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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Philadelphia Orchestra / Nézet-Séguin @ Royal Festival Hall, London (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Carmen @ Coliseum, London (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
CBSO / Nelsons @ Symphony Hall, Birmingham (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Parsifal @ Staatsoper, Schiller Theater, Berlin (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Madama Butterfly @ Royal Opera House, London (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
BBC SO / Karabits @ Barbican Hall, London (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Berliner Philharmoniker / Rattle @ Barbican Hall, London (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
LSO / Haitink @ Barbican Hall, London (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Philharmonia Orchestra / Salonen @ Royal Festival Hall, London (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Prom 73: Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra / Gilbert @ Royal Albert Hall, London (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
DiDonato/ Pappano @ Wigmore Hall, London (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Prom 40: LSO/Haitink @ Royal Albert Hall, London (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Prom 38: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra/ Storgårds @ Royal Albert Hall, London (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Prom 7: Shostakovich, Bartók & Tavener @ Royal Albert Hall, London (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Prom 53: Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra / Nézet-Séguin @ Royal Albert Hall, London (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Prom 47: OAE/Alsop @ Royal Albert Hall, London (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
PSM 2: Britten Sinfonia/Edwards @ Cadogan Hall, London (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
LSO/Bychkov @ Barbican Hall, London (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
LPO/Coorey @ Royal Festival Hall, London (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
LSO/Ticciati @ Barbican Hall, London (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
OAE/Cummings @ Queen Elizabeth Hall, London (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)