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

Konstantin Krimmel / Malcolm Martineau @ Wigmore Hall, London (Opera and Classical Reviews)
Preview: Fidelio @ Garsington Opera, Wormsley (Classical and Opera Features)
Iestyn Davies / Elizabeth Kenny @ St Margaret’s Church, Walmgate, York (online) (Opera and Classical Reviews)
Previews: Eboracum Baroque – Heroic Handel & The Ryedale Festival (Classical and Opera Features)
Preview: Garsington Opera 2021 – and a concert from Wormsley to enjoy now (Classical and Opera Features)
Preview: York Early Music Festival 2020 Online (Classical and Opera Features)
Various singers / Keval Shah: Italienisches Liederbuch @ YouTube (Opera and Classical Reviews)
Mark Padmore / Mitsuko Uchida @ Wigmore Hall, London (online) (Opera and Classical Reviews)
Iestyn Davies / Elizabeth Kenny @ Wigmore Hall, London (online) (Opera and Classical Reviews)
Clayton / Baillieu @ Wigmore Hall, London (online) (Opera and Classical Reviews)
Williams / Middleton @ Wigmore Hall, London (online) (Opera and Classical Reviews)
Crowe / Tillbrook @ Wigmore Hall, London (online) (Opera and Classical Reviews)
Garsington in lockdown: long-distance fixes of the operatic kind (Classical and Opera Features)
Gerhaher / Huber @ Staatsoper, Munich (online) (Opera and Classical Reviews)
Concert In Memoriam Sir Peter Jonas @ Staatsoper, Munich (online) (Opera and Classical Reviews)
Why I Love… Winterreise (Classical and Opera Features)
Grange Park Opera’s Wasfi Kani: “I have to make sure there will be a festival to come back to” (Classical and Opera Features)
Lockdown Listening: Classical and Opera in the time of coronavirus (Classical and Opera Features)
Fidelio @ Royal Opera House, London (Opera and Classical Reviews)
Platt / Shah @ St Oswald’s Church, Sowerby (Opera and Classical Reviews)
Spence / Middleton @ Clothworkers’ Centenary Concert Hall, University of Leeds (Opera and Classical Reviews)