Melvyn Krauss is a professional economist who often writes about music. He has published on music in the Wall Street Journal, Harper's, and Opera News. In his early years, he mostly spent his time in opera houses. But with the decline of great singers and production values, Mr. Krauss abandoned the opera house in favor of the concert hall where he found the standard of performing to be on a much higher level. He resides in Portola Valley, California with his wife Irene, two Irish setters, and two cats. He considers himself to be a New Yorker-in-exile.
"I was shocked to spot French virtuoso cellist Gautier Capucon... sitting inconspicuously in the middle of the orchestra’s cello section, playing along with the ‘tutti’ cellists, a smile on his face and fun in his eyes."