The Critics Speak, Part One

by Suzanne Calvin

The audiences have been raving about the current revival of Verdi’s RIGOLETTO at the Dallas Opera and we expect word-of-mouth to push strong ticket sales for the remainder of the run (note to self: get those friends and family tickets today). And the critics, for the most part, seem to be generally in agreement on the strongest points of this gorgeous production.

Olin Chism of KERA’s “Art and Seek blog” found that this opera “was unusually consistent in the strength of its vocalists while pleasing the eye and maintaining emotional intensity.” Here’s what else he had to say.

Over at D magazine, critic Wayne Lee Gay praised the look of the production and Pietro Rizzo, who conducted the Dallas Opera Orchestra “with impeccable timing and sense of color; he brought a unique sense of physical space to Verdi’s music, tugging the listener from one emotion to another, and, tellingly, producing the most arresting moments when the music is at its most bleak.” Get the rest of Wayne’s review here.

With several alumni both onstage and in the pit, SMU’s “The Daily Campus” took a particular interest in this production and reviewer Lauren Smart found this Verdian masterpiece “…interesting, heartbreaking and enchanting.  A must-see for any opera lover.”  Here’s more of her glowing review.

Classical Music Critic Scott Cantrell of “The Dallas Morning News” praised the “impressive cast” and splendid work by our Dallas Opera Chorus, but took the audience to task in his pointed review.

While Marilee Vergati of “The Examiner” noted:  “Those who think that opera is for their grandparents will find Rigoletto exciting, easy to follow and will marvel at the sheer beauty and complexity of music and vocal talent. Today’s opera is a highly viable art form that has a growing base with exciting young and contemporary talent. Rigoletto will leave you cheering.”  Enjoy the rest of her comments here.

Suzanne Calvin, Manager/Director Media & PR

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