The Critics Speak, Part One

by Suzanne Calvin

Heads rolled and the reviews are already rolling in for the Dallas Opera’s final installment of the famed Tudor Trilogy, “Anna Bolena” (Anne Boleyn) which opened this past weekend.

Up first was “Dallas Morning News” Classical Music Critic Scott Cantrell who praised the Dallas Opera Orchestra and Music Director Graeme Jenkins but found flaws in the singing. On the other hand, Gregory Sullivan Isaacs of “Theater Jones” thought the voices saved the day, and Wayne Gay of D magazine’s “Front Row” gave extra kudos to the staging of director Stephen Lawless, as well.  Brian of “Out West Arts” came, saw, and (if not conquered) pretty much liked what he heard.

Over at SMU, Lauren Smart of the “Daily Campus” had mixed views of both the singing and the production.  And Olin Chism of KERA’s “Art and Seek” thought the opera, on the whole, worked better as a feast for music lovers than as a drama, while Sherri Tilley of “The Flash List” begins her review with “If only history class could’ve been like this!”

Performances run through Sunday, November 14th at the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center.

Suzanne Calvin, Manager/Director Media & PR

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