(b Norwich, 1943).
Eng. critic and countertenor. Eng. tutor, Central Tutorial Sch. for Young Musicians (now Purcell Sch.) 1963–5; manager, Musica Reservata 1965–71. Counterten. in Westminster Cath. Choir 1966–70. Advert. manager, then ed., Music and Musicians 1968–73; mus., opera, and drama critic, Vogue, 1975–87. Opera critic, The Guardian, 1973–96. Evening Standard 1996–2002. Wrote Believing in Opera (1996) and The Faber Book of Opera (2000).