from Opera Magazine

The one I’ve always wanted
Amanda Holden on compiling The Viking Opera Guide,
Opera, October 1993, pp.1172-6

A librettist’s view
Amanda Holden on working with Turnage
Opera, February 2000, pp.175-9

Viennese School – Amanda Holden remembers Egon Wellesz
Opera, Festivals 2003, pp.50-3

Garden of Eden Opera
Garden Opera’s Cinderella tour in Kenya, 2006
Opera, May 2006, pp.540-4

My first opera: Carmen, Royal Opera House, 1955
Opera, April 2004, p.512

I can’t live without: Rehearsals
Opera, August 2002, p.1028

Mark Wigglesworth
Opera, May 2003, p.530

If I came back as…: The Queen of the Night
Opera, August 2007, p.1024

I wish I’d been there
Opera, January 2013, p.144

LARGO AL FACTOTUM – The Translator
Opera, May 2015, p.688

from other publications

Opera in English
The Stage, 12 April 2019

Opera’s new voices: 10 composers making overtures to greatness
The Guardian, February 2016

Amanda Holden ‘From where I sit.’ re. Opera Guides
Gramophone, February 2002

The Birth of the Third
Boosey & Hawkes Music Diary 1996

Cinderella goes to Kenya
The Guardian, 2006

Librettist’s note in the world premiere programme
Opera Australia, 2010

Falstaff, on translating him
Mid Wales opera programme, 2010

L’occasione fa il maestro – Rossini’s early operas
GSMD programme, 1994

Mozart’s First Munich Opera – La finta giardiniera
WNO programme 1994

Translating Opera
Coliseum, Issue 18, spring/summer 2003

Words for Music
Magma Poetry, issue 58, spring 2014

selected interviews

Mark Elder
on Berlioz’s Damnation of Faust
Coliseum, Issue 3, March 1997 ENO magazine

Josephine Barstow
on Britten’s Gloriana
Opera North magazine, Spring 2005

all articles are reproduced with permission from their original publishers


Amanda has appeared regularly on BBC radio 3: Private Passions; In Tune; interval interviews & talks, and BBC radio 4; Front Row, Woman’s Hour, etc.

Listen to Amanda Holden talk about writing the Bliss libretto on Australia’s The Book Show,March 2010

Listen to Amanda Holden discuss Bliss on Deutsche Welle just before its Hamburg premiere, September 2010


Amanda has lectured on a wide variety of musical, mostly operatic, subjects. Some were written for her lectures for travel companies, hence their site-specific titles….

sample titles:

Beethoven in Bonn

Translating Opera

Handel, a 21st century dramatist

Love duets, a subversive look at Valentine’s Day

Piazzola; a great Argentinian composer

Villa-Lobos, Brazil’s musical voice

Mozart in Italy

La finta giardiniera: Mozart’s `coming of age’ opera

Mozart and the sea: Idomeneo

Mozart’s last two operas: The Magic Flute & La clemenza di Tito

Composers on the Rhine: Mozart and Wagner

Composers on the Rhine: Schumann and Brahms

The Rhine in Myth and Music

Tosca: the diva, the play, the opera

British composers at sea: Elgar’s Sea Pictures & Vaughan-Williams’ Sea Symphony