Over the past few years we have seen an increase in internet led musical criticism, to the extent that it now compliments more “traditional” forms of critique, such as newspapers and monthly opera periodicals. Ultimately it is likely to supplant “traditional” media as the primary method of providing opera and concert attendees with both news and performance reviews. Today’s opera-goer is a voracious devourer of information, requiring critiques and updates as soon as possible. Waiting several days for a review, or even in some cases months, is just too late. This is the unrivalled advantage of internet led opera criticism, along with its universal access.
Opera Britannia was formed not only to meet this need but, importantly, to ensure that critical standards are kept consistently high. All too often we read a review without coming away with a definite idea about what the critic thought of the performance. This can be infuriating, especially so when the review is buried under a mound of objective non-committal language! “Objectivity” is not a dirty word, but it seems to have become an aspect of musical criticism which, allows some critics to avoid discussing a performance aspect that he/she would rather not do so. This is to the detriment of all opera and concert attendees. Here at Opera Britannia we will ensure that all critical commentary is open, freely expressive and highly constructive. Opinion will not be shied away from; instead you can expect clear, unambiguous commentary with all aspects of a performance being addressed.
The primary focus of Opera Britannia will be to review Opera, Oratorio, Vocal Recitals and Concerts within the UK, with an occasional international perspective provided by our overseas critics. Wherever possible, we will also provide feedback on the more prestigious vocal competitions, as well as reviewing CDs, DVDs and books. In addition, we will also be profiling great artists, interviewing up and coming new singers, hosting podcasts and even featuring specially commissioned poetry! Over the next few months, Opera Britannia will be expanding rapidly to fulfill its ambition to become the UK’s first “quality” opera reviewing website.
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To this end, I will welcome any feedback, whether it is positive or negative. Please do email me directly and I will personally respond.
Opera Britannia is looking for talented writers to come and join us as opera critics. If you are interested in discussing your potential involvement further, then please email across examples of your writing, experience to date and details of your specialism.
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