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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.


A double-barreled “Trove Thursday” birthday salute to Renée Fleming who turns 60 today: Boieldieu’s La Dame Blanche and Rossini’s Armida, both with Opera Orchestra of New York at Carnegie Hall, plus a rare Fleming-Mozart bonus!  Read more »

Lost in Thrace

“Astonishingly convincing” Caitlin Hulcup.

While most of his 40 plus operas await even a single local hearing, Handel’s Radamisto returned to New York for the third time in six years when Opera Lafayette deftly performed this early masterpiece at the Kaye Playhouse Thursday evening in Seán Curran’s spare yet wonderfully effective production.  Read more »

Halcyon days

March will come in with a lion when the occasionally ferocious William Christie returns to the Brooklyn Academy of Music with two exquisite Rameau operas. In preparation “Trove Thursday” offers a broadcast of what may be the only French baroque tragédie en musique that he and his Les Arts Florissants performed but didn’t get to record: Alcyone by Marin Marais.  Read more »

Boy meets world

A beautiful concert of 18th century sacred music arrived at Weill Recital Hall performed by the soulful Polish Wunderkind Jakub Jósef Orlinski.

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New blood

I was shocked to realize I hadn’t seen Don Giovanni at the Met since Michael Grandage’s stultifying production opened in 2011.

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Multiple Montserrat

For the conclusion of its tribute to the late Montserrat Caballé, “Trove Thursday” offers Dvorak’s Armida.

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Reach out in the darkness

Iolanta was crowned on Thursday evening by Sonya Yoncheva’s haunting portrayal of the blind title character.

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Mad about the Prey

A 1985 broadcast of Don Giovanni featuring Cheryl Studer, Gundula Janowitz (as Elvira!), Krisztina Laki, Gösta Winbergh, Hermann Prey (in a rare outing as the Don) and Malcolm King conducted by Jeffrey Tate.

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