Monthly Archives: October 2010

Up With the Volume – Off With Her Head!

by Suzanne Calvin

Time’s a-wasting! Only a few more performances of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” left to enjoy. Here’s the latest review from Arnold Jones of “The Voice.” By the way, we will be broadcasting live this evening from the Winspear Opera House as we open the first of six performances of Donizetti’s renowned Tudor tragedy, “Anna Bolena” (a.k.a. […]

Goya for Broke!

by Suzanne Calvin

I will freely admit that my chief interest in the Metropolitan Opera’s revival of “Il trovatore” isn’t the marvelous Patricia Racette (a stunning Jenufa at the Dallas Opera a few seasons back) or the equally compelling artistry of Zeljko Lucic (who sang Nabucco as a force of nature in our grand production designed by Frances Bagley and […]

Juuuuuust Right!

by Suzanne Calvin

At the risk of sounding like Goldilocks, I appreciated the thumbs-up the Winspear Opera House received from “Opera News” for being “pleasurably Euro-scaled.”  Actually, it’s an altogether interesting article by Patrick Dillon on whether opera is better served by big voices or less hefty, more nuanced vocal instruments. Your opinions and anecdotes are equally welcome. Suzanne […]

Tor-e-adore!

by Suzanne Calvin

Word via “Theater Mania” that Paulo Szot, currently starring in the title role of our production of “Don Giovanni” will soon be back onstage at the Met. He’s singing the role of Escamillo the Toreador in the Metropolitan Opera’s production of “Carmen” starting on January 5th. Anita Rachvelishvili will be making her Met Opera debut […]

The Critics Speak, Part Two

by Suzanne Calvin

Wildly divergent opinions on the Dallas Opera’s current production of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni.” Dean Cassella of “DFW Renaissance” thought we did justice to the complexity implied by the term, dramma giocosa. The Associated Press was disappointed overall, here’s the review carried on WFAA.com. Mark-Brian Sonna of John Garcia’s “The Column” and Pegasus News thought it was […]