From the Desk of Artistic Director Jonathan Pell

by Megan Meister

I made it back from Saint Louis on Sunday, and leave tomorrow for the Opera America Conference in Philadelphia.  One of the promising highlights should be the Opera Company of Philadelphia production of Nico Muhly’s new opera Dark Sisters, which debuted earlier this year at New York’s Gotham Chamber Opera, and which will star Caitlyn Lynch, who recently made her Dallas Opera debut as “First Lady” in Mozart’s The Magic Flute in April.

From Mozart to Muhly—this lady is versatile!

I just heard that American countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo shared the first place prize in the 2012 Placido Domingo Operalia Competition which was held last week in Beijing.  I first heard Mr. Costanzo as an apprentice artist at Glimmerglass, and he has continued to grow as an artist by leaps and bounds.   I happened to be at his Metropolitan Opera debut earlier this season in Handel’s Rodelinda, and I am delighted to say that he is already contracted to make his Dallas Opera debut.  Unfortunately, we will have to wait until the fall of 2015.

No, I am not going to tell you what he is doing—that would take all the fun out of it, but in any case, congratulations Anthony!

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