Tag Archives: Anthony Tommasini

“…And Come Back a Star!”

by Suzanne Calvin

She was the 2005 “Maria Callas Debut Artist of the Year” award winner for her Dallas Opera debut in the role of the long-suffering Micaela in “Carmen.” That was half-a-dozen years after winning the 1998 Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition. And now, with about a day’s notice, Houston-born soprano Latonia Moore made her glorious Metropolitan […]

Costello Triumphs (Again) at the Met

by Suzanne Calvin

Tony Tommasini was favorably impressed. With Anna Netrebko as the doomed Ann Boleyn but also with Stephen Costello, reprising the role he sang so beautifully with the Dallas Opera last season: “The tenor Stephen Costello won a hearty ovation for his Riccardo (Lord Percy, Anna’s former lover). This was a big assignment for the gifted […]

By Any Other Name

by tdoadmin

Sorry, my head is totally focused on our upcoming production of “Romeo and Juliet” opening this Friday at the Winspear Opera House. The actual question raised by this Anthony Tommasini piece in “The New York Times” is: Will the term “wallcast” really catch on?  Tony thinks so, but by that same logic a broadcast would […]

Finding Just the Right Words

by Suzanne Calvin

Check out this very interesting article from “The New York Times” Anthony Tommasini about the delicate and demanding art of translating an opera libretto from its original language into English. I have enormous respect for anyone who can grasp the nuances, the rhythms and the feelings and recreate them in another language altogether — while […]

Kudos for The Met’s “Don Carlo”

by Suzanne Calvin

The new staging by British director Nicholas Hytner and the “richly textured, inexorably paced and vividly characterized account of Verdi’s epic score” by the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra under the baton of a 35-year-old Canadian maestro (who is making big, big waves), get a thumbs-up from Anthony Tommasini of “The New York Times,” in addition to […]

Kudos for The Met's "Don Carlo"

by tdoadmin

The new staging by British director Nicholas Hytner and the “richly textured, inexorably paced and vividly characterized account of Verdi’s epic score” by the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra under the baton of a 35-year-old Canadian maestro (who is making big, big waves), get a thumbs-up from Anthony Tommasini of “The New York Times,” in addition to […]

Good Dane, Great Opportunity

by Suzanne Calvin

A few seasons back, we had an assistant conductor who was championing a rarely seen 19th century work by Ambroise Thomas, “Hamlet,” and who completely convinced me of the need to see it revived and fully staged.  He must be an extremely happy camper today, as the Metropolitan Opera hosts a touring production of the […]

The Reviews are IN! Part One

by Suzanne Calvin

Yes, it was one heck of a performance on Friday night and an atmosphere that was positively electric!  However, I won’t tarry: Let’s see what the critics had to say before jumping into the fray with our own opinions on The Dallas Opera’s opening weekend at the Winspear. There’s no particular order to this thing…we’ll […]

Supertitles versus Translations: The Battle Continues

by Suzanne Calvin

Okay, enough lazing by the swimming pool, it’s time to stir the proverbial pot. New York Times Classical Music Critic Anthony Tommasini is reviving the Supertitle debate, once again, and I would be curious to know how our audiences feel about them — particularly as we stand on the brink of a new era in […]