Tag Archives: James Valenti

On Being James Valenti

by Suzanne Calvin

Catching up with tenor James Valenti isn’t the problem — it’s keeping up with James Valenti that poses the real challenge. Read on in this feature from Terry Mathews, Arts Editor of the “Sulphur Springs News-Telegram.”  James has played the romantic leads in several TDO productions (if you consider the dastardly Duke in “Rigoletto” a […]

Last Chance for Tickets

by Suzanne Calvin

30,500 and still counting, but not for very much longer.  If you haven’t acted before now, get your free tickets to the April 28th Cowboys Stadium simulcast before it’s too late. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 Contact: Suzanne Calvin (214.443.1014/suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org) Or Megan Meister (214.443.1071/megan.meister@dallasopera.org) ONLY TEN DAYS TO GO! REQUESTS FOR TICKETS TO […]

A Great First Time Experience

by Suzanne Calvin

  And who would know that better than an opera singer himself? That’s the verdict of tenor James Valenti, singing the role of Alfredo Germont in “La traviata” opening later today at the Winspear Opera House. He tells “Sulphur Springs News-Telegram” Arts Editor Terry Mathews why this is such a good choice for the opera-phobic […]

Longer Lasting Love

by Suzanne Calvin

Longer lasting, that is, than either of the ill-fated protagonists in “La traviata” opening this evening at the Winspear Opera House. From the Dallas publication “The Voice,” here’s an intimate look at the lives of one of opera’s most fascinating team: renowned stage director Bliss Hebert and equally renowned production designer Allen Charles Klein. Read it […]

“La traviata” Comes to TDO!

by Suzanne Calvin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, March 7, 2012 Contact: Suzanne Calvin (214.443.1014/suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org) Or Megan Meister (214.443.1071/megan.meister@dallasopera.org) THE DALLAS OPERA IS PROUD TO PRESENT GIUSEPPE VERDI’S POIGNANT 1853 MASTERPIECE LA TRAVIATA LIBRETTO BY FRANCESCO MARIA PIAVE ~~~~ STARRING GREEK SOPRANO MYRTÒ PAPATANASIU IN HER AMERICAN DEBUT AS VIOLETTA, AMERICAN TENOR JAMES VALENTI AS ALFREDO, AND FRENCH BARITONE […]

Spectacular, Spectacular!

by Suzanne Calvin

“Dallas had a spectacular hit in March with a gorgeous rendition of RIGOLETTO.” -Willard Spiegelman, “Opera News” I would read more if I weren’t blushing so. However, don’t let me stop you from finding out exactly what Willard has to say about Laura Claycomb’s long-awaited debut–and infinitely more!  Press here.  Didn’t work?  Okay then, click! Suzanne […]

Jonathan Pell, Summer of Opera, Part 11

by Megan Meister

Today’s auditions were a mix of singers already under management and then several members of the Royal Opera’s Jette Parker Young Artists Program.  I only heard a total of 12 singers today because people were ill which led to several cancellations. The most interesting singer today was an Estonian mezzo named Kai Ruutel, who is […]

James Valenti: By Any Other Name, Still Gorgeous!

by Suzanne Calvin

A terrific advance piece on our “Rigoletto” opening tonight at 7:30 PM by CBS 11′s Sandie Newton. Yes, you’ll do a double take on the onscreen misspelling of James’ last name. They keep promising they’ll fix it, but in the meantime, I don’t want to deprive you of the story and the great footage from […]