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


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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)
Project Ring @ Linbury Theatre, London (Opera + Classical Music Features)
LPO / Gardner @ Royal Festival Hall, London (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Jenůfa @ Royal Opera House, London (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
LPO / Gardner @ Royal Festival Hall, London (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
The Magic Flute @ Royal Opera House, London (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
BBC Proms: Hallé Orchestra / Elder @ Royal Albert Hall, London (BBC Proms)
BBC Proms: BBC Philharmonic / Glassberg @ Royal Albert Hall, London (BBC Proms)
Don Giovanni @ Royal Opera House, London (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
La Bohème @ Royal Opera House, London (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Preview: English National Opera 2021-22 (Opera + Classical Music Features)
Music for Holy Week: Good Friday – Wagner’s ‘Parsifal’ (Opera + Classical Music Features)
Preview: The Royal Opera 2021-22 (Opera + Classical Music Features)