Priante and Ann Hallenberg (as Hernán Cortés!). 

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One Handel, one heart

I don’t usually attend a performance of an opera I’ve known well most of my life expecting a revelation.

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The song is you

Met audiences might have to wait a very long time for Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.

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Gewitter und Sturm

The wild tempest that whipped and drenched the audience as it exited the Met after Tuesday’s season premiere of Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer mirrored the finer features of the evening.

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Spin the dial

After the jump, a quiz featuring 15 singers performing Senta’s Ballad.

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Haydn in plain sight

Although his operas don’t get much love, Haydn often wrote beautifully for the voice.

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