Love increases courage Love increases courage

An acclaimed revival earlier this season of Sebastián Durón’s Coronis (that name, yikes!) reminded me that Trove Thursday has been ignoring baroque zarzuelas.

on June 25, 2020 at 11:13 AM
“Savage” love “Savage” love

Trove Thursday offers a problematic yet fascinating work that would almost certainly not be staged today: Il Guarany by Carlos Gomes featuring João Gibin, Gianna d’Angelo, Piero Cappuccilli and Nicola Zaccaria.

on June 18, 2020 at 10:00 AM
S that all there S? S that all there S?

Starry galas are popping up everywhere lately so it’s time for Trove Thursday’s, a challenging panoply trodding mostly off the beaten path—with an S-twist!

on June 11, 2020 at 11:50 AM
Holding out for a hero Holding out for a hero

Trove Thursday finally welcomes Wagner’s Lohengrin arriving in a concert performance conducted by Georg Solti with Siegfried Jerusalem, Julia Varady, Eva Randová, Hermann Becht, Hans Sotin and Wolfgang Schöne.

on June 04, 2020 at 10:28 AM
Multiple Mascagni Multiple Mascagni

Cavalleria Rusticana began Pietro Mascagni’s career with a bang, and despite a number of fine subsequent works the composer never again achieved the same lasting success that he had with his first.

on May 28, 2020 at 10:00 AM
The last time I saw Paris The last time I saw Paris

Trove Thursday goes mini-epic with Gustave Charpentier’s naturalistic slice-of-life of fin-de-siêcle Paris in a rare 1999 Renée Fleming performance of Louise co-starring Jerry Hadley, Samuel Ramey and Felicity Palmer.

on May 21, 2020 at 10:00 AM
Take the long way home Take the long way home

Trove Thursday turns to another epic opera in which the personal and the political intertwine: Prokofiev’s War and Peace.

on May 14, 2020 at 10:00 AM
I want to break free I want to break free

Many now have scads more time for listening so Trove Thursday will offer several epic operas during May beginning with Rossini’s Guillaume Tell (this week aka Guglielmo Tell) in a concert performance featuring Giuseppe Taddei in the title role and Teresa Zylis-Gara and Franco Bonisolli as the war-crossed lovers.

on May 07, 2020 at 10:26 AM
A perpetual contrast A perpetual contrast

Trove Thursday completes its Prévosttrifecta with Puccini’s Manon Lescaut starring Sondra Radvanovsky and (pre-Met) Aleksandrs Antonenko conducted by Riccardo Chailly plus an added Radvanovsky-Puccini bonus: Suor Angelica.

on April 23, 2020 at 10:00 AM
Green-eyed monster Green-eyed monster

Last night should have seen my favorite of this season’s revivals but instead Trove Thursday must step up with Jean-Marie Leclair’s irresistibly captivating Scylla et Glaucus conducted by Christophe Rousset.

on April 16, 2020 at 10:00 AM
“Così l’anima mia…” “Così l’anima mia…”

While Harry Rose finishes his senior thesis on Gabriele d’Annunzio, Trove Thursday joins in his fascination with Dante’s damned adulteress with two settings (both from Amsterdam!) of Francesca da Rimini.

on April 09, 2020 at 10:00 AM
Anyone’s daughter Anyone’s daughter

One of the more unfortunate losses from the Met’s closure is its revival of Simon Boccanegra, so Trove Thursday steps up with a 1975 Berlin performnace of Verdi’s dark masterpiece with Ingvar Wixell, Gundula Janowitz, José van Dam and Bruno Prevedi.

on April 02, 2020 at 10:00 AM
“I am myself a Queen” “I am myself a Queen”

One Met casualty this spring is Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda so Trove Thursday fills in with a triple-header.

on March 26, 2020 at 10:00 AM
Pie à la mode Pie à la mode

Stephen Sondheim turns 90 on Sunday, prompting Trove Thursday to present his most “operatic” work, Sweeney Todd, in a rare 2002 performance with Christine Baranski and Brian Stokes Mitchell as the murderous duo.

on March 19, 2020 at 10:00 AM
Prophet center Prophet center

Trove Thursday couldn’t wait until Passover to offer Mendelssohn’s Elijah featuring two of my favorite singers, Gabriela Benacková and José van Dam, joined by Florence Quivar, Francisco Araiza and Thomas Moser.

on March 12, 2020 at 11:00 AM
Witch hunt Witch hunt

Later this month Asmik Grigorian will star in Covent Garden’s new Jenufa, which Trove Thursday anticipates presenting the acclaimed Lithuanian soprano in a broadcast from 2014 of Tchaikovsky’s rare opera The Enchantress (Charodeyka).

on March 05, 2020 at 10:29 AM
Quand votre sœur Charlotte est là! Quand votre sœur Charlotte est là!

Trove Thursday previews Massenet’s Werther—due to return next month at the Met—with a 1984 Paris performance starring two marvelous protagonists, Tatiana Troyanos and Alain Vanzo.

on February 27, 2020 at 10:00 AM
Love, loss, and what I sang Love, loss, and what I sang

Sunday is Handel’s 335th birthday, an event Trove Thursday celebrates with Rodelinda, Regina de’Longobardi, one of the composer’s most popular works.

on February 20, 2020 at 10:00 AM
In memoriam Mirella Freni In memoriam Mirella Freni

Today’s Trove Thursday was originally scheduled for February 27, which would have been Mirella Freni’s 85th birthday, but instead we remember today the beloved soprano who passed away this past weekend in Puccini.

on February 13, 2020 at 10:00 AM
Sacred ground Sacred ground

Trove Thursday celebrates Leontyne Price’s 93rd birthday on Sunday with a pair of her rarest collaborations with Herbert von Karajan: Bruckner’s Te Deum with Hilde Rössl-Majdan, Fritz Wunderlich and Walter Berry and Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem alongside José van Dam.

on February 06, 2020 at 9:20 AM
Mithridates is dead Mithridates is dead

Trove Thursday marks Mozart’s 264th birthday on Sunday with the 14-year-old’s remarkable opera seria Mitridate, Re di Ponto .

on January 23, 2020 at 10:00 AM
Bitter end Bitter end

Trove Thursday offers a rare third retelling of the saga of the ill-fated courtesan: Auber’s Manon Lescaut starring Mariella Devia.

on January 16, 2020 at 2:33 PM
These are the damned These are the damned

Anticipating the work’s return to the Met after more than a decade, Trove Thursday presents La Damnation de Faust in a 1959 broadcast featuring Régine Crespin, Nicolai Gedda and Ernest Blanc under the fine Berlioz conductor Igor Markevitch.

on January 09, 2020 at 10:13 AM
New singers, new songs New singers, new songs

The New Year begins with a hodgepodge of singers—and composers—each new to Trove Thursday.

on January 02, 2020 at 10:00 AM