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Verdi, Milan and Othello

There has been a lot about Wagner in the media recently, and in October there will no doubt be a lot about Verdi: it’s always useful to have an anniversary (in this case a bicentenary) as a hook on which … Continue reading

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Spohr’s Autobiography

Another life story, set in almost the same period as that of the marquise de la Rochejaquelein, but as different as it’s possible to imagine.  Spohr was performing and composing in the German states throughout the period of the Napoleonic … Continue reading

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The Swedish Nightingale

We have recently reissued a two-volume biography of Jenny Lind (1820–87), published in 1891, and (somewhat to my surprise), not apparently superseded, in English at any rate, though there were two twentieth-century biographies, one published in the UK and one … Continue reading

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Michael Kelly and the Great Little Man

If you’ve ever read anything about the life of Mozart, you’ve probably also read a bit of Michael Kelly, even if you don’t remember him. He was the Irish tenor working for the Viennese court opera company who created the … Continue reading

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