Category Archives: Articles

The Year’s Big Moments

by Suzanne Calvin

Norma, Norma, Norma!  In Texas and around the world it’s round-up time as the year comes to a close, and first up is Daniel Patrick Stearns with his great moments in opera from 2013. Don’t miss his confession that he went dumpster diving (okay, so he didn’t use that term) for a Jennifer Higdon score! […]

“Great Scott”–$30K from the NEA!

by Suzanne Calvin

The National Endowment for the Arts has committed $30,000 to the development of a new world premiere opera by composer Jake Heggie and Librettist Terrence McNally entitled, “Great Scott.” The work is scheduled to take centerstage at the Dallas Opera in October 2015, starring Joyce DiDonato. Culture Map Dallas has details on the local projects […]

FIRST SIGHT Earns Rave Reviews

by Suzanne Calvin

As we always hoped, it was love at FIRST SIGHT. Now, it looks as though pros like Jeanne Prejean of “My Sweet Charity” were equally impressed with this brand-new fashion component to the Dallas Opera’s Opening Weekend. Check out her comments here, as well as the terrific photos she took of the participating designers and […]

Tech-Heads Take Notice

by Suzanne Calvin

Keith Cerny’s latest edition of “Off the Cuff” on “Theater Jones” explores the technical ins-and-outs of opera simulcasts. Everything you ever wanted to know but were afraid to ask. Read on.  Be sure not to miss Luke McKenzie’s incredible photos. Suzanne Calvin, Director of Media and Public Relations

Simulcast Slideshow -”Dallas Morning News”

by Suzanne Calvin

For “Dallas Morning News” subscribers only, check out special contributor Nan Coulter’s photos of Friday evening’s Dallas Opera Simulcast in Klyde Warren Park. Great stuff! Access (if you can) here. Suzanne Calvin, Director of Media and Public Relations

Thousands Fill Klyde Warren Park for “Carmen” Simulcast

by Suzanne Calvin

It was one of the greatest block parties I’ve ever seen. Hope you were there, too! FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, October 28, 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 PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE OFFICIAL ATTENDANCE ESTIMATE FOR AN EVENING OF OPEN-AIR OPERA ON THE LAWN: 3,764 Patrons […]

Crazy for Carmen

by Suzanne Calvin

It marked her American debut so the pressure was on, but French mezzo-soprano–in two performances last weekend–showed herself more than capable of handling the heat, and generating a few extra gigawatts herself. The reviews are pouring in, including this one from Olin Chism of KERA’s “Art & Seek” who called Sunday’s matinee “a magnificent hello […]

How the Destruction of Bizet’s Paris Led to His Greatest Creation

by Wayne Lee Gay

The years immediately preceding the composition of Carmen brought unprecedented disaster to France, and, especially, to Paris. Emperor Napoleon III’s ill-advised provocation of the Franco-Prussian War in 1870 resulted in quick humiliation on the battlefield, followed by the emperor’s abdication and the German siege of Paris—during which, faced with starvation, the citizenry was reduced to […]

Stranger in a Strange Land

by Suzanne Calvin

But he won’t be a stranger long! Not at this rate. Check out the recent articles on the Dallas Opera’s new music director, Maestro Emmanuel Villaume in this piece by Gregory Sullivan Isaacs of “Theater Jones” and a compelling interview with Arts Editor Terry Mathews of the “Sulphur Springs News-Telegram.” Welcome to Texas, monsieur! UPDATE: […]