The Replacement

by Suzanne Calvin

(Photo by David Sims, courtesy of W magazine)

At the risk of being accused of attempting to turn lemons into lemonade, I’m genuinely excited at the prospect of French Canadian soprano Alexandra Deshorties stepping in for the ailing German soprano Annette Dasch to sing the role of Desdemona in our season opener: OTELLO.  It has all the makings of one of those tremendous “theater stories” a la “42nd Street.”  Although recognized as a formidable artist already, this will mark Miss Deshorties role debut as the doomed wife and she’s being asked to pull off a triumph in near-record time under the biggest, brightest spotlight ever turned on The Dallas Opera (Don’t argue with me -- There are considerably more media outlets today than when Maria Callas inaugurated the company in 1957.).

Let me whisper this softly: The early reports from rehearsals are ecstatic

Here’s hoping!

Suzanne Calvin, Assoc. Dir. of Marketing, The Dallas Opera

One Response to The Replacement

Ed Golterman says: October 5, 2009 at 5:28 am

Suzanne…

Likewise..impresario Guy Golterman (whose grand operas opened the St. Louis Coliseum in 1910, the St. Louis Municipal Theater in Forest Park..1917…Cleveland Stadium 1931 and Kiel Opera House in St. Louis in ’34) ‘trained’ to New York after Jeritza cancelled.

He.camped out in front of her house..until she agreed to come…she did ….and performed gloriously. In 4 decades Golterman ‘lost’ only Grace Moore (twice) and Chaliapin (once).

From the Goltermans of St. Louis -God’s Speed..
and Best Wishes. What a glorious time for Dallas. Here..
Kiel is saved…finally…. and will reopen late next
year or early 2011.