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© Monika Rittershaus Richard Croft (Tito) and Anna Stéphany (Sesto) in Glyndebourne's La clemenza di Tito What a pleasure it always is to return to Mozart at Glyndebourne - the composer's natural home in England. And last night I saw... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at Brian Dickie
It is hard to believe that the amazing Bill Bankes Jones' Tête à Tête is 20 years old - but it is and there was a great party at the RADA studios on Sunday evening to mark the event and... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Brian Dickie
I have been off line for the last week - on holiday in Portugal with some of my family, in a beautiful place east of Faro with no phone signal and no internet access. After the first shock it was... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2017 at Brian Dickie
Così fan tutte - Mediterranean Opera Studio and Festival 2017 My week in Sicily was pretty exhausting as it turned out. We started at 10 am each morning and finished at 6. Breaks for lunch yes......but no nearby restaurants, just... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2017 at Brian Dickie
It has been a long day and I will report at great greater length tomorrow. But I am back in Gatwick, and now on the train to Clapham Junction, and thence to home.......a lovely week in Sicily it was! Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2017 at Brian Dickie
Carlos Conde (Bartolo) and Angelica Conner (Rosina) We had a performance of Il barbiere di Siviglia yesterday evening in the mercifully air conditioned auditorium in MOSF's premises here in Caltagirone. After my very late night the day before I just... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2017 at Brian Dickie
This was a backdrop for the performance of La Bohème in Agrigento yesterday evening. And what a trip to was - pretty well worth every moment to see the remarkable temples at Agrigento, albeit in dusk and eventual darkness, and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2017 at Brian Dickie
I am here in Caltagirone, some 40 miles south west of Catania, joining the Mediterranean Opera Studio and Festival, part of the team guiding an extremely talented group of young singers from all over the world through the first stages... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2017 at Brian Dickie
© Robert Workman I went to the decidedly odd production of Ariadne auf Naxos at Glyndebourne yesterday evening - amply described elsewhere when it was first seen, and again on the occasion of this revival. So I wont go into... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2017 at Brian Dickie
The Thames from the Battersea Power Station construction site 3:30 pm 17 July 2017 The extraordinary development in London between Chelsea Bridge and Vauxhall Bridge, which includes a new USA embassy, an extension of the underground to Battersea, and a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2017 at Brian Dickie
It has been a great relief to have had a few quiet days since I got back Gascony on Wednesday evening. Of course it has been enhanced by the tremendous tennis from Wimbledon. Two such utterly charming champions - Garbiñe... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2017 at Brian Dickie
I am on my way home after a much needed break, off opera, off blog, off Facebook......there should be a longer report later - but am now in Toulouse Airport waiting for my flight to Gatwick and should be home... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2017 at Brian Dickie
I feel so happy that I enjoy such a range of music - relatively speaking! I wonder what Mozart and Elgar would have made of each other - chalk and cheese I guess! The English National Opera, where I had... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2017 at Brian Dickie
© ROH/Bill Cooper Michael Spyres in the title role of Mitridate at Covent Garden Graham Vick's colourful production of the 14 year old Mozart's Mitridate was somewhat less colourful on Thursday evening as a result of the indisposition of Albina... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2017 at Brian Dickie
Sunday evening at the Staatsoper provided a happy welcome to Vienna with L'elisir d'amore, a production in every respect different from what I had seen in Tbilisi just a couple of weeks ago. But the real treat was to see... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2017 at Brian Dickie
Annagasse 9:30 am Tuesday June 27 2017 When I first came to Vienna well over 50 years ago I stayed at the Römischer Kaiserhof (above right). In the intervening years on my very many visits to this beautiful place I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2017 at Brian Dickie
It was as always a joy to spend a couple of days in Sussex to see Glyndebourne's latest offerings. This time it was a total rarity - Cavalli's Hipermestra - and the third performance of a brand new opera, Brett... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2017 at Brian Dickie
© Clive Barda Andrea Carroll and Jonathan McGovern It was a glorious evening at Garsington Opera yesterday from every point of view. The temperature had mercifully cooled down and then in late afternoon what looked to be a cloudy sky... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2017 at Brian Dickie
To go to Garsington Opera's home at Wormsley on Midsummer's Day when the temperature is 34 degrees C is a treat by any standards! And so I made my way yesterday to an orchestra and costume run through of Il... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2017 at Brian Dickie
So Berlin turned out to be a bit of a nightmare, spread over two and a half days with in the final event not far short of 150 singers who actually showed up and sang. We were there to work... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2017 at Brian Dickie
The brief visit to Izmir, for our first auditions in Turkey, was a most enjoyable calm 36 hours to prepare for the hard labour of Berlin these last three days. This delightful city on the Aegean coast is home to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2017 at Brian Dickie
We had off on Sunday and this gave us the opportunity to get out of town just a little way to get a deeper flavour of this wonderful country that is Georgia. Of course it was only possible to scratch... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2017 at Brian Dickie
I will get power back to my computer today and hope to catch up with th blog this evening. Meanwhile here we are in Turkey. And this not a bad view with which to greet the morning from my hotel... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at Brian Dickie
I left the power to my computer in Munich so blogging will be somewhat restricted until I get it back or replace it. We had our Tbilisi auditions yesterday and now we can enjoy ourselves. Torrential rain yesterday afternoon was... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2017 at Brian Dickie
Old Tbilisi on my last visit there in 2015 We had two long days of auditions in Munich - 100 singers in the end showed up. And 4% of them qualified for the finals - i.e. 4! So that is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2017 at Brian Dickie