Gerald Malone

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Saturday, 7 December 2019

Lavish production distracts from Philip Glass's painfully dull score

Philip Glass, the minimalist American composer, fills opera houses with the same facility as his British ritualistic counterpart, Sir Harrison …

By Gerald Malone

Saturday, 30 November 2019

Maxim Emelyanychev's appointment to the SCO is a masterstroke

Four-foot gobbets of orange fire belched into the Glasgow twilight. Walk south from Buchanan Street subway station, to St. George’s …

By Gerald Malone

Saturday, 23 November 2019

Harrison Birtwhistle's The Mask of Orpheus is self-congratulatory drivel

I tried. Honestly, I really made an effort. I read the synopsis twice before the performance at London’s Coliseum. I …

By Gerald Malone

Saturday, 16 November 2019

Essay - How Stendhal's Charterhouse of Parma revolutionised the novel

Marie-Henri Beyle, the French author who lived from 1783 to 1842, was a “romantic realist”. So, clearly of an oxymoronic …

By Gerald Malone

Saturday, 9 November 2019

Don't look back in anger

Lisbon’s Teatro Nacional de Säo Carlos, the country’s foremost opera house, is an understated gem – on my bucket list …

By Gerald Malone

Saturday, 2 November 2019

Opera enthusiasts should take a trip to Wexford

Friday, 25th October, was World Opera Day, a collaboration among Opera America, Opera Europa and Opera Latinoamérica. Festivities at the …

By Gerald Malone

Saturday, 26 October 2019

Verdi's Macbeth at the Met - post-war Scotland setting grates

“Is this a handbag that I see before me”? Excellent question, Thane of Glamis. You can get around to the …

By Gerald Malone

Saturday, 19 October 2019

Hamlet in the Hague makes the grade

Hamlet isn’t brooding on the battlements in Denmark. He’s in the Hague; starring in a new production from Oper2Day, the …

By Gerald Malone

Saturday, 12 October 2019

Brilliant casting unlocks the plot of Massenet's Manon at the Met

The key to Jules Massenet’s opera Manon – first performed at the Opéra-Comique, Paris, in 1884 – is the portrayal …

By Gerald Malone