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© Tristram Kenton John Chest and Christina Gansch in Pélleas et Mélisande at Glyndebourne 2018 I was at Glyndebourne again on Monday for their new production of a piece which has returned of to the repertory during the last 56... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2018 at Brian Dickie
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© Bill Cooper Alan Clayton (David) and Iestyn Davies (Jonathan) in Saul at Glyndebourne 2018 It has been a four opera week ranging though Handel, Mozart, Puccini and Mascagni. I started on Monday with the dress rehearsal at Glyndebourne of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2018 at Brian Dickie
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Imogen Malfitano (Adina) and José Sacin (Dulcamara) in L'elisir d'amore July 14 2018 I have been in Caltagirone, Sicily since last Sunday at the Mediterranean Opera Studio and Festival. It has been mighty hot and very exhausting, sessions with singers... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2018 at Brian Dickie
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Acknowledging the "rapturous applause" 10:05 pm July 5 It is great to go to the world premiere of an opera and feel that the whole thing "works". This is The Skating Rink. The story is strong and the narrative is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2018 at Brian Dickie
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I had a really busy non operatic week last week culminating in an extraodinarily enjoyable concert yesterday evening at Kings Place with the Aurora Orchestra. They began with Stravinsky's Dumbarton Oaks followed by a lyrical, sensitive, yet muscularly classical, performance... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2018 at Brian Dickie
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Photo: Sam Gelber Robert Rattray's many friends gathered together in the Wigmore Hall on Friday to celebrate his contribution to our lives - a greatly loved friend and colleague who left us so suddenly on January 30. The musical tributes,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2018 at Brian Dickie
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© Johan Persson Miah Persson as the Countess in Capriccio I finally caught up with Garsington's sublime production of Capriccio on Wednesday evening, with everyone fit and well and superbly polished and inglorious voice. At the centre of the fine... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2018 at Brian Dickie
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© Clive Barda Henry Waddington in the title role in Garsington's Falstaff After a week in Montreal and five days in Suffolk I was delighted to get to Garsington on Monday for the new Falstaff which had opened 48 hours... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2018 at Brian Dickie
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I returned from Orford on Thursday evening after four delicious days, my concentration being on the place and the masterclasses at the Britten-Pears programme. But I did get to the new opera, To see the Invisible by Emily Howard that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2018 at Brian Dickie
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From Snape Maltings evening 7:15 pm June 12 2018 So far I have had a busy two days here in Suffolk. On Monday I attended the first of the Masterclasses being conducted by Julia Faulkner, John Fisher, and Matthew Rose... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2018 at Brian Dickie
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Prize giving Maison Symphonique, Montréal June 7 2018 My six day trip to Canada this past week was a delightful interlude with time to see so many old friends and colleagues, a good few going back to friendships begun almost... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2018 at Brian Dickie
© Tam Lan Truong So at 10 pm yesterday evening the last six standing were announced, and here they are looking very happy. Left to right: Seungju Mario Bag, John Brancy, Mikhail Golovushkin, Emily D'Angelo, Andrew Haji, and Konstantin Lee.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2018 at Brian Dickie
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© Tam Lan Truong The first event of my Montréal trip, not as a juror but a privileged guest, was the finals of the Song competition on Sunday afternoon. Above you see the four singers and their pianists. Julien Van... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2018 at Brian Dickie
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Garsington opened last night with new production of Die Zauberflöte and a new mug to add to your collection of the mugs designed by Zeb Helm - he is back after a year off! And it was great to see... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2018 at Brian Dickie
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I was at Garsington's gorgeous theatre at Wormsley yesterday for a pre-dress rehearsal. This beautiful place is ready for the annual summer invasion of discerning opera goers, but yesterday it was pretty well deserted apart from all the artists and... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2018 at Brian Dickie
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Final line up: Manuel Lange, Svetlina Stoyanova, Emily D'Angelo, Christina Nilsson, Zlata Khershberg, Liz Mohn, Mingjie Lei, Petr Sokolov, Holger Noltze It was indeed an excellent celebration of young talent in Berlin on Wednesday evening. We were proud of our... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2018 at Brian Dickie
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Another week gone! And the highlight was 48 hours in glorious Suffolk, in Orford with all its associations with the world of Benjamin Britten. Of course two days is never long enough but I will be back in June for... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2018 at Brian Dickie
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This gives a little flavour of the irresistible attraction of Provence in the Spring - poppies in the foreground and Les Alpilles in the distance. I spent last week in this glorious place, near the village of Eygalières, recharging my... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2018 at Brian Dickie
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I am glad to be having quite a quiet time in April and May. But by June it will be all go again prefaced by Garsington Opera's final preparations for what looks to be an exciting season full of delicious... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2018 at Brian Dickie
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There was a real treat the remodelled Queen Elizabeth Hall on Friday evening - two phenomenal oldies, two hugely gifted youngsters and a string quartet that looked terribly young to me but which was formed 16 years ago - the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2018 at Brian Dickie
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© Patrick Baldwin Cécile Leterme, Christophe Grégoire and Camille Cayol in Cheek by Jowl's Pericles It was a special treat to go to Oxford yesterday afternoon, a great and beautiful city where I have spent many happy times over the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2018 at Brian Dickie
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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 Apr 18, 2018 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 Apr 13, 2018 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 Apr 12, 2018 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