Tag Archives: Gregory Sullivan Isaacs

Presenting America’s Favorite Mezzo

by Suzanne Calvin

A very personal interview with mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, arriving in Dallas to headline our Spring Gala and for rehearsals for the 25th anniversary production of Dominick Argento’s THE ASPERN PAPERS — her long-awaited Dallas Opera debut. Gregory Sullivan Isaacs of Theater Jones gets the answers…and then some. Read it here. (Photo courtesy of Dario Acosta) […]

Focus on the Family, Opera-Style

by Suzanne Calvin

Our latest family concert earned the applause of at least one North Texas critic.  Here’s the report from Gregory Sullivan Isaacs of “Theater Jones” about a recent Saturday afternoon mix of “ooos and arias” conducted by Maestro Anthony Barrese and featuring two up-and-coming bright young stars. (Photo of Anthony Barrese courtesy of operasouthwest.org) Suzanne Calvin, Manager/Director […]

Stirring the Proverbial Pot

by Suzanne Calvin

I confess that I have never heard Andrea Bocelli live and not much more than snippets of his recordings in various commercials and promos. So, I’m going to stay out of this despite my unfortunate natural tendancy to be as vocal as I am judgmental. However, I found Gregory Sullivan Isaac’s assessment of the “phenomena” of […]

Like an Egyptian

by Suzanne Calvin

Who isn’t interested in how grand spectacles like AIDA make it from the design table to the stage? Not to mention how you handle the “care and feeding” of vintage costume designs like those for this acclaimed production. Go backstage at the Winspear Opera House and get a better understanding of the role of radiator […]

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 […]

Keeping Dancers on Their Toes

by Suzanne Calvin

Choreographer Kenneth von Heidecke has returned to the Dallas Opera to work his magic on our dance-loaded production of AIDA. Gregory Sullivan Isaacs, special contributor to “Dallas Voice” has more on his extraordinary life and remarkable talent — here. (Photo courtesy of…uh…me) Suzanne Calvin, Manager/Director Media & PR

“Get Out There – and Come Back a Star!”

by Suzanne Calvin

  Frankly, she was already an internationally acclaimed star but, nevertheless, there is a marvelous Busby Berkeley ”42nd Street” quality to the now-legendary Metropolitan Opera debut of soprano Latonia Moore, who stepped into the title role of Aida without a single onstage rehearsal — and for an international radio broadcast. Get all that and more in Gregory […]

“Miss Moore, your moment has arrived!”

by Suzanne Calvin

That seems to be what the opera universe has to say about the skyrocketing career of Texas-born Latonia Moore, starring in the Dallas Opera’s AIDA, opening for the first of six performances on October 26th. Hers is a story worthy of a Busby Berkeley or Frank Capra movie — minus the inevitable “Capracorn” — and it’s […]

UNSCIENTIFIC AMERICAN

by Suzanne Calvin

In this star-spangled month of July, the question that comes to mind is “What are the defining characteristics of an American Opera?”  Should it be opera on identifiable American themes?  Operas merely set in one of the fifty states?  Or exhibiting a particularly American musical idiom?  Operas composed by men and women who claimed the […]

Climb Every Opera

by Suzanne Calvin

The word that the Dallas Opera has commissioned British composer Joby Talbot and American librettist Gene Scheer to tackle the world’s highest peak, metaphorically speaking, is eliciting a variety of reactions. “The Dallas Observer” writes that the still-to-be-created opera EVEREST, slated for production in February of 2015, is our “most adventurous commission to date.” Read […]