Cher Public

  • vilbastarda: So dark, so beautiful. My preference is the darker, the better. The hand gestures reminded me of this diva: httpv://youtu.b... 8:22 PM
  • Lady Abbado: The video from Grafenegg Festival is for a few hours available here: http://tvthek.orf. at/topic/Festspiel sommer/10166040... 7:56 PM
  • phillyoperalover: oh how nice. 7:28 PM
  • Porgy Amor: I was rooting for Nick Nolte for Affliction among that crop, but Edward Norton (American History X or McKellen would have been... 5:27 PM
  • Porgy Amor: I copied one other line from the SJT Anna Nicole review, when I linked to it for someone elsewhere: “We also have a wild... 5:14 PM
  • Porgy Amor: All those voices in her head. 4:11 PM
  • sutherlandfan: Re Herheim, here’s his take on the upcoming Boheme: http://www.theoper aplatform.eu/en/ar ticle/new-old-la-b oheme 4:08 PM
  • Rowna: I have only listened to the first hour – I have work to do! The conducting is so fantastic I forgive all average and below... 4:03 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?