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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.



Can’t get you out of my head

“Trove Thursday” has presented Richard Strauss’s Salome and Jules Massenet’s Hérodiade, so today the good guy finally gets his chance with San Giovanni Battista by Alessandro Stradella featuring Christophe Dumaux as John the Baptist along with one of the composer’s beautiful cantatas featuring the superb English bass Peter HarveyRead more »

The B list

Mezzo-sopranos often get stuck being the mother, the lady-in-waiting or the “other woman”… but not today!  Read more »

Sunday will never be the same

Thirty-five years ago tonight Sunday in the Park with George opened on Broadway and for that anniversary “Trove Thursday” presents two live versions of this challenging musical-theater work by Stephen Sondheim: one is complete starring Audra McDonald and Michael Cerveris and the other “music only” with Melissa Errico and Raul EsparzaRead more »

Everything sacred

“Trove Thursday” features a rare live broadcast of Les Dialogues des Carmélites featuring the composer’s favored soprano Denise Duval as Blanche.

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Nostalgia for places one has never seen

“Trove Thursday” turns to Jacopo Foroni’s rare 1849 historical melodrama Cristina, Regina di Svezia to commemorate the 330th anniversary tomorrow of that enigmatic monarch’s death.

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Handsomely done

Peter Mattei, one of my two favorite baritones these days, in an unexpected title role, Britten’s Billy Budd

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Co-stella del marinar

“Trove Thursday” salutes Rosalind Elias today with what—at first glance—might be mistaken for a Met La Gioconda.

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Out of the shadows

“Trove Thursday” offers Die Frau ohne Schatten conducted by Georg Solti and also featuring Regina Resnik, Donald McIntyre and the inevitable James King.

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