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There was an enjoyable preface to the Malko competition yesterday evening. Robin Ticciati conducted a commendable performance of Mahler's 4th - it does well in the hands of a young man. The Dutch National Symphony Orchestra is a fine ensemble... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Brian Dickie
I arrived in Copenhagen yesterday evening for my week on the jury of the Nikolai Malko Competition. After an easy on time trip from London I checked into the excellent Hotel D'Angleterre, overlooking the Kongens Nytorv (above) which is something... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Brian Dickie
I was in Brighton yesterday for the funeral of Helen O'Neill, the long serving Press and Public Relations Director, and managing editor of the Glyndebourne Programme book, who was a greatly loved and respected colleague at Glyndebourne for all the... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Brian Dickie
This blog is ten years old today! You can read the very first posting here. All the memories come flooding back.....and where will I be ten years from now I wonder Well anyway I am still going strong and have... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Brian Dickie
East Sussex 6:30 pm April 16 2015 This shows how useful the iPhone camera is.......... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2015 at Brian Dickie
It was a perfect day again so the grand park over the road from my flat beckoned once more as it glistened in this glorious spring weather. Above is the lake, a scant 100 yards from my front door -... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2015 at Brian Dickie
Yes, the temperature is up in the 70s in London in April. And we hardly really had a winter anyway so global warming is here - and how!! Sloane Square and the Royal Court Theatre 12 noon April 14 2015... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at Brian Dickie
I was at the Barbican yesterday evening for what must surely be the new work of the decade - a completely riveting piece from Tansy Davis. After what must have been a physically and emotionally draining rehearsal period ENO have... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2015 at Brian Dickie
Ta'u Pupu'a (Olympian) in The Ice Break I was at the first performance of Michael Tippett's short (75 minute) opera The Ice Break at the Royal Opera House in 1977. I have not seen it since (and nor have most... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at Brian Dickie
Yesterday was not good - waking up to the news of the passing of two colleagues, Andrew Porter and Dennis Marks. Andrew was 86, incredible though it seems. He was his usual impish self when I saw him last a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2015 at Brian Dickie
There is a last chance on Tuesday to see the scenes that the Opera Course is presenting in the excellent studio theatre in the Guildhall School's Milton Court. And its well worth the effort if you can get to it.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2015 at Brian Dickie
I have had a useful and enjoyable time here and with lovely weather as a bonus. Thursday evening's concert by the Danish Radio Orchestra gave me an opportunity to get the feeling of the place where we will be sitting... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2015 at Brian Dickie
Nyhavn, Copenhagen 11 am March 18 2015 I am here in Copenhagen for a few days and on to Gothenburg to see the COT production of A Flowering Tree which is coming to the end of an immensely successful run.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at Brian Dickie
One of the pleasures of the week has been a visitor from Omaha, Roger Weitz, General Director of the Omaha Opera. He made a vast contribution to the successes we had a COT between 2000 and 2010. It is wonderful... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2015 at Brian Dickie
Manuel Lange, Mária Celeng and Xiahou Jinxu rehearsing for the prizewinner's concert Thursday March 5 2015 We had a really good evening in Berlin in Thursday with a delightful quartet of former Neue Stimmen competitors delivering an enjoyable short programme... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2015 at Brian Dickie
I am off to Berlin this morning for the annual Neue Stimmen prize winners concert. More about that later - and also a report on the ENO Indian Queen and last night's Double Bill at the Guildhall School of Music.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2015 at Brian Dickie
Yes, for the first time Le roi de Lahore, Massenet's somewhat Kitschy oriental exotic, of irresistible charm, has been heard in London, yesterday evening in a real fun concert performance by the fearless Chelsea Opera Group at the Queen Elizabeth... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2015 at Brian Dickie
I must apologise to all my friends and colleagues for my absence from the cyberworld. I really did not think that you would miss me - so it is, in a way, gratifying that I have had so many messages... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2015 at Brian Dickie
It is with a profound sense of sadness, sorrow and shock that we must announce that our dear friend and colleague, Andrew Patner, passed away this morning after a very brief battle with a bacterial infection that overwhelmed his body.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2015 at Brian Dickie
On Friday evening I was at the RAM again - this time for the graduate students not yet in the Royal Academy Opera, but doing some operatic exercises nevertheless. And rightly the emphasis was put on Mozart - no less... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2015 at Brian Dickie
Photo ©Johan Persson / National Theatre Damien Moloney (Spike) and Olivia Vinall (Hilary) It is always a delight, too rare alas, to get to the theatre and dispense with singers and music for a change. So an evening at the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2015 at Brian Dickie
Photo: Royal Academy of Music Gwilym Bowen (A novice) and Henry Neill (Billy Budd) Royal Academy Opera put together a varied and challenging programme for their "scenes" evening this week. I was there last night. So early in the term... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2015 at Brian Dickie
The National Opera Studio is just down the road from me in Wandsworth - well a 15-20 minute bus ride door to door. So its relative distance from central London is not an issue for me. But for others it... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2015 at Brian Dickie
It was a huge pleasure yesterday evening to be at the Royal Academy of Music where Ryland Davies was the star attraction of a "Henry Wood Lecture" - actually an interview by Raymond Holden about Ryland's life and career followed... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2015 at Brian Dickie
Two days, two very different events - on Thursday evening there was a full house at the Barbican for Simon Rattle and the LSO. And in the Wigmore Hall yesterday afternoon there was a sparse audience for a no less... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2015 at Brian Dickie