Starting my first blog in 2012 hardly makes me a media pioneer, I realise. As a student in the late 90s I had a website on which I published opera reviews, but once I started writing for other people’s publications, I quickly let it fizzle out.
Times change, social media has come to form a major part of my life, and I am no longer an active opera critic as such. A perceived conflict of interest between performing and reviewing led me to a decision last year to resign from the online arts magazines to which I had been sporadically contributing.
I didn’t think I’d miss writing, and usually, I don’t. But recently my love for opera – not to be confused with perpetual attendance, which has never wavered – has been powerfully reignited, not that I’d previously been conscious of it having died down. I didn’t want to create a review site, but decided I needed an outlet for my occasional ramblings – especially those that are too detailed or complex for Twitter. So here I am.
This blog is mainly going to be about opera. I am madly in love with Verdi, as my chosen blog title suggests. I love Wagner. I love lyric and dramatic sopranos. I rather love basses, too. I have a bit of a director-fetish when it comes to David McVicar and Richard Jones. I’m all about live performance, and only have a tiny collection of recorded music (and don’t own an iPod). I live in London, but get to other UK opera venues when it takes my fancy; I occasionally venture into Europe (though never yet farther afield). I imagine I may also write a little about singing, theatre, concerts, ballet, food and drink, trash television, and the idiosyncrasies of London life. I will undoubtedly plug the odd performance that I or my friends are involved with. I’m not going to review everything I see, and I make no commitment in respect of detail or balance. But if you’re reading, thank you!