Opera

The Minor Greatness of Benjamin Britten

How did England's best composer accomplish so much when he aimed for so little?

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?

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Opera Is Not Dead

The rich history—and rich present—of a unique art form

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. 

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