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Garnier from the "Gods" 7:15 pm February 6 2016 I was once again high up in the opera on Saturday evening, this time in Paris for Robert Carsen's production of Capriccio, now running until February 14. Here was a bird's... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Brian Dickie
I took the 6:20 am Eurostar to Paris yesterday morning in order to attend the memorial mass for my dear old friend and colleague Jean-Albert Cartier who passed away just after Christmas. I had the good fortune to work closely... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Brian Dickie
View from the "Gods" Royal Opera House 7:25 pm Wednesday February 3 2016 L'Etoile, Emmanuel Chabrier's absurdist and frothy romp, one of the most delightful of the many lesser known corners of the French 19th century repertoire, finally arrived at... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Brian Dickie
Photo: © Marc Brenner Terenia Edwards (Pamela) and Lorne MacFadyen (Walter) in Five Finger Exercise Five Finger Exercise was Peter Shaffer's first major hit and it has been revived in the amazing Coronet Theatre in Notting Hill Gate and is... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Brian Dickie
Photo © Helen Maybanks I very foolishly overlooked going to see Hangmen at the Royal Court, my lovely neighbourhood theatre in Sloane Square just ten minutes bus ride away, when it was on in September. But it had been a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at Brian Dickie
We mourn Denise Duval who died on Monday in Switzerland. She was associated with Francis Poulenc for the last 16 years of his life, a friend, a colleague, an inspiration, and often dubbed his "muse". He died in 1963, and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2016 at Brian Dickie
Many of you have written wishing me a Happy New Year and worrying about where I have gone! I am touched and grateful for your concern. I am alive and well and have been taking an unannounced pause after over... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2016 at Brian Dickie
The Wigmore Hall has upped its game over the years since John Gilhooley took charge. He has done a great job in expanding the chamber music activity as well as serving the world of the "art song" very comprehensively. The... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2015 at Brian Dickie
I have been occupied and preoccupied by matters away from the musical and operatic scene these last ten days. But i have managed to enjoy the beauties of my local park which I can see from my desk. And have... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2015 at Brian Dickie
One of the most valuable features of the opera programmes in the London conservatories is the inclusion scenes in addition to the three or so full productions that are mounted each year. The Guildhall School are particularly good at this... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2015 at Brian Dickie
London's wonderful recital room, The Wigmore Hall, will present us with the complete songs over two seasons 2015-2017, launched in September with a recital by Florian Boesch and Graham Johnson. This is a remarkable achievement in the making, and is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2015 at Brian Dickie
© ROH/Clive Barda Sarah Wegener and Klaus Maria Brandauer in Morgen und Abend There is just one more chance to see Georg Friedrich Haas's absorbing piece and remarkable production at the Royal Opera House. You will not regret making whatever... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2015 at Brian Dickie
Rameau has on the whole not fared well in England. Years ago Lina Lalandi was a powerful advocate with her English Bach Festival, but that fizzled out. Glyndebourne eventually produced Hippolyte et Aricie in 2013 but it has not been... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2015 at Brian Dickie
© ENO/Robert Workman Gwyn Hughes Jones (Alvaro), Anthony Michaels-Moore (Carlo) - Forza del Destino at ENO Nothing could be more topical than the brutality of war - uncompromisingly depicted in Calixto Bieto's production of La forza del destino at the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2015 at Brian Dickie
© Robbie Jack Mark Le Brocq (Biedermann), Leigh Melrose (Schmitz) and Alinka Kozári (Babette) in Biedermann and the Arsonists There is a remarkable little company here in London called Independent Opera whose raison d'être is "the encouragement of operatic talent... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2015 at Brian Dickie
©Tristram Kenton/The Guardian Roger Allam (John Christie) Nancy Carroll (Audrey Mildmay) and George Taylor (Rudolf Bing) at the Hampstead Theatre Audrey Mildmay was very far from moderate in anything she did - and without her there would have been no... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2015 at Brian Dickie
I got back to London yesterday evening, but nor before a short visit to the charming town of Bergerac including lunch of course. Having crossed to Dordogne and parked just here, above, a short walk around the immediate area gave... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2015 at Brian Dickie
We made a short day out of a trip to Rocamadour - vertiginous city indeed! Sorry about the photo taken from the moving car through the windscreen.....and what an approach to this place from the south. Astonishing. I can recommend... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2015 at Brian Dickie
La Masse - 9:30 am November 8 2015 In glorious weather but out of season so with very few tourists, this is an ideal week to be here in the Midi-Pyrénées. And yesterday morning was a fine omen for the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2015 at Brian Dickie
I arrived at Bergerac yesterday morning, bang on time, having been squished into the almost full Ryanair 737 for a tolerable 1 hour 30 minute flight. The worst part was Stansted Airport, a temple to 21st century consumerism. The rest... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2015 at Brian Dickie
Wednesday evening was Wolf-Ferrari, and last night the Flanders Symphony in a most unusual programme including Schoenberg, Le Sueur, Berlioz, and Beethoven - and not the usual of any of them. But first the Guildhall and their Donne curiose. There... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2015 at Brian Dickie
I eventually got back from Wexford after over thirty hours door to door........but with happy memories of a really splendid Wexford Festival. The place and the people are remarkable, the spirit unique, and the quality of what they do exceptional... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2015 at Brian Dickie
Guglielmo Ratcliff, the opera that Mascagni thought his best, is completely unknown outside County Wexford! But now the BBC Radio 3 audience had the chance to hear yesterday evening's performance live from Wexford's amazing little opera house. The piece is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2015 at Brian Dickie
Crescent Quay It has been gloomy here weatherise but in all other respects extremely sunny. Yesterday evening I saw Delius's Koanga for the first time (seeing completely new things is part of the Wexford "experience") and it was another example... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2015 at Brian Dickie
Wexford Quay I am back in Wexford for the first time in three years - back in a place which has so many happy memories having been Festival director here for seven years 1967-73. Of course the place has changed... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2015 at Brian Dickie