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

Der fliegende Holländer review – Wagner’s seafaring tale returns to the Deutsche Oper (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
La traviata review – English National Opera delivers a gripping account of one of Verdi’s most popular operas (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Rigoletto review – Oliver Mears’ staging is back at The Royal Opera House (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Iolanthe review – a riotous evening of fairy magic at ENO (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Picture a day like this review – Benjamin’s little operatic gem (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Peter Grimes review – a thrilling start to English National Opera’s new season (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
La forza del destino review – Loy’s dramatic staging returns to The Royal Opera (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
London Symphony Orchestra review – Barbara Hannigan leads a bold season opener (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Das Rheingold review – The Royal Opera embarks on a new Ring Cycle (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Prom 52 review – the Boston Symphony Orchestra makes a welcome return to the Royal Albert Hall (BBC Proms reviews)
Prom 37 review – renowned pianist András Schiff beguiles and dazzles in Schumann (BBC Proms reviews)
JPA Summer Performance review – tomorrow’s opera stars shine at Covent Garden (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
The Marriage of Figaro review – it’s all change at the Almavivas (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Don Carlo review – The Royal Opera do Verdi’s grand opera proud (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
The Met Orchestra review – this Rolls Royce of orchestras celebrates Shakespeare in style (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Il trovatore review – a feast of superb Verdi singing at The Royal Opera (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
The Mikado review – Sasha Regan’s all-male version takes Wilton’s Music Hall by storm (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Wozzeck review – The Royal Opera’s new staging of Berg’s masterpiece is shocking and unmissable (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Aida review – a new cast brings musical thrills to The Royal Opera’s revival of Verdi’s epic (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Rusalka review – a night of operatic splendour in Munich (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Blue review – superb performances fail to make Tesori’s opera credible at ENO (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)