chris’s cache

Michael Kaye’s Puccini Michael Kaye’s Puccini

La Cieca asked that the next installment of Chris’s Cache mark the recent passing of Michael Kaye, known to readers of this site as QuantoPainyFakor.

on September 12, 2023 at 10:00 AM
Se non è vero, è ben ‘Trovatore’ Se non è vero, è ben ‘Trovatore’

Chris’s Cache offers up a quintet of intriguing “forgotten” Leonora-Azucena pairings from the 1970s.

on September 05, 2023 at 10:00 AM
Bonisolli: the early years Bonisolli: the early years

Franco Bonisolli from age 28 to 33 in complete operas by Mozart, Cimarosa, Donizetti and Massenet.

on August 28, 2023 at 10:00 AM
Horne aplenty Horne aplenty

Recent discussion about the merits of Le Prophète has prompted Chris’s Cache to unearth a pirate recording of Meyerbeer’s opera with Marilyn Horne, Rita Shane and Guy Chauvet led by Charles Mackerras, along with an earlier collaboration of the mezzo and conductor: Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice in which Horne goes to hell to get back Adriana Maliponte with the help of Judith Blegen.

on August 21, 2023 at 10:00 AM
Remember my forgotten soprano Remember my forgotten soprano

This week Chris’s Cache features Maria Chiara, Elena Mauti-Nunziata, Rita Orlandi-Malaspina and Orianna Santunione in L’Amico Fritz, Mefistofele, Simon Boccanegra and La Fanciulla del West, respectively.

on August 07, 2023 at 10:00 AM
Women on the Virgil of a nervous breakdown Women on the Virgil of a nervous breakdown

Anticipating John Eliot Gardiner’s epic tour next month, Chris’s Cache savors several versions of Berlioz’s Les Troyens.

on July 28, 2023 at 12:00 PM
Herodias warst du, und was noch? Herodias warst du, und was noch?

While reading about the challenges that have faced next week’s Bayreuth opening, I realized I’m a bad Parsifal fan: while I admire the first and third acts of Wagner’s final masterpiece, I really only love the pagan second.

on July 20, 2023 at 2:16 PM
Accidentally like a martyr Accidentally like a martyr

Chris’s Cache previews Donizetti’s Poliuto, with a broadcast starring Sondra Radvanovsky, Gregory Kunde and Gabriele Viviani, along with Les Martyrs, the opera’s French grand opera revision, with Leyla Gencer, Mario di Felici and Renato Bruson.

on June 30, 2023 at 10:00 AM
A divided duty A divided duty

Today’s Chris’s Cache features live recordings of Otello most noteworthy for their Desdemonas: (in chronological order) Teresa Stratas, Julia Varady, Eva Marton and Karita Mattila.

on June 21, 2023 at 10:00 AM
Sweeney, supersized Sweeney, supersized

Opera house versions of Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd featuring Bryn Terfel / Judith Christin and Thomas Allen / Felicity Palmer.

on June 07, 2023 at 10:18 AM
Expected Wagneriennes Expected Wagneriennes

Christa Ludwig sings Kundry in Parsifal with Helge Brilioth, Thomas Stewart and Cesare Siepi conducted by Leopold Ludwig, followed by a legendary Birgit NilssonJon Vickers Tristan und Isolde led by Erich Leinsdorf.

on May 30, 2023 at 10:00 AM
Unexpected Wagneriennes Unexpected Wagneriennes

After attending three Met Lohengrins I’ve gone into Wagner withdrawal waiting for the upcoming Der Fliegende Holländer.

on May 09, 2023 at 11:39 AM
I’ll remember April I’ll remember April

If April is the cruelest month, it may be that spring’s arrival brings far too many things to do and see.

on May 04, 2023 at 12:29 PM
Mozart for another time Mozart for another time

Eagerly awaiting Met May Mozart Madness, Chris’s Cache presents a starry quintet of the master’s operas not being done next month.

on April 23, 2023 at 10:23 AM