Jon Taylor

A crash course in adult relationships A crash course in adult relationships

The mixture of romance and realism in Sondheim songs, the revelation that while love could be grand and passionate it could also be mundane or inconvenient or mistimed or just plain embarrassing, was such a relief.

on November 29, 2021 at 4:00 PM
Everybody rose! Everybody rose!

Some answers to the Rosenkavalier Trio Vocal ID quiz for you!

on February 27, 2021 at 3:23 PM
Three by three Three by three

I’ve got some new software and messing around with it today I had the insane notion that a vocal ID quiz featuring the Rosenkavalier trio might be fun.

on February 19, 2021 at 10:41 AM
Who’s that Fiordiligi? Who’s that Fiordiligi?

The long-awaited solution to the Fiordiligi Quiz!

on October 23, 2020 at 12:31 PM
A bouquet of Fiordiligis A bouquet of Fiordiligis

I am embarrassingly bad at vocal ID quizzes—I may never get over the one where I was convinced every single excerpt was Leontyne Price—but I do love to put them together.

on October 13, 2020 at 2:27 PM
Cold comfort Cold comfort

An image of the old, ruined Coventry Cathedral goes into closer and closer focus until the stage is dominated by a grassy stone.

on November 17, 2018 at 9:00 AM
She too She too

Like most directors of this opera this century, David Alden is keen to outline the helplessness of women in the face of 19th century patriarchy.

on October 31, 2018 at 10:35 AM
Country matters Country matters

Stefan Herheim productions may be many things, but they’re always theatrical.

on July 30, 2018 at 2:00 PM
Hard candy Hard candy

It’s perhaps because Puccini is the master of operatic pathos that Tosca has proved so hard for people to get a handle on.

on January 16, 2018 at 12:40 PM
Medium cool Medium cool

Nico Muhly has set himself the task of presenting Winston Graham’s elusive heroine Marnie on the operatic stage.

on November 27, 2017 at 12:34 PM
Queen of the damned Queen of the damned

Semiramide—a better opera than this dude expected!”

on November 22, 2017 at 9:53 PM