Classical Music Critic
The Washington Post
Anne Midgette is the classical music critic of The Washington Post. A former regular contributor of classical music and theater reviews to The New York Times (where she was the first woman to review classical music), she has also written about music, the visual arts, dance, theater, and film for The Wall Street Journal, Opera News, The Los Angeles Times, Town & Country, and many other publications. A graduate of Yale University, where she majored in Classical Civilizations, she began her journalism career during the 11 years she lived in Germany, where she edited a monthly magazine, worked as a translator, and wrote several travel guidebooks.
She is co-author of The King and I, a candid and controversial book written with Luciano Pavarotti’s former manager, Herbert Breslin, about his 36 years working with the temperamental tenor (Doubleday, 2004); and of My Nine Lives, the memoir of the pianist Leon Fleisher (Doubleday, 2010). She is currently working on a historical novel about the woman who built pianos for Beethoven.