Richard Strauss

Richard Strauss was no conservative

17 October 2015 12:13

With the ardent zeal characteristic of the freshly converted, I found myself channelling waves of anger towards Stanley Kubrick. The…

Iolanta/Duke Bluebeard’s Castle, Met Opera Live, review: enterprising take on two masterpieces

17 February 2015 12:53

Iolanta / Duke Bluebeard’s Castle  Met Opera Live The Met’s antepenultimate relay of the season was an enterprising pairing of two operas, one…

Met Opera Live’s Merry Widow, review: kitsch, glorious kitsch

19 January 2015 11:54

The Merry Widow Met Opera Live ‘Even today, at 75, the waltz from The Merry Widow sends me into a…

When The Spectator helped butcher Richard Strauss

11 June 2014 10:34

To be honest I’m not certain that Michael Nyman, The Spectator‘s music critic in the late 60s, was one of…