Monthly Archives: November 2011

Holiday Gift Suggestion

by Suzanne Calvin

  For the opera lovers in your life: a $75 FLEX subscription (3 operas) to the Dallas Opera and a little background material to go along with it. Ron Davis’ “La Scala West” about the Kelly/Rescigno years is on-sale at for $34.19 (which is considerably better than the $50 I shelled out for my […]

Subscriber Perk: Another Rave for Racette

by Suzanne Calvin

Seriously, there are lots of reasons to subscribe to the Dallas Opera but the perks this year seem, to me, some of the best ever. Especially the “Cabaret Evening with Patricia Racette” praised by Marilee Vergati in this issue of ”Dallas Dance Examiner:” “Racette’s renditions transformed classic songs into picturesque scenes reminiscent of the golden years […]

Karen Almond Colors Our World

by Suzanne Calvin

Yes, she does. Note Karen’s latest photo to grace the pages of “The New York Times, from the Lyric Opera of Kansas City production of Mozart’s “Cosi fan tutte,” the second work presented in the company’s glamorous new home, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. In case you are unaware, Karen Almond has long […]

Megan's Musings Volume 3: Anthony Barrese

by tdoadmin

This month I sat down with conductor Anthony Barrese who was in town conducting our Family Concert which was on Saturday, November 12th. Mr. Barrese was last with the Dallas Opera in 2008 when he conducted Puccini’s Tosca with soprano Catherine Naglestad singing the title role. Ms. Naglestad went on to win the Dallas Opera’s […]


by Megan Meister

EDIBLE OPERA One of the best-loved opening scenes in opera, the beginning of Act One of Giacomo Puccini’s La bohème, revolves almost entirely around two things: hunger and extreme cold.  As we enter the season of feasting that extends from Thanksgiving Day through Chinese New Year’s and beyond, it’s a good time to push ourselves […]

Colorful Mini-Opera Cracks Jokes and Eggs

by Megan Meister

The cast of Doctor Miracle sign autographs after the October 30 performance at the Winspear Opera House. Photo by Luke McKenzie. Colorful Mini-Opera Cracks Jokes and Eggs by Sally-Page Stuck Just as a generous adult would share her opera glasses, the two-year-old opera patron to my left kindly offered to share her pacifier. Surely, she […]

$5 Family Concert on Saturday Afternoon

by Suzanne Calvin

It’s going to be a beautiful weekend to take the kids and grandkids out of storage (did I just write that?) and introduce them to the joys of classical music and the Dallas Opera’s “hands-on” introduction to opera. The action starts in the Winspear Opera House lobby at noon Saturday (i.e. tomorrow) with hands-on arts […]