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  • Krunoslav: What, Cieca– you don’t *remember* those New Orleans performances ??? :} Wikipedia at... 11:59 AM
  • semira mide: Trying again httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=Tuom 2EnilUg 11:51 AM
  • semira mide: Oops, wrong video. I’ll try again. 11:49 AM
  • semira mide: I didn’t see mention of the March 28th birthday of Daniela Barcellona ( born 1969) She... 11:48 AM
  • spiderman: I’ve been there yesterday. Stemme was very very good, but not as demented as Herlitzius.... 11:41 AM
  • Cicciabella: Lohengrin, I followed your advice, just to see what happens. This is what Google Translate came... 11:27 AM
  • PCally: Glad to read that Magee had a good night. Not a singer that I pay that much attention to in general... 11:23 AM
  • Cicciabella: Which one? Barenboim? 11:23 AM
  • RosinaLeckermaul: I saw the FANCIULLA Saturday night. After a rocky start Carlo Rizzi held things together... 10:16 AM
  • WindyCityOperaman: There was a proposed musical by Maury Yeston, also supposed to star Placi. A concept... 10:09 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?