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 Mikado @ Coliseum, London (Opera and Classical Reviews)
Die Zauberflöte @ Royal Opera, London (Opera and Classical Reviews)
Christopher Maltman @ Wigmore Hall, London (Opera and Classical Reviews)
London Philharmonic Orchestra @ Royal Festival Hall, London (Opera and Classical Reviews)
Battleship Potemkin @ Barbican Hall, London (Opera and Classical Reviews)
Die Zauberflöte @ Royal Opera, London (Opera and Classical Reviews)
La Cenerentola @ Royal Opera House, London (Opera and Classical Reviews)
Brodsky Quartet @ Cadogan Hall, London (Opera and Classical Reviews)
London Symphony Orchestra @ Barbican Hall, London (Opera and Classical Reviews)
Gerald Finley @ Wigmore Hall, London (Opera and Classical Reviews)
BBC Symphony Orchestra @ Barbican Hall, London (Opera and Classical Reviews)
LSO/Davis @ Barbican, London (Opera and Classical Reviews)
The Chemical Brothers @ Trafalgar Square, London (Live Music Reviews)
Prom 71: BSO/Levine – Carter, Bartók and Brahms @ Royal Albert Hall, London (Opera and Classical Reviews)
Prom 69: LGO/Chailly – Beethoven and Brahms @ Royal Albert Hall, London (Opera and Classical Reviews)
Obituary: Luciano Pavarotti, 1935-2007 (Classical and Opera Features)
Carmen @ Coliseum, London (Opera and Classical Reviews)
Prom 53: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Haitink – Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony @ Royal Albert Hall, London (Opera and Classical Reviews)
Prom 15: LPO/Jurowski – Macbeth @ Royal Albert Hall, London (Opera and Classical Reviews)
The Dream of Gerontius @ Barbican Hall, London (Opera and Classical Reviews)
Jenufa @ Opera Holland Park, London (Opera and Classical Reviews)