Melanie Eskenazi

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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


Eugene Onegin @ Garsington Opera, Wormsley (Opera and Classical Reviews)
La Cenerentola @ The Grange Festival, Northington (Opera and Classical Reviews)
Ivan the Terrible @ Grange Park Opera, West Horsley (Opera and Classical Reviews)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream @ The Grange Festival, Northington (Opera and Classical Reviews)
Der Rosenkavalier @ Garsington Opera, Wormsley (Opera and Classical Reviews)
Amadigi @ Garsington Opera, Wormsley (Opera and Classical Reviews)
Gilchrist / Tilbrook – Leeds Lieder Festival @ Victoria Hall, Leeds Town Hall, Leeds (Opera and Classical Reviews)
Britten, The Five Canticles – Leeds Lieder Festival @ Victoria Hall, Leeds Town Hall, Leeds (Opera and Classical Reviews)
Coote / Blackshaw – Leeds Lieder Festival @ Victoria Hall, Leeds Town Hall, Leeds (Opera and Classical Reviews)
Preview: Edinburgh International Festival 2021 (Classical and Opera Features)
Q&A: Bruno Ravella on Garsington Opera’s Der Rosenkavalier (Classical and Opera Features)
Q&A: Alexander Chance on Grange Festival’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Classical and Opera Features)
Preview: English Touring Opera Returns to ‘Live’ Performance (Classical and Opera Features)
OBS Easter Festival: St John Passion & Easter Oratorio @ Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford (Opera and Classical Reviews)
Music for Holy Week: Easter Sunday – Eisler’s ‘Ostersonntag’ from the Hollywood Songbook (Classical and Opera Features)
Music for Holy Week: Maundy Thursday – Bach’s ‘St Matthew Passion’ (Classical and Opera Features)
Der Rosenkavalier @ Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich (Opera and Classical Reviews)
Preview: Purcell & a Pint – Eboracum Baroque (Classical and Opera Features)
Fairest Isle: Music from 17th and 18th Century England – Eboracum Baroque @ King’s Ely Recital Hall, Ely (Opera and Classical Reviews)
musicOMH’s 2020 Classical Advent Calendar Day 24:
Adam’s ‘O Holy Night’
(Classical and Opera Features)
Fidelio @ Opera North at Town Hall, Leeds (Opera and Classical Reviews)