Monthly Archives: August 2011

Back to Catfish Row…or is it "Avenue" now?

by tdoadmin

Stephen Sondheim is excoriating the decision to revise portions of George Gershwin’s always controversial masterpiece, “Porgy & Bess,” in a new production opening at American Repertory Theatre. However, longtime critic for the “Philadelphia Inquirer,” David Patrick Stearns, thinks the original will stand–not because the revisions aren’t any good–but because the tried-and-true ending simply works better. It’s […]

Back to Catfish Row…or is it “Avenue” now?

by Suzanne Calvin

Stephen Sondheim is excoriating the decision to revise portions of George Gershwin’s always controversial masterpiece, “Porgy & Bess,” in a new production opening at American Repertory Theatre. However, longtime critic for the “Philadelphia Inquirer,” David Patrick Stearns, thinks the original will stand–not because the revisions aren’t any good–but because the tried-and-true ending simply works better. It’s […]

Jonathan Pell, Summer of Opera, part 20

by Megan Meister

This afternoon I was invited to attend a workshop for the first act of a new opera, OSCAR,   that will premiere in Santa Fe in the summer of 2013, that has been commissioned by the Santa Fe Opera and Opera Company of Philadelphia. The composer is Theodore Morrison, who was for many years on the […]

Turn of the Screw – Streamed Live This Weekend

by Suzanne Calvin

Clear the Sunday afternoon calendar!  Benjamin Britten’s “The Turn of the Screw” is being streamed live from Glyndbourne for your listening pleasure. Thanks to Gregory Sullivan Isaacs at “Theater Jones” for the link, and note that if you already have plans for Sunday afternoon, you have a few weeks to catch the performance on “The […]

Jonathan Pell, Summer of Opera, Part 19

by Megan Meister

I had an early dinner with Ailyn Perez last night and was glad to be able to catch up with all the wonderful things that are going on with her career, including her Covent Garden and Metropolitan Opera debuts.  It was hard to tear myself away before we could have dessert, but the curtain time […]

Jonathan Pell, Summer of Opera, Part 18

by Megan Meister

Last night was a new production of FAUST, staged by Stephen Lawless, who has directed several productions in Dallas since his US debut with the company in 1991.  It was cleverly updated to the middle of the 19th century (the time of its composition) and    brimming  with interesting ideas about the conflict between good and […]

Jonathan Pell, Summer of Opera, Part 17

by Megan Meister

I have been coming to the Santa Fe Opera for nearly forty years, and there is a good reason that they call New Mexico “the land of enchantment.”  It is a magical place,  and even on those rare occasions when the performances are a little disappointing, the setting is always extraordinary. From the very beginning […]

Grassi! Prego!

by Suzanne Calvin

The good folks over at Barihunks are expressing their excitement that an American opera company has finally taken steps to introduce Italian baritone Luca Grassi to opera-savvy audiences in this hemisphere. Mr. Grassi will be starring as the domineering Enrico Ashton in our upcoming season opener: “Lucia di Lammermoor,” beginning Friday, October 21st.  They liked […]

Single Tickets for the "Tragic Obsessions" Season Go on Sale 9/12/11

by tdoadmin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, August 12, 2011 Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214-443-1014/suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org THE DALLAS OPERA IS PROUD TO OFFER SINGLE TICKETS FOR THE GLORIOUSLY HAND-WRINGING 2011-2012“TRAGIC OBSESSIONS” SEASON Presented by Texas Instruments Foundation ~~~~ Season Subscriptions under a Hundred Dollars are on Sale Now! Single Tickets will Start at $25 and go on Sale Sept. 12, […]