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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 […]

Keith’s latest “Off the Cuff”

by Suzanne Calvin

Why do I have the distinct feeling that eighteenth-century artist William Hogarth was a “glass half-empty” kinda guy? Even so, nobody served up social commentary like this influential Brit and he’s the subject–no, more like the catalyst–of General Director and CEO Keith Cerny’s latest “Off the Cuff” for Theater Jones. Enjoy it right here. Suzanne […]

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 […]

From the Desk of Artistic Director Jonathan Pell – Florence Part I

by Jonathan Pell

View of Florence from the Palazzo Pitti I am in Italy for the European NYIOP auditions, and just finished hearing the second day of preliminary auditions, where a panel of nearly twenty opera companies from around the world heard more than fifty singers from twenty-five countries.  These auditions were held in a rehearsal room at […]

From the Desk of Artistic Director Jonathan Pell, St. Louis Part II

by Jonathan Pell

Photo Credit Ken Howard Last night was the opening night of New Orleans jazz trumpeter/composer Terence Blanchard’s first opera CHAMPION, with a libretto by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Michael Cristofer, and based on the life of prize fighter Emile Griffith.  To borrow a sports term, it was a knockout!

From the Desk of Artistic Director Jonathan Pell, St Louis Part I

by Jonathan Pell

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis is celebrating their 38th season, and remains the only American opera company devoted to performing all their productions in English.  The company performs in a theatre that seats about 1,000 people so there is a tremendous sense of intimacy and immediacy which can be extraordinary. The first production I attended […]

Jennifer Higdon (and Cat), Working Like a Dog

by Suzanne Calvin

Yes, she’s unbelievably genuine, gifted, and grounded — but she is also a product of her own impressive work ethic that keeps her steadily moving from one project to the next (as well as publishing her own compositions and managing all the other aspects of her professional life with aplomb). Jennifer Higdon came to Dallas […]

Managing the Opera Company of the Future

by Suzanne Calvin

  There’s a lot of talk these days about how arts organizations are going to survive the impact of staggering economies, government cuts, and a lack of consumer confidence. But, frankly, if survival is the ultimate goal–why bother? Arts organizations need to think beyond the immediate pressures we face and begin implementing ways to make […]