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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 6 days ago 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
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© Donald Cooper/ENO Laura Wilde (Jenůfa) and the great ENO chorus Since the 1950s the English National Opera (name changed from Sadler's Wells Opera in 1974) has been a ferocious advocate for the operas of Janáček, initially and most importantly... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2016 at Brian Dickie
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Handel was just 23 when La resurrezione was first performed in Rome on Easter Sunday 1708. It was then described as an oratorio though it was evidently first performed in some form of staging, notwithstanding the prohibition of opera by... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2016 at Brian Dickie
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© Zeb Helm Garsington commemorative mug 2016 I was at Garsington on Saturday evening for the really excellent production of Eugene Onegin, one of Garsington's finest achievements. A wonderful cast, down to the last small part, and a production by... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2016 at Brian Dickie
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Dante Gabriel Rossetti Beata Beatrix Julia Margaret Cameron Call, I Follow, I Follow, Let Me Die There is an must see exhibition at Tate Britain for those interested in 19th photography and the many connections between great photographers of the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2016 at Brian Dickie
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Snape Maltings - New Years Day 2013 It was a huge pleasure as always to spend some days in Suffolk at this unique festival created by Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears. I was sad that the only Britten piece on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2016 at Brian Dickie
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All Saints, Sudbourne - 12 noon June 16 2016 Michael Flint and I went for a short spin around Orford yesterday morning - primarily to visit the Sudbourne Park Printmakers premises which is where he works on his etchings! But... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2016 at Brian Dickie
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Aldeburgh High Street 12:30 pm June 14 2016 For those of you who have never been to Aldeburgh, Benjamin Britten's home town, you are missing out on one of England's prettiest places. And the Festival is one of the many... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2016 at Brian Dickie
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Aldeburgh Parish Church It is such a pleasure to be back in Suffolk - the Aldeburgh Festival provides unique pleasures since it is so immersed in the community. The feel of the festival can not be duplicated elsewhere. I arrived... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2016 at Brian Dickie
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The great David Cairns has just celebrated his 90th birthday - and in energetic style conducting his Thorington Players and Singers in St Mary's, Putney yesterday evening. This was a warm coming together of music lovers and friends from every... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2016 at Brian Dickie
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Garsington's Opera Pavilion from the garden Garsington Opera has just announced its 2017 season having opened ten days ago with a wonderful production of Eugene Onegin. Full of justified confidence the season will expand a little in 2017 - ticket... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2016 at Brian Dickie
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English National Opera are opening a splendid new production of Tristan und Isolde on Thursday and I was at the Dress rehearsal yesterday afternoon. Here will be another affirmation of the huge importance of this beleaguered company; and evidence that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2016 at Brian Dickie
DAS LAND OHNE KULTUR? By the Editor Will sanity prevail, or will it be midsummer madness? Set for the eve of Midsummer Day, the referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union looks likely to reveal that the... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2016 at Brian Dickie
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I had a lunch date today with an old friend and colleague at a place of his choosing - The Troubadour - in the Old Brompton Road not far from Earls Court Road. I was last there around 56 years... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2016 at Brian Dickie
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View from the Upper Terrace of the Opera Pavilion The Garsington season opens next weekend with new productions of Eugene Onegin and L'Italiana in Algeri. Idomeneo follows later in June. I was there yesterday afternoon to see colleagues and also... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2016 at Brian Dickie
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© Clive Barda Johan Reuter (Oedipe) at the Royal Opera House As the performance of Enescu's Oedipe was beginning at the Royal Opera House yesterday evening my mind wandered back to 1962 when Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande was first given... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2016 at Brian Dickie