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


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)
In Winter’s House: The Gesualdo Six @ National Centre for Early Music, York (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
A Baroque Christmas: Eboracum Baroque @ York Mansion House, York (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Bode / Lepper – Die schöne Müllerin & Connolly / Drake – Summer Nights @ Saint John the Evangelist, Oxford (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Eugene Onegin @ Garsington Opera, Wormsley (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
La Cenerentola @ The Grange Festival, Northington (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Ivan the Terrible @ Grange Park Opera, West Horsley (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream @ The Grange Festival, Northington (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Der Rosenkavalier @ Garsington Opera, Wormsley (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Amadigi @ Garsington Opera, Wormsley (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Gilchrist / Tilbrook – Leeds Lieder Festival @ Victoria Hall, Leeds Town Hall, Leeds (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Britten, The Five Canticles – Leeds Lieder Festival @ Victoria Hall, Leeds Town Hall, Leeds (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Coote / Blackshaw – Leeds Lieder Festival @ Victoria Hall, Leeds Town Hall, Leeds (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)