James M. Potter

writings on music, games, and culture

Month: May, 2014

Opera: all about the voice?

There’s a sort of war being waged in the media right now. It concerns comments made in reviews of a new production of Der Rosenkavalier. These comments focus on the physical stature of one of the performers in a way that has been widely seen as inappropriate. Rather than weigh in on social media (much as I enjoy wading through shrill, nuance-less chunks of opinion), I thought I’d set down a few brief thoughts. Read the rest of this entry »

Listening: Buddy Whittington

Buddy Whittington and Band, The Haven Club, 28/04/14

It’s not often these days that I get to what I think of as a ‘proper gig’. Back room of a pub, a few rows of leather jacket-wearing, slightly grizzled bluesmen and women, and a three-piece band rocking it. I was fortunate therefore to get a dose of all this last Monday. Read the rest of this entry »