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Christopher Corwin

Christopher Corwin began writing for Parterre Box in 2011 under the pen name of “DeCaffarrelli.” He has lived in New York City for over 25 years where he attends opera and other performing arts events regularly. Like many, he came to opera via the Saturday Met Opera broadcasts which he began listening to at age 11. Thanks to the rich collection of LPs at his local library he learned and grew to especially love 17th and 18th century opera.



Sixteen Handels make a lovely light

For the second annual edition of “Handel rarities for my birthday” three early Italian cantatas on this week’s “Trove Thursday”: Aminta e Fillide with Nuria Rial and Philippe Jaroussky as the lovers; Karina Gauvin, Dorothee Mields and Marina de Liso tangle as Clori Tirsi e Fileno; and Sandrine Piau loses herself in Il Delirio Amoroso.  Read more »

Meine Liebe ist croon

While the Met continues to impatiently await his return after more than four years, Jonas Kaufmann has appeared at Carnegie Hall three times in just over eight months. The most recent occurred Friday when a sold-out house eagerly (if not quite ecstatically) greeted the tenor’s earnest recreation of his 2014 operetta CD You Mean the World to Me.   Read more »

Revolutionary and romantic

Anticipating the fascinating pair of all-Berlioz concerts at Carnegie Hall by Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Orchestre Révolutionaire et Romantique, “Trove Thursday” offers a triple bill by that extraordinary composer: La Mort de Cléopâtre with Tatiana Troyanos; Vinson Cole and François LeRoux in Lélio and, instead of just a single singer, a starry sextet explores Les Nuits d’été: Nicolai Gedda, Renata Scotto, Christian Gerhaher, Susan Graham, Anne-Sofie von Otter and Karen Cargill.   Read more »

Schubert theater

“Trove Thursday” features a great composer who had little success on the stage—Franz Schubert.

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Shorn yesterday

For opening night 2018, the Met offered the creaky but appealing biblical epic Samson et Dalila, presumably as a vehicle for Elina Garanca and Roberto Alagna.

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Do get me wrong

Celebrating its third anniversary and next week’s Met opening, “Trove Thursday” offers a sumptuous banquet of the third and final chapter of divas in the “wrong language.”

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A stolen life

“Trove Thursday” offers a broadcast from last year’s London world premiere of Nico Muhly’s Marnie.

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Do you believe in Zajick?

“Trove Thursday” gives a preview of Saint-Saëns’s Samson et Dalila with a broadcast featuring an unexpected temptress—Dolora Zajick—who will celebrate the 30th anniversary of her Met debut next month.

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