Voted by Classic FM listeners “Britain’s least boring music critic”, Michael White studied at Oxford, began writing for the Guardian, and was chief critic at the Independent for ten years. He went on to be a columnist for the Daily Telegraph, and now contributes to the New York Times as well as Opera Now, Classical Music Magazine and the Catholic Herald.
As a radio & TV broadcaster he has presented long-running BBC series like Opera in Action and Best of Three, attempted to explain Wagner’s Ring Cycle in half an hour, introduced the Proms, fronted Cardiff Singer of the World, and made documentaries like the acclaimed Opening the Boxes on Radio 4, about his rediscovery of the hidden life of singer Jennifer Vyvyan. He gives talks and lectures for opera houses like Glyndebourne, orchestras like the LSO, and festivals like Edinburgh, Aldeburgh and Grafenegg. He leads study days at Wigmore Hall. And for more than ten years he presented the New Artists concert series for the Austrian Embassy in London.
Michael has written opera libretti for composers David Bedford and Jonathan Lloyd, and been a judge for the Royal Philharmonic Society Awards, Evening Standard Awards, Classical Brits and Sainsburys Choir of the Year. His books include Opera & Operetta (HarperCollins) and Introducing Wagner (Icon): a graphic guide for the curious but unsure.