Vulpes Libris

A collective of bibliophiles talking about books. Book Fox (vulpes libris): small bibliovorous mammal of overactive imagination and uncommonly large bookshop expenses. Habitat: anywhere the rustle of pages can be heard.

What Are The Sicilian Vespers? A Vulpes Libris Random

Or do I mean What Is The Sicilian Vespers? If not, I might mean What Were The Sicilian Vespers, or What Was Etc. Etc. For the purposes of this piece, … Continue reading

October 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Ida Cook’s Safe Passage

Before I can tell you how excellent Ida Cook’s memoir Safe Passage is, I have to rage at its publicity. It’s been trumpeted as ‘the incredible true story of two … Continue reading

March 14, 2016 · 5 Comments

Vulpes Random: Noi Don Magnifico

I’ve fallen in love with Rossini’s magnificently frivolous opera La Cenerentola (Cinderella). I was mooching round the La Scala Museum in Milan a few weeks ago, as you do, vaguely … Continue reading

January 29, 2015 · 2 Comments

A Soprano on Her Head by Eloise Ristad

Revisiting a VL Classic Right-side-up reflections on life and other performances Seems a bit silly to review a book about musicians’ mental blocks and performance anxiety on a book blog; … Continue reading

July 18, 2014 · 1 Comment

Michael Steen: Enchantress of Nations

Pauline Viardot: Soprano, Muse and Lover  Enchantress of Nations is the biography of a 19th-century opera singer, but I cannot call it an opera biography and I hope opera haters … Continue reading

June 20, 2008 · 6 Comments



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