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  • m. croche: Born on this day in 1813, composer Aleksandr Dargomyzhskii httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=5VSZ onRxavg 1:44 PM
  • laddie: I just love this woman’s performances in all of these old clips: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=XHFW 2xKiepk 1:03 PM
  • Milady DeWinter: Meade has lots of voice and range, but not much musicality or conviction. The voice is a “noisy” ; one... 12:53 PM
  • parpignol: “She’s the only one who can ride that horse in the Grand National!” 12:39 PM
  • Poison Ivy: JML what a wonderful memory! And thanks for sharing that clip! 12:38 PM
  • StellaDelMarinar: I did not say that Fleming would have been a compromaria in Bing’s day. I lived in the old house for seven years... 12:32 PM
  • antikitschychick: Happy Valentine’s day to all!! XoXo httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=l_4Y KzBtbpc and happy birthday Renee! Thank... 12:16 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: P.S. The sets are from the 1966 Marc Chagall production of “Die Zauberflöte” 11:57 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?