Monthly Archives: September 2008

Robert Wilonsky is the Man

by Suzanne Calvin

…With a Man Crush, evidently.  Actually, Mr. Wilonsky of The Observer often leaves me laughing out loud with his quirky yet pertinent perspectives.  Here, he’s posted our sit-down with George Steel at WRR (with a little side commentary)—Yes, that’s me throwing out questions—during the General Director’s baptism-by-fire-first-day-with-the-Dallas-media. To quote from Casablanca: “Louis, I think this […]

Playing "Twenty Questions"

by tdoadmin

Okay, so, we’re not one of composer Jake Heggie’s all-time-favorite cities in the world, at least not yet  (We’re working on it).  In the meantime, here are some of Jake’s other favorites things to ponder. Jake, of course, is working with librettist Gene Scheer (August 4, 1964 being his most recent) on The Dallas Opera’s […]

Playing “Twenty Questions”

by Suzanne Calvin

Okay, so, we’re not one of composer Jake Heggie’s all-time-favorite cities in the world, at least not yet  (We’re working on it).  In the meantime, here are some of Jake’s other favorites things to ponder. Jake, of course, is working with librettist Gene Scheer (August 4, 1964 being his most recent) on The Dallas Opera’s […]

Breaking the Language Barrier with the Italian Club

by tdo

From the beginning of opera with Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo to the height of versimo opera with Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, the Italian language has permeated the art form. Its mellifluous flow defines theatrical romance language. Friday, September 19th, patrons eagerly arrived at the doors of the prominent Italian Club of Dallas, hoping to get a taste of the […]

Dallas Opera Guild Kicks-Off the Season

by tdo

Admittedly, we’re not quite there yet, but it felt like the opening of the season yesterday evening at Edgemere in Dallas, where The Dallas Opera Guild held its annual opening gala. The event was particularly interesting as it encouraged movement from room-to-room, upstairs and down, permitting patrons to view the beautiful silent auction items, enjoy […]

Cadillac Celebrates the Texas Spirit of The Dallas Opera

by tdo

At the Grand Theatre in Leeds (if you can catch a good bargain on airfares) you can enjoy the phenomenal Takesha Meshe Kizart—a former winner of The Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition—in the title role of Tosca.  It’s a revival of Christopher Alden’s Opera North production and it’s already earned a spot as The Guardian‘s […]

Artrepreneurs

by tdo

Let’s say you’ve got a thing about bubbles.  That every time the soapy discharge plops off the end of your wand in fat, rainbow-tinged bubbles, you get this inescapable feeling that this is why you’re here.  Making bubbles is exactly what nature has intended you to do.  Now, let’s say someone is willing to give […]

Opera Buffs…In More Ways than One

by Suzanne Calvin

Today’s New York Times examines the trend in opera productions to bare more than emotions for today’s audiences.  Increasingly, the new young and athletic singers are being tapped to shed their clothes for the sake of art, buzz, and ticket sales (hopefully, in that order). A case in point is L.A. Opera’s American premiere of […]