Melanie Eskenazi

Here's everything published by this contributor on musicOMH.


Melanie was born in London but has recently relocated to North Yorkshire. She has a Masters degree in English, studied for a DPhil on John Clare and Wilhelm Müller, and has always been a writer of one kind or another, from pieces on 'The Androgynous Nature of Love in Twelfth Night and the Sonnets' to being Senior Inspector for The Good Food Guide. She continues to write about food but for the past ten years has concentrated on music; she reviews for several publications including the US Fanfare Magazine and the UK based Musicweb. Lieder, Handel and Monteverdi operas and the works of JS Bach and Benjamin Britten are her special interests; her hobby of collecting 17th and 18th century needlework samplers probably reflects her view that if it hasn't got words, then she's not very interested in it – but she excepts Bach's 'cello suites and Beethoven's Late Quartets from that rule. Melanie teaches English Literature from home and is also an Examiner in the subject; she has three children, one Labrador and of course a long-suffering husband whose career complements hers in that he works in TV, specializing in music documentaries and drama series. Melanie has not yet become jaded about going to operas and concerts and then reviewing them, even when they inspire her to such comments as "Ditch the Dwarf, would be my advice", "I'd like to hear all this aria's notes in place just once before I'm eligible for my bus pass", "Someone needs to tell him that it's now close season on tenor-torturing", "So – where are we here – one of the world's great lyric theatres, or Madame Flutterbye's school for would-be directors?" and "...looks like a Greek god but does not sing like one".
Melanie Eskenazi

Articles by Melanie Eskenazi

Thirsk Hall Festival 2022: It’s not just All Creatures Great and Small (Opera + Classical Music Features)
Winterreise: Desolate music in beautiful surroundings (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
The North York Moors Chamber Music Festival begins with two superb performances (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Tamerlano: A spiked cocktail of love, lust and power (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Rusalka: Drown your sorrows in this lily pond (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Otello: The green-eyed monster lives in West Horsley (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
The Excursions of Mr Brouček: Brace yourselves – Così fan tutte it isn’t (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Theodora: the show must go on (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Così fan tutte: A winning gamble at Garsington Opera (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Orfeo at Garsington Opera? Hell Yes! (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Handel’s Messiah: The Dales are alive with the sound of music (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Preview: It’s Summer Festival time 2022! ‘The Four Gs’ – Glyndebourne, Garsington, Grange Festival and Grange Park (Opera + Classical Music Features)
Leeds Lieder Festival 2022: The pick of a Wigmore Hall song season, in a single weekend (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Spotlight: New premieres from composer Luke Styles (Opera + Classical Music Features)
Preview: Yorkshire Spring and Summer Festivals 2022 – Part 2 (Opera + Classical Music Features)
Preview: Yorkshire Spring and Summer Festivals 2022 (Opera + Classical Music Features)
Peter Grimes: The Royal Opera presents ‘a lost lone man’ in seedy squalor (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Alcina: Opera North’s production low on magic but high on sustainability (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Rigoletto: Opera North once again leads the way with a striking new production (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Gianni Schicchi: Grange Park Opera’s production is made in Chelsea (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Gilchrist / Wadsworth @ National Centre for Early Music, York (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)