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And so we have got to the end of this wonderful competition in Izmir with the finals in the University division on Wednesday and the Young Professionals (up to the age of 33) last night. And that was really night... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Brian Dickie
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The Theatre at Pergamon - 2 pm Tuesday 13 February 2018 We jury members had a magical day at Pergamon yesterday, in glorious sunshine. The kindness and generosity of the organisers of the Izmir competition know no bounds. And as... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Brian Dickie
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A morning walk along the Izmir harbour front - Monday February 12 It is a huge pleasure to be back in Izmir for the Young Singers competition which is getting an increasing profile with an outstanding entry from all over... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Brian Dickie
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© Bruno Simao Nadja Michael in the title role Elektra Lisbon February 2018 I arrived in Lisbon on Sunday afternoon and made my way to the Cultural Centre in Bélem, a fifteen minute trip from Lisbon's city centre. The large... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2018 at Brian Dickie
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Photo: Tristram Kenton/ENO Toby Spence and ENO Chorus Philip Glass divides us all perhaps but there is no denying the mesmerising effect on the listener of Satyagraha, nor the impact pf Phlim McDermott's stunning production, revived this week at the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2018 at Brian Dickie
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We are all reeling from the shock of Robert's sudden death yesterday, an unbearable loss of one of the kindest, most generous, most life loving and life enhancing, most twinkly humourous yet deeply serious friends and colleagues one could wish... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at Brian Dickie
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I have been pretty quiet over the last couple of weeks for multiple reasons, largely due to family duties (which are all a pleasure), but also to belt tightening during the weeks prior to settling my tax bill for the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2018 at Brian Dickie
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© Tristram Kenton/ROH Old timers will bang on about Zeffirelli's 1964 production of Tosca which survived for more than 40 years. I saw no less than five performances of it with Callas and Gobbi - those were the days when... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2018 at Brian Dickie
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The Roundhouse 1847 The Royal Opera returned to the Roundhouse in Camden yesterday evening for the second of their Monteverdi productions, Il ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria. I had greatly enjoyed their Orfeo there in 2015. I assume that they will... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2018 at Brian Dickie
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Lake Zürich from the Zürich Opera House noon Sunday January 7 2018 I had a day trip to Zurich yesterday and realised that it had been a long time since I had been there - a regular port of call... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2018 at Brian Dickie
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I am still here! But But with 4 children and eleven grandchildren I have been engaged in matters unconnected with opera! But I am getting back into the swim now that I have done my tax return on top of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2018 at Brian Dickie
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Edward Burne-Jones - The Star of Bethlehem I have been consumed with Christmas preparations this last week - Christmas, the great family festival and an annual reminder of the important things in this blessed life. But there has also been... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2017 at Brian Dickie
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For the first time since the first competition in 1987 Neue Stimmen declared a mezzo the winner in 2017. Not only that, the first three young women prize winners were mezzos. What is going on you may ask, after decades... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2017 at Brian Dickie
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Tate Britain 3:45 pm December 8 2017 My visit to Tate Britain to see the Impressionists in London show was an exceptional pleasure - Paris's agony of 1871 being London's gain as we welcomed so many refugees. We were better... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2017 at Brian Dickie
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©Tristram Kenton/Guardian Bertie Carvel as Rupert Murdoch, Geoffrey Freshwater as Sir Alick McKay and Richard Coyle as Larry Lamb in Ink Ink is a must see - but hurry, it is only on until January 6 though it is difficult... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2017 at Brian Dickie
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The Union Chapel just off Highbury Corner in north London is a spectacular space with a stunning acoustic - and yesterday evening was home to an exceptional performance of The Messiah given by the Clare College, Cambridge choir and the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2017 at Brian Dickie
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During the last week I have felt somewhat consumed by auditions for the Salzburg Festival's Young Singers Project, a programme that I have been delighted to help with for my friends and colleagues Evamaria Wieser and Adrian Kelly. We have... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2017 at Brian Dickie
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The Royal Academy of Music's opera programme goes from strength to strength, and the new theatre which opens in March will be a huge boost for this excellent post graduate opera course. Yesterday evening I was at the Round Chapel... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2017 at Brian Dickie
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On Friday evening I was at the Helios Collective's performance of Noah Mosley's Mad King Suibhne which was premiered at Bury Court in the spring. I was delighted to have had another opportunity to enjoy this 75 minute piece in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2017 at Brian Dickie
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I have been either zooming or idle and either condition militates against my keeping up to date with the blog. After twelve years of doing it with hardly a day missed I have recently, indeed for some months, been neglectful.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2017 at Brian Dickie
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© Studio j'adore ce que vous faites ! / OnP Marianne Croux and Mateusz Hoedt in Philippe Boesmans' La Ronde/Reigen The Paris Opera Académie has further developed under the artistic leadership of Christoph Schirm since the arrival of Stéphane Lissner... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2017 at Brian Dickie
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What a day I had yesterday! I went to Nottingham, a slightly under two hour train ride from London's magnificent St Pancras station, saw Opera North's L'enfant et les sortilèges, back to London on the train and thence to Richmond's... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2017 at Brian Dickie
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When the National Theatre opened on the South Bank in 1976 I was a regular visitor. A dear friend from my years in Wexford, Denys Lasdun, was the architect, and Peter Hall, a friend and colleague with whom I worked... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2017 at Brian Dickie
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© Clive Barda English National Opera set design for Rodelinda by Jeremy Herbert Since Nicholas Hytner demonstrated so vividly the viability of Handel as an opera composer for our day, with his groundbreaking production of Xerxes at the Coliseum 32... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2017 at Brian Dickie
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My few days in Wexford last weekend were both a hugely enjoyable break and a sentimental journey. I have not noted it here before, but it is an ever present fact that it is 50 years since my first Wexford... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2017 at Brian Dickie