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.


Thoroughly Modern Jessye Thoroughly Modern Jessye

A second Trove Thursday marking the recent passing of Jessye Norman focuses on the soprano’s catholic repertoire with three 20th century works: Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex; Berg’s Altenberg Lieder; and Franck’s Les Béatitudes.

on November 14, 2019 at 9:41 AM
Full measure Full measure

Trove Thursday offers three broadcast glimpses of the young Norwegian soprano Lise Davidsen.

on November 07, 2019 at 10:00 AM
More things sacred More things sacred

In recent weeks local and visiting groups performed refreshing rarities by Zelenka, Domenico Scarlatti and Telemann so engagingly that one didn’t miss the old standbys at all.

on November 05, 2019 at 9:40 AM
In Memoriam Raymond Leppard In Memoriam Raymond Leppard

Trove Thursday acknowledges the late Raymond Leppard‘s important influence with a live broadcast of his seminal “realisation” of Cavalli’s L’Ormindo plus some Cavalli and Monteverdi tidbits with Janet Baker.

on October 31, 2019 at 10:00 AM
The Coronation of Lisette The Coronation of Lisette

Sunday’s Richard Tucker Gala at Carnegie Hall was unusually satisfying despite a less than usually superstarry line-up.

on October 28, 2019 at 11:28 AM
Lone, wild, and strange Lone, wild, and strange

Trove Thursday presents Michael Fabiano in one of his specialties as the dashing hero of Il Corsaro torn between Tamara Wilson and Nicole Cabell.

on October 24, 2019 at 10:00 AM
Drag me to hell Drag me to hell

My first-ever Met Sunday opera brought the welcome return of Gluck’s sublime Orfeo ed Euridice in an enchanting afternoon that combined elegant conducting, joyous dancing and Jamie Barton’s extraordinary hero.

on October 21, 2019 at 11:02 AM
Orfeo ed Euridice Orfeo ed Euridice

Gluck’s sublime Orfeo ed Euridice makes a welcome return to the Met.

on October 20, 2019 at 6:39 PM
Olympie Olympie

Trove Thursday presents Spontini’s Olimpie, featuring the seemingly mismatched pairing of Pilar Lorengar and Fiorenza Cossotto.

on October 17, 2019 at 10:10 AM
Agrippina Agrippina

“Trove Thursday” presents for the third annual installment of “Handel for my Birthday” a wickedly ideal Felicity Palmer dominating Agrippina.

on October 10, 2019 at 10:00 AM
A Norman conquest A Norman conquest

When I first heard of this broadcast my thought was to save it to celebrate Jessye Norman‘s 75th birthday in 2020.

on October 03, 2019 at 10:00 AM
The other woman The other woman

I can’t think of an opera this year that I’ve enjoyed as much as Tuesday’s Met Macbeth, thanks especially to the smashing house debut of Italian soprano Anna Pirozzi as its blazing Madame M.

on October 02, 2019 at 9:54 AM
Wait and see Wait and see

Erwartung and Bluebeard’s Castle returned to Lincoln Center Thursday night in a musically scintillating if theatrically mild double-bill by the New York Philharmonic.

on September 27, 2019 at 12:17 PM
Pretty little lyre Pretty little lyre

Starring Jamie Barton, Orfeo ed Euridice returns to the Met next month for the first time in more than a decade so “Trove Thursday” offers two complete live versions of Gluck’s masterwork.

on September 26, 2019 at 10:00 AM
All I cared about was Bess All I cared about was Bess

Opera’s latest superstar, Angel Blue, in a compleat and enthralling portrayal, gloriously sung and rivetingly acted.

on September 23, 2019 at 10:57 PM
Thus let few thanks be paid Thus let few thanks be paid

Kudos to Opera Philadelphia for programming Handel’s Semele in its exceptionally interesting and wide-ranging Festival 2019; unfortunately, despite an extraordinary cast, James Darrah’s drably dull production doomed it.

on September 23, 2019 at 9:00 AM
The bad and the beautiful The bad and the beautiful

“Trove Thursday” offers Offenbach’s irreverent La Belle Hélène featuring the beauteous Véronique Gens.

on September 19, 2019 at 9:22 AM
Dido it again Dido it again

“Trove Thursday” presents Purcell’s remarkably concise Dido and Aeneas in a pair of fascinatingly different interpretations.

on September 12, 2019 at 10:00 AM
Global charming Global charming

Trove Thursday presents Rameau’s deliciously exotic omnibus Les Indes Galantes.

on September 05, 2019 at 10:00 AM
The Lady in the vanguard The Lady in the vanguard

“Trove Thursday” remembers the company’s very first Lady Macbeth via Leonie Rysanek’s NYC debut in a concert performance of Verdi’s Shakespeare masterpiece less than a year before her first Met appearance.

on August 29, 2019 at 10:00 AM
Sadko, but true Sadko, but true

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

on August 22, 2019 at 10:00 AM
Sweet dreams Sweet dreams

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

on August 20, 2019 at 11:36 AM
The boys of summer 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.

on August 15, 2019 at 10:00 AM
To comfort you To comfort you

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

on August 08, 2019 at 10:00 AM
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