Cher Public

  • NPW-Paris: Who was it who said “Logic has little to do with the opera world”? 5:49 PM
  • NPW-Paris: Voilà : “I always thought the secret of that rare event, an exciting evening at the opera, lay in everything, for once,... 5:35 PM
  • Camille: Logic has little to do with the opera world. Ms Kurzak stated in her interview she learned the role in a matter of weeks, and... 5:34 PM
  • NPW-Paris: I don’t remember being bored with it in Paris. Of course, at my age I don’t remember much at all. I’ll go and... 5:34 PM
  • Camille: La Juive is “boring̶ 1; to us these days as it is a style of French academicism which we don’t hear all that much... 5:24 PM
  • tiger1: Well, in that case it was good for Ms Kurzak that the opportunity arose. 5:17 PM
  • Camille: Much as I am sorry to say, afraid that m. croche’s gotcha is entirely àpropos. High-flown literary metaphor and allusion... 4:58 PM
  • chicagoing: “MattilaR 30;performed with extraordinary gusto and commitment, engaged in every phrase of her music…” ; 4:44 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?