Monthly Archives: June 2012

Professional Chameleons

by Suzanne Calvin

I’m trying to make the mental leap from Papageno to Henry Kissinger and finding it downright difficult. However, it appears that baritone Patrick Carfizzi (our scene-stealing Papageno in “The Magic Flute”) has now inhabited the character of the former Secretary of State for San Francisco Opera’s new production of John Adams’ “Nixon in China” and […]

August at the Dallas Opera

by Suzanne Calvin

  By August, even those who love the summer heat are getting a bit weary.  We understand and have put together a series of casual, don’t even think about dressing up, indoor events designed to perk you up and get your blood pumping in anticipation of the upcoming “Pursuits of Passion” Season.  Details in the release below: […]

Lean, Green, Cycling Machine

by Suzanne Calvin

  Meet the new generation of opera divas — making big inroads for the arts with a teensy, tiny carbon footprint, Canadian style! They’re taking the art form on the road to battle outdated stereotypes and convert skeptical naysayers. Read on in this politically correct report from canada.com and please note my favorite bit: “Brun Hilda.” Is that a first and middle […]

The SSNT Casts a Spell of Its Own

by Suzanne Calvin

It’s definitely the little newspaper “that could,” and I mean that in the nicest possible way. The “Sulphur Springs News-Telegram” and its intrepid, award-winning arts editor Terry Mathews continue to defy the odds with detailed, in-depth interviews and articles that have kept the spotlight on the Dallas Opera all season long — and beyond! Or so […]

B-I-G, Big Berlioz

by Suzanne Calvin

For the first time in forty years, Berlioz’ grand five-and-a-half hour masterpiece, LES TROYENS, is trodding the boards in a complete staging at London’s Royal Opera House.  Critic Andrew Clements at “The Guardian” gave the new David McVicar production four out of five stars in this review.  Perhaps he knocked off a star for the questionable use of […]

Jonathan Pell, Artistic Director, Berlin Part IV

by Megan Meister

End of Act I of Mozart’s IDOMENEO at Berlin’s Komische Oper Last night was a performance of Mozart’s IDOMENEO at Berlin’s Komische Oper.  It was sad to see so few people in the audience—I would guess that there were only around 250 people in attendance. It was a stark, modern production with a unit set […]

Berlin III – Jonathan Pell, TDO Artistic Director

by Megan Meister

Today was the final day of auditions in Berlin, and the quality was consistently higher than the previous two, with one outstanding Korean bass named Jongmin Park.  There were several other interesting singers today (an Australian mezzo, a Polish bass-baritone, a Finnish soprano and two Romanian sopranos) so all in all, this was well worth […]

Jonathan Pell Artistic Director – Berlin II

by Megan Meister

Today I heard auditions from another 36 singers, representing 9 more nationalities, bringing the grand total to singers from 30 different countries in just two days. The singers today were from some of the same countries I mentioned yesterday, but also included people from Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Cuba, Mexico, Poland, Romania, Slovenia and Switzerland. No […]