Monthly Archives: July 2012

Cast Change Announced

by Suzanne Calvin

A change in the cast for the Dallas Opera’s new production of Dominick Argento’s THE ASPERN PAPERS. See below… FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, July 27, 2012 Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014 Suzanne.Calvin@dallasopera.org Or Megan Meister 214.443.1071 Megan.Meister@dallasopera.org THE DALLAS OPERA ANNOUNCES A CAST CHANGE IN THE UPCOMING PRODUCTION OF THE ASPERN PAPERS ALEXANDRA DESHORTIES WILL PORTRAY […]

Blackburn and Heggie – Together Again

by Suzanne Calvin

Poet Mary Oliver by Josh Reynolds for “The Los Angeles Times,” taken near her home on Cape Cod. I was delighted to see this story out of the Breckenridge Music Festival. While Brahms is certainly no “slouch,” I was particularly pleased to see that Helen Blackburn, principal flutist for the Dallas Opera Orchestra, is also performing […]

The Bare (or is it Awful?) Truth

by Suzanne Calvin

Did they look something like…this?   Must’ve been a good harvest that year; yes indeed–a very good harvest. “The Dallas Morning News” Classical Music Critic Scott Cantrell, while pondering a few questions I tossed out to some of our more imaginative arts writers and reviewers, revived one of his most indelible (in fact, indigestible) opera memories […]

OPERA WHEN IT SIZZLES

by Megan Meister

OPERA WHEN IT SIZZLES By Suzanne Calvin During these so-called “Dog Days of Summer,” when the temperature soars to triple digit heights of discomfort, it’s a good time to remember that American Opera had its origins in tropical places like Havana and New Orleans, as well as in the cooler climate of the Northeast and […]

Artistic Director Jonathan Pell at the Arena di Verona Part II

by Megan Meister

Act I of Franco Zeffirelli’s production of CARMEN at the Arena di Verona. Yesterday I went to a newly opened opera museum in an old palazzo that has been funded by a support organization of the Arena di Verona. The first part of the exhibit focused on the music publishing house of Ricordi, and featured […]

TOOR-an-DOUGH

by Suzanne Calvin

  From my very personal standpoint, it’s emphasis on the first and third syllables. But for many, many, many people reading this — I am flat out 100% wrong and an ignoramus to boot!  That’s one of the more charming aspects of any production of Giacomo Puccini’s “Turandot.”  Nobody argues about how you pronounce HIS name, it’s how […]

One That Got Away

by Suzanne Calvin

My lame excuse is, I was out on vacation that week and responding to emails the next. Here’s a story I shouldn’t have missed from the ever enthusiastic opera observer, Crewmantle at COMMANDOpera, on our generous gift from the Texas Instruments Foundation. Thank you, Crew! One question, though: Can you hail a cab in that head-gear? Successfully, I […]

Artistic Director Jonathan Pell at the Arena di Verona

by Megan Meister

The crowd arriving for the performance at the Arena di Verona. Every opera lover should attend a performance of AIDA once in their lifetime at the Arena di Verona. The sheer spectacle is something out of an old Cecil B. DeMille epic, and if it wasn’t a cast of thousands then it was at least […]

Edifice Complex?

by Suzanne Calvin

The glamorous French Opera House, New Orleans, after losing one of its many lives.   There’s a lot of discussion these days about the newest performing arts venues and whether that money could have been better spent somewhere else. But while reading David L. Groover and Cecil C. Conner, Jr.’s Skeletons from the Opera Closet, […]

Artistic Director Jonathan Pell – Venice Part II

by Megan Meister

Interior of the palco reale (Royal Box) at Teatro la fenice in Venice. The production last night of Donizetti’s L’ELISIR D’AMORE was delightful on many levels, if somewhat old fashioned.  There was a vague attempt by stage director Bepi Morassi at being “modern” with the action set as an “opera within the opera.”   The curtain […]