I have been so moved by the comments responding to last week’s news that I was winding down Trove Thursday after seven years. I am pleased to know that those many episodes have been embraced and appreciated.
After several grueling negotiating sessions, La Cieca and I have agreed that I will continue to periodically share live opera recordings here. Posts, under a new name TBA, will appear perhaps twice a month beginning in mid-October.
In the meantime, La C has asked me to remind readers every so often of some past TT highlights:
Idomeneo by Mozart from 2003 conducted by Christoph von Dohnanyi with Jonas Kaufmann, Luba Orgonasova, Malin Hartelius, and Liliana Nikiteanu.
An absolutely complete live recording of Stephen Sondheim’s dazzling Follies with its original Broadway cast.
Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sadko featuring an all-star Bolshoi cast including Vladimir Atlantov, Tamara Milashkina, Elena Obraztsova, Zurab Sotkilava and Yuri Mazurok.
Important American Early Music exponents conductor Alan Curtis and countertenors Derek Lee Ragin and Jeffrey Gall perform Antonio Cesti’s rare and superb Il Tito from 1665.
Ursula Schröder-Feinen, my favorite Mycenaean princess, in a 1973 Elektra broadcast squaring off against Astrid Varnay while awaiting José van Dam’s return.
Lise Davidsen’s earliest encounter with Wagner as Isabella in Das Liebesverbot.
Several years ago, I put together a list of all the works on Trove Thursday. Alphabetical by composer, a final update of this archive has been completed and will remain available indefinitely as a resource.
My great thanks for everyone’s continued support.
Photo: Martha Swope