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  • Will: Opera is about voice AND the stage. Neither can or should be slighted to emphasize the other. Opera is... 3:27 PM
  • Will: Merry Wives has become opera a few more than a half dozen times. Here’s what I researched for a... 3:23 PM
  • Porgy Amor: Yes, yes, I know. “Tours de force.” 2:57 PM
  • Porgy Amor: Successful staging of purely musical passages: Patrice Chéreau’s Wozzeck. At least for the... 2:53 PM
  • DonCarloFanatic: Is the cast going to be different when Houston does the full cycle a year or two later? Not... 2:45 PM
  • bronzino: Is opera about the voice or is opera about the stage? I am happy to see a good theatre performance... 2:38 PM
  • la vociaccia: In fairness, the Christmas Carol is a one-man show starring an American. …who is a... 2:18 PM
  • DeepSouthSenior: This past June, I checked out the HGO website when I was in Houston as an Elder Commissioner... 2:15 PM
  • Operngasse: While the list of 10 reads like it was written 18 years ago, it still resonates. While reading... 2:00 PM
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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?