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Chicago, IL USA
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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 10 hours ago 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 3 days ago 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 7 days ago 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
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© Hattie Miles Jonathan Miller's 30 year young production of The Barber of Seville at the Coliseum is set to delight yet another generation of new opera goers - and that is because of the splendid cast in this ever... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2017 at Brian Dickie
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I seem to have been having a busy domestic week what with dentist, flu jab and haircut! But there has been fun other stuff as well with a dazzling new chopping board from Joseph Joseph as well as cleaning out... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2017 at Brian Dickie
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It is a long time since I attended a Welsh National Opera performance in its home city of Cardiff. And I had not been to their "new theatre", the Wales Millennium Centre, which replaced the New Theatre in Cardiff as... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2017 at Brian Dickie
I am off this morning to Chicago for the memorial service for our beloved Gladys Wolff, extraordinary board member and friend during my 13 years in Chicago. She was ageless it seemed - in fact she was 97, a remarkable... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2017 at Brian Dickie
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The news of Peter Hall's death announced this morning is hard to take - a towering figure who was part of the history of British theatre for more than half a century and a friend and colleague to so many... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2017 at Brian Dickie
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Photo © Javier del Real Felicity Lott displayed her inspirational qualities yesterday afternoon at the Wigmore Hall with four young singers, two sopranos and two mezzos. She characteristically modestly rejected the "master" sobriquet implied by naming this event a "Masterclass"... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2017 at Brian Dickie
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I was at the Wigmore Hall yesterday afternoon to hear the 12 singers selected for the semi finals. They each delivered a 20 minute programme which gave a really great idea of their skills and sympathies, and their versatility -... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2017 at Brian Dickie
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Battersea Park 10:15 am August 26 2017 It is great to be back in London knowing that I am actually going to be staying put for more than a few days. I will not now be going anywhere until the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2017 at Brian Dickie
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Pre-concert light at the Maltings 7:15 pm August 24 2017 There was a beautiful last evening for me at the Maltings yesterday - with the music of course still winning the fight for attention in this beautiful place. Just! We... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2017 at Brian Dickie
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After an evening of exceptional singing of assorted Sistine chapel music the post performance solitude of the marshes around the Maltings was some kind of a mystical magic.......what a place this is. Harry Christophers and the Sixteen spun their web... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2017 at Brian Dickie
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© Monika Rittershaus Richard Croft (Tito) and Anna Stéphany (Sesto) in Glyndebourne's La clemenza di Tito What a pleasure it always is to return to Mozart at Glyndebourne - the composer's natural home in England. And last night I saw... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2017 at Brian Dickie
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It is hard to believe that the amazing Bill Bankes Jones' Tête à Tête is 20 years old - but it is and there was a great party at the RADA studios on Sunday evening to mark the event and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2017 at Brian Dickie
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I have been off line for the last week - on holiday in Portugal with some of my family, in a beautiful place east of Faro with no phone signal and no internet access. After the first shock it was... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2017 at Brian Dickie
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Così fan tutte - Mediterranean Opera Studio and Festival 2017 My week in Sicily was pretty exhausting as it turned out. We started at 10 am each morning and finished at 6. Breaks for lunch yes......but no nearby restaurants, just... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2017 at Brian Dickie