Category Archives: About the show

Specific information about TDO productions and performances

The Case for The Aspern Papers

by Suzanne Calvin

You get an analysis, as well as a sterling review, from Classical Music Critic Anne Midgette of “The Washington Post” in this piece on the Dallas Opera’s current production of Dominick Argento’s 1988 opera, THE ASPERN PAPERS, based on a novella by Henry James. Ms. Midgette writes: “This score offers music of nostalgia: lush outbursts […]

Gunn’s Blazing

by Suzanne Calvin

“Nathan Gunn is the whole package. He possesses a natural and magnificent baritone voice that is even from top to bottom. Although it sounds like he just woke up one morning and could sing perfectly, there is a secure technique behind his obviously God-given abilities. Further, his performances are uniformly consistent and his acting ability […]

Places to Go and Things to Do

by Suzanne Calvin

Liz Johnstone at D magazine serves up a reminder that tonight marks one of the few remaining performances of THE ASPERN PAPERS, which has critics grasping for superlatives. She writes: “In a crumbling house on Lake Como, an aging opera diva and her niece live in relative seclusion until their solitude is interrupted by a […]

Command Performance

by Suzanne Calvin

The rave reviews continue to pour in for the Dallas Opera’s 25th Anniversary production of Dominick Argento’s THE ASPERN PAPERS, starring Susan Graham, Alexandra Deshorties, Nathan Gunn and Joseph Kaiser at the head of an all-star cast. Here’s what Mark-Brian Sonna wrote for “The Column” and “Pegasus News”: “Stop reading and buy your tickets now! […]

Latest Reviews

by Suzanne Calvin

“A quick filler,” to quote a movie character, to catch you up on the very latest reviews. There’s this interesting personal rumination from author/critic/Renaissance Man William Madison from his blog. And The Dallas Observer’s no-holds-barred headline that THE ASPERN PAPERS is “one of The Dallas Opera’s Best Productions in Recent Memory” topping the review by […]

THE ASPERN PAPERS Leaves Critics Awestruck

by Suzanne Calvin

Yes, the reviews are in (some of them, anyway) and the critics seem to be uniformly knocked-out by the performances in the Dallas Opera’s 25th Anniversary revival of THE ASPERN PAPERS, which opened last Friday evening. Starring Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano  Susan Graham as Tina in her long-awaited TDO debut, French soprano Alexandra Deshorties as a […]

20K, with “T-Day” just a week away!

by Suzanne Calvin

Actually, in one sense, “T-Day” is tonight, as the Dallas Opera opens our fabulous production of “Turandot,” with irresistible music by Giacomo Puccini including the best-known aria in the repertoire: “Nessun Dorma,” sung by Italian tenor Antonello Palombi.  This production stars the marvelous American soprano Lise Lindstrom in the title role at the head of […]

Lise Lindstrom Charms WFAA’s Audience

by Suzanne Calvin

Great introduction to Puccini’s TURANDOT, opening this Friday evening in the Winspear at 7:30 p.m., when the Princess herself stopped by WFAA’s Victory Park Studios for an interview on today’s “Good Morning Texas.” Enjoy her appearance right here and get those tickets today — time is running out! Call 214.443.1000 or visit dallasopera.org. And here’s […]

Kelbert Taylor, R.I. P.

by Suzanne Calvin

Kelbert Taylor, 3rd bassonist/contrabassonist for the Dallas Opera, who contributed to many, many performances at our company in the past two decades, passed away this week. We are told that services for Kelbert will be held tomorrow: Friday, March 29, 10:00 a.m. at The Village Church, 3877 Walnut Hill Ln. 75229 (east of Marsh). All […]

The Dallas Opera’s New Production of THE ASPERN PAPERS

by Suzanne Calvin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014 Or Megan Meister 214.443.1071 suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org megan.meister@dallasopera.org TDO IS THRILLED TO COMMEMORATE THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE 1988 DALLAS OPERA WORLD PREMIERE OF DOMINICK ARGENTO’S THE ASPERN PAPERS WITH A NEW PRODUCTION DIRECTED BY TIM ALBERY BASED ON A NOVELLA BY HENRY JAMES ~~~~ STARRING […]