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  • tiger1: Miss Stemme, yes, but I find it very unlikely that Mr Pape will sing Hagen. But, of course, I could... 4:54 AM
  • ML: Starting yesterday, he is a member of Oper Frankfurt, with 2014-15 appearances in Bohème, Rosenkav, and... 4:04 AM
  • WindyCityOperaman: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=YMB9 wW-bOSo 3:59 AM
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  • Feldmarschallin: Well not in Salzburg Camille. The gratis thing is something you can do if there is no other... 3:03 AM
  • m. p. arazza: Gwynn Cornell took over Troyanos’s Cassandres (except the Sat. broadcast, which of course... 2:37 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: Well for those bel canto operas Dame Joan sang, diction really didn’t matter but if... 1:54 AM
  • danpatter: Has anyone heard anything recently about the announced Gergiev SIEGFRIED and GOTTERDAMMERUNG? I... 1:36 AM
  • Lohenfal: Liebster MMII, Wie lange fern! Wie fern so lang! Inspired by the one and only Mathilde (von)... 12:35 AM
  • DellaCasaFan: Jungfer Marianne, I had no idea that there was another recording with Bruna Rasa/Mascagni.... 12:11 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?