Monthly Archives: July 2012

Artistic Director Jonathan Pell Venice Part I

by Megan Meister

I must have brought the Dallas weather with me—it is supposed to be close to 90 degrees today, and it rarely gets that hot so early in July.  The Adriatic coast of Italy is ill-equipped to cope with such heat and few buildings are air-conditioned. I never thought I would say that the burning of […]

Total Impact

by Suzanne Calvin

  No, it’s not the name of an upcoming science fiction action film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger (or Colin Farrell, for that matter); it’s the measure by which the sucess of American opera companies will be measured in seasons to come. Allow me to explain: Everyone is familiar with the term “carbon footprint,” but nowadays in the […]

Uncharitable Towards Charitable Contributions?

by Suzanne Calvin

Speaking of sizzling hot topics, there’s the question of continued federal tax deductions for charitable donations to the arts and other non-profit organizations, a topic raised over the weekend by HBO’s Bill Maher and garnering this thoughtful response from 2005 MacArthur Fellow Aaron P. Dworkin, a member of the National Council on the Arts, as well as […]

The Cultural Conversation Heats Up

by Suzanne Calvin

Just in time for the “Firecracker” week of the Fourth and my long-awaited vacation, things decided to heat up significantly both inside and outside the AT&T Performing Arts Center. It started last week with the release of a University of Chicago study on a variety of newly constructed cultural edifices, including the AT&T Performing Arts Center, followed […]

TDO’s Artistic Director Jonathan Pell, San Francisco II

by Megan Meister

Yesterday I went to a matinee at ACT (American Conservatory Theater) of Kander and Ebb’s last collaboration before Fred Ebb’s death, the musical THE SCOTTSBOROUGH BOYS, in a production directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Susan Stroman. Based on the notorious series of trials that began in 1931 in Alabama where nine innocent African-American […]

THE DALLAS OPERA HONORED WITH A $250,000 GRANT FROM THE TEXAS INSTRUMENTS FOUNDATION

by Megan Meister

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, July 2, 2012 Contact: Suzanne Calvin (214.443.1014/suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org) Or Megan Meister (214.443.1071/megan.meister@dallasopera.org)   THE DALLAS OPERA HONORED WITH A $250,000 GRANT FROM THE TEXAS INSTRUMENTS FOUNDATION ~~~~ TI FOUNDATION CITES EXTRAORDINARY LEADERSHIP, ARTISTRY AND FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY AT TDO              DALLAS, JULY 2, 2012 – The Dallas Opera […]

TDO’s Artistic Director Jonathan Pell, San Francisco I

by Megan Meister

I arrived in San Francisco on Thursday just in time to make a 7:30 curtain of Verdi’s rarely produced opera ATTILA. The cast was headed up by veteran bass Ferruccio Furlanetto in the title role and conducted by Nicola Luisotti, San Francisco Opera’s music director. I know the piece is problematic, having seen a few […]

UNSCIENTIFIC AMERICAN

by Suzanne Calvin

In this star-spangled month of July, the question that comes to mind is “What are the defining characteristics of an American Opera?”  Should it be opera on identifiable American themes?  Operas merely set in one of the fifty states?  Or exhibiting a particularly American musical idiom?  Operas composed by men and women who claimed the […]