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  • "Oops.. It was actually the Cosi Malibu beach house… Bill Christie conducted." - redbear
  • "Exactly. The American opera establishment̵ 7;s exclusion of one of their most..." - redbear
  • "It seems as though redbear has forgotten that opera also has a long, long..." - Batty Masetto
  • "Quote from Alex Olie of LA Fura dels Baus who staged the Lyon Dutchman last year:..." - redbear
  • "I think the issue that La C is talking about is not really something the Met has..." - Poison Ivy
  • "The Michael Haneke production of Don Giovanni in Paris, revived regularly, has..." - Henry Holland
  • "I won’t. This forum is not obviously the place to discuss any possible..." - redbear
  • "The premise of the Haneke production, as you describe it, sounds fairly banal...." - turings

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?