When newspapers were worth reading

When newspapers were worth reading


norman lebrecht

October 21, 2019

Captions, please.


  • E P Biggs says:

    “Cosa ha fatto Trump questa volta?”

  • Mustafa Kandan says:

    The photograph is obviously more than a hundred years old. It is a miracle that many things from that period survived to this day, in spite of the predictions of many. The classical music was supposed to have died many years ago, the computers replacing musicians. It is incredible radio survived television & people still go to the cinema, which I must admit is a puzzle to me (I haven’t been to a cinema for at least twenty years). I am not sure whether newspapers will survive in paper form, but they will certainly survive online. The important thing is not the format in which they appear, but their content. As far as I am concerned dumbing down is the biggest sin one can commit culturally & is the only thing that worries me, not the format.

  • double-sharp says:

    Shock horror – cabinet minister didn’t go to Eton. Calls for PM'”s resignation.

  • Anonymous says:

    “Maestro Pretends to Read Newspaper to Avoid Autograph Seekers”

  • Hampstead hack says:

    I see that damned Lebrecht fellow has had another go at me….

  • Cassandra says:

    Absolutely fascinating.
    Verdi looking unmistakeably Verdi. The surroundings. The people moving, in perfect focus.

    Is it from a collection?

    (This is not a caption, but a reaction.)

  • William Godfree says:


  • J says:

    Verdi you get that news from?

  • Bostin'Symph says:

    Damn those critics! If they saw me walking across the Tiber they’d say it was because I couldn’t swim!

    (A variation on a quotation by Margaret Thatcher) 🙂

  • BillOxford says:

    Caption: “I wish they’d invent something that would let me read the news while I walk and would fit into my pocket, too.”

  • US says:

    this was the time before the gossip of sites like Slipped Disc

  • msc says:

    Giuseppe Verdi reads news of the creation of Italian Eritrea and contemplates an opera about the queen of Sheba.

  • john kelly says:

    Who is this Puccini guy?

  • I’ve seen this cartoon. This is he one where he falls through a manhole but the hat lingers in mid-air for a couple seconds.

  • John Borstlap says:

    According to Verdi’s facial expression, he is just reading about the splendid success of the premiere of Wagner’s Parsifal in 1882.

  • Jose Bergher says:

    Giuseppe Verdi reading a newspaper. Milan, Italy.

  • Heini says:

    Tutto nel mondo é burla!

  • pageturner says:

    “Sig. Verdi’s latest opera merely proves that he is an over-rated tune-mongerer”…. See, this proves that critics know nothing when it comes to music!

  • Jose Bergher says:

    Correction.- Giuseppe Verdi reading a newspaper in front of La Scala, Milan, Italy.

  • Aurelia says:

    Viva Verdi!

  • Ken says:

    “Wonder what’s on elsewhere tonight?”

  • kaa12840 says:

    Verdi near LaSca;a?

  • David K. Nelson says:

    “What ineffable twaddle!” I cried, slapping the magazine down on the table; “I never read such rubbish in my life.”

  • almaviva says:

    No caption from me… just wondering if anyone knows how tall was Verdi? In this photo, he looks rather tall.

  • M. Arnold says:

    “Aha! Much too late but the MeToo movement finally exposed

    that scoundrel Wagner.”

  • Anon says:

    ‘Bugger. The British claiming to take back control of Shakespeare. Oh, I’ll carry on anyway.’

  • Jay Bee says:

    The hat is wearing him? 🙂

  • V.Lind says:

    Goodness. A letter to the editor about something in yesterday’s paper — and published already, when it is still topical. Not like some of these here blogs, where the same story sits uncommented on for days.

  • Pro says:

    “Giuseppe Verdi in lettura in Piazza della Scala

  • Hmus says:

    These damned kids today, staring down at their cellphones while they walk the streets, not looking where the hell they’re going… !

  • Jonathan says:

    It’s interesting how news has changed. I get most of my news from blogs like this rather than “traditional” news sites, let alone printed news. It wasn’t that long ago that it was all printed.

  • Armchair Bard says:

    Giuseppe was frankly dismayed at the way the Daily Mail had dismissed Rigoletto on its London premiere. Especially the bit about ‘thank God that after Brexit we shall no longer have to suffer the interminable rigmarole these wops produce’.

  • Mick the Knife says:

    “Pucinni? Why is he being reviewed? He has never written anything important. And probably never will!

  • Wally Francis says:

    Reading a fabulous review of another Ring Cycle by that dam man Richard Wagner.

    What a mistaka to maka!!

  • marek opilec says:

    “The party of the first part shall be known in this contract as the party of the first part.”