Tag Archives: Denyce Graves

From the Desk of Artistic Director Jonathan Pell, St. Louis Part II

by Jonathan Pell

Photo Credit Ken Howard Last night was the opening night of New Orleans jazz trumpeter/composer Terence Blanchard’s first opera CHAMPION, with a libretto by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Michael Cristofer, and based on the life of prize fighter Emile Griffith.  To borrow a sports term, it was a knockout!

From the Desk of Artistic Director Jonathan Pell, St Louis Part I

by Jonathan Pell

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis is celebrating their 38th season, and remains the only American opera company devoted to performing all their productions in English.  The company performs in a theatre that seats about 1,000 people so there is a tremendous sense of intimacy and immediacy which can be extraordinary. The first production I attended […]

From the Desk of Artistic Director Jonathan Pell – Minneapolis

by Megan Meister

Doubt, Father Flynn (Matthew Worth) must defend his name after a suspicious Sister Aloysius (Christine Brewer) accuses him of sexually abusing an altar boy. (Minnesota Opera) Welcome to balmy Minneapolis/Saint Paul where the high today was -1 and the low tonight will be 18 degrees below zero! Why did I fly up here? To attend […]

About Denyce Graves

by Suzanne Calvin

As some of you may have read, mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves suffered an early pregnancy miscarriage during last Saturday’s performance of “Anna Bolena” in the Winspear Opera House. Nevertheless, this amazing woman decided to finish the performance — following medical consultations backstage. Here are the thoughts of Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny: “I […]