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

Il trittico review – three for the price of one in Vienna (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Masque of Might review – recycled Purcell saves the planet (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Falstaff review – horny in more ways than one (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Das Rheingold review – take two: once more in close up (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Preview: Opera in the regions – Autumn 2023 (Opera + Classical Music Features)
Choir of King’s College London & Royal Northern Sinfonia review – two concerts bring this year’s Ryedale Festival to a close (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
De Mowbray Music Festival 2023 Preview – a small but perfectly formed celebration of music (Opera + Classical Music Features)
Ryedale Festival review – The King’s Singers / Fretwork & Nicky Spence / Christopher Glynn celebrate Byrd and others (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Ensemble Jupiter / Iestyn Davies & The Sixteen review – Early Music lives on in York (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Ariadne auf Naxos review – Strauss’ musical mash up is a winner at Garsington (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Werther review – under the ‘Werther’ tenor soldiers on at Covent Garden (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Winterreise review – Keenlyside and Middleton close the Leeds Lieder Festival in style (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
James Newby / Joseph Middleton review – Leeds Lieder fights for its existence with a beautiful recital (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Q&A: Bruno Ravella on Garsington Opera’s Ariadne auf Naxos (Opera + Classical Music Features)
Così fan tutte review – love the one you’re with (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Orfeo ed Euridice / Dido and Aeneas review – double bill brings twice the joy in Hampshire (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Tristan & Isolde review – Wagner’s vision brought to life in Surrey (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Mitridate, re di Ponto review – know where your loyalties lie (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Il barbiere di Siviglia review – much more than ‘shave and a haircut: two bits’ (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Don Giovanni review – a bleak staging which foregrounds first rate performances at the Metropolitan Opera (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
2023 Yorkshire Summer Music Festivals preview – something for everyone (Opera + Classical Music Features)