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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.

“The most significant dramatic creation since Les Huguenots”

Awaiting the return of Parsifal to the Met, “Trove Thursday” hops to the other end of Wagner’s oeuvre with a recent Rienzi der letzte der Tribunen from Madrid featuring Andreas Schager (rumored to be the Met’s next Siegfried), Anja Kampe, Claudia Mahnke, James Rutherford and Stephen MillingRead more »

Double jeopardy

Headlining the Met’s current revival of both Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci, Roberto Alagna was operating on all cylinders Monday evening and—for better or worse—gave an old-fashioned star performance. What we got wasn’t so much Turiddu and Canio as a 54-year-old superstar whose bronzed, brawny tenor sounded in prime estate popping out (mostly) clarion high notes but not paying attention to much else.  Read more »

The Otter Limits

Scheming Anne-Sofie von Otter offs her brother and sons before the opera even begins? You bet! “Trove Thursday” begins 2018 with her devious Médée in Lully’s Thésée from a decade ago conducted by Emmanuelle Haïm.  Read more »

E avanti a lui russava tutta Roma

The Met got exactly what it asked for: a safely opulent, resolutely unchallenging Tosca that was far from shabby or little but couldn’t have been less shocking

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Carlos at the Bat

“Trove Thursday” celebrates with Carlos Kleiber conducting Johann Strauss, Jr.’s Die Fledermaus.

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Catch me if you cantata

J.S. Bach doesn’t get a lot of attention on this site although he wrote tons of vocal music.

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A broom with a view.

Hell’s kitchen

Hansel and Gretel might just be the best thing the Met has done so far this season.

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Polar opposite

“Trove Thursday” offers Glinka’s A Life for the Tsar with Albina Shagimuratova, Alisa Kolosova, Dmytro Popov and Gennadi Bezzubenkov.

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Don Carlos: more or less

“Trove Thursday” presents an all-star five-act Don Carlo from forty years ago tonight.

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Perfect stranger

Christophe Dumaux quickly slipped in and out of town this weekend to sing Handel and Vivaldi in a marvelous gala concert with the Sejong Soloists at Zankel Hall.

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