Category Archives: Reviews

Media reviews of TDO productions.

Ian Bostridge at City Performance Hall

by Suzanne Calvin

All I can tell you is, people came up to us afterwards telling us they wanted to buy tickets–immediately–to whatever was scheduled next. The reviewers revealed generally favorable reactions to the “imaginative” program and a few quibbles with the way we presented the artist. Read on to get Classical Music Critic Gregory Sullivan Isaac’s perspective for […]

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 […]

The Case for The Aspern Papers

by Suzanne Calvin

You get an analysis, as well as a sterling review, from Classical Music Critic Anne Midgette of “The Washington Post” in this piece on the Dallas Opera’s current production of Dominick Argento’s 1988 opera, THE ASPERN PAPERS, based on a novella by Henry James. Ms. Midgette writes: “This score offers music of nostalgia: lush outbursts […]

Command Performance

by Suzanne Calvin

The rave reviews continue to pour in for the Dallas Opera’s 25th Anniversary production of Dominick Argento’s THE ASPERN PAPERS, starring Susan Graham, Alexandra Deshorties, Nathan Gunn and Joseph Kaiser at the head of an all-star cast. Here’s what Mark-Brian Sonna wrote for “The Column” and “Pegasus News”: “Stop reading and buy your tickets now! […]

Latest Reviews

by Suzanne Calvin

“A quick filler,” to quote a movie character, to catch you up on the very latest reviews. There’s this interesting personal rumination from author/critic/Renaissance Man William Madison from his blog. And The Dallas Observer’s no-holds-barred headline that THE ASPERN PAPERS is “one of The Dallas Opera’s Best Productions in Recent Memory” topping the review by […]

THE ASPERN PAPERS Leaves Critics Awestruck

by Suzanne Calvin

Yes, the reviews are in (some of them, anyway) and the critics seem to be uniformly knocked-out by the performances in the Dallas Opera’s 25th Anniversary revival of THE ASPERN PAPERS, which opened last Friday evening. Starring Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano  Susan Graham as Tina in her long-awaited TDO debut, French soprano Alexandra Deshorties as a […]

Kinda Nice to be Noticed

by Suzanne Calvin

Actually, it’s very nice that classical music writer/critic Wayne Lee Gay at D Magazine’s “Front Row” blog took special notice of the adventurous 2013-2014 Season announced just last month at an event at Cowboys Stadium. Read his take on it here. (Photo of  composer/inventor Tod Machover courtesy of CSMonitor.com) Suzanne Calvin, Manager/Director Media and PR

Focus on the Family, Opera-Style

by Suzanne Calvin

Our latest family concert earned the applause of at least one North Texas critic.  Here’s the report from Gregory Sullivan Isaacs of “Theater Jones” about a recent Saturday afternoon mix of “ooos and arias” conducted by Maestro Anthony Barrese and featuring two up-and-coming bright young stars. (Photo of Anthony Barrese courtesy of operasouthwest.org) Suzanne Calvin, Manager/Director […]

Stirring the Proverbial Pot

by Suzanne Calvin

I confess that I have never heard Andrea Bocelli live and not much more than snippets of his recordings in various commercials and promos. So, I’m going to stay out of this despite my unfortunate natural tendancy to be as vocal as I am judgmental. However, I found Gregory Sullivan Isaac’s assessment of the “phenomena” of […]