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  • armerjacquino: ‘I’ll let you off because it’s Christmas’ Seriously? That’s... 2:16 PM
  • antikitschychick: Maybe “you’l l let me off”?? Seriously? What does that even mean?? Maybe... 2:14 PM
  • Poison Ivy: “Lumi took the role of Amelia so seriously that not only did she want to look like a mother... 1:56 PM
  • kashania: :) 1:33 PM
  • armerjacquino: Janowitz has a CALM INTENSITY, dammit. 1:32 PM
  • Krunoslav: But armer, the rhetorical strategies people here advance for making the faults of their Supreme... 1:27 PM
  • armerjacquino: Hmmm. Well, maybe I’ll let you off because it’s Christmas, but I still think... 1:10 PM
  • antikitschychick: Yes I know it doesn’t strictly mean maternal armer. It’s kind of a negative... 12:47 PM
  • turings: You probably have seen this already, zinka, but the premiere of the new Vienna Rigoletto with... 12:23 PM
  • MontyNostry: That you for that Meta-data, zinka (not unconnected with Croatia yourself …) 12:07 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?