Category Archives: Articles

Mark Twain’s Wagnerian Adventures

by Suzanne Calvin

What did American literary icon Mark Twain and German music titan Richard Wagner have in common? If you said “Wavy hair,” you are correct! If you said anything else, you’re probably mistaken. Desite the lack of common ground, Twain’s deeply personal impressions of the Bayreuth experience form the basis for this month’s “Off the Cuff” […]

A “Sweet” Article by Our FIRST NIGHT Chair

by Suzanne Calvin

FIRST NIGHT/FIRST SIGHT Chair Lynn Mock lends a warm-yet-elegant air to the proceedings wherever she goes–whether in the real world or in cyberspace. She gives us her personal take on the newly developed FIRST SIGHT high fashion event, the inspiring Dallas Opera season, and the black-tie extravaganza that is FIRST NIGHT on Jeanne Prejean’s must-read […]

Is Everything Relative After All?

by Suzanne Calvin

An interesting conversation (or fight) starter from author Norman Lebrecht on his “Slpped Disc” blog. When directors create hated and despised new productions, does anybody else benefit from their “folly”? Lebrecht says “yes,” but I’ll let him tell you more of his theory on that.  Perhaps I should go back and check the conductor’s reviews from […]

Hurts to Even Talk About It

by Suzanne Calvin

Speaking as a PR-type, nothing is more certain to make my internal organs do somersaults than the possibility—remote as it is—of someone getting injured on our stage. Live theater is a grand and glorious and rather dangerous business. We do everything possible, of course, to anticipate trouble spots and prevent accidents, but they do happen, nevertheless, […]

Question of the Week

by Suzanne Calvin

Thanks for Shelly Garcia for spotting on the Dallas Public Library site — We’re Topic #1 for the “Question of the Week”! Check it out! Suzanne Calvin, Director of Media and Public Relations

Artistic Changes Announced

by Suzanne Calvin

Changes afoot as the Dallas Opera prepares for the upcoming season: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, August 5, 2013 Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014 Or Megan Meister 214.443.1071 suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org megan.meister@dallasopera.org THE DALLAS OPERA ANNOUNCES CHRIS ALEXANDER RETURNING TO STAGE “CARMEN” ~~~~ TENOR WILLIAM FERGUSON TO MAKE DALLAS OPERA DEBUT IN THE ROLE OF “REMENDADO” ~~~~ 2013-2014 Season […]

Lunching with Emmanuel

by Suzanne Calvin

What’s not to like about doing lunch with a charming and intelligent Frenchman?  Well, escargot, perhaps. The convivial company of Dallas Opera Music Director Emmanuel Villaume in Santa Fe, where he is currently conducting Offenbach’s “Grand Duchess,” was duly noted by the Dallas Morning News Classical Music Critic on yesterday’s blog post. Check it out here. Suzanne Calvin, […]

Surpassing Expectations? Always!

by Suzanne Calvin

Getting some enthusiastic response to the introduction of FIRST SIGHT, a fashion-centric prelude (if you will) to our traditional FIRST NIGHT celebrations. Here’s the take on things from Culture Map Dallas and Rachael Abrams. Suzanne Calvin, Director Media & PR

Nailed It

by Suzanne Calvin

It’s always gratifying when people “get it;” i.e. the rationale behind the construction of the Dallas Opera seasons over a multi-year period. It’s clear that Yahoo! Network Contributor Eric McKeever (who is himself a professional opera singer as well as an arts writer) understands the course we’re on when he writes: “International singers and innovative […]