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I have been either zooming or idle and either condition militates against my keeping up to date with the blog. After twelve years of doing it with hardly a day missed I have recently, indeed for some months, been neglectful.... Continue reading
Posted 14 hours ago at Brian Dickie
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© Studio j'adore ce que vous faites ! / OnP Marianne Croux and Mateusz Hoedt in Philippe Boesmans' La Ronde/Reigen The Paris Opera Académie has further developed under the artistic leadership of Christoph Schirm since the arrival of Stéphane Lissner... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2017 at Brian Dickie
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What a day I had yesterday! I went to Nottingham, a slightly under two hour train ride from London's magnificent St Pancras station, saw Opera North's L'enfant et les sortilèges, back to London on the train and thence to Richmond's... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2017 at Brian Dickie
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When the National Theatre opened on the South Bank in 1976 I was a regular visitor. A dear friend from my years in Wexford, Denys Lasdun, was the architect, and Peter Hall, a friend and colleague with whom I worked... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2017 at Brian Dickie
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© Clive Barda English National Opera set design for Rodelinda by Jeremy Herbert Since Nicholas Hytner demonstrated so vividly the viability of Handel as an opera composer for our day, with his groundbreaking production of Xerxes at the Coliseum 32... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2017 at Brian Dickie
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My few days in Wexford last weekend were both a hugely enjoyable break and a sentimental journey. I have not noted it here before, but it is an ever present fact that it is 50 years since my first Wexford... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2017 at Brian Dickie
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© Clive Barda I was prepared for Lise Davidsen to make an impact in Medea but yesterday evening somehow she managed to exceed my most extravagant expectations! She is just a phenomenal singer and how smart of David Agler to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2017 at Brian Dickie
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© Clive Barda Gerard Schneider and Anne Sophie Duprels in Alfano's Risurrezione The impact of Alfano's 1904 opera Risurrezione at Wexford last night brought the audience to their feet, and the prolonged applause and cheering said it all - the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2017 at Brian Dickie
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Photo:Tristram Kenton Ferrando (Bogdan Volkov) and Fiordiligi (Kirsten MacKinnon) in Glyndebourne Tour Così fan tutte It is always such a pleasure to encounter such new Mozart talent and so it was a joy to see and hear Bogdan Volkov and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2017 at Brian Dickie
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The Jury: Helmut Deutsch, Jurgen Kesting, Christoph Meyer, Elisabeth Sobotka, Gustav Kuhn, Sophie de Lint, Dominique Meyer, BD, Evamaria Wieser, Bernd Loebe So here we all were at 6:55 pm last night grimly facing up to the fact that we... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2017 at Brian Dickie
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Photo: Besim Mazhiqi It was a late night and there is an early start this morning to return to London. But in case any of you missed the result the winners are: Women 1. Svetlina Stoyanova - Bulgaria - seen... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2017 at Brian Dickie
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What a treat we had last night - a great party at Liz Mohn's place to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the birth of Neue Stimmen in 1987. It was a joyful evening the climax of high was all the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2017 at Brian Dickie
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Jurors Jurgen Kesting, Sophie de Lint and Dominique Meyer So we had a day off today and four of us went for a walk in the delightful Gütersloh town park and botanical garden, followed by a lunch of delicious street... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2017 at Brian Dickie
So we got down to the last ten last night - five women and five men. It was a late night so sorry for the delay. I expect you all know the news from elsewhere by now! I will write... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2017 at Brian Dickie
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So the next stage of the cliff hanger is this evening. And wherever you are in the world you can watch it live on the Neue Stimmen You Tube channel! There will be sixteen singers singing 16 arias with the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2017 at Brian Dickie
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So after our two days of auditions we came up with the last 16, eight young men and 8 young women taken from the 39 who actually made it to the finals - we had a couple of late cancellations.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2017 at Brian Dickie
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Gütersloh 17:27 Tuesday 10 October So we did the deed and we have 16 semi-finalists, seen above with our fearless leaders Liz Mohn and jury chairman Dominique Meyer. And they are: Sopranos: Christina Nilsson - Sweden Ling Qi - China... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2017 at Brian Dickie
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Yesterday was a long day, for the four indefatigable pianists and the jury alike, as we heard 24 of the 40 finalists competing for places in the semi-finals. The serious business of figuring all this out is captured above with... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at Brian Dickie
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© Hattie Miles Jonathan Miller's 30 year young production of The Barber of Seville at the Coliseum is set to delight yet another generation of new opera goers - and that is because of the splendid cast in this ever... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2017 at Brian Dickie
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I seem to have been having a busy domestic week what with dentist, flu jab and haircut! But there has been fun other stuff as well with a dazzling new chopping board from Joseph Joseph as well as cleaning out... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2017 at Brian Dickie
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It is a long time since I attended a Welsh National Opera performance in its home city of Cardiff. And I had not been to their "new theatre", the Wales Millennium Centre, which replaced the New Theatre in Cardiff as... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2017 at Brian Dickie
I am off this morning to Chicago for the memorial service for our beloved Gladys Wolff, extraordinary board member and friend during my 13 years in Chicago. She was ageless it seemed - in fact she was 97, a remarkable... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2017 at Brian Dickie
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The news of Peter Hall's death announced this morning is hard to take - a towering figure who was part of the history of British theatre for more than half a century and a friend and colleague to so many... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2017 at Brian Dickie
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Photo © Javier del Real Felicity Lott displayed her inspirational qualities yesterday afternoon at the Wigmore Hall with four young singers, two sopranos and two mezzos. She characteristically modestly rejected the "master" sobriquet implied by naming this event a "Masterclass"... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2017 at Brian Dickie
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I was at the Wigmore Hall yesterday afternoon to hear the 12 singers selected for the semi finals. They each delivered a 20 minute programme which gave a really great idea of their skills and sympathies, and their versatility -... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2017 at Brian Dickie