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

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 (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
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)
Four evenings of jubilant music making in Berlin (Opera + Classical Music Features)
Hair today, gone tomorrow – The Royal Opera’s triumphant new staging of Samson et Dalila is a knockout (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Philharmonia/Blomstedt: This incandescent concert of Bruckner and Mozart proves that age is just a number (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
A star is born in Pierrot Lunaire at Covent Garden (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Don Pasquale: The Royal Opera revives its bittersweet staging with a fine cast (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Lohengrin: The Royal Opera’s first post-Covid Wagner staging thrills on every level (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Joyce DiDonato: EDEN is a heavenly garden of musical delights (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Preview: The Royal Opera announces their eclectic and exciting 2022/23 season (Opera + Classical Music Features)
La Traviata: Pretty Yende and Angel Blue are heartbreaking at the Royal Opera House (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Edward Gardner and the LPO deliver a robust ‘German Requiem’ (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Parsifal: A feast for the musical senses in Berlin (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Three mezzos excel in Mahler at the Wigmore Hall (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Rigoletto: Royal Opera’s thrilling revival showcases three exceptional Italians (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)