Cher Public

Nostalgia for places one has never seen

Following Peter Mattei in Billy Budd last week, “Trove Thursday” turns to a different sort of Swedish royalty with Jacopo Foroni’s rare 1849 historical melodrama Cristina, Regina di Svezia to commemorate the 330th anniversary tomorrow of that enigmatic monarch’s death.  Read more »

Handsomely done

Peter Mattei, one of my two favorite baritones these days, returned to the Met last week in Don Giovanni, prompting “Trove Thursday” to offer the sterling Swede in a more unexpected title role, Britten’s Billy Budd.  Read more »

Co-stella del marinar

This Sunday Rosalind Elias (who turned 90 last month) will be presented with an Opera News Award so “Trove Thursday” salutes her today with what—at first glance—might be mistaken for a Met La Gioconda.  Read more »

Out of the shadows

“Trove Thursday” offers Die Frau ohne Schatten conducted by Georg Solti and also featuring Regina Resnik, Donald McIntyre and the inevitable James King.

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The quality of mercy

“Trove Thursday” offers Mozart’s late opera seria in a Paris “pirate” featuring the high-voltage diva-duo of Anna Caterina Antonacci and Elina Garanca.

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Down Argentine way

“Trove Thursday” drafts a 1960s All-Star team for Verdi’s Il Trovatore broadcast from the Teatro Colón.

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Once in love with Amy

“Trove Thursday” leaps to the end of the cycle with a slightly abridged Götterdämmerung featuring Amy Shuard as Brünnhilde.

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Thousands cheer

Although Gustav Mahler never wrote an opera, his colossal Eighth Symphony “The Symphony of a Thousand” may give us some glimpses of what a Mahler opera might have sounded like

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