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

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)
The Cunning Little Vixen: Janáček’s paean to nature returns to the ENO after a 20 year gap (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Lintu / Power / LPO: Mahler is back at the Royal Festival Hall (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Tosca: Gheorghiu channels Puccini’s temperamental diva to mark the 30th anniversary of her Royal Opera debut (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Theodora: Katie Mitchell scores an unqualified success with Royal Opera’s revisionist Handel (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Canellakis / LPO: Unbridled ecstasy and abandonment in equal measure (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Canellakis / Tetzlaff / LPO: From Russia with Love (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
The Marriage of Figaro: youthful cast brings Mediterranean warmth to the Royal Opera (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Nabucco @ Royal Opera House, London (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Tosca @ Royal Opera House, London (second cast) (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Tosca @ Royal Opera House, London (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
LPO / Canellakis @ Royal Festival Hall, London (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
The Valkyrie @ Coliseum, London (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Macbeth @ Royal Opera House, London (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
La traviata – Three Sopranos’ Views (Opera + Classical Music Features)
La traviata @ Royal Opera House, London (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Bernard Haitink: An appreciation (Opera + Classical Music Features)