Monthly Archives: March 2010

Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition

by Suzanne Calvin

The clock is ticking.  Well, I think it is — I can’t really tell by looking. In any event — tomorrow is the Dallas Opera’s annual celebration of young Texas singing talent: The 22nd annual Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition with thousands of dollars in prize monies on the line.  This is a free event, […]

Good Dane, Great Opportunity

by Suzanne Calvin

A few seasons back, we had an assistant conductor who was championing a rarely seen 19th century work by Ambroise Thomas, “Hamlet,” and who completely convinced me of the need to see it revived and fully staged.  He must be an extremely happy camper today, as the Metropolitan Opera hosts a touring production of the […]

Graeme's World

by tdoadmin

The Dallas Opera’s peripatetic Music Director Graeme Jenkins isn’t observing the British equivalent of “Spring Break” (which is, in all probability, “Spring Break”).  Today, with about 25 thoroughly jazzed members of the Dallas Opera Guild in attendance, he’ll be conducting THE FLYING DUTCHMAN in Vienna.  Friday, Maestro Jenkins will take the podium for his Dresden debut of DER […]

Graeme’s World

by Suzanne Calvin

The Dallas Opera’s peripatetic Music Director Graeme Jenkins isn’t observing the British equivalent of “Spring Break” (which is, in all probability, “Spring Break”).  Today, with about 25 thoroughly jazzed members of the Dallas Opera Guild in attendance, he’ll be conducting THE FLYING DUTCHMAN in Vienna.  Friday, Maestro Jenkins will take the podium for his Dresden debut of DER […]

Proud Moment for the Whole Family

by Suzanne Calvin

Here at the Dallas Opera, we can’t claim any of the credit but all of us certainly took pride in the announcement that our Interim General Director, John T. Cody, Jr. was one of two recipients of this year’s coveted TACA Silver Cup Award.  The best account of last Friday’s awards luncheon comes from Jeanne Prejean over at D […]

"Anna Nicole": The Opera

by tdoadmin

The mad, sad and tumultuous life of former Texan Vicki Lynn Hogan (a.k.a. Anna Nicole Smith) will be the subject of a new opera by Mark-Anthony Turnage (“The Silver Tassie”) and librettist Richard Thomas (“Jerry Springer the Opera”), scheduled to premiere at Covent Garden in 2011.  Thanks to Patron Services Coordinator Shelly Garcia for the heads-up.  […]

“Anna Nicole”: The Opera

by Suzanne Calvin

The mad, sad and tumultuous life of former Texan Vicki Lynn Hogan (a.k.a. Anna Nicole Smith) will be the subject of a new opera by Mark-Anthony Turnage (“The Silver Tassie”) and librettist Richard Thomas (“Jerry Springer the Opera”), scheduled to premiere at Covent Garden in 2011.  Thanks to Patron Services Coordinator Shelly Garcia for the heads-up.  […]

On "The Nose"

by tdoadmin

The Metropolitan Opera production of Dmitri Shostakovich’s bitter satire, “The Nose,” based on a 19th-century short story by Gogol, is of special interest to Dallas Opera patrons because the starring role is being performed by baritone Paulo Szot…the same Tony Award winner who will sing the title role in next fall’s season opener, “Don Giovanni.”  Classical […]

On “The Nose”

by Suzanne Calvin

The Metropolitan Opera production of Dmitri Shostakovich’s bitter satire, “The Nose,” based on a 19th-century short story by Gogol, is of special interest to Dallas Opera patrons because the starring role is being performed by baritone Paulo Szot…the same Tony Award winner who will sing the title role in next fall’s season opener, “Don Giovanni.”  Classical […]

More Applause for "Don Pasquale"

by tdoadmin

(Photo by Dallas Opera Production Photographer Karen Almond) The latest acclaim for this marvelous revival comes from the international media: Canada’s highly regarded music magazine, “La Scena Musicale.”  Here’s the review by Paul E. Robinson, who wrote: “…the production was excellent: the cast was first-rate; the sets and costumes by the late Jean-Pierre Ponnelle were just […]