Friday, 22 February 2019

Preview: Grand innovation at the Metropolitan Opera

The decorations are stashed. The last of the turkey has just crawled into the bin. No resolutions survive. And here’s..

By Gerald Malone


Friday, 22 February 2019

Woy Jenkins, the Hillhead by-election and why frit Tiggers are scared of the voters

A new breakaway party is set to sweep the country. It’s based on a core of disaffected Labour MPs and..

By Gerald Malone


Friday, 15 February 2019

Hilma af Klint - the forgotten visionary who gave us abstract expressionism

“I’m off to see the Klint exhibition at the Guggenheim”. “No, no, you mean the Klimt, surely! It’s at the..

By Gerald Malone


Friday, 8 February 2019

Opera review - Francesco Cilea's 'Adriana Lecouvreur' is an unexpected jewel

Adriana Lecouvreur is an opera sneered at by cognoscenti. It’s by Italian composer Francesco Cilea, 1866 – 1950, who “composed..

By Gerald Malone


Wednesday, 6 February 2019

God Bless Middle America

The 2020 US presidential election likely will be a rerun of the divisive battle between two Americas – “sophisticated” coastal..

By Gerald Malone


Friday, 1 February 2019

Opera review - a brilliant reimagining of Alessandro Scarlatti's Il Primo Omicidio

I’ve just seen an opera from inside a wedding cake. Well, it’s an understandable mistake. France’s Troisième République Palais Garnier..

By Gerald Malone


Friday, 25 January 2019

Carmen at the Met - flawed singing, bizarre casting and flaccid direction

My opera-fanatic friend, whose company I enjoyed at the Met for a performance of Carmen on Monday, sent me a..

By Gerald Malone


Thursday, 24 January 2019

Excruciatingly woke Kamala Harris is in for a rude awakening

Kamala Harris last night passed the Rachel Maddow test. Many readers will not have a clue what I’m talking about...

By Gerald Malone


Friday, 21 December 2018

Love Is Blind by William Boyd - alchemic storytelling of the highest quality

Read William Boyd’s latest book ‘Love is Blind’. It’s terrific. Great: #bloodymarvelousloveisblind. If you are familiar with Mr. Boyd’s work..

By Gerald Malone