Author Archives: Jonathan Pell

From the Desk of Artistic Director Jonathan Pell, San Diego

by Jonathan Pell

Last night I attended a performance in San Diego of Ildebrando Pizzetti’s ASSASSINIO NELLA CATEDRALE which had its premiere at La scala in 1958, and was based on T. S. Eliot’s verse drama MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL. Created for the great Italian bass Nicola Rossi Lemeni, it has been rarely revived in the more than […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

From the Desk of Artistic Director, Jonathan Pell – NYC – 4

by Jonathan Pell

Thursday’s auditions were extremely productive and I heard most of the singers currently involved in the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artists Program, as well as some of the singers from the Juilliard Opera Center. It is a day like this that makes me really sad that we aren’t able to do more productions because there […]

From the Desk of Artistic Director Jonathan Pell – NYC 3

by Jonathan Pell

Other than the blustery arctic winds, today was a perfect day in New York. Today’s auditions resulted in my discovering two really fine singers, and a few others that might prove interesting. The second singer of the morning (I usually start at 10:00 a.m.) was a gifted young baritone still at Juilliard named Tobias Greenhalgh, […]

From the Desk of Artistic Director Jonathan Pell – NYC Day 2

by Jonathan Pell

Yesterday’s auditions went quite smoothly, and I heard almost fifty singers. I was in the new Opera Center facility at the Opera America offices, which just opened a few months ago. It has always amazed me and my colleagues around the country how difficult it has been to find a decent venue in which to […]

From the Desk of Artistic Director Jonathan Pell – NYC Day 1

by Jonathan Pell

I am in New York this week for auditions and to attend some performances at the Metropolitan Opera. Saturday night was a generally lackluster CARMEN at the Met, but with some wonderful singing, most notably Dwayne Croft’s “Escamillo” (a role which he will be singing to open The Dallas Opera’s 2013 season in October) and […]