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© Tristram Kenton/ROH Eva-Maria Westbroek and John Tomlinson - Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk ROH April 2018 I was at the second performance last night of the sold out revival of Richard Jones' overwhelming production of Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk at... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Brian Dickie
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It was a real delight to go to St George's, Hanover Square yesterday evening to hear a concert performance of Teseo, a rarity indeed although we did it hugely successfully in Chicago back in 2012! St George's was Handel's parish... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Brian Dickie
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It was a great pleasure last weekend to host one of my old colleagues from Chicago Opera Theater over to attend the International Opera Awards on Monday evening at the London Coliseum. Linden Christ is the last remaining member of... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Brian Dickie
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© Manuel Harlan The highlight of Easter Day was Nicholas Hytner's epic production of Julius Caesar at his new and remarkable Bridge Theatre, the second production of its inaugural season. I went with my younger daughter to the stalls area... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2018 at Brian Dickie
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(c) Alastair Muir Ashley Riches (Count) and Rhian Lois (Susanna) at ENO March 29 2018 The varied ENO season is ending up with a splendid revival of Fiona Shaw's production of Le nozze di Figaro. There are many pleasures to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2018 at Brian Dickie
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Tuesday was my annual trip to Birmingham for Graham Vick and his Birmingham Opera Company's latest inventive act - Giorgio Batistelli's new piece Wake. There is a full description on the Artsdesk site. I can't do as well, let alone... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2018 at Brian Dickie
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São Carlos Opera House, Lisbon 5:35 pm Sunday March 18 2018 My quick trip to Lisbon for Idomeneo on Sunday was exhausting but worth it! An early flight from Heathrow meant a 5:30 am departure from home. Fortunately I took... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2018 at Brian Dickie
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© Sandra Then La traviata at Theater Basel This evening the English National Opera opens Daniel Kramer's production of La traviata that is co-produced with the Basel Opera and which opened in Switzerland earlier in the season. It completed a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2018 at Brian Dickie
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I was at the opening of the Royal Opera's production of From the House of the Dead, Janáček's last opera, on Wednesday evening and was disturbed by my reaction to it. So thought I ought to go back and see... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2018 at Brian Dickie
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I returned to see another production of Britten's magical A Midsummer Night's Dream on Monday evening, but to the Royal College of Music where a very different take on the piece, including completely uncalled for domestic violence, came from Liam... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2018 at Brian Dickie
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Guy Gravett Yes, there we were loading up the trucks from Edwards of Hinkley to take us up to Newcastle for the first tour which opened in Newcastle with Don Giovanni on March 5 1968. We took FOUR productions on... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2018 at Brian Dickie
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© Alastair Muir Soraya Mafi (Titania) and Joshua Bloom (Bottom) The ENO revival of Robert Carsen's Midsummer Night's Dream production turned out to be a great hit at the Coliseum on Thursday. The magical piece had its way with us... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2018 at Brian Dickie
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Battersea Park from my "room with a view" - 9 am February 28 2018 My blog has been interrupted by a technical glitch preventing me from posting it. And my indolence used this as an excuse for not writing it.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2018 at Brian Dickie
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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 Feb 15, 2018 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 Feb 13, 2018 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 Feb 12, 2018 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