Monthly Archives: August 2013

From the Desk of Artistic Director Jonathan Pell – Seattle Part III

by Jonathan Pell

Well, Alwyn Mellor’s “vocal allergy” was later diagnosed as a viral infection, and she had to cancel last night’s performance.  At least the audience who came for this first of Seattle’s RING cycles (of three) had the pleasure of hearing her impressive Seattle debut in DIE WALKUERE on Monday evening. I doubt if anyone in […]

Hurts to Even Talk About It

by Suzanne Calvin

Speaking as a PR-type, nothing is more certain to make my internal organs do somersaults than the possibility—remote as it is—of someone getting injured on our stage. Live theater is a grand and glorious and rather dangerous business. We do everything possible, of course, to anticipate trouble spots and prevent accidents, but they do happen, nevertheless, […]

Top Ten Event! Plan Now!

by Suzanne Calvin

It’s the perfect combination of two overwhelming, all-consuming passions: Opera and High Fashion.  And it’s coming to a magnificent opera house near you.  Check out Rachael Abrams “Top Ten Fall Social Events” list on “CultureMap Dallas”…here…and then waste no time in picking up the phone and reserving your spot. Two Great Events — Both Come FIRST! Suzanne […]

Question of the Week

by Suzanne Calvin

Thanks for Shelly Garcia for spotting on the Dallas Public Library site — We’re Topic #1 for the “Question of the Week”! Check it out! Suzanne Calvin, Director of Media and Public Relations

What Kind of Carmen Are You?

by Suzanne Calvin

Mais, oui? Why, yes, you may! Start getting your get-up together for the Dallas Opera’s “Carmen Costume Contest” at Klyde Warren Park on Friday, October 25th. Read on for further details.  And get a load of the three Carmens mentioned in the heading of this post at socially savvy, fashionably connected “Oh So Cynthia.” FOR IMMEDIATE […]

From the Desk of Artistic Director Jonathan Pell – Seattle Part II

by Jonathan Pell

Last night’s performance of Wagner’s SIEGFRIED was filled with surprises, both expected and unplanned.  The physical production is still breathtaking (scenery by Thomas Lynch, costumes by the late Martin Pakledinaz and lighting by Peter Kaczorowski), and the singing at a remarkably high level.  German tenor Stefan Vinke in his Seattle debut sang the title role […]

From the Desk of Artistic Director Jonathan Pell – Seattle

by Jonathan Pell

The curtain call from last night’s DIE WALKUERE in Seattle Two down and two to go—I am halfway through the Seattle RING cycle, and so far it has been a terrific journey!  This RING is the last one produced by Seattle Opera’s long time general director Speight Jenkins (originally from Dallas, by the way) and […]

Artistic Changes Announced

by Suzanne Calvin

Changes afoot as the Dallas Opera prepares for the upcoming season: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, August 5, 2013 Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014 Or Megan Meister 214.443.1071 suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org megan.meister@dallasopera.org THE DALLAS OPERA ANNOUNCES CHRIS ALEXANDER RETURNING TO STAGE “CARMEN” ~~~~ TENOR WILLIAM FERGUSON TO MAKE DALLAS OPERA DEBUT IN THE ROLE OF “REMENDADO” ~~~~ 2013-2014 Season […]

From the Desk of Artistic Director Jonathan Pell

by Jonathan Pell

Tenor Sean Panikkar, “Cassio” TDO Otello 09 Karen Almond, Photo Credit I have heard that some of my loyal readers have been wondering where I have been this summer since there haven’t been any postings since the beginning of July. Well, I should report that I just returned from the Galapagos Islands, where I was auditioning […]

Lunching with Emmanuel

by Suzanne Calvin

What’s not to like about doing lunch with a charming and intelligent Frenchman?  Well, escargot, perhaps. The convivial company of Dallas Opera Music Director Emmanuel Villaume in Santa Fe, where he is currently conducting Offenbach’s “Grand Duchess,” was duly noted by the Dallas Morning News Classical Music Critic on yesterday’s blog post. Check it out here. Suzanne Calvin, […]