Monthly Archives: May 2009

What's on your IPod? – Ava Pine

by tdoadmin

Ava Pine For our audiences, Ava Pine almost needs no introduction. Last season, she received rave reviews for her performances as Adele in our fall 2008 production of Die Fledermaus. Other engagements include Adina in L’Elisir d’amore with Arizona Opera, Romilda in Xerxes with Boston Baroque and the Angel in the Southwestern premiere of Angels […]

What’s on your IPod? – Ava Pine

by tdo

Ava Pine For our audiences, Ava Pine almost needs no introduction. Last season, she received rave reviews for her performances as Adele in our fall 2008 production of Die Fledermaus. Other engagements include Adina in L’Elisir d’amore with Arizona Opera, Romilda in Xerxes with Boston Baroque and the Angel in the Southwestern premiere of Angels […]

No off-season for opera

by tdo

Santa Fe’s open air opera house On the heels of a critically acclaimed Fort Worth Opera Festival, North Texas Opera lovers may be looking for their next big musical “fix.” Fortunately, there’s plenty to choose from, from coast to coast and overseas. Here are a few of the best known options: Salzburg Festival There’s more […]

Backstage Stars

by Suzanne Calvin

Many of the most talented stars in the performing arts never set foot on stage, and, as if to make that point, “The Dallas Morning News” Classical Music Critic Scott Cantrell profiles half a dozen people who make a tremendous difference, including several who are rarely identified by the patrons in the aisles. These would include […]

The Vote is in – 3 Cheers for James Valenti!

by Suzanne Calvin

Whilst busy attempting to balance my left leg …sorry, more information than you wanted to know…Anyway, I missed it: the announcement that season ticket holders had selected tenor James Valenti (Rodolfo in our recent production of Puccini’s LA BOHEME) as the “Maria Callas Debut Artist of the Year.” It all happened at the annual appreciation […]

Roller Coaster Economy

by Suzanne Calvin

Fast on the heels of the buzz about Fort Worth Opera’s successful festival season, just ended, comes a downbeat announcement from another local opera company, The Living Opera.  It seems that the entire season is being postponed a year, although a “thank you” concert may be in the offing between now and then.  Here’s hoping the […]

Another Urban Oasis of an Opera House

by Suzanne Calvin

One of the world’s most prestigious architecture prizes has gone to a European firm with a name I wouldn’t attempt to pronounce.  The point is: we’re seeing a definite trend in 21st century opera houses that embrace their citizenry and surroundings rather than cordially inviting bystanders to “Get lost.”  To give credit where credit it […]