The Minor Greatness of Benjamin Britten
How did England's best composer accomplish so much when he aimed for so little?
January 31, 2014

Benjamin Britten was England’s great hope for serious modern music. So why was he happy to make so many small, precious works—and do they stand the test of time?

Opera Is Not Dead
The rich history—and rich present—of a unique art form
May 26, 2013

Two excellent historians of opera have written a large and ebullient history of opera. It is odd that the book should end with a whimper, but it does.