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There was a distinguished gathering yesterday evening in Bertelsmann's elegant Berlin headquarters at that special address Unter den Linden 1. And the greatest distinction was on the platform where four of last year's prizewinners gave a delightful programme of mixed... Continue reading
Posted 19 hours ago at Brian Dickie
I am in Berlin today and tomorrow, primarily for the Neue Stimmen Winners’ concert this evening, but also for meetings about Neue Stimmen 2017 including the itinerary that I will be undertaking for the preliminary selections. This will take me... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Brian Dickie
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I was at the remarkable and seriously disturbing production by Amsterdam's superb Toneelgroep of Kings of War at the Barbican yesterday afternoon - a 4 hour 45 minute completely riveting marathon, in Dutch with English surtitles. An intimidating prospect? Well... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Brian Dickie
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The Burial of Santa Cecilia by Francesco Francia in the Oratorio di Santa Cecilia, Bologna There are some rather less visible glories in Bologna which I sought out yesterday morning before leaving. For musicians Saint Cecilia is rather important, not... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Brian Dickie
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Teatro Rossini, Lugo My trip to Bologna this week was prompted by my dear old friend and colleague Valerio Tura who is working with the Teatro Rossini and Rinaldo Alessandrini on a new festival devoted to baroque repertoire in this... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Brian Dickie
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I am running rather behind thanks to weak internet connections.......so irritating! And I have had a full schedule, of non-stop enjoyment being here in Emilia-Romagna for these two days. My affection for this country is undiminished. On Tuesday afternoon, arriving... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Brian Dickie
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I am safely in Italy and had a wonderful trip to Parma from Bologna yesterday with Valerio Tura, a friend and colleague from many years of experience together in this crazy opera world of ours. Being in Emilia-Romagna meant a... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Brian Dickie
I am off to Italy on a 6:50 am flight out of Gatwick - so up at 3:30 ready to get the bus to Victoria and then the train..........I will be in Bologna, Parma, and Lugo during the next 72... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2016 at Brian Dickie
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I had a good walk on Tuesday on a glorious day - and made my way to the recently reopened Rodin Museum on the Rue de Varenne, just south of Les Invalides. The lovely gardens are a peaceful pleasure on... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2016 at Brian Dickie
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Paris has Frank Ghery in the shape of the Louis Vuitton Foundation building which opened 18 months ago to an enthusiastic welcome. I saw it yesterday in a rather modified form as it prepared for the Daniel Buren exhibition which... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2016 at Brian Dickie
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I am back in London! And here we have a spectacular exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery off Duke of York's Square in Chelsea - an exhibition called Exhibitionism! I guess I don't have to explain who the Rolling Stones are!... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2016 at Brian Dickie
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I was up in Evanston yesterday, home of Northwestern University, to see around the amazing new building (above) which opened last September - the Ryan Center for the Musical Arts. Northwestern have this gorgeous new building crammed with teaching studios,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2016 at Brian Dickie
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Photo: Andrew Crowley Yesterday afternoon a full Chicago Orchestra Hall was treated to some thrilling music making from Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes, Canadian violinist James Ehnes, German violist Tabea Zimmerman, and Austrian cellist Clemens Hagen. They were immersed as... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2016 at Brian Dickie
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© Opera Omaha Opera Omaha's Semele production opened last night to a full house and an enthusiastic reception from the amazing audience that this company and city have managed to assemble for something that would not normally be regarded as... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2016 at Brian Dickie
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Phil Velasquez, Chicago Tribune This year everyone is marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death in April 1616. Yesterday evening it was the turn of the CSO with their music director, Riccardo Muti, giving a leisurely account of Berlioz's Roméo... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2016 at Brian Dickie
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Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times After seeing Purcell's masterpiece in Birmingham, in the Graham Vick production, arriving in Chicago to find a very different version was stimulating - and such a fine confirmation of the enduring and indestructible quality... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2016 at Brian Dickie
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My photo above from five years ago makes my heart skip a beat - I am so happy to be going to Chicago today. This evening it is Mark Morris and his company doing Dido and Aeneas at the `Harris... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2016 at Brian Dickie
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Firle Place and the South Downs 2pm April 2 2016 I had a really nice trip to Sussex yesterday, some glorious sunshine, lunch in the village shop and then to Firle for a walk with six of my grandchildren and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2016 at Brian Dickie
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© 2016 ROH - Photo Stephen Cummiskey Paul Curievici as John, Benedict Nelson as Algernon, Alan Ewing as Lady Bracknell, Claudia Boyle as Cecily and Stephanie Marshall as Gwendolen in The Importance of Being Earnest I missed Gerald Barry's quite... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2016 at Brian Dickie
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© Richard Hubert Smith Marie Arnet Susanna and Alan Oke (The Major) in WNO's Figaro get a Divorce The Welsh National Opera, under the superlative leadership of David Pountney, is doing increasingly exciting work and we in London are grateful... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2016 at Brian Dickie
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There is an excellent pub theatre in Islington with a longish history - going back to 1970. And I was there last night for Così fan tutte in an enjoyable economical production with piano and no chorus and some good... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2016 at Brian Dickie
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Chrystal Williams (Dido) and Eric Greene (Aeneas) Graham Vick has created something unique (I do not use that word lightly) in Birmingham, England's "second city". I was at the remarkable version of Khovanshchina that he created two years ago. And... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2016 at Brian Dickie
I am off to Birmingham this afternoon for my annual pilgrimage to the shrine of the brilliant Graham Vick whose Birmingham Opera Company will give its final performances of Dido 'n Aeneas this evening. I will be at the 7:15... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2016 at Brian Dickie
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We all gathered together at Glyndebourne yesterday to celebrate the life and work of our dear Nikolaus Lehnhoff, a true member of the Glyndebourne "family" who made such a major contribution to the place for over two decades. I wrote... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2016 at Brian Dickie
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The enormously enjoyable performance of Berenice yesterday evening was at St George's Hanover Square, just 400 yards from Handel's home in Brook Street. The church was built a dozen years before the first performance of Berenice in 1737. So Handel... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2016 at Brian Dickie