Category Archives: General Opera

opera items related to opera in general, not necessarily TDO

Dame Kiri Says, Stop Obsessing About Your Weight

by Suzanne Calvin

Actually, she was only talking about today’s young opera singers in her comment to “Radio Times” posted on Classic FM. World-renowned soprano Kiri Te Kanawa admitted to watching her weight throughout her career but says she also knew when and where to quit so she didn’t hamper her vocal abilities onstage. Dare I call this […]

U.S. Secretary of…Culture?

by Suzanne Calvin

It’s a simple question but one that’s bound to spark complex responses, both pro and con. Is the U.S. ready for (or long overdue for) a “Minister of Culture” along the lines of other civilized nations? Here’s a new look at the topic from “The Atlantic” and reporter Megan Garber. Feel free to present your […]

The Extraordinary Nicole Paiement

by Suzanne Calvin

It was fascinating to watch the singers and musicians tackling our new production of THE LIGHTHOUSE, a tremendously difficult 1980 work by Peter Maxwell Davies, falling “in trust” with the amazingly talented conductor Nicole Paiement. They couldn’t say enough about the importance of her conducting to their superb execution of the piece and everyone was […]

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by Suzanne Calvin

Four thrilling mainstage operas featuring the art form’s greatest hits, cutting-edge contemporary works, and music by the master of Hollywood film music. You, too, could be “By Love Transformed” for as little as $76! Starting today! FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, May 13, 2013 Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014 Or Megan Meister 214.443.1071 THE DALLAS […]

Villaume Joins TDO as Music Director – The Media Reacts

by Suzanne Calvin

To be perfectly honest, we’re not entirely sure how many news outlets and organizations covered the appointment of French-born Maestro Emmanuel Villaume as the new music director of the Dallas Opera (only the third person to assume that role in our 56-year history) but it was too many to count during this busy season wrap-up. […]


by Megan Meister

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 Contact: Suzanne Calvin (214.443.1014/ Or Megan Meister (214.443.1071/                                                                 THE DALLAS OPERA PROUDLY ANNOUNCES Our New Music Director EMMANUEL VILLAUME   ~~~~ Selected by General Director and CEO Keith Cerny To become only the third person to serve in that role In the 56-year history of the Dallas […]

14,000 Attend 2nd Dallas Opera Cowboys Stadium Simulcast

by Suzanne Calvin

Even when you’ve seen as much opera as we have, there’s no doubt that an event like the one held last Saturday night at Cowboys Stadium is extraordinary–by any yardstick you measure it with. The release below contains the attendance/request numbers which, although impressive, barely begin to tell the tale of this night’s impact on […]

Heroic Musicianship

by Suzanne Calvin

There are many “Holy Grails” in the world of music ranging from places where important works were first premiered to the instruments upon which they were composed to the autograph scores themselves. But there’s also a little corner of intense musical interest in an ensemble that was probably more fashionable than formidable in their musical […]

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 […]

Presenting America’s Favorite Mezzo

by Suzanne Calvin

A very personal interview with mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, arriving in Dallas to headline our Spring Gala and for rehearsals for the 25th anniversary production of Dominick Argento’s THE ASPERN PAPERS — her long-awaited Dallas Opera debut. Gregory Sullivan Isaacs of Theater Jones gets the answers…and then some. Read it here. (Photo courtesy of Dario Acosta) […]