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I put a spell on you

To join a majestic Alceste with Jessye Norman, “Trove Thursday” adds only its second Gluck opera, another A-list masterpiece, Armide with a superbly grand Francophone heroine in Karina Gauvin and conducted by the always excellent Ivor BoltonRead more »

Summer of the mezzo

August on “Trove Thursday” begins with Midsummer Mezzo Madness featuring a sterling quartet of lower-voiced ladies (in alphabetical order): Jamie Barton floating through Brahms’s Alt-Rhapsodie; Marianne Crebassa telling tales in Ravel’s Shéhérazade; Bernarda Fink sailing into Chausson’s Poème de l’amour et de la mer and Magdalena Kozená communing with Dvorak’s Biblical Songs. 

Truth be told, Brahms—except for the violin concerto—is one of my least favorite 19th century composers but who can resist Barton…in anything? Read more »

You shall know them by their ‘Flutes’

This year’s Salzburg Festival opens Saturday with a new production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, an opera often performed elsewhere in translation, so “Trove Thursday” offers two for the price (!) of one: The Magic Flute with Margaret Price, Cristina Deutekom, Stuart Burrows, Delme Bryn-Jones and David Ward and Il Flauto Magico with Sena Jurinac, Mimi Coertse, Juan Oncina, Giuseppe Taddei and Boris ChristoffRead more »

“Neither wine nor apples can appease my desire”

“Trove Thursday” salutes the thrilling Ursula Schröder-Feinen with a special double-bill: a complete Salome followed by a rare Siegfried Brünnhilde.

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Who’s that girl?

“Trove Thursday” goes modest with Donizetti’s domestic comedy Don Pasquale featuring Ileana Cotrubas, Alfredo Kraus, Vicente Sardinero and Wladimiro Ganzarolli.

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A touch of classic

“Trove Thursday” offfers Joseph Martin Kraus’s superb Aeneas i Cartago, eller Dido och Aeneas—in Swedish!—starring a luminous Elisabeth Söderström as the doomed Queen.

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Contes stop the music

Trove Thursday wades into the murky musicological waters of Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann..

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Making out like a bandit

“Trove Thursday” turns for the third of Verdi’s four Schiller adaptations to a recent I Masnadieri with risen stars Lisette Oropesa and Russell Thomas.

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