Author Archives: James Hampton

Best Wishes to Seattle Opera and the Fort Worth Opera Festival!

by James Hampton

May is certainly an exciting month for new opera! Rapidly following our “triumphant” and “stunning” premiere of Jake Heggie’s and Gene Scheer’s Moby-Dick, we want to wish our colleagues in Seattle and Fort Worth all the best on their upcoming premieres. Amelia, a new opera by composer Daron Aric Hagen, librettist Gardner McFall, and Dramaturg […]

In the good old summertime…

by James Hampton

Soprano Ava Pine Thank goodness for the Google Alert service.  It allows me to better keep up with what is going on in the industry and with our artists.  Just today I received these alerts featuring some of our 2008-2009 season alumni.  Our first Young Artist in Residence, Ava Pine, is part of the “luxury […]

So bad it was good…

by James Hampton

I’m not even going to try to sugar coat this one — Harum Scarum is a terrible movie.  According to The Official Razzie Movie Guide, it is one of the 100 Most Enjoyably Bad Movies Ever Made.  With that ringing endorsement you might wonder why we chose to show it in conjunction with the events […]

Hope to see you at the red windmill.

by James Hampton

Tonight’s free film at the Inwood Theater Living Room is the wonderfully “operatic” film Moulin Rouge.  This film is visually stunning and incorporates elements of 3 different operas into it’s plot.  Obviosly the story of a struggling writer falling in love with a sickly girl is reminiscent of La boheme — our 4th opera of […]

Diva + Dreamboat = Dynamic Duo

by James Hampton

I just left the Inwood Theater and I can’t stop humming the “love theme” that Erich Wolfgang Korngold composed for the score to The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex. Korngold was an established composer and had several operas, ballets, and orchestral works under his belt before Hollywood pressed him into service. He was nominated […]

Maestro Nicola Rescigno (1916 – 2008) – Co-Founder of The Dallas Opera

by James Hampton

TDO Co-founder Nicola Rescigno on stage with Maria Callas Nicola Rescigno, a well-known conductor and founder of two major American opera companies, died in a hospital in Viterbo, Italy, on Monday, August 4. He had fallen previously and was awaiting surgery for a broken femur. His death was confirmed by his nephew, Joseph Rescigno, of […]

Rock me Amadeus – The Inwood Living Room Series.

by James Hampton

No, we didn’t play Falco’s 1985 chart topping hit – but we thought about it. The Dallas Opera kicked off our Inwood Living Room Series with Milos Foreman’s multi-award winning film Amadeus. Many thanks to the patrons and new friends that came out to join us for the first in our free screenings. The movie […]