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Chicago, IL USA
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There was a short break from hot sun yesterday - so expeditions to "sights" or "sites" - I never know which - was the order of the day. And Bamburgh Castle was the morning project. Although still in private ownership... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at Brian Dickie
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Bamburgh Beach 11 am July 22 2014 It was a perfect day yesterday - more fun in the sea for the children and NO people to watch for the rest of us! This is the far northeast coast of England... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Brian Dickie
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The only two people visible here are my eldest son Patrick and his youngest son Joe. And they are just specks on the horizon! This is Holy Island at 6:30 yesterday evening in this glorious part of England. The tide... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Brian Dickie
I will be in Northumberland for the next four days with family - it is one of the most beautiful parts of this country, so watch for news and pictures in due course. Meanwhile I will be on a train... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Brian Dickie
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A visit to Lord's for the third day of the test against India was a real treat. And rather intriguing as once again the England bowlers were the ones that scored the runs. The regular batsmen were failing. My American... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Brian Dickie
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I was at Gyndebourne yesterday evening on a perfect day - Glyndebourne at its very best, and one of the joys of a good English summer. I saw the sixth performance of La finta giardiniera, a highly polished performance that... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Brian Dickie
We tend to describe July and August as the "Silly Season". In spite of my having worked for decades at Glyndebourne during the summer months, the impression remains that this is the time for leisure and pleasure, so getting hold... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Brian Dickie
Glyndebourne dress rehearsals are always fun occasions. They are a chance to catch up with friends and colleagues spanning the generations, a time for memories - and there are so many. And yesterday was a perfect Glyndebourne evening, with the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Brian Dickie
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Lorin Maazel with his beloved Castleton Festival Orchestra July 24 2013 It is immensely sad to have lost one of the most extraordinary musicians of the last 75 years. Much will be written and said about his remarkable career over... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2014 at Brian Dickie
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I have had a busy 36 hours – beginning with Friday. My old friend and colleague Marc Scorca (incidentally many moons ago in his youth General Director of Chicago Opera Theater) has been in town, and we went for a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2014 at Brian Dickie
I am sorry - since returning from Castleton I have been completely absorbed in family events, my apartment renovation, and other unbloggable activities. But I return to the opera scene on Saturday with my final visit to Garsington for the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at Brian Dickie
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So Don Giovanni opened last night (Saturday) and indeed the revelries did go on until the early hours of today (Sunday)! Castleton is an exhausting business. And since the party was held in our communal house there was no escape... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at Brian Dickie
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The internet here has been down since Wednesday, and the alternative use of the office wifi is no longer available either. This is hardly credible in 21st century USA just 90 minutes drive from the nation’s capital, and 25 minutes... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2014 at Brian Dickie
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Castleton 8:00 pm July 2 2014 We had a bad storm in Castleton last night which knocked out the electric power and the internet. So we all went to bed in the dark. But the lights came on at 5... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2014 at Brian Dickie
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It is always great to get to the orchestra and costume stage - and that is where Don Giovanni was today, taking shape and promising much but still with work to do - normal! Tyler Nelson (Don Ottavio) Chloé Moore... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at Brian Dickie
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Hot Summer weather wear for the CATS! One of the many productive activities of the Castleton Young Artists is the end of season "scenes" program which can now get into top gear since the Don Giovanni is now ready to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at Brian Dickie
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Castleton Festival Theatre 6:50 pm June 30 2014 I was at some Don Giovanni rehearsals yesterday after my session with some of the young artists. The theatre tent is remarkable - not what you might think from the word "tent".... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at Brian Dickie
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Donald Runnicles and the Castleton Festival Orchestra 10:45 Sunday June 29 2014 It was great to see Donald Runnicles again after too many years. He was here yesterday to conduct a beautiful Mozart programme - a nice 2 pm concert... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at Brian Dickie
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Breakfast view - Castleton 7:30 am June 29 2014 I am here - not a bad view to wake up to with my first, and second, cups of coffee! I had a great journey with British Airways, on time and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2014 at Brian Dickie
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I was saddened to hear of the death of Julius this week. American opera is in his debt, as are generationsof singers and other artists who were his "children". I will cherish the memory of his work with us in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2014 at Brian Dickie
A newish and rather unknown festival opened yesterday evening in a church just a few paces from Waterloo station. And it was something of a really nice discovery. For me the pleasure was meeting an excellent new baritone for the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at Brian Dickie
The production of La finta giardiniera, which opens at Glyndebourne this weekend, is the first time the company has produced this youthful work of its resident composer Mozart. However the opera has been seen there before presented in English by... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2014 at Brian Dickie
The celebration of the life of George Harewood at the Coliseum yesterday evening was a joyful event. Attended by all who knew, loved and worked with him, and many others besides, it was a worthy tribute, beautifully devised by David... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2014 at Brian Dickie
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Orford Castle 11 am June 23 20214 I had a short stroll around Orford yesterday morning before leaving for Aldeburgh and lunch at The Lighthouse, a popular and delightful place in the heart of the little town. Orford is one... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2014 at Brian Dickie
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A weekend in Aldeburgh at festival time is a non stop celebration of what we love with such passion - music. And such a day we had yesterday! It started with a free for all down on the beach with... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2014 at Brian Dickie