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We had a full day planned yesterday at the Royal Opera House and in the event it was reasonably unrushed since there were some cancellations and no-shows. I understand cancellations for various perfectly valid reasons, and those that make the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Brian Dickie
I will be spending the whole day in Covent Garden today - a part of London that has changed hugely over the last 50 years. While it was always home to the Royal Opera House, when I first knew it... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Brian Dickie
This most charming of cities deserves longer than 36 hours - it always a joy to be here. Anyway here I am, and I will be back this evening in London, quite late and praying that the trains from Gatwick... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Brian Dickie
Palazzo Reale in Piazza Castello, Turin 9:15 am May 19 2017 The regular joy I get from being in Italy was in no way diminished by the morning gloom yesterday on the way to the Teatro Regio for our auditions.... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Brian Dickie
It was a long flight back from Beijing on Saturday of course - but with a favorable wind we managed to arrive 30 minutes early, a mere 10 hours 15 minutes from take off to touch down. British Airways did... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2017 at Brian Dickie
We were hosted in Beijing by Beijing Normal University in their excellent recital hall (above). I was joined by Professor Wang Li, a respected singing teacher who heads of the university's voice department, and the Chinese tenor Mario Zhang, briefly... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2017 at Brian Dickie
Sanlitun Road, Beijing 8:45 pm May 10 2017 I arrived in Beijing yesterday (Wednesday) in time to have a little rest before going to dinner with Shuwan Zhang who is our invaluable friend and helper here in Beijing. Her day... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at Brian Dickie
Publicity at East China Normal University Yesterday was long and profitable even if there were "only" 35 singers! There was something for everyone with possible qualifiers in all four main voice categories. Tenors are always welcome being as they are... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2017 at Brian Dickie
It is a shame to be leaving Japan so soon - 72 hours is nothing especially as 15 of them were spent listening to 84 singers and the rest either sleeping or eating! But I hope to be back in... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2017 at Brian Dickie
We ended up hearing 45 singers yesterday of which 30 were sopranos. They were all Japanese. Oh poor sopranos - it is a really competitive world for them! To have two thirds of the 1,000 plus contestants competing for only... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2017 at Brian Dickie
Here I am off in a few minutes for a marathon two days of auditions in Yokosuka - in the exceptional theatre (seen left this morning with its Neue Stimmen banner - click pic to enlarge) that they built here... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2017 at Brian Dickie
Disney Hall 6pm Tuesday May 2 2017 It is a little time since I was last in Los Angeles - indeed I am horrified to see that it may be almost 10 years.......decades go by. It was a happy memory... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2017 at Brian Dickie
The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the LA Music Center 7pm May 2 2017 Thanks to the leadership in the pit from James Conlan, and superb singing from Sondra Radvanovsky and Russell Thomas, the shabby old shocker Tosca worked its evil... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2017 at Brian Dickie
Yesterday was another miserable wet day in Chicago - and I got soaked on multiple occasions since I failed to bring storm gear on this "travelling light" trip. Michigan avenue looked like a late November afternoon........ Nevertheless I got it... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2017 at Brian Dickie
Alas Chicago has not been in photogenic mood these last days with torrential rain and cold. This was the view from near my hotel on a better day - maybe five years ago! But it has been so great to... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2017 at Brian Dickie
This is not my most recent photo of New York but it sums it up quite nicely I think. And I have been here these last two days trying to reconcile the tacky with the beautiful. And there has been... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2017 at Brian Dickie
The blog is back and I owe an explanation! Way back at the end of last year I took on a project with my friend and colleague Sarah Playfair - we became joint heads of casting at the English National... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2017 at Brian Dickie
I am sorry folks - I have been completely hopeless with the blog in recent days. I used to pride myself on posting something, however trivial, every day. I now try to avoid trivial (not always successfully of course) and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2016 at Brian Dickie
I have been taking it pretty easy on performances these last weeks having been working pretty full time during the day. Not sure that I can manage so many 14 hour days any more! But Christmas is coming and I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2016 at Brian Dickie
I was at the Final Rehearsal of Elijah Moshinky's now 15 year old production of Nabucco at the Met yesterday morning. And it was memorable for two reasons. Firstly the remarkable Placido Domingo takes on the title role at whatever... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2016 at Brian Dickie
I took this photo of John Adams when he was with us in Chicago to conduct A Flowering Tree in 2009. And it was great to see him as ebullient as ever on the podium with the LSO with El... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2016 at Brian Dickie
My second evening in Edinburgh's Festival Theatre was the Leeds company's excellent Billy Budd - a perfect vehicle to display the in-depth strengths of this company. The title role was taken by the seasoned and distinguished Roderick Williams - wearing... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2016 at Brian Dickie
I am up in Edinburgh for two nights, to see the excellent Puccini double Bill (last night), and the much praised Billy Budd this evening. Earlier this week, on Monday I was at the Royal College of Music's Finta giardiniera... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2016 at Brian Dickie
I was at the Helios Collective's rather stunning event at Lilian Baylis House on Friday. I have written about this group before and should declare an interest - I am a Trustee. Three young composers had the opportunity to display... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2016 at Brian Dickie
Teatro alla Scala 7:00 pm Sunday November 20 2016 I spent 2 hours or so in Milan over the weekend - to see the Scala's production of Porgy and Bess. It seems only the other day that Porgy opened at... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2016 at Brian Dickie