Category Archives: Articles

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 […]

Placido Hospitalized Overseas

by Suzanne Calvin

First the good news: Placido Domingo is expected to make a full recovery. Now the bad: He apparently suffered a pulmonary embolism in Madrid, news that has rocked the opera world. The 72-year-old tenor (who made his U.S. debut many years ago with the Dallas Opera) was in Spain to begin rehearsals for “Il Postino.” […]

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 […]