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  • luvtennis: I don’t think Michael and Zampieri sound ANYTHING alike. More to the point, whatever you... 1:21 PM
  • Buster: On early Mozart – I wanted a more complete Mitridate, and one in better sound than the Hager... 1:12 PM
  • luvtennis: Yikes: I had no idea that Maria transposed Caro Nome. Pretty scandalous. I have never seen anyone... 1:09 PM
  • Orion: I think we have very nice “Traviatas&# 8221; in recent time. Last month at the Deutsche Oper... 1:08 PM
  • NPW-Paris: And Bologna’s a more relaxing city than Florence. 12:53 PM
  • NPW-Paris: Oops I posted in the wrong place that Jenufa will be on in Bologna. Not far away. 12:49 PM
  • NPW-Paris: Jenufa will be on in Bologna. 12:48 PM
  • NPW-Paris: And buildings. 12:42 PM
  • pasavant: Thanks for the info. Looks like no opera or concerts during my stay in Florence. Oh well, plenty... 12:15 PM
  • Poison Ivy: laddie, oops, my bad. I guess only GCR would be able to explain how to develop these profound,... 12:12 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?