Cher Public

  • LT: I didn’t know Barton was a lesbian. There are quite a bit more in the closet, though. 2:05 AM
  • Flora del Rio Grande: No trips needed for Racette to study her new role of Minnie Girl of the Golden U-Know What. Santa Fe has at least a... 1:32 AM
  • Sanford: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=_Q2z fpUFueU 12:56 AM
  • gustave of montreal: Thibaudet also performed at the Met in Fedora as the exiled Polish pianist Lazinski. 9:01 PM
  • PCally: Adrianne Pieczonka 8:53 PM
  • NPW-Paris: Exactly where I’ll hear Sweeney Todd this Sunday. 7:24 PM
  • NPW-Paris: I heard it in a hot tent in Brussels with noisy ventilators and jet planes overhead, on their way to land. 7:01 PM
  • Operngasse: I first saw Much Ado in the Joseph Papp 1972 production with Sam Waterston and Kathleen Widows. Updated to early 20th century... 6:55 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?