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I have been uncharaterlistically negligent in my chronicling of my activitites and now find that I am six days behind. There is little explanation other than just finding more stimulating activity than writing the blog! It was a busy and... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at Brian Dickie
The RAM Opera department was in good form last night with an excellent Puccini double bill of Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi conducted extremely well by Peter Robinson - the perfect person for dealing with young singers with utmost care... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Brian Dickie
I had a really lovely 24 hours in Westbury-sub-Mendip, between the city of Wells and the cheese town of Cheddar. This part of England, essentially the heart of the ancient kingdom of Wessex, is particularly appealing, and I am thrilled... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2014 at Brian Dickie
I had greatly enjoyed the Fiona Shaw production of Figaro when it was new in 2011 - it had some stunning singers in it including Iain Paterson and Roland Wood as Figaro and the Count, and the feisty Barbarina of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2014 at Brian Dickie
I spent a really enjoyable evening in St James Church, Paddington yesterday. This was for just the second concert by an impressively enterprising group called Place de l'Opera, the brainchild of two young French conducting students at the Royal Academy... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at Brian Dickie
So I was at the Dvořák's Cunning Peasant yesterday - quite a rarity although the Guildhall had a considerable success with in in 1997 so were understandably encouraged to give it another outing. It is certainly a piece of some... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at Brian Dickie
Albert Bridge from Battersea Park 9:15 am November 9 2014 I was out in Battersea Park on a bicycle yesterday morning - one of the pleasures that I am discovering living by this splendid park. These "Boris bikes" as they... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at Brian Dickie
YES! - Les Martyrs from Opera Rara and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at the Royal Festival Hall yesterday evening. This marvellous piece, Donizetti's wonderful and exotic adaptation for Paris of his Poliuto, was given a hugely successful... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2014 at Brian Dickie
I have always found Fanciulla del West a problem. Puccini's ability to make huge impact in such pieces as Bohėme, Tosca, and Butterfly is partly the result of his economy and compactness - never a superfluous moment. Fanciulla has a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at Brian Dickie
The National Opera Studio has a busy calendar of events including Lunchtime recitals at All Saints Church in Wandsworth High Street, near their splendid premises in South West London. They are mostly free and unticketed, a nice bonus for local... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at Brian Dickie
We are having another glorious few days with the city looking as pretty as it possibly can. So I took a few minutes after lunch to walk from somewhere just east of Vauxhall Bridge to Lambeth Bridge to Westminster Bridge... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2014 at Brian Dickie
Final line up including John Norris, Gustav Kuhn, Liz Mohn, and Francisco Araiza I am on my way back to London after two enjoyable days in Gütersloh. The concert last night was a happy occasion with this varied dozen enjoying... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2014 at Brian Dickie
To see the 20 year old Rossini's La scala di seta is a rare treat and so, at the Linbury Theatre at the Royal Opera House, there was a sold out house on Thursday. It is difficult stuff, starting with... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2014 at Brian Dickie
A quick update - I am on the way to Gütersloh (home of Neue Stimmen) for two days. I will be reporting from there this eveing and tomorrow. Meanwhile I hope to catch up with other things, in particular the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2014 at Brian Dickie
It was a great pleasure to be at the opening of the Tour version of the Turn of the Screw yesterday afternoon. The performance was full of jewels from the striking singing of the prologue (and Quint) by Anthony Gregory,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2014 at Brian Dickie
Thursday saw a visit to each of the Royal Academies - firstly of Arts at Burlington House where the splendid Dennis Hopper show ends this weekend. And more importantly the Vocal Faculty at the RAM had their opera scenes show,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2014 at Brian Dickie
As regular readers know I had the extreme pleasure of serving on the jury of the Carl Nielsen competition in Denmark last month. And today I revisited the special world of the flute when I attended a masterclass with William... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at Brian Dickie
I have had a busy week and have been less than diligent on the blog....... There was a fine opportunity on Wednesday evening to hear a good many of the Royal Academy of Muisc students - the Pavarotti Prize. Sadly... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at Brian Dickie
Little is it realised the extent to which the "Assistant conductor" contributes to the success of a production. Major opera companies will have a number of them on the staff, beavering away in the background and so often, it has... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at Brian Dickie
You can now see Vienna State Opera productions at home for an amazingly reasonable price. And you can give it a try for free. But at just €14 a go for live streaming and only €5 for archived videos -... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at Brian Dickie
The Academy of Ancient Music has adorned the London music scene, and more widely around the world, for more than 40 years. The recent death of its founder Christopher Hogwood reminded us, if necessary, of the huge influence that the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2014 at Brian Dickie
When Nicholas Hytner's production of Xerxes was unveiled at the Coliseum in 1985 it was clear that Handel at last, on his 300th birthday, had taken his rightful place as central to our repertoire - Hytner had found a way... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2014 at Brian Dickie
The opera program at the RAM has got off to a very quick start just three weeks into their with a two hour programme of scenes which was somewhat blighted by the illness of their best young people Emily Vine... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at Brian Dickie
I have had a few days of catching up with old friends and colleagues, and a few more to go this week. Last week it was the perennial delight of seeing Tom Graham who is as relaxed and amusing as... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at Brian Dickie
From the first bar of Otello last night at the Coliseum it was clear that we were in for an evening of great music making under the inspiring guidance of Edward Gardner. The ENO orchestra and chorus have delivered some... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2014 at Brian Dickie