Cher Public

  • Camille: Thanks, fellows, for your discussion of Jessica Pratt as I have been a bit curious about her since having heard Monty ostry speak... 5:37 PM
  • Camille: Grazie Madonna Laura for reporting in on this and—dountless—Sign ora Devia, or her minions reported to her, that this very hot... 5:31 PM
  • jackoh: Here is a story that I would like to see told, either in print or in a documentary or a fictional creation or any other form. That... 5:26 PM
  • Camille: Thanks for putting this up, QPF! As I once found a recording of this in a yard sale a long time ago but have rarely had the... 5:09 PM
  • armerjacquino: That is a CAST. 5:04 PM
  • LondonCyclist: Yesss! :D Was about to wish her good luck, but she’d made it before I managed. >I make a point of sitting up close... 5:03 PM
  • Camille: ‘What Peter Gelb thinks’ is the thought that entertained me for a short while after seeing his presence quite... 4:57 PM
  • Laura Amorosa: Ms.Devia apparently took the high D tonight in Madrid. So maybe she was not 100% or maybe she waited for the last show :) 4:49 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?