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Chicago, IL USA
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We had a day off, comparatively speaking, yesterday. The opportunity to get feedback was given to the singers who did not get through to the semi-finals. And a number of us spent an hour and half yesterday morning having short... Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at Brian Dickie
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An excellent lunch with David Agler at a local bistro - Le Pois Penché - was an appropriate prelude to what turned out to be a remarkable day, culminating at 11 pm with the announcement of the twelve semi-finalists. You... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Brian Dickie
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Museum of Fine Arts, Montréal 1:50 pm May 26 2015 We are extremely well located for the competition here in Montréal, with the Ritz-Carlton, our audition space the Bourgie Hall, and the Museum of Fine Arts which has a great... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Brian Dickie
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Bourgie Hall, Montréal Museum of Fine Arts 7:25 pm Monday May 25 2015 We had the first session of the quarter finals yesterday evening and a taste of the quality we may be sorting out over the coming two days... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Brian Dickie
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So flew out from La Guardia to Montréal on this beautiful Sunday morning - a great view from my flight! It was a reasonably satisfactory set of auditions with Friday more productive than yesterday. I am now done with Neue... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Brian Dickie
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I am on my way back to Canada, this time to Montréal for the luxury of staying one place for nearly two weeks. This is something of a joy after the wanderings of the last three weeks. I am on... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Brian Dickie
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I arrived in New York on Thursday straight to a nice welcome lunch with Brian Zeger, leader of the exceptional programmes at Juilliard and the Metropolitan Opera which have produced a remarkable group of fine singers in recent years. And... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Brian Dickie
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Richard Bradshaw Auditorium 11:45 am May 20 2015 These two days in Torono have been varied and a huge pleasure. Yesterday evening was Il barbiere di Siviglia, in a new production by Joan Font of the Comediants Theatre Company I... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2015 at Brian Dickie
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Chicago skyline from the Park Grill 5 pm May 18 2015 I had a somewhat disappointing audition round in Chicago with a couple of cancellations by young singers who appeared to be very promising. It happens - there are a... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2015 at Brian Dickie
There are auditions again today - just 25 or so in Ganz Hall at the Chicago College of the Performing Arts. The list looks interesting so I am optimistic about the Chicago outcome. I hope I get some low voices!... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2015 at Brian Dickie
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COT Alum Reunion - Jerry, Josh, Daniel, Bridget, BD, Sally, Colleen Well there were no auditions so I guess that counts as a day off! I had a lovely time though - lunch with David and Deborah Holloway, then a... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2015 at Brian Dickie
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My flight from Shanghai to Chicago was delayed by weather and we were diverted to San Francisco as the crew ran out of time. So two hours on the ground in San Francisco and now we are up in the... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at Brian Dickie
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I finished up the Asia auditions yesterday evening here in Shanghai. Altogether I heard 214 young singers in Japan and China - and there are 8 of these who will be going to the finals in Germany in October. Two... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2015 at Brian Dickie
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Off I went this morning on the subway to the Longhua Pagoda and Temple. The Shanghai subway, like to Beijing one, is a triumph of efficiency in public services. It did not exist when I came here first in 1980.... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2015 at Brian Dickie
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I have arrived in Shanghai - a wonderful exciting city, maddeningly chaotic but full of joie de vivre. It is infectious! I am really happy to be back here, a city I fell for when I came here first in... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2015 at Brian Dickie
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There was another full day yesterday although once again we had a significant number of candidates failing to show up. But I was happy to hear more than 100 singers in Beijing - and that was enough! There was no... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2015 at Brian Dickie
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So it was a long day at the "office" - but we managed to finish a little earlier than planned as a result of a number of people towards the end of the day failing to show up. I am... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2015 at Brian Dickie
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I am here in Beijing after the nearly four hour flight from Tokyo. And find myself in a remarkable hotel arranged by the kind people at Bertelsmann - the Opposite House. You get the idea from the picture of he... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2015 at Brian Dickie
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Yesterday was a beautiful warm day, up to 25 degrees, and provided an opportunity for a quick walk down to the rose garden in Verny Park by the harbourside. The presence of the US navy is evident in the distance.... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2015 at Brian Dickie
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This is the beginning of a long journey, finally ending in Cape Town in August. We began at noon yesterday and by 6pm the first thirty eight, of over a thousand in the coming weeks, were heard. And there will... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2015 at Brian Dickie
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So here I am in Yokosuka again, for the eighth time since by first trip to Japan in 2001. And above is the rather unsatisfactory picture through the window of my hotel room this morning. It may cheer up later... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2015 at Brian Dickie
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Peace Pagoda, Battersea Park from Chelsea Embankment 4:15 pm Sunday May 2 2015 I have had a really quiet restful weekend in London, including a long walk on Sunday which was much overdue given the sedentary nature of the work... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at Brian Dickie
I am at the airport on the way home after a lovely week in Copenhagen. I was delighted with the result last night our collective wisdom coming up with a worthy and rather exciting winner. All the news is on... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2015 at Brian Dickie
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Tung-Chieh Chuang (Taiwan), David Niemann (Germany), and Jesko Sirvend (Germany) We have our three finalists who this evening will each perform the first movement of a different Brahms symphony - only my favourite of the symphonies, number 3, is the... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2015 at Brian Dickie
The process of reducing the candidates by a further 50% yesterday took time! The collective wisdom of the jury eventually crystallised and we decided on Giedre Slekyte (Lithuania), Stilian Kirov (Bulgaria), Risto Joost (Estonia), David Niemann (Germany), Jesko Sirvend (Germany),... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2015 at Brian Dickie