Cher Public

Brian Kellow 1959-2018

We have just heard the sad news that author and longtime Opera News editor Brian Kellow died earlier today. He was 59.

“After all that time, she can call Tristan ‘du’ surely”

sieFinally we know what Brian Kellow used to do at Opera News: proofreading. Read more »

These old broads

Brian Kellow (not pictured) boasts, “Peggy Noonan, interviewed in last Sunday’s New York Times Book Review, mentioned that Can I Go Now? is on her nightstand.” [Facebook]

The sorrowful précis

Brian Kellow‘s “Coda” piece in the current Opera News, summarized:

“I’m so cranky that even namedropping has lost its thrill.”

(Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

Don’t leave home without it

Congratulations to Opera Chic, named “Essential Opera Blogger” in the current Opera News by a panel consisting of Brian Kellow and Tristan Kraft. 

Read more »

Who criticizes the critics?

See, La Cieca thinks Brian Kellow is asking for trouble when, in the second paragraph of his analysis of last March’s Slatkinshchina, he admits, “I did not attend the March 29 opening-night performance of La Traviata, nor did I listen to it on Sirius Radio.”  

Read more »

…outside of a kennel!

Sharpen those nails and slather on a fresh coat of “Jungle Red,” ladies, because La Cieca hears that “it’s on” between two of the biggest players in NYC’s opera criticism power gay elite. (Well, admittedly that’s not a large pool of talent, but what they lack in numbers they more than make up for in venom.)  Anyway, the first bitch-slap of the season is delivered by Brian Kellow of Opera News, and foremost among the cheeks targeted are those of New York Times Jill-of-all-trades Anthony Tommasini. Unfortunately, good old Opera hasn’t bothered to offer an online version of Kellow’s article […]

Read more »