Category Archives: General Director & CEO

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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 […]

Even Three-Dimensional Chess Needs a Red Queen

by Suzanne Calvin

The latest installment of Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny’s “Off the Cuff” feature for “Theater Jones” explores the strategy behind the push for subscriptions and renewals, and how twenty-first century marketers may be able to stem the tide that propels us towards what some are already calling “the post-subscription era.” Read Keith’s […]

14,000 Attend 2nd Dallas Opera Cowboys Stadium Simulcast

by Suzanne Calvin

Even when you’ve seen as much opera as we have, there’s no doubt that an event like the one held last Saturday night at Cowboys Stadium is extraordinary–by any yardstick you measure it with. The release below contains the attendance/request numbers which, although impressive, barely begin to tell the tale of this night’s impact on […]

A “Dangerous” Experiment

by Suzanne Calvin

(So easy, a child could do it!  Photo by Karen Almond, Dallas Opera, at Cowboys Stadium Simulcast of The Magic Flute Can’t live with ‘em, can’t live without ‘em. I’m referring to supertitles, of course. The once fiery controversy has largely faded, as supertitled or subtitled opera has become the norm rather than the exception […]

Original or Familiar – It’s all art and it’s all new

by Suzanne Calvin

(Image from LA Opera’s world premiere production of “Il Postino”) Decisions, Decisions. How do the chief executives of major performing arts organizations grapple with the task of advancing the art form and attracting audiences at the same time? Find out what goes on behind the scenes on Tuesday March 5th in a free “Conversation with […]

It Was the Best of Times

by Suzanne Calvin

…and the Best of Times. In fact, the always fascinating TACA Silver Cup Awards was especially gratifying for representatives of the Dallas Opera this year, who heard first-hand the plaudits of Dallas media icon Lee Cullum. However, reading about it on Jeanne Prejean’s MY SWEET CHARITY comes pretty darn close; we’re very proud! (photo of […]

TDO Proudly Presents “Composing Conversations” with American Composer Dominick Argento

by Megan Meister

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, January 11, 2013 Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014                            Or Megan Meister 214.443.1071 suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org                                    megan.meister@dallasopera.org                                                                 THE DALLAS OPERA PROUDLY PRESENTS Composing Conversations” with American Composer Dominick Argento In Partnership with Art&Seek Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. HAMON HALL, THE WINSPEAR OPERA HOUSE AT&T PERFORMNG ARTS CENTER ~~~~ The production of […]

Puccini’s Hold on Opera

by Suzanne Calvin

If you haven’t already caught it on “Theater Jones,” here’s the latest installment of General Director and CEO Keith Cerny’s “Off the Cuff.” This piece, on the extraordinary hold the works of Giacomo Puccini have on modern day opera audiences–really involves a great deal more. Read the article at your leisure…here. (The guy with the moustache […]

Ladies Sing the Blues

by Suzanne Calvin

Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny has posted another installment cheap car insurance quotes of “Off the Cuff” on “Theater Jones,” this one devoted to the idea that most operas fall into one of three catagories: one-hanky, two-hanky, or heart-clutching three-hanky. Read Keith’s analysis here. (Ladies’ hankies courtesy of made-in-china.com) Suzanne Calvin, Manager/Director Media […]

How do you spell “C-O-N-T-E-M-P-O-R-A-R-Y”?

by Suzanne Calvin

Plenty of serious food for thought in General Director and CEO Keith Cerny’s latest “Off the Cuff” for “Theater Jones.” The topic is accessing modern and contemporary works to take their place in the opera season — and everything that entails. And if you think this is simply a matter of choosing “one from Column […]