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Jane Glover, a former leader of the Royal Academy of Music's opera department, called her recently published excellent book "Handel in London, the Making of a Genius". So it is so nice just a few weeks later to go to... Continue reading
Posted 13 hours ago at Brian Dickie
u My father (born 23 April 1899) served in the 1914-18 war, in the Royal Flying Corps which together with the Royal Naval Air Service formed the Royal Air Force on April 1 1918. He was just 18 when he... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Brian Dickie
For those of us looking for the emerging talent from the excellent London "conservatories" November is the month when much of it happens. We have Cosi fan tutte at the Guildhall School this past week (I was there last Wednesday),... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Brian Dickie
Photo: © John Snelling Eleazar Rodriguez (Edgardo) and Sarah Tynan (Lucia) in ENO Lucia di Lammermoor October 2018 It was a huge pleasure to return on Tuesday to the Coliseum to see David Alden's fascinating production of Lucia di Lammermoor,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2018 at Brian Dickie
Photo: Kai Uwe Oesterhelweg Eddie Mofokeng (South Africa) Sophie-Magdalen Reuter (Germany) Michael Rakotoarivony (Madagascar) Jolana Slaviková (Czech Republic) Daniil Chesnokov (Russia) Zlata Khershberg (Israel) Martin Mkhise (S.A.) Amelie Baier (Germany) Damir Rakhmonov (Uzbekistan) Pijarin Wiriyakasadul (Thailand) and Patrick Reiter (Austria)... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2018 at Brian Dickie
Photo:Ruth Walz/DNO Hanna Schwarz, Annette Dasch, Pavel Cernoch, Henry Waddington in the Dutch National Opera's Jenufa My short trip to Amsterdam on Thursday on the way to Gütersloh was filled with pleasures additional to that of being in this excellent... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2018 at Brian Dickie
I had another magical three days in Wexford - not a drop of rain, mild and mostly sunny. Yesterday morning I left the bright blue skies and autumn chill, armed with bread and cheese from the spectacular shop attached to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2018 at Brian Dickie
The last month has been something of an experiment - a trial to see what might happen if I went silent for a few more weeks following my time away during the holiday month. Well there was nothing much although... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2018 at Brian Dickie
Photo: Jose Luis R. Cortes The winners line up for Operalia 2018 - left to right Josy Santos, Migran Agadzhanyan, Pavel Petrov, Benoît Falletti (Rolex), Luís Gomes, Plácido Domingo, Emily D'Angelo, Samantha Hankey, Rihab Chaieb and Arseny Yakovlev I just... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2018 at Brian Dickie
It has been a month of bliss, away from the blog as should be the case from time to time, especially during the summer holidays. These included a week in France and a week in Portugal with not a stage... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2018 at Brian Dickie
© Tristram Kenton John Chest and Christina Gansch in Pélleas et Mélisande at Glyndebourne 2018 I was at Glyndebourne again on Monday for their new production of a piece which has returned of to the repertory during the last 56... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2018 at Brian Dickie
© Bill Cooper Alan Clayton (David) and Iestyn Davies (Jonathan) in Saul at Glyndebourne 2018 It has been a four opera week ranging though Handel, Mozart, Puccini and Mascagni. I started on Monday with the dress rehearsal at Glyndebourne of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2018 at Brian Dickie
Imogen Malfitano (Adina) and José Sacin (Dulcamara) in L'elisir d'amore July 14 2018 I have been in Caltagirone, Sicily since last Sunday at the Mediterranean Opera Studio and Festival. It has been mighty hot and very exhausting, sessions with singers... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2018 at Brian Dickie
Acknowledging the "rapturous applause" 10:05 pm July 5 It is great to go to the world premiere of an opera and feel that the whole thing "works". This is The Skating Rink. The story is strong and the narrative is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2018 at Brian Dickie
I had a really busy non operatic week last week culminating in an extraodinarily enjoyable concert yesterday evening at Kings Place with the Aurora Orchestra. They began with Stravinsky's Dumbarton Oaks followed by a lyrical, sensitive, yet muscularly classical, performance... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2018 at Brian Dickie
Photo: Sam Gelber Robert Rattray's many friends gathered together in the Wigmore Hall on Friday to celebrate his contribution to our lives - a greatly loved friend and colleague who left us so suddenly on January 30. The musical tributes,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2018 at Brian Dickie
© Johan Persson Miah Persson as the Countess in Capriccio I finally caught up with Garsington's sublime production of Capriccio on Wednesday evening, with everyone fit and well and superbly polished and inglorious voice. At the centre of the fine... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2018 at Brian Dickie
© Clive Barda Henry Waddington in the title role in Garsington's Falstaff After a week in Montreal and five days in Suffolk I was delighted to get to Garsington on Monday for the new Falstaff which had opened 48 hours... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2018 at Brian Dickie
I returned from Orford on Thursday evening after four delicious days, my concentration being on the place and the masterclasses at the Britten-Pears programme. But I did get to the new opera, To see the Invisible by Emily Howard that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2018 at Brian Dickie
From Snape Maltings evening 7:15 pm June 12 2018 So far I have had a busy two days here in Suffolk. On Monday I attended the first of the Masterclasses being conducted by Julia Faulkner, John Fisher, and Matthew Rose... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2018 at Brian Dickie
Prize giving Maison Symphonique, Montréal June 7 2018 My six day trip to Canada this past week was a delightful interlude with time to see so many old friends and colleagues, a good few going back to friendships begun almost... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2018 at Brian Dickie
© Tam Lan Truong So at 10 pm yesterday evening the last six standing were announced, and here they are looking very happy. Left to right: Seungju Mario Bag, John Brancy, Mikhail Golovushkin, Emily D'Angelo, Andrew Haji, and Konstantin Lee.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2018 at Brian Dickie
© Tam Lan Truong The first event of my Montréal trip, not as a juror but a privileged guest, was the finals of the Song competition on Sunday afternoon. Above you see the four singers and their pianists. Julien Van... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2018 at Brian Dickie
Garsington opened last night with new production of Die Zauberflöte and a new mug to add to your collection of the mugs designed by Zeb Helm - he is back after a year off! And it was great to see... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2018 at Brian Dickie
I was at Garsington's gorgeous theatre at Wormsley yesterday for a pre-dress rehearsal. This beautiful place is ready for the annual summer invasion of discerning opera goers, but yesterday it was pretty well deserted apart from all the artists and... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2018 at Brian Dickie