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Et voila l’histoire

The Met has no sooner gone on vacation then we turn our attention to next season which features the rare opportunity to see the two best -known operatic adaptations of Prévost’s L’Histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut; so to mark Beverly Sills’s 90th birthday (May 25, 1929) “Trove Thursday” offers the late diva’s acclaimed Massenet heroine opposite her ideal Des Grieux, Alain VanzoRead more »

Can’t get you out of my head

“Trove Thursday” has presented Richard Strauss’s Salome and Jules Massenet’s Hérodiade, so today the good guy finally gets his chance with San Giovanni Battista by Alessandro Stradella featuring Christophe Dumaux as John the Baptist along with one of the composer’s beautiful cantatas featuring the superb English bass Peter HarveyRead more »

The B list

Mezzo-sopranos often get stuck being the mother, the lady-in-waiting or the “other woman”… but not today!  Read more »

Sunday will never be the same

Thirty-five years ago tonight Sunday in the Park with George opened on Broadway and for that anniversary “Trove Thursday” presents two live versions of this challenging musical-theater work by Stephen Sondheim: one is complete starring Audra McDonald and Michael Cerveris and the other “music only” with Melissa Errico and Raul EsparzaRead more »

Everything sacred

“Trove Thursday” features a rare live broadcast of Les Dialogues des Carmélites featuring the composer’s favored soprano Denise Duval as Blanche.

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Nostalgia for places one has never seen

“Trove Thursday” turns to Jacopo Foroni’s rare 1849 historical melodrama Cristina, Regina di Svezia to commemorate the 330th anniversary tomorrow of that enigmatic monarch’s death.

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Handsomely done

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

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Co-stella del marinar

“Trove Thursday” salutes Rosalind Elias today with what—at first glance—might be mistaken for a Met La Gioconda.

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