Category Archives: Artistic Director

From the Desk of Artistic Director Jonathan Pell – Chicago

by Megan Meister

I sat at the gate in an airplane for two and a half hours this morning at DFW hoping my flight would be cleared to take off for Chicago.  High winds had slowed air traffic into O’Hare and I had auditions scheduled this afternoon with eleven young singers from the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan […]

From the Desk of Artistic Director Jonathan Pell – San Francisco – Part II

by Megan Meister

Tenor Stephen Costello (“Greenhorn” in MOBY-DICK) with his voice teacher Bill Schuman in San Francisco. It was such a thrill to see MOBY-DICK again last night, with most of the original cast intact from the world premiere in Dallas, along with the original conductor, Patrick Summers and stage director Leonard Foglia. A large group of […]

From the Desk of Artistic Director Jonathan Pell – San Francisco Part 1

by Megan Meister

San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House illuminated at night in the mist I am in San Francisco to attend a performance of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s MOBY-DICK on Saturday night with almost 40 Dallas Opera patrons who wanted the chance to see and hear it again.  I flew out a day early so that […]

From the Desk of Jonathan Pell, Artistic Director – LA Opera Part II

by Megan Meister

The LA Opera poster for Verdi’s I DUE FOSCARI, starring Placido Domingo I DUE FOSCARI was only Verdi’s 6th opera, coming after NABUCCO and ERNANI, but a few years before his great middle period, and long before the masterpieces he created at the end of his remarkable life.  Had he not written TROVATORE and TRAVIATA […]

From the Desk of Jonathan Pell, Artistic Director – LA Opera Part I

by Megan Meister

The LA Opera poster for DON GIOVANNI I flew out to Los Angeles yesterday to hear the singers in the Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program and to attend performances of Mozart’s DON GIOVANNI and Verdi’s I DUE FOSCARI. Six new singers join two returning artists to comprise the “class” of 2013, and among them is soprano […]

Artistic Director Jonathan Pell, Glimmerglass Part III

by Megan Meister

Yesterday was a busy but rewarding day, starting in the morning with auditions with the rest of the apprentice artists. There were many colleagues joining me at Glimmerglass this weekend, and these auditions were attended by representatives from several artists’ managements, schools of music and various opera companies. There were two very interesting singers, mezzo-soprano […]

Artistic Director Jonathan Pell, Glimmerglass Part II

by Megan Meister

The opera house at Glimmerglass. Yesterday morning before the apprentice auditions I was able to make a quick stop at the Fenimore Art Museum, renowned home of the Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art (a part of which was recently shown at the Dallas Museum of Art) for a special opera exhibition.  […]

Artistic Director Jonathan Pell, Glimmerglass Part I

by Megan Meister

Otsego Lake, the setting for the Glimmerglass Festival. The Glimmerglass Festival in upstate New York is my last stop on my summer travels.  This is only the second season under general and artistic director Francesca Zambello and is filled with interesting repertoire in unusual productions. Last night was Jean-Baptiste Lully’s ARMIDE, first performed in 1686, […]

Artistic Director Jonathan Pell, Santa Fe Opera Part VI

by Megan Meister

Last night was the second of two apprentice concerts showcasing the young singers who participate in this extraordinary program.  These forty young artists are selected from across the country (I was told that this year there were nearly one thousand applicants) and last night’s program was every bit as interesting and exciting as the first […]

Artistic Director Jonathan Pell, Santa Fe Opera Part V

by Megan Meister

Last night’s performance of Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hoffmannsthal’s ARABELLA was utterly delightful.  Wonderfully directed by British director Tim Albery (who returns to Dallas in April to stage THE ASPERN PAPERS) and conducted with romantic sweep by Sir Andrew Davis, this was Santa Fe Opera at its best.  Long known for its tradition of […]