Mad and madder Mad and madder

With La Scala’s plan to open on December 7 with a new Lucia di Lammermoor thwarted, Trove Thursday sets its Wayback Machine to nearly 50 years ago to present two of the 20th century’s greatest madwomen—Joan Sutherland and Beverly Sills—denounced by Plàcido Domingo and Alfredo Kraus respectively, with the former pair consoled by Kurt Moll‘s luxurious Raimundo.

on November 26, 2020 at 10:00 AM
Thank you for the music Thank you for the music

Trove Thursday celebrates early St. Cecilia’s Day—November 22—with a 1976 performance of Licino Refice’s Cecilia starring Renata Scotto as the patron saint of music and musicians.

on November 19, 2020 at 10:00 AM
Like an angel passing through my room Like an angel passing through my room

Tonight at the Met should have welcomed Barrie Kosky’s production of Prokofiev’s The Fiery Angel; in its absence Trove Thursday steps in with a recent broadcast featuring this summer’s breakout star Ausrine Stundyte as the enigmatic Renata.

on November 12, 2020 at 10:00 AM
The future’s so bright The future’s so bright

For this, the 250th edition of Trove Thursday, [hold for applause] a broadcast of a memorable evening at Carnegie Hall—and I was there: Smetana’s stirring Libuse, the Czech national opera, with a transcendent Gabriela Benackova as its titular prophetess.

on November 05, 2020 at 10:00 AM
No time for commedia No time for commedia

Trove Thursday celebrates the centenary of Stravinsky’s Pulcinella not with the frequently heard orchestral suite but with the complete score in a broadcast featuring appropriately Italian forces including Anna Caterina Antonacci, Francesco Meli and Alex Esposito conducted by Daniele Gatti.

on October 29, 2020 at 10:00 AM
Jonas on the Mount of Olives Jonas on the Mount of Olives

The worldwide “Beethoven 250” celebration hasn’t exactly come off as planned, so Trove Thursday steps up to offer the composer’s rarely-heard oratorio Christus am Ölberge with Jonas Kaufmann typecast in the title role, revered by Luba Orgonásova and Hanno Müller-Brachmann, plus a fleet HIP broadcast of the Choral Fantasy from earlier this year.

on October 22, 2020 at 10:00 AM
Leyla and the pirates Leyla and the pirates

Next month in Bergamo Plácido Domingo takes on his zillionth—and possibly final—new role, so Trove Thursday previews it by returning to the same venue 50 years earlier for Donizetti’s Belisario with Leyla Gencer and Renato Bruson, a real baritone as its titular hero.

on October 15, 2020 at 10:00 AM
Truth or dare Truth or dare

On the 21st of this month Romanian soprano Virginia Zeani will celebrate her 95th birthday and Trove Thursday salutes her versatility with two markedly different 20th century works: Menotti’s The Consul and Mascagni’s Il Piccolo Marat, one of many collaborations with her husband Nicola Rossi-Lemeni.

on October 01, 2020 at 10:00 AM
One Moore night One Moore night

While the Met reruns over-familiar HDs, Trove Thursday offers a Puccini rarity: Edgar, the composer’s second opera, starring Latonia Moore and Marcello Giordani.

on September 24, 2020 at 10:00 AM
Semiramide Semiramide

Produced at Carnegie Hall by Matthew Epstein in 1983 with June Anderson, Marilyn Horne, Samuel Ramey and Douglas Ahlstedt with Henry Lewis conducting.

on September 18, 2020 at 12:33 PM
I Capuleti ed I Montecchi I Capuleti ed I Montecchi

Joining the Met’s week of bel canto reruns and Tuesday’s premiere of Teatro Nuovo’s exciting new project, Trove Thursday presents Bellini’s I Capuleti ed I Montecchi with Tatiana Troyanos and Cecilia Gasdia.

on September 17, 2020 at 10:00 AM
Gemma di Vergy Gemma di Vergy

With the lovely, largely now forgotten Adriana Maliponte in the title role.

on September 16, 2020 at 1:07 PM
Il Giuramento Il Giuramento

The operas of Saverio Mercadante are often said to be among those 19th century Italian works most worthy of revival; in case you’ve never heard one, judge for yourself with a 1974 broadcast of his best-known work, Il Giuramento, with Annabelle Bernard, Agnes Baltsa, José Carreras and Robert Kerns.

on September 15, 2020 at 12:44 PM
La Dame Blanche La Dame Blanche

Renée Fleming takes on the title role of Boieldieu’s La Dame Blanche with Opera Orchestra of New York at Carnegie Hall.

on September 11, 2020 at 12:42 PM
Hérodiade Hérodiade

“Trove Thursday” presents the late great Belgian mezzo Rita Gorr parenting Régine Crespin.

on September 10, 2020 at 11:51 AM
Five years later Five years later

Trove Thursday began on September 10, 2015, so today we celebrate the podcast’s fifth birthday with a diva-starry Aïda double-bill: Galina Vishnevskaya vies for her soldier-hero with Irina Arkhipova, then Jessye Norman wins the guy (but loses her life) in spite of Mignon Dunn.

on September 10, 2020 at 10:00 AM
Platée Platée

Jean-Paul Fouchécourt is an irresistibly self-absorbed sea-nymph in Rameau’s Platée which also features a dazzling star-turn by Mireille Delunsch as La Folie.

on September 09, 2020 at 11:39 AM
La jolie fille de Perth La jolie fille de Perth

In tribute to soprano Christiane Eda-Pierre, who died September 5.

on September 07, 2020 at 11:43 AM
La Voix humaine La Voix humaine

Barbara Hannigan sings Poulenc’s monodrama led by Esa-Pekka Salonen.

on September 04, 2020 at 11:50 AM
Billy Budd Billy Budd

Peter Mattei, one of my two favorite baritones these days, in an unexpected title role, Britten’s Billy Budd.”

on September 03, 2020 at 12:00 PM
Significant mother Significant mother

As Phaedra’s tragic, all-consuming passion for her stepson Hippolytus has fascinated artists for centuries, Trove Thursday offers two of its lesser-known musical settings: Pizzetti’s opera Fedra with Régine Crespin and Lorraine Hunt Lieberson performing the cantata Phaedra, Britten’s final vocal work.

on September 03, 2020 at 9:55 AM
Vanessa Vanessa

 Samuel Barber’s gothic melodrama starring the great Carol Vaness.

on September 02, 2020 at 12:30 PM
Oedipus Rex Oedipus Rex

In consonance with the Met’s evening programming this week of “20th Century and Beyond” works, we are proud to offer for your afternoon listening discussion Stravinsky’s opera-oratorio whatever-it-is featuring Jessye Norman.

on August 31, 2020 at 12:50 PM
Il corsaro Il corsaro

Michael Fabiano in one of his specialties as the dashing hero of Il corsaro torn between Tamara Wilson and Nicole Cabell.

on August 28, 2020 at 12:05 PM