Cher Public

  • LT: La Cieca should add to the chat schedule La Boheme from Hannover on July 18 with her favorites Yoncheva, Fabiano, Angel Blue and... 12:50 PM
  • armerjacquino: No, but taking the piss out of what he said- which is obviously what’s happening here- is quite funny. 12:46 PM
  • Poison Ivy: Um … okay. You realize repeating something Donald Trump says doesn’t make it funny? 12:41 PM
  • m. croche: Can’t … help … myself … Born on this day in 1775, English composer William Crotch, famed too for his... 12:41 PM
  • armerjacquino: Love, love, love Poulenard. Her performance in the 80s recording of ALESSANDRO is far better than anything in the recent... 12:16 PM
  • Lohengrin: Listen to Jonas first from minute 5 and then the whole thing from 02:01:00. Wonderful report!!!!!!!!!!!! !! 11:47 AM
  • armerjacquino: Never heard her but she’s not much loved round here, as I recall. There are a load of short in-house clips from the... 11:39 AM
  • Don_Dano: Has anyone heard Catherine Foster sing Brunnhilde? I am considering an opera/baseball trip to the DC/Baltimore area next May... 11:32 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?