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The death of Nikolaus Lehnhoff in Berlin last Saturday was announced by his family today. His many friends and colleagues in the UK, Canada and the USA will join with his family and colleagues in Europe in mourning a remarkable... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Brian Dickie
After a miserable day of pretty well non stop rain I managed to get out yesterday evening for a refreshing walk around my lovely Battersea Park, across the river, over Albert Bridge, along the Chelsea Embankment, and back over Chelsea... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Brian Dickie
The BBC Proms have been part of my life for over 60 years - but yesterday I went to my first of the season. I have missed out on this season as a result of my travels. It was a... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Brian Dickie
Sybaritic paradise is its was hot and delicious. Just what we expect from a Spanish holiday. And it is just a comfortable 35 minute train ride from Barcelona, so we made the trip yesterday. Actually it was not as... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2015 at Brian Dickie
I am here in Barcelona with family - a party of seven, three adults and four under 12.........noisy! I will most likely be silent for the next few days. Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2015 at Brian Dickie
It seems like yesterday but it is indeed ten years since I was last here in Cape Town. It has been a pleasure to be back. In the intervening years South African singers have made huge leaps. And yesterday's auditions... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2015 at Brian Dickie
©Richard Hubert Smith Danielle de Niese and François Piolino I was at the opening of Glyndebourne's final offering of the season on Saturday - the enchanting double bill of L'Heure Espagnole and L'Enfant et les Sortilèges. It is a short... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2015 at Brian Dickie
Our auditions today were as usual at the splendid Palacio Bellas Artes (above) where they look after us so well. And it was a good productive day with a good little group of finalists, including a tenor! Yes we needed... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2015 at Brian Dickie
My auditions here are tomorrow so after the horrendous long flight yesterday I was delighted to take it easy today. I go here at around 11:50 pm which translated, with the two hour time change, to 1:50 am.......and I ended... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2015 at Brian Dickie
I have a whole day of travelling ahead - flying from Buenos Aires to Mexico with a 90 minute layover changing planes in Panama. I will be lucky to get to my Mexico City hotel by midnight! But there is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2015 at Brian Dickie
The last 24 hours have seen two demonstrations here in Buenos Aires of very different kinds. Yesterday evening there was a demonstration, an outpouring of enthusiastic appreciation, directed at Martha Argerich after her performance of Beethoven's Piano Concerto number 2,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2015 at Brian Dickie
Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires 11:40 am July 30 2015 I am here in Buenos Aires for the ninth time - but it is a sad visit for our great friend and colleague, Jutta Ohlsson, who had looked after Neue Stimmen... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2015 at Brian Dickie
The 2008 Turin production of Thais by Stefano Poda has been a huge success here in São Paulo, and I had the pleasure of being at a performance yesterday evening. And a great evening in the theatre it was with... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2015 at Brian Dickie
The Tryp Hotel, São Paulo I am here in São Paulo, the largest city of South America, safely installed yesterday evening in the charming hotel I stayed in last time I was here, the Tryp, in the unpromisingly named but... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2015 at Brian Dickie
I have had a nice quiet day in London, including a long walk back from the King's Road across the Albert Bridge to home after a shopping trip. I have auditions in São Paulo on Tuesday, then to Buenos Aires... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2015 at Brian Dickie
Once in a very rare while there is a performance which takes us to a different level, to beyond the borders of reasonable expectation, a performance and production so superbly assembled and executed that quality and excellence must be redefined.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2015 at Brian Dickie
When I was Artistic Director of Wexford all those years ago (1967-73) I made a mark with productions of 19th French opera repertoire that was not so widely performed in those days. We began in 1967 with Roméo et Juliette... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2015 at Brian Dickie
Glyndebourne's new production of Die Entführung has been generally well received. David McVicar has a track record of producing productions of classical integrity and full of detail - and always visually a feast. And Glyndebourne has the resources and production... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2015 at Brian Dickie
I had a few hours in Sussex today visiting my younger son and family. This meant a short wait at Lewes Station before transferring to a train for Berwick.......Lewes has a pretty station ("can such things be pretty?" you ask... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2015 at Brian Dickie
And so has gone one of the very greatest - and for opera lovers of my generation growing up in London an inspiration from our teenage years onwards. Jon Vickers was a member of the Royal Opera company in the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2015 at Brian Dickie
We had our private AGM at the Palace Theatre on Monday. This comment appeared in The Guardian today! Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2015 at Brian Dickie
I was back at Garsington yesterday evening, for the Cosi fan tutte production which caused some controversy. The important thing is that there was a splendid cast, dominated by the Alfonso of Neal Davies who would be distinguished in this... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2015 at Brian Dickie
It was a mixed weather weekend at Garsington, glorious perfect English summer afternoon on Saturday - and cloudy yesterday. But even so yesterday the place looked classically beautiful, with the very English garden and outbuildings providing as elegant a "foyer"... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2015 at Brian Dickie
Photo: Tristram Kenton/for the Guardian I hugely enjoyed Guillaume Tell at the Royal Opera House yesterday evening. The musical performance inspired by Antonio Pappano was at the highest level. The superlative ROH chorus were stars of the show up there... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2015 at Brian Dickie
I have been taking it easy since I got back on Monday. But now off to Guillaume Tell at the Royal Opera House. A long evening - more tomorrow! Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2015 at Brian Dickie