Gerald Malone

Reaction Contributor

Saturday, 30 May 2020

Lost Classic - Franz Schreker's Der Schmied von Gent

Franz Schreker? Neither had I. Heard of him, that is. Admit it. You hadn’t either. What? You’ve got a comprehensive …

By Gerald Malone

Saturday, 16 May 2020

Remembering Sir Peter Jonas - opera's enfant terrible

Flamboyant opera rebel, Sir Peter Jonas, has died at the age of 73. As Director of English National Opera from …

By Gerald Malone

Friday, 8 May 2020

Music for a new Elizabethan age - Britten's Gloriana

“Clap, damn you, clap”! Benjamin Britten, enraged, leaned out of his box at Covent Garden and railed at the lukewarm …

By Gerald Malone

Saturday, 25 April 2020

Remembering Jennifer Bate, the organist who brought Messiaen's world of colour to life

Jennifer Lucy Bate, celebrated organist and Olivier Messiaen’s most trusted interpreter of his complex oeuvres for the instrument, has died …

By Gerald Malone

Saturday, 18 April 2020

Shakespeare on crack at the Wexford Festival Opera this October

Much ado about Shakespeare – that just about sums up the Wexford Festival Opera 2020 programme. Huzzah! General Booking, that …

By Gerald Malone

Friday, 10 April 2020

Radio Reaction: Essential Holy Week listening

Believers and non-believers alike can exalt in the music of Holy Week. Whether it be an affirmation of faith, or …

By Gerald Malone

Saturday, 28 March 2020

Wagner's hellish sea crossing on stage

A bad ferry crossing nowadays results only in vitriolic lines posted, in tantrum, on Trip Advisor: “Just because people don’t …

By Gerald Malone

Thursday, 26 March 2020

Radio Reaction: Dog days as opera goes dark

The small, white West Highland Terrier, ears pricked, tail erect, black-button eyes far gone in drink, paused his grunting frottage …

By Gerald Malone

Saturday, 21 March 2020

Opera review - Saint-Saëns’ Samson et Delila at the Washington National Opera

Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, brought the house down. Just by turning up. At Washington DC’s Kennedy Center for …

By Gerald Malone