Monthly Archives: April 2009

Inventive Soprano + Technology

by Suzanne Calvin

Yes, kids, in case you missed it earlier (and most of us did), it’s time once again to twitter your favorite opera plot for glory and possible comp tickets.  Here’s the story from Charlotte Higgins’ OnCulture blog at the Guardian (U.K.) The first winner concocted a complete retelling of the Ring Cycle in 140 characters […]

Costello Takes Top Prize

by Suzanne Calvin

Tenor Stephen Costello, who will sing the role of Ishmael in the world premiere of Jake Heggie’s MOBY-DICK at The Dallas Opera just over a year from now, is the recipient of the Richard Tucker Award–the top award from the Richard Tucker Foundation. Above, in Karen Almond’s photo, he appears with Hasmik Papian in our […]

Pecking Order

by Suzanne Calvin

Part of a long-term project to revive works touched by Nazi tyranny…Is LA Opera’s latest for the birds? Photo courtesy of Robert Millard/Los Angeles Opera. This 1920′s take on a delightful comedy from classical antiquity (thank you, Aristophanes) was a big hit for composer Walter Braunfels but is little known and even less likely to […]

The 2009 Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition

by Suzanne Calvin

Award Winners Michael Sumuel, Catherine Martin, and Steven LaBrie The champagne was cold, the competition was hot…a fabulous time was had by all! The Dallas Opera Guild’s twenty-first annual competition for young opera singers, The Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition, awarded ten outstanding Texas-based singers $19,000 in prize monies in a ceremony conducted in Gooch […]

Steel Yourself

by Suzanne Calvin

Photo courtesy of Rene Perez, New York City Opera. Realizing that Dallas Opera patrons have more than a passing interest in the future of New York City Opera and our former general director, George Steel; we thought we should include his newly announced plans for the coming season on our blog. Ronald Blum of Associated […]