Cher Public

  • nachEule: Already the media is reporting Kaufmann is “warning fans not to buy the Decca cd.” Nowhere in his Facebook statement... 8:32 PM
  • armerjacquino: No, understood, and hope I didn’t come across as combative. But none of us knows why this has happened, and... 7:25 PM
  • 98rsd: LOVE Kelsey! 7:24 PM
  • Milly Grazie: Allow me to clarify. I didn’t intend to state that his unwise choice of rep was to blame for his vocal difficulties,... 7:11 PM
  • Baltsamic Vinaigrette: JML – silly me. I quit OutlookExpress before my email finished sending. Out for a few hours, I got back and... 6:54 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: As far as I know, Keenlyside’s next scheduled performance is in “Ballo” ; at Wiener... 6:53 PM
  • laddie: Kelsey’s performance of Rigoletto BY FAR the best of Santa Fe so far this summer (Cold Mountain doesn’t open until... 6:51 PM
  • la vociaccia: The ‘it ain’t what it used to be’ explanation is that vocal pedagogy (and the general understanding vocal... 6:42 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?