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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.

L’Heure exquise

Although she didn’t sing that eponymous song by Reynaldo Hahn during her intimate salon at Weill Recital Hall Thursday evening, Sabine Devieilhe did offer an “exquisite hour” of early 20th century French songs in as near ideal a recital as can be imagined.  Read more »

At first sight

If I had to live with just one Tchaikovsky opera, it would be Iolanta, which returns to the Met a week from tonight, so “Trove Thursday” features it today in a broadcast with Marina Mescheriakova, Gegam Grigorian, Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Sergei Leiferkus plus an added bonus aria from Piotr BeczalaRead more »

House of the setting sun

When a work is named for its lovers one might legitimately expect that pair to dominate its performance but in my experience that is never the case with Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande.  Read more »

The ambassadors

“Trove Thursday” offers a recent broadcast of one of his best-known but rarely performed operas, Il Mitridate Eupatore. 

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Trauma queens

Though barely a week old, 2019 has already provided New Yorkers with an essential, breathtaking music drama focusing on two women struggling for their very survival.

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The flèche is weak

Claude Debussy wrote a number of large-scale vocal/choral pieces two of which are featured today on “Trove Thursday”: La Damoiselle élue and Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien.

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A talent to a Muse

Use bodily force and get your friends to one of the next five performances of the Met’s new production of Adriana Lecouvreur. It is everything!

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Down for the Comte

We close 2018 with Le Comte Ory with an enviable nearly all-Italian cast of prime-time Rossini specialists: Mariella Devia, Cecila Bartoli, Ewa Podles, William Matteuzzi, Claudio Desderi and Pietro Spagnoli.

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