Monthly Archives: December 2011

From the Desk of Artistic Director Jonathan Pell

by Megan Meister

I was delighted to open up this morning’s Dallas Morning News to read a column by Michael Granberry  announcing that one of this year’s winners of the Meadows Prize (and who will be in residence for four weeks at SMU in the fall of 2012) is Irish choreographer Michael Keegan-Dolan. Mr. Keegan-Dolan has been acclaimed […]

From the Desk of Artistic Director Jonathan Pell

by Megan Meister

New York City Auditions, Day 5 My last day in New York was devoted to a theatrical double header to see the work of directors and designers who might be recruited to do an opera production. First up was OTHER DESERT CITIES, directed by Joe Mantello, who staged the world premiere of Jake Heggie’s first […]

From the Desk of Artistic Director Jonathan Pell

by Megan Meister

New York City Auditions, Day 4 After a final day of New York auditions, a disappointing day in which I heard forty more singers, only a few of whom were interesting and none who caused my heart to beat faster, I had a transcendent theatrical experience this evening. I went to see Hugh Jackman in […]

COME TO THE TABLE!

by Megan Meister

COME TO THE TABLE! We eat to survive.  We feast, on the other hand, for a multitude of obvious and mysterious reasons. Feasting can be a display of wealth or prestige, power or political status.  It serves to underscore existing hierarchies within families (from the Seder, to Grandmother’s perfect pies, to Dad carving the Thanksgiving […]

From the Desk of Artistic Director Jonathan Pell

by Megan Meister

 New York City Auditions Day 3 Wednesday night’s performance of Handel’s RODELINDA at the Metropolitan Opera was sumptuous—considering that there are only six soloists and no chorus, per capita it must be the most expensive production that this company ever mounted! Imaginatively staged by Stephen Wadsworth and beautifully conducted by Harry Bicket, the opera starred Renee Fleming, Andreas […]

Fashion@theOpera

by Megan Meister

Abi Ferrin designer for Tristan & Isolde (click on link) Enjoy this video from First Night, Opening Night Celebration Friday, October 21st.  We take a look at how designer Abi Ferrin took on the role of designing for such an epic opera like Wagner’s Tristan & Isolde. Tickets for Tristan & Isolde  are currently on […]

From the Desk of Artistic Director Jonathan Pell

by Megan Meister

New York Auditions Day 2 & Faust Yesterday’s auditions were slow to get started, and it wasn’t until two hours into them that I heard a singer that I liked, and another hour after that before I heard a singer that I loved. Later in the day there were four or five interesting singers, but […]

On the General Director’s CD Player

by Megan Meister

One way and another, I seem to spend quite a lot of time in my car, and I make a special point of bringing along interesting CDs to listen to.   Most recently, I have been enjoying Naxos Records’ recording of Karol Szymanowski’s opera King Roger.  Having made its premiere in 1926, King Roger is an […]