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It was as always a joy to spend a couple of days in Sussex to see Glyndebourne's latest offerings. This time it was a total rarity - Cavalli's Hipermestra - and the third performance of a brand new opera, Brett... Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at Brian Dickie
© Clive Barda Andrea Carroll and Jonathan McGovern It was a glorious evening at Garsington Opera yesterday from every point of view. The temperature had mercifully cooled down and then in late afternoon what looked to be a cloudy sky... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Brian Dickie
To go to Garsington Opera's home at Wormsley on Midsummer's Day when the temperature is 34 degrees C is a treat by any standards! And so I made my way yesterday to an orchestra and costume run through of Il... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Brian Dickie
So Berlin turned out to be a bit of a nightmare, spread over two and a half days with in the final event not far short of 150 singers who actually showed up and sang. We were there to work... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Brian Dickie
The brief visit to Izmir, for our first auditions in Turkey, was a most enjoyable calm 36 hours to prepare for the hard labour of Berlin these last three days. This delightful city on the Aegean coast is home to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2017 at Brian Dickie
We had off on Sunday and this gave us the opportunity to get out of town just a little way to get a deeper flavour of this wonderful country that is Georgia. Of course it was only possible to scratch... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2017 at Brian Dickie
I will get power back to my computer today and hope to catch up with th blog this evening. Meanwhile here we are in Turkey. And this not a bad view with which to greet the morning from my hotel... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at Brian Dickie
I left the power to my computer in Munich so blogging will be somewhat restricted until I get it back or replace it. We had our Tbilisi auditions yesterday and now we can enjoy ourselves. Torrential rain yesterday afternoon was... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2017 at Brian Dickie
Old Tbilisi on my last visit there in 2015 We had two long days of auditions in Munich - 100 singers in the end showed up. And 4% of them qualified for the finals - i.e. 4! So that is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2017 at Brian Dickie
Photo: Erick Labbé Robert Lepage in 887 So I have had a just a handful of days back in London before leaving today for Munich. And I managed to cram in attendance on Sunday afternoon at the remarkable Robert Lepage... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2017 at Brian Dickie
This Calatrava Palau is one hell of a building and goodness knows what it costs to maintain, clean and air condition -- let alone provide performances. But it is clearly a huge success as likely to be a destination as... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2017 at Brian Dickie
I had some time free yesterday afternoon in Lisbon and passed a happy 90 minutes in the Gulbenkian museum. The collections are so rich that a day is scarcely enough to do them justice. I find that repeated visits of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2017 at Brian Dickie
São Carlos opera house, Lisbon May 30 2017 Peter Grimes arrived in Lisbon last night for the first time in 23 years - and a grand evening it was, demonstrating the strengths of the chorus and orchestra of this fine... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2017 at Brian Dickie
I spent a happy morning on and around the Lisbon waterfront by the Praça do Comércio, a spectacular open public space. It has been aa beautiful morning, quite warm, maybe 75 degrees F, with a refreshing breeze - a contrast... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2017 at Brian Dickie
Tate Britain 9 am May 28 2017 For us Glyndebourneites of the 1970s David Hockney was a hero and a friend - and a fantastic colleague. He designed two famous productions for us (God help us it was 40 plus... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2017 at Brian Dickie
Wormsley Park from the upper level of the Opera Pavilion 6 pm May 26 2017 I am on the Artistic Advisory Committee of Garsington Opera so to fulfill my duties I try to attend rehearsals, as well of course performances.... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2017 at Brian Dickie
We had a full day planned yesterday at the Royal Opera House and in the event it was reasonably unrushed since there were some cancellations and no-shows. I understand cancellations for various perfectly valid reasons, and those that make the... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2017 at Brian Dickie
I will be spending the whole day in Covent Garden today - a part of London that has changed hugely over the last 50 years. While it was always home to the Royal Opera House, when I first knew it... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2017 at Brian Dickie
This most charming of cities deserves longer than 36 hours - it always a joy to be here. Anyway here I am, and I will be back this evening in London, quite late and praying that the trains from Gatwick... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2017 at Brian Dickie
Palazzo Reale in Piazza Castello, Turin 9:15 am May 19 2017 The regular joy I get from being in Italy was in no way diminished by the morning gloom yesterday on the way to the Teatro Regio for our auditions.... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2017 at Brian Dickie
It was a long flight back from Beijing on Saturday of course - but with a favorable wind we managed to arrive 30 minutes early, a mere 10 hours 15 minutes from take off to touch down. British Airways did... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2017 at Brian Dickie
We were hosted in Beijing by Beijing Normal University in their excellent recital hall (above). I was joined by Professor Wang Li, a respected singing teacher who heads of the university's voice department, and the Chinese tenor Mario Zhang, briefly... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2017 at Brian Dickie
Sanlitun Road, Beijing 8:45 pm May 10 2017 I arrived in Beijing yesterday (Wednesday) in time to have a little rest before going to dinner with Shuwan Zhang who is our invaluable friend and helper here in Beijing. Her day... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at Brian Dickie
Publicity at East China Normal University Yesterday was long and profitable even if there were "only" 35 singers! There was something for everyone with possible qualifiers in all four main voice categories. Tenors are always welcome being as they are... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2017 at Brian Dickie
It is a shame to be leaving Japan so soon - 72 hours is nothing especially as 15 of them were spent listening to 84 singers and the rest either sleeping or eating! But I hope to be back in... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2017 at Brian Dickie