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
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
Some disenchanted evening Some disenchanted evening

Today Chris’s Cache offers Angela Meade in Les vêpres siciliennes, along with a complementary I vespri siciliani starring Carol Vaness, another favorite American soprano.

on April 05, 2023 at 10:49 AM
You must believe in spring You must believe in spring

Chris’s Cache ends March with Berlioz’s exquisite Shakespeare adaptation Béatrice et Bénédict because it’s just the best thing to listen to on a spring day.

on March 31, 2023 at 10:00 AM
Someday she’ll come along, the girl I love Someday she’ll come along, the girl I love

In Richard Strauss’s Arabella, the heroine is consumed with finding the right man—der Richtige—but who is the right Arabella?

on March 15, 2023 at 12:00 PM
Sacred raptures cheer my breast Sacred raptures cheer my breast

The English Concert’s annual Handel tour brings Solomon conducted by Harry Bicket to the US beginning Sunday March 5. In anticipation, Chris’s Cache offers Solomon plus four other oratorios by the master:  Belshazzar, Hercules, Saul and Jephtha, all via broadcasts for which I feel a personal connection.

on March 02, 2023 at 10:16 AM
Act two Act two

Chris’s Cache sends Renata Scotto a valentine ahead of her 89th birthday next week with rare in-house recordings of eight (!) mid-career performances spanning 1971-1977.

on February 14, 2023 at 11:06 AM
Here comes the judgement Here comes the judgement

Chris’s Cache offers a pride of short early English works: John Blow’s Venus and Adonis (1683); Purcell’s King Arthur (1691) and The Indian Queen (1695); John Eccles’s The Judgement of Paris (1700); William Boyce’s Solomon (1743); and John Stanley’s Arcadia (1762).

on February 06, 2023 at 10:00 AM
Pearls of great Price Pearls of great Price

Anticipating Leontyne Price’s 96th birthday on February 10, Chris’s Cache presents the American diva in an epic collection of live performances.

on January 25, 2023 at 9:00 AM
Mass appeal Mass appeal

A week from tonight Franz Welser-Möst brings the Cleveland Orchestra and Chorus to Carnegie Hall for a rare performance of Schubert’s Mass No. 6 in E-flat Major, D 950.

on January 11, 2023 at 9:01 AM
Coming attractions Coming attractions

Chris’s Cache begins 2023 with a pair of bel canto operas featuring two artists soon to make their Met debuts: Sabine Devieilhe in the title role of Donizetti’s La Fille du regiment and Xabier Anduaga driving Lisette Oropesa crazy in Bellini’s I Puritani.

on January 03, 2023 at 9:00 AM
Swan dive Swan dive

Lohengrin, one of my favorite Wagner operas, has been missing from the Met since 2006! For holiday listening and to prepare for its 26 February return, Chris’s Cache offers four interesting versions spanning nearly 40 years.

on December 23, 2022 at 10:28 AM
Wagnerienne Wagnerienne

Diva November meets Wagner December when Chris’s Cache this week offers Régine Crespin as both Elisabeth in Tannhäuser and Senta in Der Fliegende Holländer via a pair of American pirates from the 1960s.

on December 09, 2022 at 9:00 AM
Everything sacred Everything sacred

Wrapping up Diva November, Chris’s Cache offers two sacred works that couldn’t be more unalike.

on November 29, 2022 at 10:00 AM