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I’ll be hard to Handel, I promise you that

For my early self-birthday gift “Trove Thursday” offers a Handel-orgy of rarely done works: a fierce Teseo featuring Max-Emanuel Cencic; Ann Hallenberg (and chorus!) dazzling in Donna che in ciel; and the entrancing duet cantata Cecilia volgi un squardo with Maria Keohane and Joshua EllicottRead more »

Rome if you want to without anything but the love we feel

“Trove Thursday” marks Monteverdi’s 450th birthday with a rare broadcast of his towering final work L’Incoronazione di Poppea in which the magnificent Ottavia of Lorraine Hunt Lieberson schemes to thwart the romantic and political alliance of Anne-Sofie von Otter and Mireille Delunsch as Nerone and Poppea under the taut direction of Marc MinkowskiRead more »

Debuts and farewells

“Ich möchte tanzen noch, und Abschied nehmen von meiner Mädchenzeit.”

While Handel wrote 17 full-length music dramas that begin with A, he’ll have to wait until next month. Richard Strauss wrote just three but the right choice for today’s “Trove Thursday” must be Arabella with Wolfgang Sawallisch conducting a prime-time 1980s Munich cast of Lucia Popp, Wolfgang Brendel, Peter Seiffert, Julie Kaufmann and Marjana Lipovsek. I know this opera is sometimes looked down on as the poor step-sister of Der Rosenkavalier but I love it and sometimes even prefer it to its grander predecessor.  Read more »

Steal me, sweet thieves

Ali Baba ou Les Quarantes Voleurs continues straight-tone September with Teresa Stich-Randall as its heroine while Alfredo Kraus scales the heights with another Nadir.

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Stage struck

“Trove Thursday” presents a performance from 40 years ago: an inspired Renata Scotto as Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur.

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Abendstern

“Trove Thursday” celebrates the thrilling Finnish soprano Karita Matilla in the ultimate diva role.

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For me and my Gaul

I first went bonkers for Bellini’s masterpiece during the previous century when the Met remounted it for Joan Sutherland.

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My new philosophy

A rollicking performance of his delightful comic opera Der geduldige Sokrates featuring a fine cast and the magnificent Akademie für Alte Musik conducted by René Jacobs.

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The good earth

“Trove Thursday” presents Janet Baker in Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde from 1970 partnered by Jess Thomas and conducted by Josef Krips.

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Three sisters who are not sisters

Due to bandwidth limits “Trove Thursday” must post some more modest offerings in months with five Thursdays.

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