Dallas Opera and Dallas Holocaust Museum explore Korngold

by Suzanne Calvin

It’s a panel discussion next week that shouldn’t be missed! The Dallas Opera and Dallas Holocaust Museum are the proud partners of what promises to be an extraordinary panel discussion on the life, the work and the legacy of exiled twentieth-century composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold. Details follow. Continue reading →

DEATH AND THE POWERS at The Dallas Opera

by Suzanne Calvin

Looking for the lowdown on the Dallas Opera’s upcoming presentation of “Death and the Powers”?  The Global Interactive Simulcast?  Wild lobby displays and cool apps?  
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The Scott Cantrell Seal of Approval

by Suzanne Calvin

“No opera ever composed has music more gorgeous, more sumptuous, than Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s Die tote Stadt. This is, after all, music by the man who later became famous for scores for movies including “The Adventures of Robin Hood,” “The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex,” “The Sea Hawk” and “Of Human Bondage.”

Thus writes Dallas Morning News Classical Music Critic Scott Cantrell in today’s DMN arts blog.

Tell everyone to get their tickets this weekend -- and continue to spread the word!  This is a Michael Melbye production from Royal Danish Opera never before seen in the U.S. and I understand it’s breathtaking; not to mention a stellar international cast that includes Jay Hunter Morris, Ann Petersen and Morgan Smith (remember Starbuck in “Moby-Dick”?).

Don’t worry about the pronunciation, order online or tell the patron specialist in our ticket office you want a pair to see “The Dead City.”  If you’ve seen Alfred Hitchcock’s classic, “Vertigo,” you pretty much know the plot already.

Suzanne Calvin, Director of Media and Public Relations

Ian Bostridge at City Performance Hall

by Suzanne Calvin

All I can tell you is, people came up to us afterwards telling us they wanted to buy tickets--immediately--to whatever was scheduled next. The reviewers revealed generally favorable reactions to the “imaginative” program and a few quibbles with the way we presented the artist. Read on to get Classical Music Critic Gregory Sullivan Isaac’s perspective for “Theater Jones” and Classical Music  Critic Scott Cantrell’s review of  Saturday evening’s recital  for “The Dallas Morning News.”

Suzanne Calvin, Director of Media and Public Relations

Bostridge

The Year’s Big Moments

by Suzanne Calvin

Norma, Norma, Norma!  In Texas and around the world it’s round-up time as the year comes to a close, and first up is Daniel Patrick Stearns with his great moments in opera from 2013. Don’t miss his confession that he went dumpster diving (okay, so he didn’t use that term) for a Jennifer Higdon score!

Suzanne Calvin, Director of Media and Public Relations

“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 garnering the support of the NEA.

Suzanne Calvin, Director of Media and Public Relations

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 from Florence’s Maggio Musicale, as well as the opera houses in Antwerp, Toulouse, Santiago, and several German opera houses, including Cologne.

Among the singers auditioning there were a number of Americans who are either based in Europe or were here on an audition tour, including soprano Ava Pine, who was dazzling in arias by Handel and Gounod even at 10:30 in the morning !

Perhaps the most exciting auditions for me were a group of singers from the young artist program at Moscow’s famed Bolshoi Theater, and there was one soprano in particular that was really impressive. I expect that she is at the beginning of what promises to be an extraordinary career.

There were so many singers from so many countries that I couldn’t help but be struck by the extraordinary passion shared by all of these artists from around the world who have devoted themselves to a life in music.

I was also able to attend two performances while I was here, which was fascinating. The first was a new production of Verdi’s IL TROVATORE at the Vienna Volksoper (sort of the Viennese equivalent of the late, lamented New York City Opera or London’s English National Opera) which starred tenor Stuart Neill as “Manrico.”
Some of you may remember him in the title role of FAUST in Dallas in 1998, and obviously he has moved on to significantly heavier repertoire.

The following evening I attended a stunning new production at the Theater an der Wien of Mozart’s IDOMENEO, starrring Richard Croft in the title role. It was conducted by Rene Jacobs and staged by Damiano Michieletti, and performed by a superb cast which also included Marlis Peterson as “Elettra.”

The production was somewhat puzzling, but filled with breathtaking imagery and performed with intense commitment. I have not always enjoyed productions of this opera seria, which often seems static, but even with jet lag I was riveted from beginning to end.

It was also wonderful to see Rick Croft, who is on the faculty at the University of North Texas, enjoy such a personal triumph.
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Jonathan Pell, Artistic Director
The Dallas Opera