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


Friday, 22 March 2019

Verdi's Rigoletto is the cruellest opera

“Rigoletto is the cruellest opera, breeding Tragedy out of dead minds, mixing Amorality and desire, stirring Numbed moral sense with..

By Gerald Malone


Friday, 1 March 2019

Verdi's Falstaff proves he could write comic opera

Falstaff is Giuseppe’s Verdi’s last, sizzling “hurrah”; a mould-breaking “hurrah” at that. Almost eighty when he wrote it in 1893,..

By Gerald Malone


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