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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 3 days ago 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
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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