Monthly Archives: July 2007

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, 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 […]

Launching the blog

by Suzanne Calvin

Gee…This is one of those moments in Dallas Opera history. Not one of those sublime moments like the pairing of Ruth Ann Swenson and Ewa Podles in Rodelinda, or, one of those make-your-heart-dance-in-your-chest moments like the playful interaction between Vivica Genaux, Giorgio Caoduro and Donato DiStefano in last season’s The Barber of Seville. Neither is […]