Haunted by my visit to Thornfield

Where does an opera really take place? Why, on the stage, I hear you say. Of course, that’s true, but not quite the truth. Der Rosenkavalier and The Magic Flute might take place on the same stage in the same week, but they clearly don’t take place in the same place. Of course, in the […]

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Re-rating Richard part I: Strauss, he was no Mahler, he was no Wagner.

Part I- He was no Mahler, he was no Wagner. Richard Strauss’s music is an intergral and popular part of the modern concert repertoire, and yet, he remains one of our most misunderstood and underrated composers. We all know the case against Richard Strauss: he was no Gustav Mahler, he was no Richard Wagner, he […]

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