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.
A year ago the Met enjoyed a big success with its first production in a century of Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de Perles. Today’s “Trove Thursday” revisits that opera with an impressive Francophone cast headed by the superb Nadir of Alain Vanzo, one of my favorite tenors. Read more »
For all those who have enjoyed “Trove Thursday” during its first year, I apologize for its absence the past four months but some health challenges have prevented me from posting. But 2017 happily brings its return with a rare and enthralling live performance of Gluck’s Alceste featuring Jessye Norman in epic form in the title role. Read more »
Later this month the Paris Opera opens it new season with an extreme rarity: Cavalli’s Eliogabalo which due to its controversial subject matter was never performed in the composer’s lifetime. “Trove Thursday” instead presents an equally rare Cavalli opera, Il Xerse, from 1665, featuring the lovely Swedish mezzo Kristina Hammarström in the title role. Read more »
“Trove Thursday” has resurrected Hérold’s Zampa, ou La fiancée de marbre performed by Les Arts Florissants.
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.
As promised, “Trove Thursday” offers Don Quichote chez la duchesse, a second nearly unknown opera based on Cervantes’ towering literary masterpiece.
“Trove Thursday” offers a Der Fliegende Holländer from New York City Opera featuring the underrated American soprano Johanna Meier.
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.