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 Rape of Lucretia review: The Royal Opera’s devastating staging features a faultless cast of young singers (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
The Royal Opera’s new staging of Alcina beguiles, delights and is fabulously well sung (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
The RCO, under Harding’s expert baton, delivers a Mahler 9 for the ages (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
The Yeomen of the Guard: Tries to lift spirits at threatened Opera House (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
La Bohème: The Royal Opera’s multicast revival warms the cockles of your heart (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Tosca: ENO’s firing on all cylinders with its new production (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Last Days: An hallucinatory reimagining of Gus Van Sant’s seminal film (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Only An Octave Apart: Cabaret and opera meet head-on with electrifying results (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
The Royal Opera’s new Aida is big on pageant, short on drama (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Schönberg’s mighty Gurrelieder opens the LPO season with thrilling results (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
In The Royal Opera’s revival of Don Giovanni, hell is a state of mind (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
The Royal Opera’s Salome is a heady mix of decadence and depravity (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Prom 69: Thrilling Beethoven from Gardiner and his period forces (BBC Proms)
Siegfried & Götterdämmerung: We saw the world end… in Hackney (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
BBC Proms: Verdi’s Requiem features on the first night at the Royal Albert Hall (BBC Proms)
Otello: The devil has all the best tunes in The Royal Opera’s revival of Verdi’s masterpiece (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Cavalleria Rusticana and I Pagliacci: A sultry evening of lust, jealousy and revenge (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Parsifal makes a thrilling return to London after an absence of nine years (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Madama Butterfly: How do you solve a problem like Cio-Cio San? (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Philharmonia/Rouvali: A rousing Mahler 2 delivers celestial delights (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Elektra: The House of Atreus is at war in the Staatsoper Berlin’s revival of Cheréau’s staging (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)