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 other woman The other woman

I can’t think of an opera this year that I’ve enjoyed as much as Tuesday’s Met Macbeth, thanks especially to the smashing house debut of Italian soprano Anna Pirozzi as its blazing Madame M.

on October 02, 2019 at 9:54 AM
Wait and see Wait and see

Erwartung and Bluebeard’s Castle returned to Lincoln Center Thursday night in a musically scintillating if theatrically mild double-bill by the New York Philharmonic.

on September 27, 2019 at 12:17 PM
Pretty little lyre Pretty little lyre

Starring Jamie Barton, Orfeo ed Euridice returns to the Met next month for the first time in more than a decade so “Trove Thursday” offers two complete live versions of Gluck’s masterwork.

on September 26, 2019 at 10:00 AM
All I cared about was Bess All I cared about was Bess

Opera’s latest superstar, Angel Blue, in a compleat and enthralling portrayal, gloriously sung and rivetingly acted.

on September 23, 2019 at 10:57 PM
Thus let few thanks be paid Thus let few thanks be paid

Kudos to Opera Philadelphia for programming Handel’s Semele in its exceptionally interesting and wide-ranging Festival 2019; unfortunately, despite an extraordinary cast, James Darrah’s drably dull production doomed it.

on September 23, 2019 at 9:00 AM
The bad and the beautiful The bad and the beautiful

“Trove Thursday” offers Offenbach’s irreverent La Belle Hélène featuring the beauteous Véronique Gens.

on September 19, 2019 at 9:22 AM
Dido it again Dido it again

“Trove Thursday” presents Purcell’s remarkably concise Dido and Aeneas in a pair of fascinatingly different interpretations.

on September 12, 2019 at 10:00 AM
Global charming Global charming

Trove Thursday presents Rameau’s deliciously exotic omnibus Les Indes Galantes.

on September 05, 2019 at 10:00 AM
The Lady in the vanguard The Lady in the vanguard

“Trove Thursday” remembers the company’s very first Lady Macbeth via Leonie Rysanek’s NYC debut in a concert performance of Verdi’s Shakespeare masterpiece less than a year before her first Met appearance.

on August 29, 2019 at 10:00 AM
Sadko, but true Sadko, but true

“Trove Thursday” escapes to an exotic place with Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sadko.

on August 22, 2019 at 10:00 AM
Sweet dreams Sweet dreams

Bard SummerScape’s concert staging of Die Tote Stadt emerged triumphant thanks to Clay Hilley and Sara Jakubiak.

on August 20, 2019 at 11:36 AM
The boys of summer The boys of summer

“Trove Thursday” turns to a quintet of baritone/bass voices: Matthias Goerne, Simon Keenlyside, Georg Nigl, Thomas Quasthoff and René Pape performing works by Pfitzner, Sibelius, Adams, Martin and Schubert.

on August 15, 2019 at 10:00 AM
To comfort you To comfort you

“Trove Thursday” features its two favorite baritones in a pair of comforting settings of the Requiem.

on August 08, 2019 at 10:00 AM
The need for speed The need for speed

Beauteous Trinidadian soprano Jeanine De Bique appeared Sunday afternoon with the visiting Budapest Festival Orchestra under Ivan Fischer.

on August 06, 2019 at 12:32 PM
An old-fashioned wedding An old-fashioned wedding

“Trove Thursday” presents a complete Prodanà Nevesta (aka Die Verkaufte Braut, of course) by Smetana plus extended excerpts from a broadcast of Spontini’s La Vestale in its rarely heard original French version.

on August 01, 2019 at 10:00 AM
Strangers when we meet Strangers when we meet

The aphorisms projected before each act of Das Wunder der Heliane suggested the work concerns the transformative power of love—but does it really?

on July 30, 2019 at 10:00 AM
Going for the gold Going for the gold

“Trove Thursday” presents a broadcast of Benvenuto Cellini (in English) starring Berlioz tenor par excellence Michael Spyres as the flamboyant goldsmith.

on July 25, 2019 at 10:00 AM
Anna one, Anna two Anna one, Anna two

Trove Thursday offers Bellini’s La Sonnambula with Anna Moffo (San Francisco 1960) and Anna Netrebko (Vienna 2006).

on July 18, 2019 at 10:00 AM
Berlin wall Berlin wall

Why did I mostly want to close my eyes and just listen?

on July 18, 2019 at 9:57 AM
There is no spoon There is no spoon

Can a work with indisputably great music fail to add up to a successful opera? I puzzled over that Sunday during Teatro Nuovo’s essential concert staging of Rossini’s La Gazza Ladra at SUNY Purchase.

on July 16, 2019 at 9:12 AM
To live and die in L.A. To live and die in L.A.

Trove Thursday presents a double dose of the Verdi Messa da Requiem performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

on July 11, 2019 at 10:00 AM
I had too much to dream last night I had too much to dream last night

Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s Die Tote Stadt in a 1967 Vienna broadcast appropriately featuring three American stars: John Alexander, Marilyn Zschau, and George London.

on July 04, 2019 at 10:00 AM
Vaness: Ah! Vaness: Ah!

“Trove Thursday” turns to an opera by a gay American composer prior to Sunday’s Stonewall 50 commemoration: Samuel Barber’s gothic melodrama Vanessa starring the great Carol Vaness.

on June 27, 2019 at 10:00 AM
On the street where you sing On the street where you sing

Trove Thursday presents La Périchole featuring Frederica von Stade’s only performance of the title role in a rare NYC concert version narrated by the inimitable Madeline Kahn.

on June 20, 2019 at 10:00 AM