Author Archives: tdoadmin

Jonathan’s Viennese Auditions

by tdoadmin

It is 6:00 in the morning and I am in the Vienna Airport waiting for my flight back to Dallas. I came over for three intense days of auditions held at the historic Theater an der Wien, where a panel of my colleagues and I heard almost 100 singers from 34 countries. There were representatives […]

The Dallas Opera has Achieved a Balanced Operating Result, Two Years Ahead of Schedule!

by tdoadmin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, September 19, 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 PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THE COMPANY HAS ACHIEVED A BALANCED OPERATING RESULT, TWO YEARS […]

THE DALLAS OPERA PRESENTS OPERA ON A WORLD STAGE!

by tdoadmin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014 Suzanne.Calvin@dallasopera.org Or Megan Meister 214.443.1071 Megan.Meister@dallasopera.org National Press Representation: Kirshbaum Demler & Associates: adamm@kirshdem.com or 212-222-4843 THE DALLAS OPERA PRESENTS  OPERA ON A WORLD STAGE!  Death and the Powers: THE GLOBAL INTERACTIVE SIMULCAST                    ~~~~                            SUNDAY, […]

From the Desk of Artistic Director Jonathan Pell, California Part II

by tdoadmin

Yesterday afternoon I heard all the singers in the Los Angeles Opera’s young artist program.  Unlike many of the other similar programs around the country, the Los Angles program really draws on singers from around the world rather focusing just on Americans, and this group had representatives from Russia, Korea and Mexico, as well as […]

From the Desk of Artistic Director Jonathan Pell – California – Part 1

by tdoadmin

I am in Los Angeles this morning after two days in San Francisco where I attended back to back performances of Boito’s rarely performed opera MEFISTOFELE and the third performance in the world premiere run of Tobias Picker’s new opera DOLORES CLAIBORNE, both starring Patricia Racette. It was an astonishing feat when Ms. Racette agreed […]

From the Desk of Artistic Director Jonathan Pell, Santa Fe – Part VII

by tdoadmin

Yesterday afternoon at 4:00 under the auspices of the Santa Fe Concert Association composer Jake Heggie played a recital of some of his songs, accompanying tenor William Burden, soprano Heidi Stober and mezzo-soprano Susanne Mentzer, all of whom are singing with the Santa Fe Opera this summer. The only set of songs that I had […]

From the Desk of Artistic Director Jonathan Pell, Santa Fe – Part VI

by tdoadmin

This posting must be prefaced by confessing that if someone held a gun to my head and demanded to know what my favorite opera was, after much waffling back and forth, I would probably have to confess that it would be Verdi’s LA TRAVIATA.  It was music from this opera that first captivated me as a […]

From the Desk of Artistic Director Jonathan Pell, Santa Fe Part V

by tdoadmin

This is the fifth time in forty years that the Santa Fe Opera has mounted a production of Offenbach’s satirical operetta THE GRAND DUCHESS OF GEROLSTEIN, but this time it was done for mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, who looked stunning in the lush period costumes, sang exquisitely (most notably in the beautiful aria “Dites-lui” which is […]

From the Desk of Artistic Director Jonathan Pell, Santa Fe – Part IV

by tdoadmin

Although I had heard it in concert several years ago, until last night I had never seen a staged performance of Rossini’s “opera seria” (as opposed to his more celebrated comic operas) LA DONNA DEL LAGO, based on Sir Walter Scott’s THE LADY OF THE LAKE. To be perfectly honest, I have never been much […]

From the Desk of Artistic Director Jonathan Pell, Santa Fe Part III

by tdoadmin

I am often asked to judge the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions around the country and several years ago I found myself in New Orleans where we were to select someone to go to New York to compete in the semi-finals.  The crop of singers that year wasn’t particularly good and at one point I […]