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I am sorry folks - I have been completely hopeless with the blog in recent days. I used to pride myself on posting something, however trivial, every day. I now try to avoid trivial (not always successfully of course) and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2016 at Brian Dickie
I have been taking it pretty easy on performances these last weeks having been working pretty full time during the day. Not sure that I can manage so many 14 hour days any more! But Christmas is coming and I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2016 at Brian Dickie
I was at the Final Rehearsal of Elijah Moshinky's now 15 year old production of Nabucco at the Met yesterday morning. And it was memorable for two reasons. Firstly the remarkable Placido Domingo takes on the title role at whatever... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2016 at Brian Dickie
I took this photo of John Adams when he was with us in Chicago to conduct A Flowering Tree in 2009. And it was great to see him as ebullient as ever on the podium with the LSO with El... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2016 at Brian Dickie
My second evening in Edinburgh's Festival Theatre was the Leeds company's excellent Billy Budd - a perfect vehicle to display the in-depth strengths of this company. The title role was taken by the seasoned and distinguished Roderick Williams - wearing... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2016 at Brian Dickie
I am up in Edinburgh for two nights, to see the excellent Puccini double Bill (last night), and the much praised Billy Budd this evening. Earlier this week, on Monday I was at the Royal College of Music's Finta giardiniera... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2016 at Brian Dickie
I was at the Helios Collective's rather stunning event at Lilian Baylis House on Friday. I have written about this group before and should declare an interest - I am a Trustee. Three young composers had the opportunity to display... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2016 at Brian Dickie
Teatro alla Scala 7:00 pm Sunday November 20 2016 I spent 2 hours or so in Milan over the weekend - to see the Scala's production of Porgy and Bess. It seems only the other day that Porgy opened at... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2016 at Brian Dickie
Independent Opera is a remarkable organisation - they just do what they want to do without flinching. And they have brought off another triumph this week with Karl Amadeus Hartmann's Simplicius Simplicissimus, hugely enjoyable, in a remarkable production with a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2016 at Brian Dickie
I have been so consumed by work related activity that I have neglected my poor little blog!! Oh well - can only get better. I am a trustee of the Helios Collective and was at a really excellent masterclass by... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2016 at Brian Dickie
Photo: Alastair Muir James Morris (Dr Schön) and Brenda Rae (Lulu) It was another great evening at the Coliseum on Wednessday - the opening of William Kentridge's thrilling production of Lulu - imported from the Metropolitan Opera, with a distinguished... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2016 at Brian Dickie
Photo: Mike Twigg I have only seen one performance at Wilton's Music Hall until yesterday evening, and that was Kurt Weill's Silbersee in March 1999, the very first musical event there for over 100 years! So I was really delighted... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2016 at Brian Dickie
An early Sunday evening feast of top class music making at King's Place is one of the many benefits of London life. And this time we had the exceptional treat of the Czech Wihan Quartet plus the bonus of Sofya... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2016 at Brian Dickie
© Clive Barda Carolyn Sproule - a striking Erika in Wexford's Vanessa The really big story at Wexford this year is the exceptional production and performance of Samuel Barber's Vanessa. This was an evening of so many pleasures, but first... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2016 at Brian Dickie
©Clive Barda Andrew Haji (Hélios) and Olga Busuioc (Lilia) in Herculanum - Wexford 2016 I faced the prospect of Félicien David's opera with some trepidation and to an extent my fears seemed to have been well founded after Act 1.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2016 at Brian Dickie
I arrived in Wexford yesterday afternoon - and am always so happy to be back here where I was for seven years in those far off days! Nothing much has changed over the years but two important things have. The... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2016 at Brian Dickie
I am here in the Bertelsmann headquarters city Gütersloh for a joyful concert at the end of the week of masterclasses. The participants were some of the young singers who auditioned for last year's Neue Stimmen competition but were not... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2016 at Brian Dickie
And its not over yet! So far it has been two performances of Alcina, and one of Don Giovanni. This evening we have Adam Pollock's 80th birthday party and, as mentioned before, tomorrow I am off to Gütersloh for Neue... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2016 at Brian Dickie
One of the additional joys of Glyndebourne's summer festival is the pleasure of the gardens, which in full Summer bloom are pretty stunning. To find such a rich border as you see above flourishing on October 22 bears witness to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2016 at Brian Dickie
I am having a a bit of an upturn on opera activity this past week, with more to come in the following two weeks.. Monday was the Pearl Fishers dress rehearsal at ENO, Thursday The Nose at Covent Garden, yesterday... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2016 at Brian Dickie
The Helios Collective, as part of King's College's Arts and Humanities Festival, are presenting a version of Dido - hugely enjoyable and Dido as you have not seen it before. It has been morphed into being all about Dido and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2016 at Brian Dickie
Kings Place The lovely recital space in Kings Place, up York Way from King's Cross/St Pancras, plays host to the London Chamber Music Society most Sunday evenings between October and May - a perfectly timed 6:30 pm end to the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2016 at Brian Dickie
On Tuesday I returned to the excellent St Clement Danes for a lunchtime treat of song and some opera from two young Jette Parker singers. I have always tried to put emphasis on the song component in any programme of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2016 at Brian Dickie
Photo: Wikimedia Commons St Clement Danes, Strand While the Royal Opera House is undergoing an exciting development the Jette Parker annual Meet the Young Artists Week has decamped down the road to the Strand and the famous RAF church St... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2016 at Brian Dickie
Photo: Aix-en-Provence Festival Joseph Kaiser (Œdipus) and Willard White (Creon / Tiresias / Messenger) Peter Sellars is a timeless hero and it is remarkable how he has endured undimmed thirty years after we brought him to Glyndebourne. Someone has discovered... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2016 at Brian Dickie