Category Archives: General Opera

opera items related to opera in general, not necessarily TDO

“Great Scott”–$30K from the NEA!

by Suzanne Calvin

The National Endowment for the Arts has committed $30,000 to the development of a new world premiere opera by composer Jake Heggie and Librettist Terrence McNally entitled, “Great Scott.” The work is scheduled to take centerstage at the Dallas Opera in October 2015, starring Joyce DiDonato. Culture Map Dallas has details on the local projects […]

Jonathan’s Viennese Auditions

by Jonathan Pell

It is 6:00 in the morning and I am in the Vienna Airport waiting for my flight back to Dallas. I came over for three intense days of auditions held at the historic Theater an der Wien, where a panel of my colleagues and I heard almost 100 singers from 34 countries. There were representatives […]

Mark Adamo Commissioned to Write 2015 World Premiere

by Suzanne Calvin

A little something extra in your holiday stocking — come December 2015 (and courtesy of composer-librettist Mark Adamo and the Dallas Opera)…read on! FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, November 14, 2013 Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014 suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org THE DALLAS OPERA IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE A NEW COMMISSION FOR A HOLIDAY OPERA BY AMERICAN COMPOSER MARK ADAMO ~~~~ The […]

Mark Adamo at the Nasher

by Suzanne Calvin

Renowned American composer-librettist Mark Adamo invites you to the Nasher Sculpture Center for a “Composing Conversation” with Gregory Sullivan Isaacs, Senior Classical Music and Opera Critic for “Theater Jones” — and it’s free! FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, November 11, 2013 Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014 suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org THE DALLAS OPERA PRESENTS A NEW “COMPOSING CONVERSATION WITH MARK […]

A New Dimension in Song

by Suzanne Calvin

It is one of the most intimate, personal, and moving of art forms. It is “Art Song” and it has aficionados as passionate as any in the opera world. Thanks to the Titus Family, the Dallas Opera is going to play a vital role in the preservation of the fine art of “art song.” Details […]

Stranger in a Strange Land

by Suzanne Calvin

But he won’t be a stranger long! Not at this rate. Check out the recent articles on the Dallas Opera’s new music director, Maestro Emmanuel Villaume in this piece by Gregory Sullivan Isaacs of “Theater Jones” and a compelling interview with Arts Editor Terry Mathews of the “Sulphur Springs News-Telegram.” Welcome to Texas, monsieur! UPDATE: […]

On Being James Valenti

by Suzanne Calvin

Catching up with tenor James Valenti isn’t the problem — it’s keeping up with James Valenti that poses the real challenge. Read on in this feature from Terry Mathews, Arts Editor of the “Sulphur Springs News-Telegram.”  James has played the romantic leads in several TDO productions (if you consider the dastardly Duke in “Rigoletto” a […]

2B or Not 2B – Off the Cuff

by Suzanne Calvin

Here’s General Director and CEO Keith Cerny’s latest edition of “Off the Cuff” from “Theater Jones” in which he tackles the split between the subscribing and single-ticket-buying public and its historical roots, as well as the short-term and long-term impact of evolving buying habits on the performing arts. Read it all right here. Suzanne Calvin, Director […]