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


Il trovatore @ Opera Holland Park, London (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Le nozze di Figaro @ Royal Opera, London (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Sandrine Piau/Susan Manoff @ Wigmore Hall, London (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
LSO/Boulez @ Barbican Hall, London (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Tosca @ Royal Opera, London (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
LPO/Jurowski: Verdi Requiem @ Royal Festival Hall, London (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Philharmonia Orchestra/Mackerras @ Royal Festival Hall, London (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra @ Royal Festival Hall, London (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
London Philharmonic Orchestra @ Royal Festival Hall, London (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Philharmonia Orchestra @ Royal Festival Hall, London (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Susan Graham @ Wigmore Hall, London (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
The Mikado @ Coliseum, London (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Die Zauberflöte @ Royal Opera, London (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Christopher Maltman @ Wigmore Hall, London (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
London Philharmonic Orchestra @ Royal Festival Hall, London (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Battleship Potemkin @ Barbican Hall, London (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Die Zauberflöte @ Royal Opera, London (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
La Cenerentola @ Royal Opera House, London (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Brodsky Quartet @ Cadogan Hall, London (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
London Symphony Orchestra @ Barbican Hall, London (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Gerald Finley @ Wigmore Hall, London (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)