Modesty is all well and good, but not tonight. Tonight I am showing off and there's no point disguising it. I showed off on Twitter and on Facebook and now I'm doing it here, because frankly I'm a bit excited and what is this blog's raison d'être, after all, if not the sharing of my excitement?
Anyway, to cut a medium-length story short, the July issue of Limelight magazine came out today and I'm here to point out to you — having told, I suspect, almost none of you beforehand — that there is a feature by in it by yours truly. It's called "10 Great Operas (you probably haven't heard)" and it does what it says on the tin. It's a selection of ten fabulous obscurities, from Vivaldi to Britten via Schreker and Strauss. This is what it looks like from a distance.
For a close-up, well, you'll just have to buy the magazine, won't you? It was a lot of fun — and delightfully challenging — choosing my ten. And if just one person falls for Djamileh on my recommendation then I'll feel my Work Is Done. (Or Die Gezeichneten. I know it's insane but oh, how I'd love to see that opera done here. Mr T? I'll love you forever if you do it...)
Moving on. There is actually a little bit more. The cover story is a feature on today's 12 greatest singers — three sopranos, three mezzos, three tenors, three baritones/basses, voted on by "a panel of singers, industry professionals, critics and Limelight readers". First of all, they let me be on the panel, which I probably enjoyed slightly too much. And then in the end, when the results were in, I co-wrote the article profiling the winners. Shan't tell you which bits are mine but maybe you'll be able to tell.
Anyway. That's my news. Proof that even if I haven't been writing much here lately, I have been writing. It's been (as you might have gathered) a bit exciting. Something of a milestone, really. And since everything like this that happens can ultimately be traced back to this blog — which somehow I have been maintaining for six-going-on-seven years — well, of course I had to share.