Monthly Archives: June 2012

When Pay Day Deserves to be in Caps

by Suzanne Calvin

Bloomberg dug into the Metropolitan Opera’s 2011 tax return and wrote up a piece claiming that Artistic Director James Levine saw a 39% increase in his paycheck that year, due “in part” to the success of the opera company’s HD screenings which have attracted audiences all around the globe. No mean feat for the Met or Maestro […]

3 Questions for Keith – Desert Island Edition

by Suzanne Calvin

3 QUESTIONS FOR DALLAS OPERA GENERAL DIRECTOR AND CEO KEITH CERNY FROM DAVID FELD, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF OF MODERN LUXURY DALLAS MAGAZINE 1. What if I still don’t like opera after having gone to numerous opera’s, Verdi, Puccini and Wagner, and reading “The Queen’s Throat: Opera, Homosexuality, and the Mystery of Desire,” to boot? Almost everyone I meet […]

Out There

by Suzanne Calvin

    “Dallas Morning News” Classical Music Critic Scott Cantrell is checking out this year’s offerings during the summer season in St. Louis and has flipped for “Alice in Wonderland” writing, “South Korean composer Unsuk Chin’s five-year-old Alice in Wonderland might be the most ‘out there’ work I’ve seen in 22 years of coming here. […]

Keeping “Dallas” in Dallas

by Suzanne Calvin

  Although it doesn’t make sense for the new TNT “Dallas” to shoot anywhere but, we live in a strange age in which such decisions are based not on logic, but on the highest bidder. And, evidently, there are other cities just itching to stand in for Big D. For this reason, and more, on […]

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 […]

Blockbusters, Opera-Style

by Suzanne Calvin

It’s the time of year when oceans of ink are devoted to the cinematic summer blockbusters du jour. However, there’s more than one ”gateway” to attract eager paying audiences, as explored in the latest edition of “Off the Cuff” by Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny–his ongoing “Theater Jones” series on opera, arts and culture. Check it […]

From the Desk of Artistic Director Jonathan Pell

by Megan Meister

Last night’s COSI was a pleasant surprise with some excellent singing. I say it was a surprise because it started off with a frenetic (and noisy) staging of the overture, which usually sends a signal that I am in for a long, tedious night, but once the action began, the audience and I  enjoyed a […]

From the Desk of Artistic Director Jonathan Pell

by Megan Meister

Yesterday afternoon was the first orchestra dress rehearsal for the American premiere of Unsuk Chin’s ALICE IN WONDERLAND, in a very imaginative and clever production by OTSL’s artistic director James Robinson.  Particularly considering the fact that this was the first time all the elements were coming together (orchestra, singers, sets and costumes) it went amazingly […]

From the Desk of Artistic Director Jonathan Pell

by Megan Meister

I have been coming to Saint Louis every summer for nearly thirty years to see the festival at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis.  I always enjoy coming here, but I have to confess the humidity can be almost unbearable.  Well not this year—the weather has been glorious! Last night’s performance of Stephen Sondheim’s SWEENEY TODD […]

Megan’s Musings Volume 9: Mary Dibbern

by tdoadmin

I am sitting down with Mary Dibbern, who is new to the Dallas Opera musical staff. Mary will serve as our Music Director for Education and Family Programs. Mary is currently working with our young artists on the children’s opera Jack & the Beanstalk.