Monthly Archives: October 2013

Simulcast Slideshow -”Dallas Morning News”

by Suzanne Calvin

For “Dallas Morning News” subscribers only, check out special contributor Nan Coulter’s photos of Friday evening’s Dallas Opera Simulcast in Klyde Warren Park. Great stuff! Access (if you can) here. Suzanne Calvin, Director of Media and Public Relations

Thousands Fill Klyde Warren Park for “Carmen” Simulcast

by Suzanne Calvin

It was one of the greatest block parties I’ve ever seen. Hope you were there, too! FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, October 28, 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 PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE OFFICIAL ATTENDANCE ESTIMATE FOR AN EVENING OF OPEN-AIR OPERA ON THE LAWN: 3,764 Patrons […]

Crazy for Carmen

by Suzanne Calvin

It marked her American debut so the pressure was on, but French mezzo-soprano–in two performances last weekend–showed herself more than capable of handling the heat, and generating a few extra gigawatts herself. The reviews are pouring in, including this one from Olin Chism of KERA’s “Art & Seek” who called Sunday’s matinee “a magnificent hello […]

Emmanuel and Chris – My Heroes

by Suzanne Calvin

While it may not seem to be an amazing feat, getting up early for an appearance on WFAA’s “Good Morning Texas,” I know that I didn’t get to bed before three o’clock this morning and I must therefore deduce that our music director and conductor for “Carmen,” Emmanuel Villaume, and stage director Chris Alexander could […]

Opening Weekend Has Begun!

by Suzanne Calvin

It’s here! The new Dallas Opera season kicks off in a whole new way tomorrow morning with the inaugural edition of FIRST SIGHT, a reception, fashion show and luncheon sponsored by J.P. Morgan. And that’s just the beginning of what should be a truly landmark weekend. Read on and start planning your picnic now. FOR […]

Are You Ready for the Simulcast?

by Suzanne Calvin

At this point, Friday night looks as though it will be a bit chilly but dry — perfect weather to enjoy a free evening of opera on the lawn at Klyde Warren Park, connecting Downtown and Uptown. Get a sneak peek from this report on WFAA and then make your plans to attend the Dallas […]

How the Destruction of Bizet’s Paris Led to His Greatest Creation

by Wayne Lee Gay

The years immediately preceding the composition of Carmen brought unprecedented disaster to France, and, especially, to Paris. Emperor Napoleon III’s ill-advised provocation of the Franco-Prussian War in 1870 resulted in quick humiliation on the battlefield, followed by the emperor’s abdication and the German siege of Paris—during which, faced with starvation, the citizenry was reduced to […]

Stranger in a Strange Land

by Suzanne Calvin

But he won’t be a stranger long! Not at this rate. Check out the recent articles on the Dallas Opera’s new music director, Maestro Emmanuel Villaume in this piece by Gregory Sullivan Isaacs of “Theater Jones” and a compelling interview with Arts Editor Terry Mathews of the “Sulphur Springs News-Telegram.” Welcome to Texas, monsieur! UPDATE: […]

And the Silver Cup Award Goes To….Holly Mayer!

by Suzanne Calvin

Beautiful! TACA has announced the 2014 recipients of the prestigious Silver Cup Award–and one of the honorees is Dallas Opera Executive Committee Member (Vice-President, Development) and Board Member Holly Mayer, who along with her husband Tom, has been a stalwart supporter of the company–not to mention, the arts in Dallas–for many a year. Here’s the inside scoop  on […]

On Being James Valenti

by Suzanne Calvin

Catching up with tenor James Valenti isn’t the problem — it’s keeping up with James Valenti that poses the real challenge. Read on in this feature from Terry Mathews, Arts Editor of the “Sulphur Springs News-Telegram.”  James has played the romantic leads in several TDO productions (if you consider the dastardly Duke in “Rigoletto” a […]