Rupert Christiansen

Rupert Christiansen (born 1954) is an English writer, journalist and critic, grandson of Arthur Christiansen (editor of the Daily Express) and son of Kay and Michael Christiansen (editor of the Sunday and Daily Mirror). Born in London, he was educated at Millfield and King's College, Cambridge, where he took a double first in English. As a Fulbright scholar, he also attended Columbia University from 1977 to 1978.

He has written a number of books, including a biography of Victorian poet Arthur Hugh Clough, and won the Somerset Maugham Award in 1988 for Romantic Affinities.[1] He has also written for many British and American newspapers and periodicals, including The Spectator, Harper's and Queen, Vanity Fair, Times Literary Supplement and Literary Review.[2] Formerly arts editor of Harper's and Queen and deputy arts editor of The Observer, he has been opera critic and arts columnist of the Daily Telegraph and dance critic of The Mail on Sunday since 1996. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1997.[3] He sits on the editorial board of Opera magazine, and is a former board member of the Charleston Trust and the Gate Theatre.[4] In 2010, he was appointed to the international jury of the Birgit Nilsson Prize.[5]

In 2009, he entered a civil partnership with the architectural critic Ellis Woodman.[6]


  • The Complete Book of Aunts[7]
  • Faber Pocket Guide to Opera
  • Once More, with Feeling!: A Book of Classic Hymns
  • Romantic Affinities: Portraits From an Age, 1780-1830[8]
  • Paris Babylon: Grandeur, Decadence and Revolution 1869-75[9]
  • The Voice of Victorian Sex: Arthur H Clough 1819-1861
  • The Visitors: Culture Shock in 19th Century Britain
  • William Shakespeare: The Mystery of the World's Greatest Playwright
  • Prima Donna: A History
  • The Grand Obsession - An Anthology of Opera
  • I Know You’re Going to be Happy


External links

  • WorldCat
  • Rupert Christiansen in conversation with Scott Simon, Weekend Edition, 15 December 2007
  • Great Expectations
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