Category Archives: Articles

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: […]

And the Silver Cup Award Goes To….Holly Mayer!

by Suzanne Calvin

Beautiful! TACA has announced the 2014 recipients of the prestigious Silver Cup Award–and one of the honorees is Dallas Opera Executive Committee Member (Vice-President, Development) and Board Member Holly Mayer, who along with her husband Tom, has been a stalwart supporter of the company–not to mention, the arts in Dallas–for many a year. Here’s the inside scoop  on […]

On Being James Valenti

by Suzanne Calvin

Catching up with tenor James Valenti isn’t the problem — it’s keeping up with James Valenti that poses the real challenge. Read on in this feature from Terry Mathews, Arts Editor of the “Sulphur Springs News-Telegram.”  James has played the romantic leads in several TDO productions (if you consider the dastardly Duke in “Rigoletto” a […]

2B or Not 2B – Off the Cuff

by Suzanne Calvin

Here’s General Director and CEO Keith Cerny’s latest edition of “Off the Cuff” from “Theater Jones” in which he tackles the split between the subscribing and single-ticket-buying public and its historical roots, as well as the short-term and long-term impact of evolving buying habits on the performing arts. Read it all right here. Suzanne Calvin, Director […]

THE DALLAS OPERA PRESENTS OPERA ON A WORLD STAGE!

by Megan Meister

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014 Suzanne.Calvin@dallasopera.org Or Megan Meister 214.443.1071 Megan.Meister@dallasopera.org National Press Representation: Kirshbaum Demler & Associates: adamm@kirshdem.com or 212-222-4843 THE DALLAS OPERA PRESENTS  OPERA ON A WORLD STAGE!  Death and the Powers: THE GLOBAL INTERACTIVE SIMULCAST                    ~~~~                            SUNDAY, […]

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 […]