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English Touring Opera provide a wonderful service to opera lovers around the less trodden areas of England, and to much smaller theatres, mainly too small to accommodate the large companies - Opera North, Glyndebourne on Tour, and the Welsh National... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Brian Dickie
Yesterday evening I was at the Barbican for two events in one - an opportunity for friends, colleagues, and the musical world at large, to remember with affection and respect Andrew Porter who died in April at 86, and a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2015 at Brian Dickie
Royal Academy of Arts 2:50 pm September 23 2015 Ai Weiwei's show at the Royal Academy opened last week - and I was there the day after having seen the Barbara Hepworth show at the Tate. How she would have... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2015 at Brian Dickie
The excellent King's Place was host to a special evening of music and poetry on Monday evening. The Rimbaud and Verlaine Foundation jointly with Poet in the City presented a rare opportunity to hear all of Fauré's Verlaine settings in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2015 at Brian Dickie
© ROH/Bill Cooper The Orpheus story is everywhere these days and the latest arrival is the new production at Covent Garden of Gluck's masterpiece. As is clear from the photo above it is a hybrid of staged and concert performance,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2015 at Brian Dickie
The "silly season" that is - and down to the serious business of reconnecting with colleagues, friends, and family after a disjointed last 5 months. And we are preparing for a long cold snowy winter here in London we are... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2015 at Brian Dickie
Along with many others I am taking it easy before the new season of activity starts in September. I have been going full steam ahead since April - I will now be on holiday until September 12. But there are... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2015 at Brian Dickie
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 Aug 27, 2015 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 Aug 27, 2015 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 Aug 25, 2015 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