Daily Archives: October 23, 2013

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 […]