Edward Seckerson

Writer and broadcaster Edward Seckerson is Chief Classical Music and Opera Critic for The Independent. He wrote and presented the long-running BBC Radio 3 series Stage & Screen, in which he interviewed many of the most prominent writers and stars of musical theatre. He appears regularly on BBC Radio 3 and 4. On television, he has commentated a number of times at the Cardiff Singer of the World competition. He has published books on Mahler and the conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, and has been on Gramophone Magazine's review panel for many years. Edward presented the 2007 series of the Radio 4 music quiz Counterpoint. He has interviewed everyone from Leonard Bernstein to Liza Minelli; from Paul McCartney to Pavarotti: from Julie Andrews to Jessye Norman.

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The Rape of Lucretia: Fear and self-loathing in east Suffolk

The Rape of Lucretia, which opens this year's Aldeburgh Festival, is an intrinsically undramatic opera, but it lays bear Britten's inner turmoil, the director David McVicar.

Youth and beauty among the scaffolding

<i>Manon Lescaut</i> | Coliseum, London

Arts: Knight to remember

The much-maligned Royal Opera computer worked its magic for Falstaff. But did the company live up to it? By Edward Seckerson

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