Yearly Archives: 2007

It's Curtains for Naughty Divas

by tdoadmin

Have you been following the mesmerizing sequence of events at Chicago Lyric? The whack-whack firing of one of the world’s great divas, Romanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu, for multiple misdemeanors?  And the triumphant debut of her Latina understudy?  It’s been quite a ride.  From John von Rhein’s column in “The Chicago Tribune”: “Indeed, everyone in the […]

It’s Curtains for Naughty Divas

by Suzanne Calvin

Have you been following the mesmerizing sequence of events at Chicago Lyric? The whack-whack firing of one of the world’s great divas, Romanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu, for multiple misdemeanors?  And the triumphant debut of her Latina understudy?  It’s been quite a ride.  From John von Rhein’s column in “The Chicago Tribune”: “Indeed, everyone in the […]

Paranormal Times in the White House

by Suzanne Calvin

Alan Peppard’s column in last Friday’s edition of “The Dallas Morning News” relates an interesting conversation between First daughter Jenna Bush and “Texas Monthly” magazine’s Dallas-based executive editor, Skip Hollandsworth.  In the course of an interview designed to promote Jenna’s new book, Jenna’s Story, she mentions being scared — really scared — at times in […]

Selling Our National Soul

by Suzanne Calvin

“I have a recurring nightmare. I am in Rome visiting the Sistine Chapel. I look up at Michelangelo’s incomparable fresco of the “Creation of Man.” I see God stretching out his arm to touch the reclining Adam’s finger. And then I notice in the other hand Adam is holding a Diet Pepsi.” This humorously disturbing […]

The Indomitable Mr. Pell

by Suzanne Calvin

Anybody who swings by The Dallas Opera offices needs to take a second to walk past Jonathan Pell’s office.  Our longtime director of artistic administration, sitting behind his desk loaded with snow globes from several continents, looks rather different these days. No, the same obsessive-compulsive organizational skills are in evidence.   The same penchant for […]

Boom Days

by Suzanne Calvin

American.com, an online magazine of ideas, points out that the United States now has a total of 125 going opera companies, which is more than either Italy (twice as many, in fact) or Germany. Furthermore, “roughly as many Americans attend live opera performances as attend NFL football games.” The National Endowment for the Arts found […]

What Matters Most

by Suzanne Calvin

There’s a fascinating new survey conducted by the Gallup Organization for the Atlanta Opera that says, in essence, we opera-types don’t really understand what drives our customers to make that all-important ticket purchase.   Here are some of the more interesting/controversial findings: Current and former subscribers (in Atlanta, remember) say that it doesn’t much matter […]

The Fine Print

by Suzanne Calvin

Before you leap, feet-first, please read the fine print (a.k.a. The Dallas Opera blog Comments Policy): The Dallas Opera blog is designed to give staff, patrons, opera-lovers, and the opera-curious a lively forum for the exchange of ideas. Your supportive or dissenting thoughts, comments, opinions and exchanges are encouraged; however, please express yourself in a […]