Issue-aware opera

There are a couple of wonderfully self-contradicting statements in this month´s Opera Now editorial: the first states that John Adams´s Nixon in China is the most successful opera of the last 25 years in terms of total performances and exemplary box office. The second states that ” (opera is not) …a suitable vehicle for reductive […]

Like it or not…

After reading an article in the FT´s magazine about typography fonts and how critical they are to communications between the ultra-cool (”I would never date a girl who used Times Roman” says a shocked young IT blood) I realise that from now on any blog worth its consonants simply must be written in Helvetica Neue. […]

A weekend in Scotland with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and a visit to the Scottish Opera

It was great to be in the Usher Hall, Edinburgh on Thursday to hear the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra at the start of their UK tour. And what a concert! Delius, Grieg – with a poised and powerful performance of the piano concerto by Christian Idle Hadland – and a storming account of Strauss´s Ein Heldenleben. […]