Shakespeare Saturday: Contested Will

Pure motives, good breeding, foreign travel, the best of educations and the scent of the court were necessary criteria for an author of works of 'superhuman genius'. I didn't mean to park this blog for over two months; somehow that just happened - partly because I haven't had anything interesting to write about lately, partly … Continue reading Shakespeare Saturday: Contested Will

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Tonight at the opera: Shakespeare edition, vol. 1

As luck and coincidence would have it, I'm seeing two operas based on a Shakespeare play back to back this summer. This past Saturday, I went to Glyndebourne to see the Australian composer Brett Dean's Hamlet, and on Sunday, I'm seeing Verdi's Otello (yes, with That Tenor) at the Royal Opera. The Glyndebourne trip was … Continue reading Tonight at the opera: Shakespeare edition, vol. 1

Shakespeare Saturday: Lost plays, found plays, fake plays, and plays that might have been

By the end of the 18th century, there were multiple editions of Shakespeare's work in circulation, but no biography that could have been considered satisfying. Shakespeare had not left behind manuscripts or notes, and only few signatures in legal papers here and there. The first collection of his work, the Folio, had been published years … Continue reading Shakespeare Saturday: Lost plays, found plays, fake plays, and plays that might have been