Yearly Archives: 2012

Make FIRST NIGHT Number One

by Suzanne Calvin

I realize that sounds a trifle redundant, but FIRST NIGHT (the Dallas Opera’s Opening Night Festivities) is in the running for the number one most glamorous social event of the season. You can check out the options on CultureMap Dallas and cast your ballot (scroll down to choice F for FIRST NIGHT) right here. But do […]

From the Desk of Artistic Director Jonathan Pell, Philadelphia

by tdoadmin

Last weekend I was in Philadelphia to judge the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions along with my colleagues Doris Yarick-Cross, artistic director of the opera program at Yale, and Peter Russell, general director of the Vocal Arts Society in Washington, DC (and former director of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.) We heard […]

Ladies Sing the Blues

by Suzanne Calvin

Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny has posted another installment cheap car insurance quotes of “Off the Cuff” on “Theater Jones,” this one devoted to the idea that most operas fall into one of three catagories: one-hanky, two-hanky, or heart-clutching three-hanky. Read Keith’s analysis here. (Ladies’ hankies courtesy of Suzanne Calvin, Manager/Director Media […]

Stirring the Proverbial Pot

by Suzanne Calvin

I confess that I have never heard Andrea Bocelli live and not much more than snippets of his recordings in various commercials and promos. So, I’m going to stay out of this despite my unfortunate natural tendancy to be as vocal as I am judgmental. However, I found Gregory Sullivan Isaac’s assessment of the “phenomena” of […]

Ending the Week on an Existential Note

by Suzanne Calvin

Before we get all warm and fuzzy at the AT&T Performing Arts Center tree lighting and in response to all the wonderful reasons we have to celebrate during the month ahead, let’s talk for a moment about DEATH. D-E-A-T-H, as in “Death and the Powers,” a tremendously innovative contemporary opera by MIT Media Lab composer/inventor Tod Machover and poet […]

The Word is Out!

by Suzanne Calvin

Sara Heaton and Hal Cazalet in Death and the Powers. Photo by Paula Aguilera The word is out, about the Dallas Opera’s once-secret plans to bring Tod Machover’s groundbreaking “Death and the Powers” to the Winspear stage in 2014. Nope, we haven’t announced our next season, but the National Endowment for the Arts has announced its grant […]

Inside the Mind of Jake Heggie

by Suzanne Calvin

There are few things in the world of journalism more satisfying than a great interview and there’s a great interview with composer Jake Heggie in “The Cornell Daily Sun” conducted over the phone by Danyoung Kim. Jake and librettist Gene Scheer are going to be on campus for a master class and panel discussion. One […]

Meet the Next General Manager of the Met

by Suzanne Calvin

Not that there’s a vacancy at the top of the pyramid. However, there’s no doubt that this young man feels ready to tackle the opera world and he’s already making quite a name for himself. Read on in this feature from “The Christian Science Monitor.” (Photo by Whitney Eulich for the Monitor) Suzanne Calvin, Manager/Director […]

Never Forget

by Suzanne Calvin

Unofficial word out of Vienna today that to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 25th, a new opera focusing on the murders of children by the Nazi regime will premiere–in Austria’s Parliament. The work, by composer Peter Androsch, takes place in a Viennese psychiatric ward. There’s been no formal announcement of the project, as […]