Category Archives: Reviews

Media reviews of TDO productions.

One (and Two) for Theater Jones!

by tdoadmin

As the year ends at “Theater Jones,” critic Gregory Sullivan Isaacs selected the Dallas Opera’s 2011 revival of Verdi’s “Rigoletto” as the number one classical music event of the year! However, he admits it was something of a coin toss, as he was just about equally knocked out by our epic production of Modest Mussorgsky’s […]

Love at First Sight (and Sound)

by Suzanne Calvin

It’s always eye-opening to hear from first-time operagoers, particularly when they go into detail about their expectations versus their actual experience. A case in point is this piece by Alex Hoskins just published in SMU’s “The Daily Campus” on his recent excursion to “Lucia di Lammermoor” at the Dallas Opera. Read it right here.  (Photo […]

Occupy Opera

by Suzanne Calvin

A new work by British composer Peter Maxwell Davies for the Juilliard School got off with a bang last week. Heidi Waleson, writing for “The Wall Street Journal” noted: “With timid tonality pervading so many new operas, it was refreshing to hear the edgy, acerbic sounds of Peter Maxwell Davies’s “Kommilitonen!” presented by the Juilliard […]

Subscriber Perk: Another Rave for Racette

by Suzanne Calvin

Seriously, there are lots of reasons to subscribe to the Dallas Opera but the perks this year seem, to me, some of the best ever. Especially the “Cabaret Evening with Patricia Racette” praised by Marilee Vergati in this issue of “Dallas Dance Examiner:” “Racette’s renditions transformed classic songs into picturesque scenes reminiscent of the golden years […]

Colorful Mini-Opera Cracks Jokes and Eggs

by Megan Meister

The cast of Doctor Miracle sign autographs after the October 30 performance at the Winspear Opera House. Photo by Luke McKenzie. Colorful Mini-Opera Cracks Jokes and Eggs by Sally-Page Stuck Just as a generous adult would share her opera glasses, the two-year-old opera patron to my left kindly offered to share her pacifier. Surely, she […]

“Raving” Lucia

by Suzanne Calvin

The rave reviews for the Dallas Opera’s revival of “Lucia di Lammermoor” (playing through Sunday, November 6th in the Winspear Opera House) continue to pour in. The latest is from Marilee Vergati of “Dallas Dance Examiner” who found the production “musically rich” as well as well-acted. Read her review here.  (Photo courtesy of Michael L. […]

"Raving" Lucia

by tdoadmin

The rave reviews for the Dallas Opera’s revival of “Lucia di Lammermoor” (playing through Sunday, November 6th in the Winspear Opera House) continue to pour in. The latest is from Marilee Vergati of “Dallas Dance Examiner” who found the production “musically rich” as well as well-acted. Read her review here.  (Photo courtesy of Michael L. […]

Loving Lucia, Turtle Creek News

by Suzanne Calvin

In case you can’t easily put your hands on “The Turtle Creek News,” here’s Martha Heimberg’s review of our season opening production: TURTLE CREEK NEWS Dallas Opera opens season with grand sets, costumes and a thrilling diva Lucia de Lammermoor delivers the grand opera experience on opening night Review by Martha Heimberg I see a […]

A Lucia "Firing on All Cylinders"

by tdoadmin

Another rave review for the Dallas Opera season opener, “Lucia di Lammermoor” which continues tonight at the Winspear Opera House at 7:30 PM. Here’s the view from a local critic already well-known to you for the quality of his work:  Olin Chism, writing on special assignment for the “Star-Telegram.” It reads, in part: “Sunday afternoon’s performance displayed top-rank […]

A Lucia “Firing on All Cylinders”

by Suzanne Calvin

Another rave review for the Dallas Opera season opener, “Lucia di Lammermoor” which continues tonight at the Winspear Opera House at 7:30 PM. Here’s the view from a local critic already well-known to you for the quality of his work:  Olin Chism, writing on special assignment for the “Star-Telegram.” It reads, in part: “Sunday afternoon’s performance displayed top-rank […]