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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 7 days ago 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
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The third of this month's conservatory productions in London is Le nozze di Figaro at the Royal College of Music - in a most elegant production by Thomas Allen designed by the gifted very young Lottie Higlett. The production is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2018 at Brian Dickie
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© Robert Workman Jonathan Tetelman (Rodolfo) and Natalya Rominiw (Mimi) in ENO revival of La Bohème To return to this perfectly crafted opera, however "hackneyed" might seem to be, is such a pleasure when executed with such conviction as currently... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2018 at Brian Dickie
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Roderick Williams and David Butt Philip So the War Requiem opened on Friday evening to a full Coliseum completely engrossed in Britten's masterpiece. It was a deeply moving musical and theatrical event, sublimely performed by the three soloists Emma Bell,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2018 at Brian Dickie
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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 Nov 15, 2018 at Brian Dickie
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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 Nov 11, 2018 at Brian Dickie
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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 Nov 10, 2018 at Brian Dickie
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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© 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
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© 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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© 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
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© 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
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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
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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