Monthly Archives: November 2011

Love at First Sight (and Sound)

by Suzanne Calvin

It’s always eye-opening to hear from first-time operagoers, particularly when they go into detail about their expectations versus their actual experience. A case in point is this piece by Alex Hoskins just published in SMU’s “The Daily Campus” on his recent excursion to “Lucia di Lammermoor” at the Dallas Opera. Read it right here.  (Photo […]


by tdoadmin

First Night Designer Nicolas Villalba and his amazing creation that was inspired by the opera The Magic Flute modeled by Linda Ivy.  The Magic Flute will be open on April 20th, 2012.  Single tickets are on sale now, please visit our website at or by calling our box office at 214.443.1000 for tickets.

Occupy Opera

by Suzanne Calvin

A new work by British composer Peter Maxwell Davies for the Juilliard School got off with a bang last week. Heidi Waleson, writing for “The Wall Street Journal” noted: “With timid tonality pervading so many new operas, it was refreshing to hear the edgy, acerbic sounds of Peter Maxwell Davies’s “Kommilitonen!” presented by the Juilliard […]

Keith Speaks

by Suzanne Calvin

This interview  of Keith Cerny by Gregory Sullivan Isaacs first appeared in this month’s “Arts + Culture Magazine”…now, in “Theater Jones.” It’s definitely worth a read if you are interested in the thinking behind a number of recent decisions at the Dallas Opera and our General Director’s vision for the future. Oh, and HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO YOU […]

Creating New Opera (And Other Musical Works)

by Suzanne Calvin

December 5th at 6:30 PM in the Winspear’s Hamon Hall — and anyone can come! RSVP today at 214.443.1044. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214-443-1014/ THE DALLAS OPERA IS PROUD TO PRESENT THE GENERAL DIRECTOR’S ROUNDTABLE! “CREATING NEW OPERA (And Other Musical Works)” FEATURING MOBY-DICK LIBRETTIST AND AMERICAN LYRICIST GENE SCHEER, ANN […]

Delivered Just in Time for the Holiday Weekend

by Suzanne Calvin

Via your Public Television station, KERA. On “Great Performances” this coming Friday evening (Nov. 25th), it’s “Il Postino from LA Opera,” a presentation of the world premiere performance of acclaimed Mexican composer Daniel Catan’s fourth and final opera. The new work starred Placido Domingo as Chilean poet Pablo Neruda and tenor Charles Castronovo (remember our romantic […]

From the Desk of Artistic Director Jonathan Pell

by tdoadmin

November 20, 2011 I attended the performance last night of Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell’s new opera, Silent Night, at the Minnesota Opera.   I had the opportunity of spending some time with Allan Naplan, the company’s general director, before the performance and at the intermission, and was able to talk about the tremendous impact that […]

The 23rd Annual “Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition” Awards $20,500 in Prize Monies!

by tdo

Countertenor John Holiday, Jr. Takes Top Prize and $8,000 Cash! ~~~~ Second Place Tie ($4,000 Apiece) for Sopranos Katrina Galka and Maren Weinberger ~~~~ “People’s Choice Award” Winner Norman Garrett ~~~~ Honoring Longtime Dallas Opera Supporter Patti Cody   DALLAS, MAY 14, 2011 –The Dallas Opera Guild’s 23rd Annual Vocal Competition for young opera singers […]


by Suzanne Calvin

The numbers are in, regarding the Dallas Opera’s successful Opening Night Festivities. Keep scrolling! FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, November 18, 2011 Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214-443-1014/ THE DALLAS OPERA & DELOITTE PRESENT AN UNFORGETTABLE AND SUCCESSFUL “FIRST NIGHT” MARKING OPENING NIGHT OF THE 2011-2012 “TRAGIC OBSESSIONS” SEASON SPONSORED BY THE TEXAS INSTRUMENTS FOUNDATION KAKI HOPKINS, FIRST […]