Barrymore Laurence Scherer

Barrymore Laurence Scherer , a native New Yorker, is a music critic for The Wall Street Journal and a contributing editor of Art & Auction magazine, where he specializes in 19th-century art and decorative arts. On radio, he has been a commentator for NPR’s Performance Today.Named a Speaker in the Humanities by the New York Council for the Humanities, he has taught on “Oscar Wilde and the Belle Epoque” at Sarah Lawrence College, and as an independent scholar he has lectured extensively on opera, classical music, and the Victorian age for Lincoln Center Great Performers, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic as well as at venues around the country. In addition, as a scriptwriter and actor he writes and does voice over work. Mr. Scherer is also author of the critically acclaimed book Bravo! A Guide to Opera for the Perplexed. With his wife and their dog he lives amidst a gratifying number of kindred spirits in Westchester, New York.

Book in order of publication:

Bravo!: A Guide to Opera for the Perplexed1997
A History of American Classical Music2007
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