Monday, 18 December 2017

Reaction review: Girls of the Golden West go critical

John Adams’ new oeuvre, Girls of the Golden West does for California romantic gold rush mythology what his earlier opera,..

By Gerald Malone

Friday, 21 July 2017

“Doin' the Charleston” – opera at the Spoleto Festival

“Man, I’m tellin’ you, it’s a lapazoo”! Come on, you remember, lyrics from “The Charleston”, that flapper dance number named..

By Gerald Malone

Monday, 15 May 2017

Review: "Don't Walk Away Renée Fleming"

And then, she was gone. Renée Fleming had taken her final curtain call at the Met, a career of thirty..

By Gerald Malone

Saturday, 18 February 2017

“Alternative Facts” of American Opera

Two nights in a row at the Metropolitan Opera in New York is as self indulgent as ordering a Sundae..

By Gerald Malone

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

The tale of the Cuban health minister: recycled bandages and a Toyota hire car

The Cuban Health Minister who, until then, had confined herself to boring “blah blah” statistics, suddenly said something arresting: “So,..

By Gerald Malone

Friday, 22 July 2016

A moderate defence of Donald Trump

Cleveland It’s been quite a week. Here’s a brief impression of the outcome of the Convention and the impossible Mr..

By Gerald Malone