Category Archives: Reviews

Media reviews of TDO productions.

AIDA – Still Making Waves

by Suzanne Calvin

…in all the right directions. Latonia Moore’s performance in the title role has been universally acclaimed as “one for the ages.” But the strength of the other key principal roles has been noticed as well, as in Arts Editor Terry Mathews assessment of Antonello Palombi’s Radames: ” From the moment he began Celeste Aïda, Palombi […]

Fashionista Heaven and Moore!

by Suzanne Calvin

More favorable reactions to the overall experience of FIRST NIGHT 2012. This, from Sherri Tilley at “The Flash List” who savored it all and wrote of soprano Latonia Moore: “Her solo ‘Return a conqueror’ in Act I had the audience mesmerized, absolutely captivated by her uniquely beautiful voice.  Like a praiseworthy evangelist, Latonia Moore will […]

Second Wave for AIDA

by Suzanne Calvin

  The reviews continue to roll in for the Dallas Opera’s Season Opener: AIDA, featuring an incredible ensemble cast and starring soprano Latonia Moore in the title role. Olin Chism reviewed for the “Star-Telegram” and found much to praise about the singing and more: “This was one Aida that was firing on all cylinders. Conductor […]

AIDA – The First Wave

by Suzanne Calvin

The first reviews are out, regarding the Dallas Opera’s spectacular season opener: Verdi’s AIDA with soprano Latonia Moore in the title role. Wayne Lee Gay of D Magazine’s “FrontRow” blog wrote that Miss Moore “simply astounded with a voice that was equally powerful–and clearly capable of subtle effect–from top to bottom.” Read more of Wayne’s […]

TDO’s Ticket Office Muse

by Suzanne Calvin

It never ceases to amaze me, the amount of creative talent that permeates the Dallas Opera’s administrative offices. We have singers, dancers, musicians, dramatists, visual artists and more; nearly everyone here has their very full-time day job, and something else besides. A case in point: Patron Services Coordinator Paul Semrad who, without saying a word […]

Professional Chameleons

by Suzanne Calvin

I’m trying to make the mental leap from Papageno to Henry Kissinger and finding it downright difficult. However, it appears that baritone Patrick Carfizzi (our scene-stealing Papageno in “The Magic Flute”) has now inhabited the character of the former Secretary of State for San Francisco Opera’s new production of John Adams’ “Nixon in China” and […]

B-I-G, Big Berlioz

by Suzanne Calvin

For the first time in forty years, Berlioz’ grand five-and-a-half hour masterpiece, LES TROYENS, is trodding the boards in a complete staging at London’s Royal Opera House.  Critic Andrew Clements at “The Guardian” gave the new David McVicar production four out of five stars in this review.  Perhaps he knocked off a star for the questionable use of […]

Out There

by Suzanne Calvin

    “Dallas Morning News” Classical Music Critic Scott Cantrell is checking out this year’s offerings during the summer season in St. Louis and has flipped for “Alice in Wonderland” writing, “South Korean composer Unsuk Chin’s five-year-old Alice in Wonderland might be the most ‘out there’ work I’ve seen in 22 years of coming here. […]

In Kepler’s Orbit

by Suzanne Calvin

One of the intersesting aspects of this summer’s Spoleto Festival USA in South Carolina is a new production of Philip Glass’s “Kepler” about the famed German mathematician and astronomer who discovered the laws of planetary motion that now bear his name. Heidi Waleson of “The Wall Street Journal” writes: “Mr. Glass’s signature repetitive musical style deftly […]