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  • Poison Ivy: The “TBA” Musettas for next season’s Bohemes have been filled with Ailyn Perez. 11:31 AM
  • Lohengrin: The Buuhers were from La Scala! The “specialists ” for Italian repertory missed the... 11:31 AM
  • marshiemarkII: the timbre itself is not Corelli-like brilliant Oh carisssima Milady, as always you are so... 11:28 AM
  • marshiemarkII: No you are not Insider, consider me in your club also :-) I consider the bluray of Parsifal a... 11:17 AM
  • Lohengrin: The worst thing will be that opposite to AN always will appear YE…….. 11:12 AM
  • Regina delle fate: She wore a frock that made her look like a reptile for her London Alcina concert... 11:01 AM
  • Regina delle fate: Oliver Widmer seems quite content with playing “second fiddle” to Cecilia... 10:55 AM
  • operainsider: I really love Kauffman’s voice on recording but in house I’m always disappointed.... 10:54 AM
  • kashania: Rachvelishvilli? 10:43 AM
  • DonCarloFanatic: Apparently not, since it is snowing heavily out here in my boondocks area. Torture me with... 10:41 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?