Yearly Archives: 2012

Like an Egyptian

by Suzanne Calvin

Who isn’t interested in how grand spectacles like AIDA make it from the design table to the stage? Not to mention how you handle the “care and feeding” of vintage costume designs like those for this acclaimed production. Go backstage at the Winspear Opera House and get a better understanding of the role of radiator […]

Raising a Glass to the Fellow Who Raises His Baton

by Suzanne Calvin

The Women’s Board of the Dallas Opera organized a splendid “Toast to Graeme Jenkins” to mark the beginning of his final season as our music director. This marks the Maestro’s 20th season with TDO, so there were plenty of musical memories. I thought it was interesting that the Chorus chose to honor him with a […]

Aida sings Rachmaninoff, Puccini, Tchaikovsky…

by Suzanne Calvin

Tonight at 8:00 at the University of North Texas Murchison Performing Arts Center, renowned soprano Latonia Moore (currently dazzling critics and audiences in the title role of the Dallas Opera’s Aida) will do one of the many things she does best: stepping in for an ailing singer. As she did earlier this year at the […]

Breathtaking Fashion

by Suzanne Calvin

I just love the sense of being “in the moment” in these sumptuous shots by Kristi and Scot Redman, the fashion editors of “D magazine.” Enjoy “the moment” here.  It truly was a FIRST NIGHT to remember.  And don’t forget: the final performances of Verdi’s AIDA are taking place on Friday evening and Sunday afternoon.  It’s not […]

AIDA – Still Making Waves

by Suzanne Calvin

…in all the right directions. Latonia Moore’s performance in the title role has been universally acclaimed as “one for the ages.” But the strength of the other key principal roles has been noticed as well, as in Arts Editor Terry Mathews assessment of Antonello Palombi’s Radames: ” From the moment he began Celeste Aïda, Palombi […]

Single Tickets for Dallas Opera’s Spring Productions – On Sale Nov. 14th

by Suzanne Calvin

If your interest is in Puccini’s “Turandot” or Argento’s “The Aspern Papers,” your chance for single tickets is just over a week away. But you might want to give some thought to a terrific two-pack for less than fifty dollars, especially with two more performances of AIDA this coming weekend. Read on… FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: […]

How do you spell “C-O-N-T-E-M-P-O-R-A-R-Y”?

by Suzanne Calvin

Plenty of serious food for thought in General Director and CEO Keith Cerny’s latest “Off the Cuff” for “Theater Jones.” The topic is accessing modern and contemporary works to take their place in the opera season — and everything that entails. And if you think this is simply a matter of choosing “one from Column […]

The View from the Top

by Suzanne Calvin

  The Dallas Observer’s” Katie Womack sat down with Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny and asked a lot of smart questions. The results turned up in today’s article, which you can access right here. (Photo of Keith and Jennifer Cerny attending FIRST NIGHT 2012 at the Winspear Opera House) Suzanne Calvin, Manager/Director […]

Fashionista Heaven and Moore!

by Suzanne Calvin

More favorable reactions to the overall experience of FIRST NIGHT 2012. This, from Sherri Tilley at “The Flash List” who savored it all and wrote of soprano Latonia Moore: “Her solo ‘Return a conqueror’ in Act I had the audience mesmerized, absolutely captivated by her uniquely beautiful voice.  Like a praiseworthy evangelist, Latonia Moore will […]

Second Wave for AIDA

by Suzanne Calvin

  The reviews continue to roll in for the Dallas Opera’s Season Opener: AIDA, featuring an incredible ensemble cast and starring soprano Latonia Moore in the title role. Olin Chism reviewed for the “Star-Telegram” and found much to praise about the singing and more: “This was one Aida that was firing on all cylinders. Conductor […]