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Chicago, IL USA
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Photo: Tristram Kenton/for the Guardian I hugely enjoyed Guillaume Tell at the Royal Opera House yesterday evening. The musical performance inspired by Antonio Pappano was at the highest level. The superlative ROH chorus were stars of the show up there... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Brian Dickie
I have been taking it easy since I got back on Monday. But now off to Guillaume Tell at the Royal Opera House. A long evening - more tomorrow! Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Brian Dickie
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My day in Tbilisi yesterday began with the twenty minute walk up to the Conservatory from my hotel, the Ambasadori where I have stayed on each of my previous visits to Tbilisi. It is the very antithesis of the standard... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Brian Dickie
I have finished the European part of Neue Stimmen at last - and this morning fly back to London after just thirty six hours in Tbilisi. I can now calm down a bit before the last two laps - Brazil,... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Brian Dickie
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I am here is this delightful place after a nearly five hour flight from Amsterdam on Georgian Airlines, the proud possessor of just six aircraft, including two 737s. Is this the world's smallest national airline? Anyway it got me here... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Brian Dickie
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View from my room at 21:46 this evening June 26 2015 Once again I fought my way through Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam's nightmare point of entry, to get back here this evening to hear the two Georgian singers. But it was... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2015 at Brian Dickie
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Here I am for a full day of auditions at the Conservatory - a list of around 50. I then skip back to London this evening but return here tomorrow evening to hear two Georgian singers who are taking part... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at Brian Dickie
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This is the first time that Neue Stimmen has held auditions in Prague. And the competition has been going for 28 years.....We had a most interesting mix today - singers from no less than 12 different countries. We had one... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2015 at Brian Dickie
We managed to hear 120 singers in the two days here in Berlin. And there was a handful of hugely talented young people amongst them. But, as ever, we had a sequence of excellent singers unfortunately lacking the "unique selling... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2015 at Brian Dickie
Evamaria Wieser will rejoin the jury table in Berlin today and tomorrow after her few days in Kiev and Moscow. The list today has 75 names on it, with another 75 tomorrow. We will be in conclave from 10 am... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2015 at Brian Dickie
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It is always such a pleasure to come to Vilnius, Lithuania's delightful capital. The warmth of the people, the quiet way the city goes about its daily business, and the character of this little city, all prove attractive, and the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2015 at Brian Dickie
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I am now in Vilnius - and I am looking forward to a full three hours of auditions tomorrow. In addition to the Lithuanians there will be some from Belarus which is close by. Minsk is just two an half... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at Brian Dickie
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Well after Tbilisi zoo problems I am back in London but not before encountering another zoo - UK Border control at Heathrow. Above was the scene in Terminal 5 yesterday evening. It is embarrassing that the UK government fails in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2015 at Brian Dickie
There was a flood and wild animals are out on the streets of Tbilisi. So I thought it right that I should postpone my visit to Georgia for a few days. So I am returning to London this afternoon and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at Brian Dickie
The ENO Queen of Spades is yet another serious contribution to London operatic life of the kind that only ENO is capable of delivering. It is in a long line of distinguished and exciting work that I have enjoyed in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2015 at Brian Dickie
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The view from the Gothenburg Opera House 1pm June 12 2015 It has been a long day......but I am now in Munich after an extremely productive few hours in Gothenburg where I captured two finalists for Neue Stimmen - each... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2015 at Brian Dickie
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It has been a pretty frantic few days back in London before I take off again to Gothenberg tomorrow early morninng. So this is a quick round up. I greatly enjoyed the Poliuto at Glyndebourne on Sunday. I found the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2015 at Brian Dickie
And I have taken two days off the blog.......I have earned it! I am now at the Royal Opera House waiting for the start of the London Neue Stimmen auditions. We have 40 today. I will write about my Glyndebourne... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2015 at Brian Dickie
It has been a wonderful two weeks here in Montreal for the Voice edition of their International Music Competition. The organisation has been superb and the hospitality unmatched. Everyone fortunate enough to have been involved here will have gone away... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2015 at Brian Dickie
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The whole company of contestants, jury, management, staff and board members, also sponsors and other generous friends of the Montreal Competition, had an evening to remember at André Bourbeau's lovely farm in Dunham, an 80 kilometre ride from Montreal. It... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2015 at Brian Dickie
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Keonwoo Kim with Sumi Jo after winning the First Prize What an evening we had - and what a close race to the end! The second, third and fourth places were separated by a whisker - but the winner was... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2015 at Brian Dickie
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© Antoine Saito top: David Agler, Wolfgang Holzmair, André Bourbeau (Chairman) Joseph Rouleau, BD, Richard Bonynge Sitting: Birgitta Svendén, Marilyn Horne, Edda Moser, Sumi Jo The jury (above) have done their job. Here is the press release of this evening:... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2015 at Brian Dickie
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Dennis Trudeau, Marilyn Horne, Richard Bonynge and Joseph Rouleau The first evening of the finals was preceded by a totally delightful improvised public meeting of three colleagues who worked together for many decades. And this reminiscence session was moderated in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2015 at Brian Dickie
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Montreal Museum of Fine Arts 11 am June 2 2015 The Rodin show at the Museum of Fine Arts is obligatory, and you can have a virtual visit by going to the excellent guide provided by the museum - just... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2015 at Brian Dickie
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Inside the Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal A day off yesterday gave me time to go back to see the inside of the basilica illustrated in yesterday's posting. And it was a real surprise! And by the way it continues to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2015 at Brian Dickie