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.
To 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 »
As promised, “Trove Thursday” offers Don Quichotte chez la duchesse, a second nearly unknown opera based on Cervantes’ towering literary masterpiece. Joseph Bodin de Boismortier’s 1743 opéra-ballet features Felicity Palmer and Philip Langridge and is conducted by Roger Norrington. Read more »
While many may still be reveling in Marianne’s extraordinary Mixcloud posting of this year’s Bayreuth Festival broadcasts, others may want still more live Wagner, so “Trove Thursday” offers a Der Fliegende Holländer from New York City Opera featuring the underrated American soprano Johanna Meier as Senta, conducted by Julius Rudel. Read more »
Puccini’s Madama Butterfly with an unexpected heroine: the electrifying Julia Varady, seduced and abandoned by the suavely ardent Giacomo Aragall.
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.
“Trove Thursday” presents Beethoven’s Leonore, conducted by Erich Leinsdorf .
The unevenly-beating Heart unfortunately proved less than the sum of its deluxe parts.
This year as part of Bard’s “Puccini and His World” festival audiences may witness the resurrection of Mascagni’s distinctly odd Iris.
Thanks to the generosity of a parterre reader, “Trove Thursday” presents a rare recording from the famed Carnegie Hall series curated by Matthew Epstein to commemorate Handel’s tercentenary.
“Trove Thursday” presentsFerdinando Paër’s 1804 Leonora ossia L’Amore coniugale.