Gerald Malone

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Friday, 14 June 2019

David Lang - opera's rebel without a cause

A new work by American composer, David Lang, is always an important event. He self describes as a passionate, prolific …

By Gerald Malone

Friday, 7 June 2019

Southern opera festival marred by massacre of Strauss

Charleston is a whizz of a town. This is my third visit for the annual Spoleto Festival. I stay in …

By Gerald Malone

Thursday, 6 June 2019

Self-obsessed Democrats will struggle to defeat incumbent Trump

The President of the United States has swapped swamps. Goodbye DC. Hello, Whitehall, Buckingham Palace, Normandy, complete with cheers, taunts, …

By Gerald Malone

Friday, 31 May 2019

Unearthing a Manhattan opera jewel to rival the Met

It’s not far, as the crow flies, from the Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center, Manhattan Midtown, to The Flea Theater, …

By Gerald Malone

Friday, 17 May 2019

Sarah Childress Polk - America's first First Lady

James K. Polk, President USA, 1845 – 1849. The name caught my eye because – ignoramus – I had never …

By Gerald Malone

Friday, 10 May 2019

From Wagner sceptic to convert - how I learned to love the Ring Cycle

“Hojotoho heiaha!” It’s the Met’s Wagner Ring Cycle. In 2010, Peter Gelb, controversial managing director of Metropolitan Opera appointed in …

By Gerald Malone

Friday, 3 May 2019

There's nothing quite like the Wexford opera festival

“Are you prepared to slay a mighty dragon, rescue a fair young maid from a harem, bake an Italian cake …

By Gerald Malone

Friday, 12 April 2019

The Met's La Traviata is a thrilling riposte to Regietheater opera

It’s been a nightmare getting around New York this week. A measles scare, because anti-vaccine fundamentalists refused to be needled …

By Gerald Malone

Friday, 29 March 2019

Opera review: the bad guys win in Monteverdi's L’incoronazione di Poppea

The gleaming white building – a giant beached whale of a building, perched on a glittering lake shore, pointing eastward …

By Gerald Malone