Melanie Eskenazi

Here's everything published by this contributor on musicOMH.


Melanie was born in London and still lives there. 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

Samson et Dalila @ Grange Park Opera, Alresford (Reviews)
La bohème @ Grange Park Opera, Alresford (Reviews)
Die Entführung aus dem Serail @ Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes (Reviews)
Don Giovanni @ Royal Opera House, London (Reviews)
The Queen of Spades @ Coliseum, London (Reviews)
Q&A: Edgaras Montvidas (Features)
Intermezzo @ Garsington Opera, Wormsley (Reviews)
Così fan tutte @ Garsington Opera, Wormsley (Reviews)
Interview: Bruno Ravella (Features)
Classical Spotlight: Glyndebourne’s General Director goes to the Proms (Features)
Carmen @ Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes (Reviews)
Poliuto @ Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes (Reviews)
Bostridge / Drake @ Wigmore Hall, London (Reviews)
Clayton / Lewis @ Wigmore Hall, London (Reviews)
Preview: BBC Proms 2015 (Features)
Preview: Royal Opera 2015-16 Season (Features)
Il turco in Italia @ Royal Opera House, London (Reviews)
Finley / Drake @ Wigmore Hall, London (Reviews)
Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny @ Royal Opera House, London (Reviews)
Spotlight: Glyndebourne 2015 – getting tickets and making the most of it (Features)
The Indian Queen @ Coliseum, London (Reviews)