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Orford Castle Five days in East Anglia with the Aldeburgh Festival and so many other delights is an annual pleasure these days. I had always struggled to get here during my years in Canada and the US but now there... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Brian Dickie
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It was a particular treat to have our auditions in Munich last week in the Prinzregentheater. This was the home of the Bavarian State Opera after the war until the Nationaltheater reopened in 1963. And it was where I saw... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2019 at Brian Dickie
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The last week has been one of some considerable nostalgia - first on Sunday a wonderful evening at Glyndebourne where I spent the first twenty seven years of my working life, and then three nostalgic days in Dublin where I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2019 at Brian Dickie
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© Johan Persson Jonathon McGovern a charismatic Don Giovanni at Garsington I hugely enjoyed Don Giovanni at Garsington last night. Jonathan McGovern in the title role and David Ireland as his long suffering Leporello were a perfect match, Michael Boyd's... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2019 at Brian Dickie
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The days go zooming by and it is 5 days since I left Madrid after an afternoon of auditions which yielded one exciting qualifier for the finals plus some strong candidates for the wait list which we will be reviewing... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2019 at Brian Dickie
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Since I arrived in Amsterdam last Friday I feel as though I have been sprinting non stop and by the time I got home briefly on Tuesday just before midnight I was thinking "there has to be a better way"!... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2019 at Brian Dickie
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The two days in Berlin yielded some finalists, as expected. Nevertheless it was a little disappointing. But this year we are in Frankfurt for the first time - on Monday and Tuesday coming up and a good many of the... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2019 at Brian Dickie
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Off I am now on a quick tour over the next ten days - starting in Berlin yesterday and today with auditions at the Staatsoper. We have two heavy days from 10 am to 8 pm with eight singers an... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2019 at Brian Dickie
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NOS Young Artists, pianists and director Emma Jenkins at Regent Hall Wednesday May 8 2019 The National Opera Studio presented a most enjoyable evening at the Regent Hall in Oxford Street yesterday evening. It was an opportunity to showcase the... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2019 at Brian Dickie
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Oh how time flies! It is a week since I got back from my lovely trip to Chicago and I am now going to be off again on Monday for ten days of Neue Stimmen auditions in four cities, starting... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2019 at Brian Dickie
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© Michael Brosilow First thing first - Chicago Opera Theater has turned a corner with a transforming change of leadership. And the evidence was there for all to see yesterday afternoon on the stage of the Harris Theater - a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2019 at Brian Dickie
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It is so perfect to start my Neue Stimmen year in Izmir, a jewel of a place populated by a wonderful team of warm hearted enthusiastic music and opera lovers, who work tirelessly to support and promote the gifted young... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2019 at Brian Dickie
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Suffolk, the birthplace and long time home of Benjamin Britten, has a magic that I find irresistible so I try to get there as often as I can. I was there again last week for a couple of days (only)... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2019 at Brian Dickie
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© Alastair Muir The Women of Whitechapel: Janis Kelly, Marie McLaughlin, Natalya Romaniw, Susan Bullock and Lesley Garrett Last Saturday I was at the first performance of a new opera by Iain Bell - Jack the Ripper: The Women of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2019 at Brian Dickie
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I am really sorry to have seemed to have deserted you. I'm still here but have been distracted by the psychodrama of Brexit on the one hand, and by the installation in my right leg of a new knee -... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2019 at Brian Dickie
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© ROH/Clive Barda Amanda Majeski as Kát'a Kabanová at the Royal Opera House February 2019 Janáček's Kát'a Kabanová has been a very special piece for me over the years, with productions in Wexford in 1972, in Glyndebourne in 1988, and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2019 at Brian Dickie
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After my trip to Turkey I have been suffering from some virus which has plagued so many people over the last month - cough, cold, sinus, ear ache, exhaustion.....everything but fever! So I have been lying low, although I made... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2019 at Brian Dickie
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The Celsus Library, Ephesus Tuesday February 5 2019 After four hard days labour here in Izmir we got out to play on Tuesday - a trip to Ephesus on a gorgeous warm February day. Whilst we did not have the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2019 at Brian Dickie
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What a pleasure it is to be back in Izmir - Turkey's third city which, compared to the noise and crowds of Istanbul, is an oasis of peace on the Aegean sea. This is my third rip to serve on... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2019 at Brian Dickie
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I've been a pretty regular visitor to Amsterdam since my first trip here 58 years ago for the Holland Festival in 1961. Having spent all my professional life in the opera business, Amsterdam has inevitably featured regularly in my covering... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2019 at Brian Dickie
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© www.marcoborggreve.com The above photo gives a taste of the visual impact of the Dutch National Opera's spectacular new production by Floris Visser of Vivaldi's Juditha Triumphans which I saw yesterday evening. Saw yes, but above all heard - with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2019 at Brian Dickie
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I am on the Eurostar to Amsterdam - by far the most comfortable way to get to the Dutch capital. I have a 40 minute journey to St Pancras from home, and after a quick shop at Marks and Spencer... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2019 at Brian Dickie
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I have been off the blog, and largely off Facebook as well, for the last 6 weeks, a refreshing respite from the absurd pressure that 21st century "social media" put on us. It has been a welcome relief and I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2019 at Brian Dickie
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Good morning Orford - it looks as though it will be a lovely day here - this very special place with so many Brittenesque reminders. I am here until Friday to chill out, away from the pre Christmas hassle in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2018 at Brian Dickie
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Glyndebourne Touring Opera was born in March 1968 after a quite long gestation period - including a near mid term abortion 12 months before when the Arts Council refused to support it. Then the cavalry arrived over the hill from... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2018 at Brian Dickie