Simon Banks taught art history at the University of St Andrews and had a career in qualifications management with Cambridge Assessment. Since 2019 he has published articles in Opera magazine and programme notes for Wexford Festival Opera.
Following my appearance on ENO TV on 12 October - a transcript and a video of the event is now on my website blog (www.historyinopera.co.uk).
The book was reviewed in Opera Magazine in December 2022 - the review is by George Hall, formerly Editor-in-Chief of BBC Proms and, before that, Editor-in-Chief at Decca Records. A review of the book by John-Pierre Joyce was also published in the January 2023 issue of 'Opera Now'.
A new article on Wagner, "Wagner's Favourite Hero: the Emperor Frederick II" was published in the March 2023 edition of Wagner News, the journal of the Wagner Society.
Books by this author
Opera: The Autobiography of the Western World (Illustrated Edition)