Rupert Christiansen was born in London and educated at King’s College, Cambridge. He has written several books, including Prima Donna, Paris Babylon, The Visitors, Pocket Guide to Opera and The Complete Book of Aunts. He is currently opera critic and arts columnist for The Daily Telegraph, dance critic for The Mail on Sunday and a member of the editorial board of Opera magazine. He has contributed to many newspapers and magazines, including the Spectator, TLS, Harpers & Queen, Vanity Fair, New Yorker and Talk. In 1997, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He is the British judge for the Birgit Nilsson Prize.