Dallas Opera Chamber Series

by Suzanne Calvin

It’s official!  We are launching a new chamber opera series in March of 2012 with a Dallas Opera production of Peter Maxwell Davies’ THE LIGHTHOUSE, conducted by the second woman guest conductor in our history and staged by Dallas Theater Center Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty in his opera debut!  And did I mention where this work will be presented? 

Get the lowdown from Peter Simek and D magazine’s FrontRow blog, as well as Jerome Weeks’ take on the important announcement on KERA’s Art and Seek blog and the view from Broadway World

Oh, look -- here’s more from Gregory Sullivan Isaacs at “Theater Jones.”

(image courtesy of Wikipedia)

Suzanne Calvin, Manager/Director Media and PR

3 Responses to Dallas Opera Chamber Series

Krelm says: August 5, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Wow, what a way to kick off a series! I’m a huge fan of The Lighthouse, but I have to admit I’ve never seen it staged. I may try to attend all three performances. May this series live long and be well, and may it feature many other heavy hitters that Dallas has seen too little of (heck, you could build a looong series around Max-Davies’s operas alone). A completely unguarded “hooray!”

Suzanne says: March 22, 2011 at 3:17 pm

You have some very interesting suggestions, Scott, and I can tell you that one of the points of this new series is to provide opportunities for us to enjoy “opera rarities” from many different eras. I can’t say that I’ve ever heard Leoncavallo’s “Boheme” (given that it came out a day late and a lira short) but given that there’s little doubt in my mind that Puccini stole the idea from the too-trusting Leoncavallo, it could make for some terrific panel discussions – as well as a chance to fill that particular gap in my musical experience.

Ah, Puccini…That self-avowed hunter of handsome women, waterfowl and great libretti.

Suzanne Calvin, Dallas Opera

Scott says: March 18, 2011 at 6:47 pm

Love the idea of the chamber series for new and small works etc. Hoping for some edgy Kurt Weill in the future.

Also, next time we do Puccini’s “La Boheme”, let’s do the Leoncavallo version in the chamber series. Would be a nice counter point and refreshing change.

Would love for Dallas Opera to expand repertoire by performing rarely performed and/or “lost” pieces (even if in concert version). There’s such a vast catalog of beautiful dramatic music that’s no longer performed regularly. This could be Destination Dallas programming if we tapped into some of those forgotten works of Bellini, Cherubini, Debussy, Donizetti, Mercadante, Offenbach, … etc.

I LOVE Lucia and look forward to seeing again next year (as well as tomorrow at the Met Broadcast), but would WELCOME versions of Poliuto, Dom Sèbastien, La Favorita, Adelia, Lucrezia Borgia, Marino Faliero, etc.