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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 yesterday 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 3 days ago 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 5 days ago 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
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Alesssandro Corbelli, a delicious Dr Bartolo There is a long history of Rossini at Glyndebourne, dating back to the 1950s when the great Vittorio Gui delivered so many graceful performances, a good few of which are on record - notably... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2016 at Brian Dickie
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© Glyndebourne I did not see the David McVicar production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg when it was first performed at Glyndebourne in 2011, nor when it subsequently went to Chicago since I had already left by then. But at... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2016 at Brian Dickie
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It was another glorious day in Villeneuve-Loubet yesterday - a perfect opportunity for what for me is a rather long walk. Three years ago I could not walk more than 300 yards without excruciating pain. The surgeons said - give... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2016 at Brian Dickie
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And the Côte is in the distance - paradise I am having a couple of days off with my friends Errol and Susie Girdlestone in their pretty village of Villeneuve-Loubet, near Nice. I have been trying to get down here... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2016 at Brian Dickie
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There is a splendid cast at the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond for a revival of Shaw's second play The Philanderer. Left to right they are Rupert Young (Leonard Charteris) Dorothea Myer-Bennett (Julia Craven) Helen Bradbury (Grace Tanfield) and Michael... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2016 at Brian Dickie
The Royal Philharmonic Society can organise a great party - and this we had at The Brewery on Tuesday evening. There was a full house of some 500 passionate music people there to pay tribute to the rich variety of... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2016 at Brian Dickie
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Since I returned from Berlin on Wednesday evening here in London we have enjoyed glorious warm weather, and it continues into the beginning of this week. As I look out of my window, from my desk on to Battersea Park,... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2016 at Brian Dickie
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There was a distinguished gathering yesterday evening in Bertelsmann's elegant Berlin headquarters at that special address Unter den Linden 1. And the greatest distinction was on the platform where four of last year's prizewinners gave a delightful programme of mixed... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2016 at Brian Dickie
I am in Berlin today and tomorrow, primarily for the Neue Stimmen Winners’ concert this evening, but also for meetings about Neue Stimmen 2017 including the itinerary that I will be undertaking for the preliminary selections. This will take me... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2016 at Brian Dickie