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Christopher Corwin

Christopher Corwin began writing for parterre box in 2011 under the pen name “DeCaffarrelli.” His work has also appeared in Musical America, San Francisco Classical Voice and BAMNotes. Like many, he came to opera via the Saturday Met Opera broadcasts which he began listening to at age 11. His particular enthusiasm is 17th and 18th century opera. Since 2015 he has curated the weekly podcast Trove Thursday on parterre box presenting live recordings.

Dido it again

“Trove Thursday” began in September 2015 with Berlioz’s Les Troyens, so to mark its fourth anniversary (and 190th installment) it returns to another setting of that tragic tale: Purcell’s remarkably concise Dido and Aeneas in a pair of fascinatingly different interpretations led by two “Nicks.” Read more »

Global charming

Rameau’s deliciously exotic omnibus Les Indes Galantes receives new productions this fall in both Paris and Geneva so “Trove Thursday” previews its five discrete parts via a crazy-quilt spun from six different performances spanning 45 years—from 1974 to 2019! Read more »

The Lady in the vanguard

As we await the Met’s latest Lady Macbeths, “Trove Thursday” remembers the company’s very first via Leonie Rysanek’s NYC debut in a concert performance of Verdi’s Shakespeare masterpiece less than a year before her first Met appearance 60 years ago in the same role—plus the flaming diva in a bonus Verdi “bleeding chunk” from a week after that Macbeth. Read more »

Sadko, but true

“Trove Thursday” escapes to an exotic place with Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sadko.

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Sweet dreams

Bard SummerScape’s concert staging of Die Tote Stadt emerged triumphant thanks to Clay Hilley and Sara Jakubiak.

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The boys of summer

“Trove Thursday” turns to a quintet of baritone/bass voices: Matthias Goerne, Simon Keenlyside, Georg Nigl, Thomas Quasthoff and René Pape performing works by Pfitzner, Sibelius, Adams, Martin and Schubert.

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To comfort you

“Trove Thursday” features its two favorite baritones in a pair of comforting settings of the Requiem.

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The need for speed

Beauteous Trinidadian soprano Jeanine De Bique appeared Sunday afternoon with the visiting Budapest Festival Orchestra under Ivan Fischer.

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