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Chicago, IL USA
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For the first time since the first competition in 1987 Neue Stimmen declared a mezzo the winner in 2017. Not only that, the first three young women prize winners were mezzos. What is going on you may ask, after decades... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Brian Dickie
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Tate Britain 3:45 pm December 8 2017 My visit to Tate Britain to see the Impressionists in London show was an exceptional pleasure - Paris's agony of 1871 being London's gain as we welcomed so many refugees. We were better... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Brian Dickie
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©Tristram Kenton/Guardian Bertie Carvel as Rupert Murdoch, Geoffrey Freshwater as Sir Alick McKay and Richard Coyle as Larry Lamb in Ink Ink is a must see - but hurry, it is only on until January 6 though it is difficult... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2017 at Brian Dickie
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The Union Chapel just off Highbury Corner in north London is a spectacular space with a stunning acoustic - and yesterday evening was home to an exceptional performance of The Messiah given by the Clare College, Cambridge choir and the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2017 at Brian Dickie
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During the last week I have felt somewhat consumed by auditions for the Salzburg Festival's Young Singers Project, a programme that I have been delighted to help with for my friends and colleagues Evamaria Wieser and Adrian Kelly. We have... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2017 at Brian Dickie
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The Royal Academy of Music's opera programme goes from strength to strength, and the new theatre which opens in March will be a huge boost for this excellent post graduate opera course. Yesterday evening I was at the Round Chapel... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2017 at Brian Dickie
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On Friday evening I was at the Helios Collective's performance of Noah Mosley's Mad King Suibhne which was premiered at Bury Court in the spring. I was delighted to have had another opportunity to enjoy this 75 minute piece in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2017 at Brian Dickie
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I have been either zooming or idle and either condition militates against my keeping up to date with the blog. After twelve years of doing it with hardly a day missed I have recently, indeed for some months, been neglectful.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2017 at Brian Dickie
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© Studio j'adore ce que vous faites ! / OnP Marianne Croux and Mateusz Hoedt in Philippe Boesmans' La Ronde/Reigen The Paris Opera Académie has further developed under the artistic leadership of Christoph Schirm since the arrival of Stéphane Lissner... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2017 at Brian Dickie
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What a day I had yesterday! I went to Nottingham, a slightly under two hour train ride from London's magnificent St Pancras station, saw Opera North's L'enfant et les sortilèges, back to London on the train and thence to Richmond's... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2017 at Brian Dickie
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When the National Theatre opened on the South Bank in 1976 I was a regular visitor. A dear friend from my years in Wexford, Denys Lasdun, was the architect, and Peter Hall, a friend and colleague with whom I worked... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2017 at Brian Dickie
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© Clive Barda English National Opera set design for Rodelinda by Jeremy Herbert Since Nicholas Hytner demonstrated so vividly the viability of Handel as an opera composer for our day, with his groundbreaking production of Xerxes at the Coliseum 32... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2017 at Brian Dickie
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My few days in Wexford last weekend were both a hugely enjoyable break and a sentimental journey. I have not noted it here before, but it is an ever present fact that it is 50 years since my first Wexford... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2017 at Brian Dickie
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© Clive Barda I was prepared for Lise Davidsen to make an impact in Medea but yesterday evening somehow she managed to exceed my most extravagant expectations! She is just a phenomenal singer and how smart of David Agler to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2017 at Brian Dickie
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© Clive Barda Gerard Schneider and Anne Sophie Duprels in Alfano's Risurrezione The impact of Alfano's 1904 opera Risurrezione at Wexford last night brought the audience to their feet, and the prolonged applause and cheering said it all - the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2017 at Brian Dickie
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Photo:Tristram Kenton Ferrando (Bogdan Volkov) and Fiordiligi (Kirsten MacKinnon) in Glyndebourne Tour Così fan tutte It is always such a pleasure to encounter such new Mozart talent and so it was a joy to see and hear Bogdan Volkov and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2017 at Brian Dickie
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The Jury: Helmut Deutsch, Jurgen Kesting, Christoph Meyer, Elisabeth Sobotka, Gustav Kuhn, Sophie de Lint, Dominique Meyer, BD, Evamaria Wieser, Bernd Loebe So here we all were at 6:55 pm last night grimly facing up to the fact that we... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2017 at Brian Dickie
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Photo: Besim Mazhiqi It was a late night and there is an early start this morning to return to London. But in case any of you missed the result the winners are: Women 1. Svetlina Stoyanova - Bulgaria - seen... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2017 at Brian Dickie
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What a treat we had last night - a great party at Liz Mohn's place to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the birth of Neue Stimmen in 1987. It was a joyful evening the climax of high was all the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2017 at Brian Dickie
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Jurors Jurgen Kesting, Sophie de Lint and Dominique Meyer So we had a day off today and four of us went for a walk in the delightful Gütersloh town park and botanical garden, followed by a lunch of delicious street... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2017 at Brian Dickie
So we got down to the last ten last night - five women and five men. It was a late night so sorry for the delay. I expect you all know the news from elsewhere by now! I will write... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2017 at Brian Dickie
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So the next stage of the cliff hanger is this evening. And wherever you are in the world you can watch it live on the Neue Stimmen You Tube channel! There will be sixteen singers singing 16 arias with the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2017 at Brian Dickie
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So after our two days of auditions we came up with the last 16, eight young men and 8 young women taken from the 39 who actually made it to the finals - we had a couple of late cancellations.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2017 at Brian Dickie
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Gütersloh 17:27 Tuesday 10 October So we did the deed and we have 16 semi-finalists, seen above with our fearless leaders Liz Mohn and jury chairman Dominique Meyer. And they are: Sopranos: Christina Nilsson - Sweden Ling Qi - China... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2017 at Brian Dickie
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Yesterday was a long day, for the four indefatigable pianists and the jury alike, as we heard 24 of the 40 finalists competing for places in the semi-finals. The serious business of figuring all this out is captured above with... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at Brian Dickie