Category Archives: General Opera

opera items related to opera in general, not necessarily TDO

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 […]

Dallas Opera Perspectives at the Meadows Museum

by Suzanne Calvin

Count me in! Coming to the Meadows Museum, a conversation not to be missed between Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny and the company’s esteemed new music director, Emmanuel Villaume. Details to follow: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, September 6, 2013 Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014 Or Megan Meister 214.443.1071 suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org megan.meister@dallasopera.org THE DALLAS OPERA […]

Is Everything Relative After All?

by Suzanne Calvin

An interesting conversation (or fight) starter from author Norman Lebrecht on his “Slpped Disc” blog. When directors create hated and despised new productions, does anybody else benefit from their “folly”? Lebrecht says “yes,” but I’ll let him tell you more of his theory on that.  Perhaps I should go back and check the conductor’s reviews from […]

Hurts to Even Talk About It

by Suzanne Calvin

Speaking as a PR-type, nothing is more certain to make my internal organs do somersaults than the possibility—remote as it is—of someone getting injured on our stage. Live theater is a grand and glorious and rather dangerous business. We do everything possible, of course, to anticipate trouble spots and prevent accidents, but they do happen, nevertheless, […]

Question of the Week

by Suzanne Calvin

Thanks for Shelly Garcia for spotting on the Dallas Public Library site — We’re Topic #1 for the “Question of the Week”! Check it out! Suzanne Calvin, Director of Media and Public Relations

Lunching with Emmanuel

by Suzanne Calvin

What’s not to like about doing lunch with a charming and intelligent Frenchman?  Well, escargot, perhaps. The convivial company of Dallas Opera Music Director Emmanuel Villaume in Santa Fe, where he is currently conducting Offenbach’s “Grand Duchess,” was duly noted by the Dallas Morning News Classical Music Critic on yesterday’s blog post. Check it out here. Suzanne Calvin, […]

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 […]