Gerald Malone

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Saturday, 22 February 2020

Opera review - Donizetti's Maria Stuarda at Lisbon's National Theatre of São Carlos

The focal point of Maria Stuarda, Gaetano Donizetti’s opera premiered at la Scala, Milan, in 1835, is the exchange between …

By Gerald Malone

Saturday, 15 February 2020

Opera review - Rubinstein's Le Démon at the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux

The Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux dominates its surroundings. So it should. It has stood majestically, as the link between the …

By Gerald Malone

Saturday, 8 February 2020

To call TWA JFK a luxury hotel would be an insult - it's pure genius

“But, it’s newer on the inside than on the outside!” Dr Who fans will get the riff on the Tardis …

By Gerald Malone

Saturday, 25 January 2020

Berg's Wozzeck at the Met - sensational, mind-bending, ground-breaking

The production of Alban Berg’s opera, Wozzeck, playing at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, is sensational, mind-bending, ground-breaking. As ground-breaking as …

By Gerald Malone

Saturday, 18 January 2020

Opera review: Pushkin, Ukraine and the magic squirrel

My lunch companion pulled two Israeli IWI Jericho 541 handguns from his briefcase and plonked them on the bench. “What …

By Gerald Malone

Saturday, 11 January 2020

Why Handel's Messiah never goes out of fashion

Santa’s right arm drew back, then delivered a powerful haymaker between Rudolph’s antlers. The festive pair, locked in sudden unseasonal …

By Gerald Malone

Saturday, 21 December 2019

All hail Lise Davidsen, the new Queen of the Met

Last Saturday I heard Lise Davidsen, the 32-year-old Norwegian lyric-dramatic soprano, sing her debut role at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, …

By Gerald Malone

Friday, 20 December 2019

Bloomberg could save the Democrats - will they flunk it?

Michael Bloomberg was the highly successful Stop and Frisk Mayor of New York for twelve years. Murder fell 50% on …

By Gerald Malone

Saturday, 14 December 2019

This ain't no fairy tale

San Francisco Opera’s Christmas offering, Englebert Humperdinck’s 1893 Hansel and Gretel, ain’t no traditional fairy tale. This co-production with the …

By Gerald Malone