Cher Public

  • WindyCityOperaman: Watching this again after seeing the interview. Amazing to see how uncanny Oldman’s performance was.... 8:21 AM
  • manou: Sorry – not that interesting anyway! 7:31 AM
  • Cocky Kurwenal: Lindstrom has had a bit of bad luck with Brunnhilde – think she was supposed to do all 4 in Palermo or another... 7:24 AM
  • manou: http://www.forumop era.com/breve/cest -mozart-a-present- que-lon-censure 7:20 AM
  • toitoitoi: Off topic, is anyone else too dumb to figure out how to choose your own seats in buying a three-series Met subscription?... 6:15 AM
  • NPW-Paris: The Fairy Queen, of which (just in case anyone wasn’t aware) Jonathan Kent’s Glyndebourne production was fantastic... 1:26 AM
  • Niel Rishoi: Sava Vemic has a recital on his YouTube channel. Here he is singing “Si, tra i ceppi.” VERY impressive voice, to... 12:05 AM
  • Krunoslav: Yes, that’s why I began my post “True, but…” Lenskis are sensitive… 11:03 PM

How monarchic was my sprezzatura!

“Yet the evening’s first words, heard in the set-piece Ombra ma fui—like all of Xerxes’ arias sung with monarchic sprezzatura and amoral relish by Stella Doufexis—came unexpectedly in Italian. It was flagrant violation of this house’s fundamental principle, here brushed aside by the cultural capital of the aria and deemed insufficient to sunder the inextricable bonds between the Italian text and Handel’s melody. It was as if the composer and his music, through his advocate Herheim, was holding ground at least at the outset against appropriation of his music by the moderns.”

Oh, what’s not to like in a review like this one?