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  • Feldmarschallin: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=g2-Y nN6-q2s 7:35 AM
  • Cicciabella: It means Lohengrin has a royal date with Loge and today the water of the river Scheldt is dark... 7:34 AM
  • Cicciabella: Re her returning to the Concertgebouw within a year, I’m not surprised by that. I have no... 7:25 AM
  • RobNYNY: Was? 6:59 AM
  • WindyCityOperaman: Happy Birthday Diva! httpvh://www.youtu be.com/watch?v=hzQ nPz6TpGc 6:55 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: Lohengrin bleibt es dabei heute vor der Königsloge? Dunkelblau ist heute die Farbe :) 6:51 AM
  • David: Jonathan Summers isn’t British. But then I’m sure you knew that 5:44 AM
  • redbear: Yes. A long life. His Also Sprach was first performed today in 1896. 5:27 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: Didn’t he die in 1949? 5:20 AM
  • redbear: s/b 1918 5:19 AM

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?