Christopher Corwin

Christopher Corwin began writing for parterre box in 2011 under the pen name “DeCaffarrelli.” His work has also appeared in , The New York Times, Musical America, The Observer, 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.

The secret seven The secret seven

Chris’s Cache offers four iterations of Bartók’s one-act masterpiece with Evelyn Lear & Thomas Stewart; Tatiana Troyanos & Siegmund Nimsgern; Agnes Baltsa& Samuel Ramey; and Nina Stemme & Gerald Finley

on June 12, 2024 at 9:00 AM
A mouth so fair it must be kissed A mouth so fair it must be kissed

“What a day, what a day for an Auto-da-fe!” and it’s also always a good day for Candide, so Chris’s Cache presents a pirate recording of a 1971 staging starring Mary Costa, Frank Porretta, and William Lewis.

on May 23, 2024 at 9:00 AM
Seiji’s angels Seiji’s angels

Inspired by Christian’s expansive Seiji Ozawa survey, Chris’s Cache serves up the late maestro collaborating with (in alphabetical order): Martina Arroyo, Hildegard Behrens, Montserrat Caballé, Maureen Forrester, Jessye Norman, and Leontyne Price.

on May 15, 2024 at 9:00 AM
Je sens une force nouvelle Je sens une force nouvelle

Chris’s Cache offers three striking interpretations of another Gluck masterpiece Alceste from Janet Baker, Anna Caterina Antonacci, and Véronique Gens

on May 08, 2024 at 9:00 AM
Look there, look there! Look there, look there!

Chris’s Cache features a pair of performances of Iolanta with Tamara Milashkina and Asmik Grigorian

on April 24, 2024 at 9:00 AM
Grigorian chant Grigorian chant

In advance of her Metropolitan Opera debut, Chris’s Cache showcases Asmik Grigorian’s versatility with broadcasts of Halévy, Giordano, and Korngold

on April 17, 2024 at 9:00 AM
Hear the dance Hear the dance

I confess to being a “bad” dance fan: over the decades I’ve learned that if I don’t love (or at least like) the music, I won’t love the dance.

on April 09, 2024 at 9:00 AM
Love triangle below canal Love triangle below canal

Chris’s Cache offers three more street-singers: a live Renata Tebaldi performance–without Franco Corelli; Tebaldi cover Milka Stojanovic with Corelli; and Ghena Dimitrova’s second local appearance in which she was menaced by Piero Cappuccilli

on April 04, 2024 at 9:00 AM
Sensory overload Sensory overload

Having relished last week’s American Symphony Orchestra “once-in-a-liftetime” Gurrelieder (my third, in fact), I wanted to keep enjoying Schönberg’s lush early epic.

on March 27, 2024 at 9:00 AM
Spit or swallow Spit or swallow

Next week Puccini’s La Rondine returns to the Met for the first time in eleven years, so Chris’s Cache offers three quite diverse sopranos as Magda: Ljuba Welitsch, Virginia Zeani, and Cristina Gallardo-Domâs.

on March 21, 2024 at 9:00 AM
The real and the ideal The real and the ideal

Chris’s Cache offers a Leoncavallo double-bill: Aprile Millo in Zazà and Jon Vickers and Carol Vaness in Pagliacci

on March 14, 2024 at 9:00 AM
Garden varieties Garden varieties

Those of us in New York City who relish 17th century Italian vocal music were offered an enticing banquet over the past few weeks.

on March 07, 2024 at 9:00 AM
Lovers are very special people Lovers are very special people

Chris’s Cache previews the Met’s imminent revival of Roméo et Juliette with three pairs of doomed lovers

on March 06, 2024 at 9:00 AM
Decidedly un-HIP Decidedly un-HIP

Chris’s Cache celebrates Ewa Podles‘s long connection with Handel by featuring her in three complete, decidedly un-HIP operas spanning over twenty years

on February 29, 2024 at 9:00 AM
Excessive use of <em>forza</em> Excessive use of <em>forza</em>

Three live recordings of Verdi’s fateful opera: one featuring a cast I heard in the distant past, another from Paris just over a year ago with a cast completely different from the Met’s, as well as the complete St. Petersburg version

on February 22, 2024 at 9:00 AM
Donna Anna and the Dynamos Donna Anna and the Dynamos

The new Opera News section of OPERA magazine already seems to be getting smaller, but the March issue features a long interview with Carol Vaness about Donna Anna.

on February 15, 2024 at 9:00 AM
Illegal ‘Tenda’ Illegal ‘Tenda’

A trio of live Bellini recordings featuring Mirella Freni, June Anderson, and Angela Meade in the title role

on January 31, 2024 at 9:00 AM
Just call me ‘Engel’ Just call me ‘Engel’

Chris’s Cache previews Lise Davidsen‘s concert with six sopranos singing the five Wesendonck Lieder , plus a tenor interloper (Jonas Kaufmann, of course), and a mezzo (Hanna Schwarz )

on January 25, 2024 at 9:00 AM
Rondo and rondo and rondo we go Rondo and rondo and rondo we go

A convocation of mezzos–and a pride of tenors–produce hundreds of sixteenth notes in a bewitching Rossini showpiece

on January 17, 2024 at 9:00 AM
Siam giunte, F.B. Pinkerton Siam giunte, F.B. Pinkerton

Before some important Madama Butterfly sopranos dominate the American scene in early 2024, Chris’s Cache offers live recordings of four vintage Cio-Cio-Sans, plus a brand new one: Renata Scotto; Galina Vishnevskaya, Anna Moffo, Gilda Cruz-Romo–and Sonya Yoncheva.

on January 08, 2024 at 9:00 AM
Mama is gonna see to it Mama is gonna see to it

Florian Leopold Gassmann’s delicious romp L’Opera Seria seems the perfect New Year’s Eve choice at Chris’s Cache

on December 28, 2023 at 9:00 AM
Field and fountain, moor and Montemezzi Field and fountain, moor and Montemezzi

Today’s Three Kings aren’t the ones who arrive in Gian Carlo Menotti’s opera usually performed this time of year

on December 21, 2023 at 9:00 AM
Les mêmes chansons, les mêmes refrains Les mêmes chansons, les mêmes refrains

Today’s collection features souvenirs of three previous Met productions of Carmen

on December 14, 2023 at 9:00 AM
Myth and meaning Myth and meaning

Two short theatrical works and one sacred piece from the beguiling oeuvre of the guy who didn’t write Louise

on December 08, 2023 at 9:00 AM