The Critics Speak, Part One

by Suzanne Calvin

(Photo by production photographer Karen Almond)

More proof that we’re not in bed with the critics.

Yes, romantics everywhere, the jury is in…or at least, dribbling in, one by one.  The critics have spoken on the Dallas Opera’s production of “Romeo & Juliet” with Charles Castronovo, Lyubov Petrova, Robert Lloyd and Joshua Hopkins and the views are mostly positive, yet mixed.

Gregory Sullivan Isaacs of “Theater Jones” found things to like in both the performances and in the orchestra pit, while long-time local critic Olin Chism of KERA’s “Art and Seek” declared the production “better than just pretty good.”

Wayne Lee Gay of “D magazine’s Front Row Blog” thought, despite spectacular singing, it lacked a certain something.  On the other hand, Marilee Vergati of “Dallas Dance Examiner” gave the production four stars and an enthusiastic recommendation. 

“Dallas Morning News” Classical Music Critic Scott Cantrell liked Joshua Hopkins’ Mercutio and the company debut of Maestro Marco Zambelli, conducting.  However, he also expressed reservations.

“The Flash List” found certain aspects of the opera “even better than anticipated” and Luis Noble of the “Sulphur Springs News-Telegram” pronounced it a “lovely night at the opera.”  No doubt, there will be more in the days and weeks to come.

Got your tickets yet?

Suzanne Calvin, Manager/Director Media & PR

One Response to The Critics Speak, Part One

kevin says: February 27, 2011 at 2:24 pm

I saw the final performance Friday night.
Beautiful set, costumes and wonderful talent. Magic.
One of the best productions I have seen from TDO.
Thank you!