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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.

Dancing with the stars

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 »

Happy ending

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 »

Beyond the sea

Jonas Kaufmann has been absent from the US for quite a while, but he’s scheduled to return on the final day of 2017 for the Met’s new/old production of Puccini’s Tosca. In the meantime, previewing Monday’s Met season premiere, “Trove Thursday” presents Mozart’s Idomeneo with the superstar tenor in the title role.  Read more »

Conquering hero

Today is Handel’s 332nd birthday and “Trove Thursday” celebrates with a rare live broadcast of his best-known opera Giulio Cesare in Egitto.

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Hooray for Holy Land

Trove Thursday presents as compensation Verdi’s Jérusalem with Cecilia Gasdia, Veriano Luchetti and Silvano Carroli conducted by Donato Renzetti.

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Loin des remparts de Séville

“Trove Thursday” presents an intriguingly unconventional all-star performance of Bizet’s Carmen featuring Christa Ludwig.

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She doth teach the torches to burn bright!

“Trove Thursday” presents Ann Hallenberg and Franco Fagioli in the title roles of a true rarity: Giulietta e Romeo by Niccolò Antonio Zingarelli.

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While you were sheeping

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.

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La bontà in trionfo

“Trove Thursday” offers a sparkling performance of Rossini’s La Cenerentola from our nation’s capital featuring the scintillating conducting of Claudio Abbado and Lucia Valentini-Terrani in the title role. 

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Nadir at zenith

Les Pêcheurs de Perles with an impressive Francophone cast headed by the superb Nadir of Alain Vanzo, one of my favorite tenors.

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