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

LSO/Davis @ Barbican, London (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Carmen @ Coliseum, London (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
The Chemical Brothers @ Trafalgar Square, London (Live Music + Gig Reviews)
Prom 71: Boston Symphony Orchestra/Levine – Carter, Bartók and Brahms @ Royal Albert Hall, London (BBC Proms reviews)
Prom 69: LGO/Chailly – Beethoven and Brahms @ Royal Albert Hall, London (BBC Proms reviews)
Obituary: Luciano Pavarotti, 1935-2007 (Opera + Classical Music Features)
Prom 53: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Haitink – Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony @ Royal Albert Hall, London (BBC Proms reviews)
Prom 15: LPO/Jurowski – Macbeth @ Royal Albert Hall, London (BBC Proms reviews)
The Dream of Gerontius @ Barbican Hall, London (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Jenufa @ Opera Holland Park, London (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Pelléas et Mélisande @ Royal Opera, London (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Giulio Cesare in Egitto @ Barbican Hall (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
BBC Symphony Orchestra/Adès @ Barbican, London (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Parsifal @ Zürich Opera House, Zürich (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)