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Tomb service

As I was reveling in the cool beauty of Anne Schwanewilms’s soprano during her rapturously received Strauss/Wolf recital at Alice Tully Hall on Easter Sunday, I remembered that I had an outstanding performance of Weber’s Euryanthe to share on “Trove Thursday.” As the beleaguered heroine Schwanewilms grandly holds her own against the conniving of Lauren Flanigan’s flamboyant Eglantine.  Read more »

I won’t dance, don’t ask me

After some recent excursions into lesser-known operas by Hasse, Vivaldi and Cavalli, “Trove Thursday” returns to the tried and true but with an intriguing cast: a live Un Ballo in Maschera featuring Jon Vickers, Amy Shuard, Lucia Popp, Shirley Verrett and Peter Glossop conducted by István KertészRead more »

The son-in-law also rises

The 2017 Glyndebourne Festival opens on Saturday with the UK premiere of L’Ipermestra conducted by William Christie and directed by Graham Vick. Even for a Cavalli opera, it’s a real rarity but fear not as “Trove Thursday” offers a preview—a live broadcast of the complete work featuring La Sfera Armoniosa conducted by Mike FentrossRead more »

Saluting Kurt Moll

“Trove Thursday” pays tribute to the great German bass Kurt Moll

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Angry in a noble manner

“Trove Thursday” presents a live Motezuma conducted by Alan Curtis with Karina Gauvin, Sonia Prina, Mary-Ellen Nesi, Vito Priante and Ann Hallenberg (as Hernán Cortés!). 

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The song is you

Met audiences might have to wait a very long time for Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.

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Their sound is gone out into all lands

“Trove Maundy Thursday” offers a recent un-HIP version of Handel’s Messiah.

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Da drin ist die silberne Ros’n

A week from tonight the Met premieres an eagerly anticipated new Der Rosenkavalier, its first in nearly 50 years—probably to the dismay of many grown used to the venerable Nathaniel Merrill–Robert O’Hearn production. As a preview “Trove Thursday” offers a live broadcast of Richard Strauss’s most popular opera with a delicious cast headed by Régine Crespin, Elisabeth Söderström, Anneliese Rothenberger and Oscar Czerwenka, Leopold Ludwig conducting. 

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Blood and Gorr

Massenet’s La Navarraise in a live performance featuring Rita Gorr as Anita and George Shirley as Araquil.

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The most dangerous game

“Trove Thursday” presents a recording of the rare L’Olimpiade featuring Joan Caplan and Rita Shane in the two leading castrato roles.

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