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DAS LAND OHNE KULTUR? By the Editor Will sanity prevail, or will it be midsummer madness? Set for the eve of Midsummer Day, the referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union looks likely to reveal that the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Brian Dickie
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I had a lunch date today with an old friend and colleague at a place of his choosing - The Troubadour - in the Old Brompton Road not far from Earls Court Road. I was last there around 56 years... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Brian Dickie
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View from the Upper Terrace of the Opera Pavilion The Garsington season opens next weekend with new productions of Eugene Onegin and L'Italiana in Algeri. Idomeneo follows later in June. I was there yesterday afternoon to see colleagues and also... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Brian Dickie
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© Clive Barda Johan Reuter (Oedipe) at the Royal Opera House As the performance of Enescu's Oedipe was beginning at the Royal Opera House yesterday evening my mind wandered back to 1962 when Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande was first given... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Brian Dickie
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Alesssandro Corbelli, a delicious Dr Bartolo There is a long history of Rossini at Glyndebourne, dating back to the 1950s when the great Vittorio Gui delivered so many graceful performances, a good few of which are on record - notably... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2016 at Brian Dickie
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© Glyndebourne I did not see the David McVicar production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg when it was first performed at Glyndebourne in 2011, nor when it subsequently went to Chicago since I had already left by then. But at... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2016 at Brian Dickie
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It was another glorious day in Villeneuve-Loubet yesterday - a perfect opportunity for what for me is a rather long walk. Three years ago I could not walk more than 300 yards without excruciating pain. The surgeons said - give... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2016 at Brian Dickie
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And the Côte is in the distance - paradise I am having a couple of days off with my friends Errol and Susie Girdlestone in their pretty village of Villeneuve-Loubet, near Nice. I have been trying to get down here... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2016 at Brian Dickie
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There is a splendid cast at the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond for a revival of Shaw's second play The Philanderer. Left to right they are Rupert Young (Leonard Charteris) Dorothea Myer-Bennett (Julia Craven) Helen Bradbury (Grace Tanfield) and Michael... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2016 at Brian Dickie
The Royal Philharmonic Society can organise a great party - and this we had at The Brewery on Tuesday evening. There was a full house of some 500 passionate music people there to pay tribute to the rich variety of... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2016 at Brian Dickie
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Since I returned from Berlin on Wednesday evening here in London we have enjoyed glorious warm weather, and it continues into the beginning of this week. As I look out of my window, from my desk on to Battersea Park,... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2016 at Brian Dickie
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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 May 4, 2016 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 May 3, 2016 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 May 2, 2016 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 Apr 29, 2016 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 Apr 28, 2016 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 Apr 28, 2016 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 Apr 27, 2016 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