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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 yesterday 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
It is great that the Royal Opera is performing Monteverdi's Orfeo this month - but be warned it is in English! Is this the first time that the Royal Opera has performed an Italian opera in English in living memory?... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at Brian Dickie
Notwithstanding the grey depressing weather, cold and windy, I bravely walked from Battersea, over Chelsea Bridge, to Sloane Square yesterday afternoon - excellent exercise and good for feeling good (and smug!). Today there is more of the same gloom, but... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at Brian Dickie
These are the best of the many words that I have seen so far around the issue of the week which may very well be the issue of the century. You will find it rewarding if you take the time... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2015 at Brian Dickie
View from a house in La Masse I am now back in London after three refreshing days in the countryside of South Western France. It is a world apart and there can hardly be a better place to revive the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2015 at Brian Dickie
Here I am again after a lazy period with next to no blogging. The musical highlight of the "holiday season" was the Rodolfus Choir concert at St Martin-in-the-Fields on Tuesday 30 December - with the participation of one of my... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at Brian Dickie
I think that this is a first - my four children and ten grandchildren all being in the same room at once! So it was a very happy Christmas indeed for us all. And I hope you all had a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2014 at Brian Dickie
I have been disgracefully negligent over the last weeks - but I hardly wanted to bore my patient readers with details of my endless preparations for family Christmas - largely shopping for the lovely hoards of children. So I have... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2014 at Brian Dickie
Yesterday was a day on which so many of us remembered our friend and colleague George Christie - at a remarkable memorial service at St James's, Piccadilly. Decades of memories of this exceptional man swept over the hundreds of his... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at Brian Dickie
November is the time that the music colleges show off the achievements of their opera singers in waiting, both with productions and with "scenes" programmes. And yesterday evening was my opportunity to see the Guildhall School of Music and Drama's... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at Brian Dickie
Paris - City of Light The Philharmonia's City of Light series - Paris 1900-1950 - kicked off on Thursday with an absorbing concert performance of Pelléas et Mélisande - and the full house was captured for three hours in another... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2014 at Brian Dickie
I greatly enjoyed John Adams' The Gospel According to the Other Mary when the LA Philharmonic brought it to the Barbican a year or two back - a riveting score showing the span of the development of Adams since that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2014 at Brian Dickie
I have been uncharaterlistically negligent in my chronicling of my activitites and now find that I am six days behind. There is little explanation other than just finding more stimulating activity than writing the blog! It was a busy and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2014 at Brian Dickie
The RAM Opera department was in good form last night with an excellent Puccini double bill of Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi conducted extremely well by Peter Robinson - the perfect person for dealing with young singers with utmost care... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at Brian Dickie
I had a really lovely 24 hours in Westbury-sub-Mendip, between the city of Wells and the cheese town of Cheddar. This part of England, essentially the heart of the ancient kingdom of Wessex, is particularly appealing, and I am thrilled... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2014 at Brian Dickie
I had greatly enjoyed the Fiona Shaw production of Figaro when it was new in 2011 - it had some stunning singers in it including Iain Paterson and Roland Wood as Figaro and the Count, and the feisty Barbarina of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2014 at Brian Dickie
I spent a really enjoyable evening in St James Church, Paddington yesterday. This was for just the second concert by an impressively enterprising group called Place de l'Opera, the brainchild of two young French conducting students at the Royal Academy... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at Brian Dickie
So I was at the Dvořák's Cunning Peasant yesterday - quite a rarity although the Guildhall had a considerable success with in in 1997 so were understandably encouraged to give it another outing. It is certainly a piece of some... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at Brian Dickie