Keith McDonnell

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Keith, a former Classical and Opera Editor of musicOMH, studied music at Birmingham University, becoming a Bachelor of Music in 1989. He studied composition with Jonty Harrison and his love of opera, and of Janacek in particular, was influenced by the teachings of the renowned Janacek expert Jan Smaczny. The first opera Keith attended was Peter Grimes in Liverpool, performed by the WNO in 1983. This was swiftly followed by a performance of The Valkyrie, again performed by the WNO and conducted by the legendary Sir Reginald Goodall. This performance was to have a profound effect on him, as he later went on to study Wagner in greater depth, writing a dissertation on "Parsifal, Tristan and Pelleas" as part of his degree. Keith has attended over 500 opera performances, and lists the late Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Dame Anne Evans, and Alice Coote as his favourite singers; whilst Richard Jones is without doubt the opera director whose productions excite him the most. He cites Jones' 1996 Covent Garden Ring as the single most exciting operatic event in his opera-going experience.
Keith McDonnell

Articles by Keith McDonnell

The Barber of Seville review – English National Opera revives Jonathan Miller’s staging of Rossini’s comic masterpiece (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Jephte & Dido and Aeneas review – Joyce DiDonato returns to the Barbican as the other Dido (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
The Faggots and Their Friends Between Revolutions review – an explosive queer odyssey at the Southbank (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
La bohème review – Puccini’s most popular opera makes a welcome return to Covent Garden (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Elektra review – Christof Loy’s staging finally arrives at Covent Garden (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Jenůfa review – Rattle returns to conduct the London Symphony Orchestra (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Wolf Witch Giant Fairy review – 65 minutes of operatic enchantment at The Royal Opera (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Hansel and Gretel review – Hansel and Gretel lacks magic at The Royal Opera (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci review – The Royal Opera revives two of its finest stagings (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
7 Deaths of Maria Callas review – ENO gives the UK premiere of Marina Abramović’s opera project (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Lohengrin review – an outstanding revival at the Deutsche Oper Berlin (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Der fliegende Holländer review – Wagner’s seafaring tale returns to the Deutsche Oper (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
La traviata review – English National Opera delivers a gripping account of one of Verdi’s most popular operas (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Rigoletto review – Oliver Mears’ staging is back at The Royal Opera House (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Iolanthe review – a riotous evening of fairy magic at ENO (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Picture a day like this review – Benjamin’s little operatic gem (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Peter Grimes review – a thrilling start to English National Opera’s new season (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
La forza del destino review – Loy’s dramatic staging returns to The Royal Opera (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
London Symphony Orchestra review – Barbara Hannigan leads a bold season opener (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Das Rheingold review – The Royal Opera embarks on a new Ring Cycle (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Prom 52 review – the Boston Symphony Orchestra makes a welcome return to the Royal Albert Hall (BBC Proms reviews)