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Polar opposite

Responding to my recent review of Moniuszko’s Halka a keen and knowledgeable reader kindly emailed me a list of other “national operas” including Zhizn’sa Tsarja. My doctor who is both Russian and an opera-lover concurred so “Trove Thursday” offers Glinka’s A Life for the Tsar with Albina Shagimuratova, Alisa Kolosova, Dmytro Popov and Gennadi BezzubenkovRead more »

Don Carlos: more or less

La Scala opens as always on December 7th celebrating Sant’Ambrogio, Milan’s patron saint of music, and “Trove Thursday” presents an all-star five-act Don Carlo from forty years ago tonight: Claudio Abbado conducting Mirella Freni, Elena Obraztsova, José Carreras, Piero Cappuccilli, Nicolai Ghiaurov and Yevgeni Nesterenko. Since it’s my favorite Verdi opera I serve up a double-scoop with Don Carlos featuring an impressive all-Francophone cast of Suzanne Sarroca, Lyne Dourian, Georges Liccioni, Matteo Manuguerra, Jacques Mars and Marc VentoRead more »

Tales of the Bavarian baloney pony

In November, everyone wanted to hear more about Jonas Kaufmann‘s Johnson. The top parterre stories of last month follow the jump.  Read more »

Yes, Virginia, there is an opera named after you

“Trove Thursday” presents Virginia by Saviero Mercadante starring the Met’s next errant Druid priestess Angela Meade, who has become one of today’s more controversial—even divisive—sopranos.

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Final curtain

“Trove Thursday” pays tribute to Dmitri Hrovostovsky with a broadcast of his final new role, Rubinstein’s The Demon. 

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Peace of my heart

Verdi’s La forza del Destino starring beloved soprano Aprile Millo as Leonora, a role she never performed at the Met.

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Over the garden wall

Renée Fleming makes her belated “Trove Thursday” debut as Sandrina in a rare early performance of Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera.

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With a song in my heart

Another five-Thursday month invites “Trove Thursday” to offer a combo of shorter works.

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Start the revolution without me

In Andrea Chenier an unexpected Canadian star-tenor relishes beheading alongside a far less well-known Italian diva: Jon Vickers and Ilva Ligabue.

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Mad about the Boyar

“Trove Thursday” offers a belated 55th birthday nod to Dmitri Hvorostovsky with a blazing live performance of Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride.

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