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Schola Cantorum of Oxford and James Burton, September 20 2016 The Schola Cantorum of Oxford ended their September UK tour in London on Tuesday evening - in the superlative acoustics of St Peter's Church, Vauxhall. And what a pleasure it... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Brian Dickie
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Sigiswald Kuijken with his violoncello da spalla I had a lovely evening at the Garrick yesterday with friends from Montréal, Christiane Leblanc of the Montreal International Music Competitions, and her husband Jean Claude Baudinet, in London for a short stay... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Brian Dickie
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Don Quijote de La Mancha and Sancho Panza - Gustave Doré 1863 The English Concert and Harry Bicket came up with an enchanting 90 minutes at the Wigmore Hall yesterday evening. Such are the riches of living in London. There... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2016 at Brian Dickie
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The Last Night of the Proms is hardly a musical event of the greatest importance in our already full and rich calendar of London concerts and opera. But it often has some pretty good content though rather than of the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2016 at Brian Dickie
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The young people of British Youth Opera had a blast with Malcolm Williamson's slight English Eccentrics at the Peacock Theatre in Kingsway yesterday evening. There was a full house on a steamy hot London evening and the polish and general... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2016 at Brian Dickie
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I have spent a good proportion of my so far 54 years in the opera business keeping an eye out for the best young talent. It started when at the age of 22 I became "auditions secretary" for Glyndebourne -... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2016 at Brian Dickie
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Photo: Guy Gravett/Glyndebourne Productions Ileana Cotrubas (Tytania) and James Bowman (Oberon) 1981 It is hard to believe that 35 years has passed since that Midsummer night in 1981 when Britten returned to Glyndebourne with the magical Peter Hall/John Bury production... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2016 at Brian Dickie
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The Hive company in conversation The mischievously named Grimeborn, "An opera festival like no other", has been in residence at the Arcola Theatre, in distant Dalston, since July 23 and remains there until September 8. I was there yesterday evening... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2016 at Brian Dickie
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It has been one of those weeks - but here we go for a quick catch up. I was at Béatrice et Bénedict at Glyndebourne on Monday. It was a real pleasure to hear a couple of years go that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2016 at Brian Dickie
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Sholololo company - Opêra Louise at Cubitt Sessions - Friday Aug 12 2016 I was back at King's Cross again both on Friday and yesterday for the last two performances of the free performances which are Cubitt Sessions - presented... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2016 at Brian Dickie
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Bill Bankes-Jones's Tête à Tête company is coming to the end of its 2016 season of splendidly unpredictable short operas - last night I was at the The Remarkable Rocket produced by none other than the Waste Paper Opera Company!... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2016 at Brian Dickie
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© Robert Workman Peter Wedd (Herman) and Rosalind Plowright (Countess) I was at Opera Holland Park yesterday evening for a tremendously enjoyable Queen of Spades, one of this remarkable enterprise's finest achievements. There are just two more performances, tomorrow and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2016 at Brian Dickie
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Morning view of Caldas de Monchique We arrived back on Saturday after a perfect week in Portugal. Portugal's southern Algarve coast is a pretty crowded tourist place and for the fastidious is probably best avoided. However if you fly to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2016 at Brian Dickie
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Imagine 5,000 people cheering after 3 hours of wonderful Rossini - a full to capacity Royal Albert Hall for the Glyndebourne Prom performance of Il barbiere di Siviglia. It is a most remarkable event for all the artists concerned, and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2016 at Brian Dickie
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I have been neglecting the blog these last days - well largely because there is little operatic or musical that I have been up to. But life goes on on even without those two important strands! I made a trip... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2016 at Brian Dickie
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© 2015 ROH Photograph Jay Brooks This afternoon the Royal Opera's Jette Parker Young Artists Program was on display for the public with their annual Summer performance. There was a full house, with an enthusiastic and rather rowdy audience -... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2016 at Brian Dickie
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I was at a fascinating debate on Wednesday evening organised by The Spectator magazine. The chairman was Andrew Neil, and is seen above with his panel (left to right) Simon Jenkins, Colleen Graffty, James Forsyth, and Ben Page. And this... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2016 at Brian Dickie
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Aix-en-Provence is a perfect festival city - up there with Edinburgh and Salzburg for beauty and charm, and wide ranging programming though it is smaller in scale in that regard than its illustrious colleague cities. But nothing can compare with... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2016 at Brian Dickie
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Yes the fruit and the sunshine, the heat. Paradise after the miserable June in England. I was first in Aix in 1961 - Così, Zauberflöte, and Poppea - the latter in a version by Malipiero conducted by our beloved Chicago... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2016 at Brian Dickie
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© Sarah Playfair On Monday evening at Garsington Opera there was a really excellent event, a performance of Eugene Onegin by the cover/understudy cast for an audience of school children aged 11 to 18, together with a sprinkling older ones.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2016 at Brian Dickie
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© Ira Nowinski Cynthia Haymon and Willard White - in rehearsal for Porgy and Bess at Glyndebourne 1986 Yes, today is the 30th anniversary of the first performance of Porgy and Bess, an occasion etched in the memory of all... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2016 at Brian Dickie
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© Robbie Jack If there is a single opera that represents what Glyndeboune has been all about it is Le nozze di Figaro. It opened the house for the first time on May 28 1934; opened the 50th anniversary season... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2016 at Brian Dickie
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© Bill Cooper Peter Coleman-Wright, Alexandra Deshorties and company - the WNO In Parenthesis at the Royal Opera House We have a strange clash in London this week with two of our fine out of London companies in town simultaneously... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2016 at Brian Dickie
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We swing from grey misery to the occasional ray of sunshine. Sunday from the top of the new Tate Modern building was depressing, Monday at Garsington was glorious, in no way reflecting the character of the opera, Idomeneo - and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2016 at Brian Dickie
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© Clive Barda Robert Murray (High Priest) Toby Spence (Idomeneo) Caitlin Hulcup (Idamante) and Louise Alder (Ilia) Idomeneo has long been a favourite of connoisseurs of Mozart's operas but has still not found favour amongst the populus! If anything can... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2016 at Brian Dickie