Daily Archives: January 17, 2012

A Man of Many Marias – and More

by Suzanne Calvin

He’s best known among opera aficionados for “Master Class” but that hardly scratches the surface of the creative output of American playwright/screenwriter and librettist Terrence McNally, who has lately turned his attention to the Dallas Opera and the creation of a brand-new original work entitled “Great Scott” — in collaboration with composer Jake Heggie. However, opera is just […]

Creative Timing

by Suzanne Calvin

Maybe it’s something in the groundwater supply, but there’s been a welcome flurry of announcements today about yet-to-be-created-operas. Besides the announcement of our own commission of a new grand opera by Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally, San Francisco Opera has several ideas for new world premieres up their collective sleeves, as noted by “Washington Post” classical […]

New Heggie Commission Announced

by Suzanne Calvin

To paraphrase KERA reporter/producer Jerome Weeks: You can’t ask much more from an opera…announcement. Donors and members of the Dallas Opera Chorus and staff gathered onstage to hear a few retrospective words about the impact of “Moby-Dick” on this company before introducing a video featuring opera mega-star mezzo Joyce DiDonato announcing that a) She will […]

THE DALLAS OPERA PROUDLY ANNOUNCES A MAJOR NEW COMMISSION

by Megan Meister

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 Contact: Suzanne Calvin (214.443.1014/suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org) Or Megan Meister (214.443.1071/megan.meister@dallasopera.org)                                                                THE DALLAS OPERA PROUDLY ANNOUNCES A MAJOR NEW COMMISSION: Composer Jake Heggie and Librettist Terrence McNally Team to Create A TDO World Premiere Opera! ~~~~ GREAT SCOTT TO OPEN TDO’S 2015-2016 SEASON STARRING WORLD RENOWNED MEZZO-SOPRANO JOYCE DIDONATO IN […]

Anna Loses Her Head, Again

by Suzanne Calvin

Mark your calendars and set your DVR for “Great Performances at the Met” on KERA, Channel 13, January 20th at 8 PM. The performance in question is the recent David McVicar production of Donizetti’s “Anna Bolena” starring Anna Netrebko in the title role. Here’s more from the PBS website: “The opera, a compelling dramatization of […]

From the Desk of Artistic Director Jonathan Pell

by Megan Meister

As we gear up for rehearsals to begin for Tristan, it may be my last chance to muse about Sunday evening’s Golden Globe Awards before rehearsals start (and the Academy Award nominations are announced next Tuesday.) There really isn’t much correlation between the Golden Globes and the “Oscars” anyway since few, if any, members of […]