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.

Multiple Mascagni Multiple Mascagni

Cavalleria Rusticana began Pietro Mascagni’s career with a bang, and despite a number of fine subsequent works the composer never again achieved the same lasting success that he had with his first.

on May 28, 2020 at 10:00 AM
In memoriam Arlene Saunders In memoriam Arlene Saunders

As the late Arlene Saunders had a very limited commercial discography and performed mostly in Europe, I thought some readers might be curious to hear more of her.

on May 22, 2020 at 2:56 PM
The last time I saw Paris The last time I saw Paris

Trove Thursday goes mini-epic with Gustave Charpentier’s naturalistic slice-of-life of fin-de-siêcle Paris in a rare 1999 Renée Fleming performance of Louise co-starring Jerry Hadley, Samuel Ramey and Felicity Palmer.

on May 21, 2020 at 10:00 AM
Take the long way home Take the long way home

Trove Thursday turns to another epic opera in which the personal and the political intertwine: Prokofiev’s War and Peace.

on May 14, 2020 at 10:00 AM
World of Wunders: the solution! World of Wunders: the solution!

Congratulations to kankedort who correctly identified 17 of 24 selections!

on May 12, 2020 at 2:43 PM
World of Wunders: last chance! World of Wunders: last chance!

The competition to guess the identities of 24 sopranos singing “O hehrstes Wunder!” ends tonight, Monday May 11 at midnight EDT.

on May 11, 2020 at 2:23 PM
World of Wunders, part three World of Wunders, part three

The final third of this week’s vocal-identification quiz brings together perhaps the most difficult-to-name sopranos offering Sieglinde’s “O hehrstes Wunder!” from Die Walküre.

on May 08, 2020 at 12:53 PM
I want to break free I want to break free

Many now have scads more time for listening so Trove Thursday will offer several epic operas during May beginning with Rossini’s Guillaume Tell (this week aka Guglielmo Tell) in a concert performance featuring Giuseppe Taddei in the title role and Teresa Zylis-Gara and Franco Bonisolli as the war-crossed lovers.

on May 07, 2020 at 10:26 AM
World of Wunders, part two World of Wunders, part two

Today’s installment of parterre box’s latest vocal-identification quiz brings eight more Sieglindes proclaiming “O hehrstes Wunder!”

on May 06, 2020 at 12:46 PM
World of Wunders World of Wunders

For an ecstatic outburst lasting less than a minute I swiftly gathered up an exaltation of Sieglindes from live performances spanning nearly 80 years. In fact, there were so many I decided to split up the quiz into three parts.

on May 04, 2020 at 10:00 AM
Eye of a storm Eye of a storm

Two of the leading postwar Czech sopranos appear together in Janacek’s Kát’a Kabanová when Trove Thursday presents Gabriela Benacková‘s gleaming heroine in her US debut relentlessly persecuted by Nadjezhda Kniplová’s implacable mother-in-law.

on April 30, 2020 at 12:57 PM
A perpetual contrast A perpetual contrast

Trove Thursday completes its Prévosttrifecta with Puccini’s Manon Lescaut starring Sondra Radvanovsky and (pre-Met) Aleksandrs Antonenko conducted by Riccardo Chailly plus an added Radvanovsky-Puccini bonus: Suor Angelica.

on April 23, 2020 at 10:00 AM
Green-eyed monster Green-eyed monster

Last night should have seen my favorite of this season’s revivals but instead Trove Thursday must step up with Jean-Marie Leclair’s irresistibly captivating Scylla et Glaucus conducted by Christophe Rousset.

on April 16, 2020 at 10:00 AM
What women want What women want

While isolated opera-lovers intently navigate the deluge of streaming videos being made available, I’ve been listening rather than viewing.

on April 14, 2020 at 4:04 PM
“Così l’anima mia…” “Così l’anima mia…”

While Harry Rose finishes his senior thesis on Gabriele d’Annunzio, Trove Thursday joins in his fascination with Dante’s damned adulteress with two settings (both from Amsterdam!) of Francesca da Rimini.

on April 09, 2020 at 10:00 AM
Anyone’s daughter Anyone’s daughter

One of the more unfortunate losses from the Met’s closure is its revival of Simon Boccanegra, so Trove Thursday steps up with a 1975 Berlin performnace of Verdi’s dark masterpiece with Ingvar Wixell, Gundula Janowitz, José van Dam and Bruno Prevedi.

on April 02, 2020 at 10:00 AM
Multitudes of Elviras Multitudes of Elviras

It seems to me that we have a tie!

on March 31, 2020 at 4:50 PM
“I am myself a Queen” “I am myself a Queen”

One Met casualty this spring is Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda so Trove Thursday fills in with a triple-header.

on March 26, 2020 at 10:00 AM
Tutto sprezzo che d’Ernani Tutto sprezzo che d’Ernani

When La Cieca reached out asking for content, I resurrected a hoary standby—the vocal ID quiz.

on March 23, 2020 at 1:27 PM
Pie à la mode Pie à la mode

Stephen Sondheim turns 90 on Sunday, prompting Trove Thursday to present his most “operatic” work, Sweeney Todd, in a rare 2002 performance with Christine Baranski and Brian Stokes Mitchell as the murderous duo.

on March 19, 2020 at 10:00 AM
Prophet center Prophet center

Trove Thursday couldn’t wait until Passover to offer Mendelssohn’s Elijah featuring two of my favorite singers, Gabriela Benacková and José van Dam, joined by Florence Quivar, Francisco Araiza and Thomas Moser.

on March 12, 2020 at 11:00 AM
From the HIP From the HIP

We are in the midst of a titanic Beethoven onslaught prompted by the unstoppable need to commemorate the composer’s upcoming 250th birthday.

on March 09, 2020 at 5:54 PM
Witch hunt Witch hunt

Later this month Asmik Grigorian will star in Covent Garden’s new Jenufa, which Trove Thursday anticipates presenting the acclaimed Lithuanian soprano in a broadcast from 2014 of Tchaikovsky’s rare opera The Enchantress (Charodeyka).

on March 05, 2020 at 10:29 AM
A dark drab dud A dark drab dud

I never imagined I’d see such a rote park-and-bark Wagner production created in 2020!

on March 03, 2020 at 12:16 PM
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