chris’s cache

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
Jailhouse Roccos Jailhouse Roccos

Chris’s Cache wraps up November with Régine Crespin’s Chicago Leonore; two rare Met Fidelios headed by Christa Ludwig and Hildegard Behrens; and a concert performance with Birgit Nilsson led by Leonard Bernstein, plus a final twist: excerpts of Carol Vaness in Leonore.

on November 28, 2023 at 9:00 AM
Step and repeat Step and repeat

Three important daughter-stepmother pairs

on November 09, 2023 at 9:00 AM
Les ‘Filles’ mal gardées Les ‘Filles’ mal gardées

Two problematic 1990s Donizetti daughters

on November 02, 2023 at 9:00 AM
Portrait of a lady on fire Portrait of a lady on fire

Several opera companies across the globe are marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of Maria Callas with performances of operas identified with her.

on October 26, 2023 at 9:00 AM