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  • zinka: She was superb last night..The voice blooms like mad on top..and even though the middle is not as... 12:48 AM
  • grimoaldo: “Jennifer Rowley? I know nothing about her” Who does? Somebody decided she... 12:35 AM
  • Poison Ivy: Well if you want to get technical about it Callas’s last “great” ; year was... 12:30 AM
  • Stefan: I’m using the below link now and it working fine. http://www.arte.tv /guide/fr/05175... 12:29 AM
  • Guestoria Unpopularenka: That’s Guestoria or Guessie to you, hello and good evening! Well, your... 12:19 AM
  • grimoaldo: Yes Guest, we all decided it was about Lisette but we cannot be absolutely sure, and that blind... 11:58 PM
  • Krunoslav: I thought the recital very exciting., including the high Ds. True, * any* Rossini tenor album... 11:46 PM
  • Grane: Jennifer Rowley? I know nothing about her, but as someone has already mentioned, there’s a... 11:33 PM
  • Arianna a Nasso: Opolais is only 34 years old if Wiki is to be believed. At the performances of hers... 11:29 PM
  • operaassport: Pretty spot on review. Brownlee lacks vocal glamor, star power. Florez has it in spades. 11:14 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?