Monthly Archives: March 2013

From the Desk of Artistic Director Jonathan Pell – Chicago

by Jonathan Pell

Thursday morning I flew to Chicago for a weekday matinee of Puccini’s LA BOHEME, starring Anna Netrebko, Joseph Calleja, Elizabeth Futral and Lucas Meachum. The production was borrowed from the San Francisco Opera (which was also seen in Dallas in 1998) with scenery by Tony Award winning designer Michael Yeargan.  Michael, who was born and […]

Kelbert Taylor, R.I. P.

by Suzanne Calvin

Kelbert Taylor, 3rd bassonist/contrabassonist for the Dallas Opera, who contributed to many, many performances at our company in the past two decades, passed away this week. We are told that services for Kelbert will be held tomorrow: Friday, March 29, 10:00 a.m. at The Village Church, 3877 Walnut Hill Ln. 75229 (east of Marsh). All […]

2013 Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition Results

by Suzanne Calvin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Saturday, March 23, 2013 Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014 Or Megan Meister 214.443.1071 suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org megan.meister@dallasopera.org The 25th Annual “Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition” Awards $25,000 in Cold, Hard Cash! ~~~~ 28-Year-Old Bass Nicholas Masters Takes Top Prize and $10,000 Cash! Also Named Winner of the “People’s Choice Award” for an additional $1,500 ~~~~ […]

The Dallas Opera’s New Production of THE ASPERN PAPERS

by Suzanne Calvin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014 Or Megan Meister 214.443.1071 suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org megan.meister@dallasopera.org TDO IS THRILLED TO COMMEMORATE THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE 1988 DALLAS OPERA WORLD PREMIERE OF DOMINICK ARGENTO’S THE ASPERN PAPERS WITH A NEW PRODUCTION DIRECTED BY TIM ALBERY BASED ON A NOVELLA BY HENRY JAMES ~~~~ STARRING […]

Henry James: Stories of Style and Substance

by Olin Chism

The writer Henry James once claimed to be “unlyrical, unmusical, unrhythmical, and unmanageable.” It’s remarkable, then, that his fiction has inspired operas by several prominent composers: Dominick Argento (The Aspern Papers), Benjamin Britten (The Turn of the Screw and Owen Wingrave), Douglas Moore (The Wings of the Dove) and Thomas Pasatieri (Washington Square). Why did […]

From the Desk of Artistic Director Jonathan Pell – DC II

by Jonathan Pell

After a day of meetings, I attended a free concert at the Kennedy Center at 6:00 p.m. with some of the singers from the Washington National Opera’s young artists program and three of the cover singers who had been engaged to stand by for the current productions playing in repertory. The Kennedy Center sponsors these […]

Heroic Musicianship

by Suzanne Calvin

There are many “Holy Grails” in the world of music ranging from places where important works were first premiered to the instruments upon which they were composed to the autograph scores themselves. But there’s also a little corner of intense musical interest in an ensemble that was probably more fashionable than formidable in their musical […]

From the Desk of Artistic Director Jonathan Pell – DC I

by Jonathan Pell

It is cold and rainy in Washington DC and none of the famous cherry trees are in bloom yet (although the annual festival is next week) so I am disappointed. Saturday afternoon when I arrived I heard six of the eight singers in the Washington National Opera’s young artist program, and there were two of […]

THE DALLAS OPERA IS PROUD TO PRESENT Puccini’s Final Masterpiece TURANDOT

by Megan Meister

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, March 14, 2013 Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014 Or Megan Meister 214.443.1071 suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org megan.meister@dallasopera.org THE DALLAS OPERA IS PROUD TO PRESENT GIACOMO PUCCINI’S FINAL MASTERPIECE TURANDOT LIBRETTO BY GIUSEPPE ADAMI AND RENATO SIMONI, BASED ON THE CARLO GOZZI FABLE ~~~~ STARRING AMERICAN SOPRANO LISE LINDSTROM IN HER DALLAS OPERA DEBUT AS PRINCESS […]