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Christopher Corwin

Christopher Corwin began writing for Parterre Box in 2011 under the pen name of “DeCaffarrelli.” He has lived in New York City for over 25 years where he attends opera and other performing arts events regularly. Like many, he came to opera via the Saturday Met Opera broadcasts which he began listening to at age 11. Thanks to the rich collection of LPs at his local library he learned and grew to especially love 17th and 18th century opera.



More than words

This week’s star-spangled “Trove Thursday” offers the second crazy-quilt installment of divas in the wrong language featuring—again in alphabetical order—Carmen Balthrop, Inge Borkh, Anita Cerquetti, Marie Collier, Costanza Cuccaro, Lisa Della Casa, Helga Dernesch, Cristina Deutekom, Sabine Devieilhe, Mirella Freni, Leyla Gencer, Reri Grist, Rotraud Hansmann, Marilyn Horne, Gundula Janowitz, Patricia Kern, Marjana Lipovsek, Angela Meade, Tamara Milashkina, Elena Nicolai, Aase Nordmo-Løvberg, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Amy Shuard, Renata Tebaldi, Tamara Wilson and Patricia Wise.  Read more »

Tongue tied

After January’s well-received Mozart concert-aria-orgy, Trove Thursday’s latest folie de grandeur is an overflowing three-part explosion of post-war divas in live performances of unexpected arias always in the “wrong language.”  Read more »

A touch of classic

Many composers have embraced the tragic story of Dido drawn from Virgil’s The Aeneid but one of its finest operatic treatments is virtually unknown. “Trove Thursday” rights that wrong with a broadcast of Joseph Martin Kraus’s superb Aeneas i Cartago, eller Dido och Aeneas—in Swedish!—starring a luminous Elisabeth Söderström as the doomed Queen.  Read more »

Contes stop the music

Trove Thursday wades into the murky musicological waters of Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann..

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Making out like a bandit

“Trove Thursday” turns for the third of Verdi’s four Schiller adaptations to a recent I Masnadieri with risen stars Lisette Oropesa and Russell Thomas.

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Piau’s labyrinth

Arianna in Creta with Sandrine Piau, Kristina Hammarström and Ann Hallenberg conducted by Christophe Rousset.

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The constant nymph

The old adage “the third time’s the charm” proved to be the case with me and Daphne, Richard Strauss’s ravishing bukolische Tragödie, when I recently heard it performed by Franz Welser-Möst and the Cleveland Orchestra.

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A touch of the stone

“Trove Thursday” turns its Rossini-150 series to one of the composer’s least known but tastiest comic gems La Pietra del Paragone with Julia Hamari, Justino Diaz, Alessandro Corbelli, Claudio Desderi and Paolo Barbacini conducted by Roberto Abbado. 

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