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Rameau has on the whole not fared well in England. Years ago Lina Lalandi was a powerful advocate with her English Bach Festival, but that fizzled out. Glyndebourne eventually produced Hippolyte et Aricie in 2013 but it has not been... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Brian Dickie
© ENO/Robert Workman Gwyn Hughes Jones (Alvaro), Anthony Michaels-Moore (Carlo) - Forza del Destino at ENO Nothing could be more topical than the brutality of war - uncompromisingly depicted in Calixto Bieto's production of La forza del destino at the... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Brian Dickie
© Robbie Jack Mark Le Brocq (Biedermann), Leigh Melrose (Schmitz) and Alinka Kozári (Babette) in Biedermann and the Arsonists There is a remarkable little company here in London called Independent Opera whose raison d'être is "the encouragement of operatic talent... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Brian Dickie
©Tristram Kenton/The Guardian Roger Allam (John Christie) Nancy Carroll (Audrey Mildmay) and George Taylor (Rudolf Bing) at the Hampstead Theatre Audrey Mildmay was very far from moderate in anything she did - and without her there would have been no... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2015 at Brian Dickie
I got back to London yesterday evening, but nor before a short visit to the charming town of Bergerac including lunch of course. Having crossed to Dordogne and parked just here, above, a short walk around the immediate area gave... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2015 at Brian Dickie
We made a short day out of a trip to Rocamadour - vertiginous city indeed! Sorry about the photo taken from the moving car through the windscreen.....and what an approach to this place from the south. Astonishing. I can recommend... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2015 at Brian Dickie
La Masse - 9:30 am November 8 2015 In glorious weather but out of season so with very few tourists, this is an ideal week to be here in the Midi-Pyrénées. And yesterday morning was a fine omen for the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2015 at Brian Dickie
I arrived at Bergerac yesterday morning, bang on time, having been squished into the almost full Ryanair 737 for a tolerable 1 hour 30 minute flight. The worst part was Stansted Airport, a temple to 21st century consumerism. The rest... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2015 at Brian Dickie
Wednesday evening was Wolf-Ferrari, and last night the Flanders Symphony in a most unusual programme including Schoenberg, Le Sueur, Berlioz, and Beethoven - and not the usual of any of them. But first the Guildhall and their Donne curiose. There... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2015 at Brian Dickie
I eventually got back from Wexford after over thirty hours door to door........but with happy memories of a really splendid Wexford Festival. The place and the people are remarkable, the spirit unique, and the quality of what they do exceptional... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2015 at Brian Dickie
Guglielmo Ratcliff, the opera that Mascagni thought his best, is completely unknown outside County Wexford! But now the BBC Radio 3 audience had the chance to hear yesterday evening's performance live from Wexford's amazing little opera house. The piece is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2015 at Brian Dickie
Crescent Quay It has been gloomy here weatherise but in all other respects extremely sunny. Yesterday evening I saw Delius's Koanga for the first time (seeing completely new things is part of the Wexford "experience") and it was another example... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2015 at Brian Dickie
Wexford Quay I am back in Wexford for the first time in three years - back in a place which has so many happy memories having been Festival director here for seven years 1967-73. Of course the place has changed... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2015 at Brian Dickie
If you did not manage to tune into the live stream, and were not actually there, you can see the whole thing on You Tube. And Airplay it to your TV. And if you go here you should be able... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2015 at Brian Dickie
So it is all over until 2017 which will mark the 30th anniversary of this wonderful competition. The six happy winners, together with Liz Mohn and Dominique Meyer, are accompanied above by the other five finalists who each benefited from... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2015 at Brian Dickie
So late yesterday evening we announced the winners: Women: First: Elsa Dreisig - Soprano - France Second: Miriam Albano - Mezzo soprano - Italy Third: Bongiwe Nakani - Mezzo Soprano - South Africa Men: First: Anatoli Sivko - Bass -... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2015 at Brian Dickie
I had a short walk around this pretty place before lunch. The row of houses above are just a 100 yards from the hotel on the way to the Stadthalle. And of course it is Halloween next weekend........... And the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2015 at Brian Dickie
It is finals day after the long campaign! My auditions started in Japan at the beginning of May and I finished up in Capetown in the middle of August. So it was a long, but always rewarding, summer visiting 18... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2015 at Brian Dickie
We have eleven - one more than ideal but there was a dead heat for tenth place! And here you see the happy group with jury chairman Dominique Meyer and overall inspiration for the competition Liz Mohn. The lucky eleven... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2015 at Brian Dickie
We are at semifinals day - and this has been a calm day for the jury with nothing other than an excellent lunch to prepare us for this evening's excitement. And a walk for me around town, in spite of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2015 at Brian Dickie
We brought 43 singers to the finals - out of a total of more than 1,000 who applied. And below you see the three monkeys who, for better or worse, took the decisions. BD, Evamaria Wieser and Dominique Meyer Between... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2015 at Brian Dickie
The cutting of 24 singers from the competition after the first round is a painful thing. Inevitably there are many regrets but for the younger ones there is always the possibility of coming back next time. This year we have... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2015 at Brian Dickie
So we have nineteen semifinalists. There are no less than four South Africans and single representatives of 15 other countries - altogether a remarkable state of affairs! We are thrilled with them all, and they look pretty pleased too! Ten... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2015 at Brian Dickie
I arrived yesterday evening around 8:30 and the jury had a convivial dinner. It is so good to see our "family" assembled again! We begin this morning at 10:30 and will be working through until 8pm hearing the first auditions... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2015 at Brian Dickie
So the climax of the year's Neue Stimmen activity is upon us - 44 singers will be competing tomorrow and Tuesday to get to the semi-finals on Thursday. I am off to Gütersloh this afternoon and am looking forward to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2015 at Brian Dickie