Josh Spero’s Monday Minute: What opera tells us about the Middle East today

I travelled to Beirut in June on the trail of the opera scene and ended up uncovering lies, art and the lasting damage inflicted by war. Here I talk about why opera tells us a lot about the Middle East today. You can read the full article here Advertisements

Josh Spero’s Monday Minute: The Royal baby and Wagner

I’d spent quite a lot of the previous week in the Royal Albert Hall watching Daniel Barenboim conduct the Berlin Staatskapelle in Wagner’s Ring Cycle, so I had Valhalla on the brain. The same week, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s son was born, so I wanted to see if there were any lessons about … More Josh Spero’s Monday Minute: The Royal baby and Wagner

Mispronouncing words on Broadcasting House

Last Sunday I reviewed the papers on BBC Radio 4’s Broadcasting House with the legendary, irascible Ann Leslie, a journalist I’ve admired for many years, and Richard Madeley, who has luxuriant hair. I managed to mispronounce the word ‘gasket’ as we talked about Theresa May’s diabetes, the Spanish train crash and Daniel Barenboim at the … More Mispronouncing words on Broadcasting House