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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.

I put a spell on you

To join a majestic Alceste with Jessye Norman, “Trove Thursday” adds only its second Gluck opera, another A-list masterpiece, Armide with a superbly grand Francophone heroine in Karina Gauvin and conducted by the always excellent Ivor BoltonRead more »

Rosa’s turn

To heck with Bayreuth and Salzburg, Glimmerglass and Santa Fe as Rosa Feola sang Mozart at Lincoln Center Friday night and I wouldn’t have been anywhere else!  Read more »

Summer of the mezzo

August on “Trove Thursday” begins with Midsummer Mezzo Madness featuring a sterling quartet of lower-voiced ladies (in alphabetical order): Jamie Barton floating through Brahms’s Alt-Rhapsodie; Marianne Crebassa telling tales in Ravel’s Shéhérazade; Bernarda Fink sailing into Chausson’s Poème de l’amour et de la mer and Magdalena Kozená communing with Dvorak’s Biblical Songs. 

Truth be told, Brahms—except for the violin concerto—is one of my least favorite 19th century composers but who can resist Barton…in anything? Read more »

You shall know them by their ‘Flutes’

This year’s Salzburg Festival opens Saturday with a new production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, an opera often performed elsewhere in translation, so “Trove Thursday” offers two for the price (!) of one.

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The wedding singers

Caramoor imported the venerable West-Coast period orchestra Philharmonia Baroque to perform Atalanta, an obscure pastoral work by Handel.

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Aggrieved is the glorious work

What could go wrong? As it turned out: just about everything!

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“Neither wine nor apples can appease my desire”

“Trove Thursday” salutes the thrilling Ursula Schröder-Feinen with a special double-bill: a complete Salome followed by a rare Siegfried Brünnhilde.

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Who’s that girl?

“Trove Thursday” goes modest with Donizetti’s domestic comedy Don Pasquale featuring Ileana Cotrubas, Alfredo Kraus, Vicente Sardinero and Wladimiro Ganzarolli.

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