Monthly Archives: September 2010

Guerilla Tactics, Livermore Style

by Suzanne Calvin

The gents at Barihunks are always incredibly generous with their enthusiasm for our marketing campaigns and lend consistent support for folks — like the marketing team at Livermore Valley Opera in Northern California — who put an intelligent or interesting twist on outdated notions of “community outreach.”  Be sure to watch the video…a total hoot! […]

TACA: Taking Aim at the Cultural Arts

by Suzanne Calvin

They have all the fun and we get all the benefits. I’m using “we” in the imperial sense, meaning all the local organizations and individuals that comprise the kaleidoscopic Dallas area arts scene. More on this important Gala from Jeanne Prejean of “MySweetCharity” blog. Suzanne Calvin, Manager/Director Media & PR

Too Much Dough, or Just Enough?

by Suzanne Calvin

Op-Ed contributor Alex Ross in yesterday’s “New York Times” tackles the perception of the high cost of producing opera in tough times — even as the Met prepares to unveil the first part of its brand-new “Ring” Cycle, a four-part, two-year endeavor. The terrific prose you expect from Alex Ross and some interesting insights and […]

Peek-a-Blue

by Suzanne Calvin

Kudos to COMMANDOpera for the preview of our upcoming season opener, “Don Giovanni,” particularly for going the distance to acquire these gorgeous photos of the John Pascoe-designed set for Washington National Opera. The renowned Mr. Pascoe will be directing his production in Dallas, as well. In any event, it’s a superb sneak peek at what we can expect […]

Hot Szot

by Suzanne Calvin

The name is pronounced “Shot,” by the way.  POW-low SHOT.  Hope you won money on that one. “Dallas audiences ARE in for a treat” any way you pronounce it. I’m counting the days until the arrival of baritone Paulo Szot to begin rehearsals for our season opener: Mozart’s retelling of the Don Juan legend, “Don Giovanni.” And […]

Two Hands Equal One Controversy

by Suzanne Calvin

They’re at it again, the local critics, that is. Willard Spiegelman of D magazine (not to mention SMU, “The New York Times,” etc.) is the latest to raise the issue of the audience “O”…the sometimes ill-timed, other times automatic standing ovations on the part of Dallas/Fort Worth audiences. One of the points made is that this behavior somehow validates […]