Monthly Archives: March 2012

Glowing Reviews for The Lighthouse

by Suzanne Calvin

The limited engagement of the Dallas Opera’s new production of THE LIGHTHOUSE is now history — but the accolades continue to roll in on the tide. Katie Womack of “The Observer” found it a “strange yet engrossing musical and theatrical experience.” Read more of her review here. Over at “Theater Jones,” critic Gregory Sullivan Isaacs proclaimed […]

Spooky-Like, and a Whole Lot More

by Suzanne Calvin

All explanations fall short. There’s no way to navigate the treacherous shoals of Peter Maxwell Davies’ THE LIGHTHOUSE, opening Friday, March 16th at 7:30 pm in the Wyly Theater, without actually experiencing it, seeing and hearing it for yourself. Classical Music Critic Scott Cantrell of “The Dallas Morning News” gives it a go right here. But it’s […]

The Magic Flute Comes to TDO

by Suzanne Calvin

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214-443-1014/suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org THE DALLAS OPERA IS PROUD TO PRESENT THE FINALE OF THE “TRAGIC OBSESSIONS” SEASON: MOZART’S MAGNIFICENT MASTERPIECE! THE MAGIC FLUTE (Die Zauberflöte) Libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder ~~~~ STARRING SOPRANO AVA PINE AS PAMINA TENOR SHAWN MATHEY IN HIS TDO DEBUT AS TAMINO BASS-BARITONE […]

Idea for a New Opera? Before You Start…

by Suzanne Calvin

If you’ve ever given a moment’s thought to creating a new work for the opera stage — this is a must read! Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny’s lastest edition of “Off the Cuff” for “Theater Jones” delves into the tricky business of commissioning new works. And you don’t have to be an […]

Theater Jones Videos: To The Lighthouse, Parts 2 and 3

by Suzanne Calvin

The fascinating, behind-the-scenes look at the Dallas Opera’s new production of THE LIGHTHOUSE continues to capture our attention at Theater Jones! Here’s Part Two  followed by Part Three of the ongoing series. Kudos to Producer/Editor Emily Trube, Reporter Gregory Sullivan Isaacs, videographer Eric Shaddix, and Michael Warner. Tickets are available for this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoon at […]

Coming Soon to a Theater Near…Us!

by Suzanne Calvin

Only the performance space has changed, not the artistic quality or content. I’m talking about THE LIGHTHOUSE, a 1980 chamber opera by Peter Maxwell Davies opening this Friday in the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre directly across Flora Street from our usual home in the Winspear Opera House. And THE LIGHTHOUSE is definitely distinctive in more ways […]

Theater Jones Goes “Behind the Curtain”

by Suzanne Calvin

Behind the curtain, down in the pit, at the publicity shoot, in the tech director’s office, talking with the conductor, the director and the stars: “Theater Jones” was everywhere, as the Dallas Opera and the Dallas Theater Center prepared for our chilling new production of THE LIGHTHOUSE, opening for a very limited engagement this Friday night, […]

The Country Versus the Cough

by Megan Meister

Early this morning, four decades after it smashed box office records across the U.S., I finally got around to seeing “Love Story” when it snuck-up on my television screen.  Aside from a head-snapping appearance by a youthful Tommy Lee Jones, the movie was everything I expected and less: sappy, over-the-top music score; “hoot-worthy” dialogue, and […]

Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition Results

by Suzanne Calvin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Saturday, March 10, 2012 Contact: Suzanne Calvin (214.443.1014/suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org) Or Megan Meister (214.443.1071/megan.meister@dallasopera.org) The 24th Annual “Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition” Awards $20,000 in Prize Monies! ~~~~ SOPRANO HEATHER HAWK Takes Top Prize and $8,000 Cash! ~~~~ Second Place ($5,000) and “People’s Choice Award” (An Additional $1,000) Goes to Soprano Amanda Woodbury ~~~~ […]

Unbridled Enthusiasm

by Suzanne Calvin

There are a number of things I love in this world: kind-hearted children, pets that purr, well-designed furniture, glorious music enjoyed with the windows rolled down, walking anywhere, hundred-year-old linens, and the Meadows Museum–to name a few. But one of the things I’ve come to appreciate more and more is the man or woman who looks at […]