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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 2 days ago at Brian Dickie
© 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 4 days ago at Brian Dickie
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
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
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
© 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
© 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
© 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
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
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
© 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
(c) Alastair Muir Ashley Riches (Count) and Rhian Lois (Susanna) at ENO March 29 2018 The varied ENO season is ending up with a splendid revival of Fiona Shaw's production of Le nozze di Figaro. There are many pleasures to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2018 at Brian Dickie
Tuesday was my annual trip to Birmingham for Graham Vick and his Birmingham Opera Company's latest inventive act - Giorgio Batistelli's new piece Wake. There is a full description on the Artsdesk site. I can't do as well, let alone... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2018 at Brian Dickie
São Carlos Opera House, Lisbon 5:35 pm Sunday March 18 2018 My quick trip to Lisbon for Idomeneo on Sunday was exhausting but worth it! An early flight from Heathrow meant a 5:30 am departure from home. Fortunately I took... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2018 at Brian Dickie
© Sandra Then La traviata at Theater Basel This evening the English National Opera opens Daniel Kramer's production of La traviata that is co-produced with the Basel Opera and which opened in Switzerland earlier in the season. It completed a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2018 at Brian Dickie
I was at the opening of the Royal Opera's production of From the House of the Dead, Janáček's last opera, on Wednesday evening and was disturbed by my reaction to it. So thought I ought to go back and see... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2018 at Brian Dickie
I returned to see another production of Britten's magical A Midsummer Night's Dream on Monday evening, but to the Royal College of Music where a very different take on the piece, including completely uncalled for domestic violence, came from Liam... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2018 at Brian Dickie