Monthly Archives: February 2012

Megan’s Musings Volume 6: Kevin Moriarty

by tdoadmin

I’m sitting here with Kevin Moriarty, Artistic Director for the Dallas Theater Center and our Director for The Lighthouse which opens on Friday, March 16th. Kevin is making his Dallas Opera debut as well as this being his first time directing an opera. Download as MP3 (right-click and choose “Save As”) Previously: Volume 5: Jeanne-Michèle […]

The Mystery of The Lighthouse by Wayne Lee Gay

by Megan Meister

The disappearance, in December of 1900, of the staff of three keepers at a remote lighthouse in the Flannan Isles of Scotland attracted attention not only throughout the British Isles but across Europe and the English-speaking world. No human suspect emerged, and no logical scenario entirely explained the obvious fact that three men, presumably living […]

For Those Who Love Grand Opera

by Suzanne Calvin

“…it just doesn’t get any better.”  Or so writes Terry Mathews, Arts Editor of the “Sulphur Springs News-Telegram” in her review of the Dallas Opera’s “Tristan & Isolde.”  She declared that the voice of soprano Jeanne-Michele Charbonnet (Isolde) “should be declared a national treasure.”  You can read it all here. Meanwhile, over at the “Dallas […]

The Critical Acclaim Continues for “Tristan”

by Suzanne Calvin

If you haven’t read all the initial reviews, please scroll down in order to do so. But it’s incredibly gratifying to be able to report that the applause hasn’t stopped, and rave reviews for our new production of Wagner’s transcendent masterpiece continue to pour in. The latest? From Mark-Brian Sonna at “Pegasus News” who writes: […]

“Oh, Captain, My Captain!”

by Suzanne Calvin

Illness has forced tenor Ben Heppner to cancel his appearance in Tuesday evening’s performance of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s “Moby-Dick” at the San Diego Civic Center. Jay Hunter Morris, who sang the role of Captain Ahab in an earlier production of the work in Adelaide, Australia, will step-in for the ailing singer. Hunter had […]

From the Desk of Artistic Director Jonathan Pell

by Megan Meister

  Basking in the glowing reviews for the Dallas Opera’s extraordinary production of TRISTAN AND ISOLDE, I got on a plane for San Diego to attend the west coast premiere of MOBY-DICK.  It was wonderful to be reunited with this magnificent work which we commissioned for the opening season of the Winspear Opera House and […]

First and Goal

by Suzanne Calvin

Yes, there’s still time to sign on the dotted line and ensure your FREE reserved seat or seats for the Dallas Opera’s April 28th 7:30 pm simulcast of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” at Cowboys Stadium!  More details from Rodger Jones at “The Dallas Morning News” about your chance to, as he succinctly put it, “get something free […]

Tristan & Isolde – What a Night!

by Suzanne Calvin

Okay, I confess: by the end of the evening, I was struggling with tears (and for all the right reasons). Were you there at last night’s opening of Christian Rath’s stunning new production of TRISTAN & ISOLDE?  Was I the only sentimental slob out there who found the overall experience transcendent? The reviews are already coming in, starting […]

Buy Your Ticket but Hold the Applause

by Suzanne Calvin

Keep your hands to yourselves — if only for a moment. That’s the opening salvo of Classical Music Critic Scott Cantrell’s piece published in today’s edition of “The Dallas Morning News,” on the new production of Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” opening tomorrow night (Thursday) at an uncharacteristically early hour: 7:00 PM, and the code of audience […]

The View from Below Deck

by Suzanne Calvin

Time always puts a little different spin on things and it’s only now, nearly two years after its Dallas Opera premiere, that the participants appear completely at ease discussing the process of “birthing” a new opera of the caliber of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s “Moby-Dick.” Check out this very interesting piece on the co-production by […]