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I have had a useful and enjoyable time here and with lovely weather as a bonus. Thursday evening's concert by the Danish Radio Orchestra gave me an opportunity to get the feeling of the place where we will be sitting... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Brian Dickie
Nyhavn, Copenhagen 11 am March 18 2015 I am here in Copenhagen for a few days and on to Gothenburg to see the COT production of A Flowering Tree which is coming to the end of an immensely successful run.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at Brian Dickie
One of the pleasures of the week has been a visitor from Omaha, Roger Weitz, General Director of the Omaha Opera. He made a vast contribution to the successes we had a COT between 2000 and 2010. It is wonderful... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2015 at Brian Dickie
Manuel Lange, Mária Celeng and Xiahou Jinxu rehearsing for the prizewinner's concert Thursday March 5 2015 We had a really good evening in Berlin in Thursday with a delightful quartet of former Neue Stimmen competitors delivering an enjoyable short programme... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2015 at Brian Dickie
I am off to Berlin this morning for the annual Neue Stimmen prize winners concert. More about that later - and also a report on the ENO Indian Queen and last night's Double Bill at the Guildhall School of Music.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2015 at Brian Dickie
Yes, for the first time Le roi de Lahore, Massenet's somewhat Kitschy oriental exotic, of irresistible charm, has been heard in London, yesterday evening in a real fun concert performance by the fearless Chelsea Opera Group at the Queen Elizabeth... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2015 at Brian Dickie
I must apologise to all my friends and colleagues for my absence from the cyberworld. I really did not think that you would miss me - so it is, in a way, gratifying that I have had so many messages... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2015 at Brian Dickie
It is with a profound sense of sadness, sorrow and shock that we must announce that our dear friend and colleague, Andrew Patner, passed away this morning after a very brief battle with a bacterial infection that overwhelmed his body.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2015 at Brian Dickie
On Friday evening I was at the RAM again - this time for the graduate students not yet in the Royal Academy Opera, but doing some operatic exercises nevertheless. And rightly the emphasis was put on Mozart - no less... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2015 at Brian Dickie
Photo ©Johan Persson / National Theatre Damien Moloney (Spike) and Olivia Vinall (Hilary) It is always a delight, too rare alas, to get to the theatre and dispense with singers and music for a change. So an evening at the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2015 at Brian Dickie
Photo: Royal Academy of Music Gwilym Bowen (A novice) and Henry Neill (Billy Budd) Royal Academy Opera put together a varied and challenging programme for their "scenes" evening this week. I was there last night. So early in the term... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2015 at Brian Dickie
The National Opera Studio is just down the road from me in Wandsworth - well a 15-20 minute bus ride door to door. So its relative distance from central London is not an issue for me. But for others it... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2015 at Brian Dickie
It was a huge pleasure yesterday evening to be at the Royal Academy of Music where Ryland Davies was the star attraction of a "Henry Wood Lecture" - actually an interview by Raymond Holden about Ryland's life and career followed... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2015 at Brian Dickie
Two days, two very different events - on Thursday evening there was a full house at the Barbican for Simon Rattle and the LSO. And in the Wigmore Hall yesterday afternoon there was a sparse audience for a no less... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2015 at Brian Dickie
It is great that the Royal Opera is performing Monteverdi's Orfeo this month - but be warned it is in English! Is this the first time that the Royal Opera has performed an Italian opera in English in living memory?... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at Brian Dickie
Notwithstanding the grey depressing weather, cold and windy, I bravely walked from Battersea, over Chelsea Bridge, to Sloane Square yesterday afternoon - excellent exercise and good for feeling good (and smug!). Today there is more of the same gloom, but... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at Brian Dickie
These are the best of the many words that I have seen so far around the issue of the week which may very well be the issue of the century. You will find it rewarding if you take the time... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2015 at Brian Dickie
View from a house in La Masse I am now back in London after three refreshing days in the countryside of South Western France. It is a world apart and there can hardly be a better place to revive the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2015 at Brian Dickie
Here I am again after a lazy period with next to no blogging. The musical highlight of the "holiday season" was the Rodolfus Choir concert at St Martin-in-the-Fields on Tuesday 30 December - with the participation of one of my... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at Brian Dickie
I think that this is a first - my four children and ten grandchildren all being in the same room at once! So it was a very happy Christmas indeed for us all. And I hope you all had a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2014 at Brian Dickie
I have been disgracefully negligent over the last weeks - but I hardly wanted to bore my patient readers with details of my endless preparations for family Christmas - largely shopping for the lovely hoards of children. So I have... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2014 at Brian Dickie
Yesterday was a day on which so many of us remembered our friend and colleague George Christie - at a remarkable memorial service at St James's, Piccadilly. Decades of memories of this exceptional man swept over the hundreds of his... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at Brian Dickie
November is the time that the music colleges show off the achievements of their opera singers in waiting, both with productions and with "scenes" programmes. And yesterday evening was my opportunity to see the Guildhall School of Music and Drama's... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at Brian Dickie
Paris - City of Light The Philharmonia's City of Light series - Paris 1900-1950 - kicked off on Thursday with an absorbing concert performance of Pelléas et Mélisande - and the full house was captured for three hours in another... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2014 at Brian Dickie
I greatly enjoyed John Adams' The Gospel According to the Other Mary when the LA Philharmonic brought it to the Barbican a year or two back - a riveting score showing the span of the development of Adams since that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2014 at Brian Dickie