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  • "It will be on CultureBox on June 2: http://culturebox. francetvinfo.fr/" - NPW-Paris
  • "For the musical side. So far, I’ve only seen reviews that loved the singing..." - NPW-Paris
  • "that was a lovely and informative report kashania; thank you :-). I went on..." - antikitschychick
  • "…and speaking of Halevy, this week’s “World of Opera”..." - operablogger
  • "Albanese and Milanov were MET regulars, especially during WW2 when the supply of..." - isoldit
  • "Sadly, I don’t think that career choice is even an option any more except..." - steveac10
  • "Amara, very much like Hong, chose to have a MET career instead of an international..." - isoldit
  • "No, for his high school newspaper. I missed this famous Brit-cast but was given my..." - Krunoslav

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?