Tag Archives: Jonathan Pell

From the Desk of Artistic Director Jonathan Pell – NYC Day 2

by Jonathan Pell

Yesterday’s auditions went quite smoothly, and I heard almost fifty singers. I was in the new Opera Center facility at the Opera America offices, which just opened a few months ago. It has always amazed me and my colleagues around the country how difficult it has been to find a decent venue in which to […]

From the Desk of Artistic Director Jonathan Pell – NYC Day 1

by Jonathan Pell

I am in New York this week for auditions and to attend some performances at the Metropolitan Opera. Saturday night was a generally lackluster CARMEN at the Met, but with some wonderful singing, most notably Dwayne Croft’s “Escamillo” (a role which he will be singing to open The Dallas Opera’s 2013 season in October) and […]

TDO Announces 2013/2014 Season “BY LOVE TRANSFORMED”

by Megan Meister

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014 Or Megan Meister 214.443.1071 suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org megan.meister@dallasopera.org THE DALLAS OPERA IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE AN INSPIRED FIFTH SEASON IN THE MARGOT AND BILL WINSPEAR OPERA HOUSE! BY LOVE TRANSFORMED FOUR MASTERPIECES THAT DEFIED CONVENTIONS BY BIZET, MACHOVER, KORNGOLD AND ROSSINI ~~~~ OPENING NIGHT: FRIDAY, OCTOBER […]

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 […]

From the Desk of Artistic Director Jonathan Pell, Buffalo

by Megan Meister

I was in Buffalo, New York over the weekend to judge the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Great Lakes Region finals, and although everyone thought I was crazy to accept an invitation to go to upstate New York in January, it was actually warmer there on Sunday afternoon than when I got back to Dallas […]

From the Desk of Artistic Director Jonathan Pell, Philadelphia

by Megan Meister

Last weekend I was in Philadelphia to judge the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions along with my colleagues Doris Yarick-Cross, artistic director of the opera program at Yale, and Peter Russell, general director of the Vocal Arts Society in Washington, DC (and former director of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.) We heard […]

From the Desk of Artistic Director Jonathan Pell – Chicago

by Megan Meister

I sat at the gate in an airplane for two and a half hours this morning at DFW hoping my flight would be cleared to take off for Chicago.  High winds had slowed air traffic into O’Hare and I had auditions scheduled this afternoon with eleven young singers from the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan […]

From the Desk of Artistic Director Jonathan Pell – San Francisco – Part II

by Megan Meister

Tenor Stephen Costello (“Greenhorn” in MOBY-DICK) with his voice teacher Bill Schuman in San Francisco. It was such a thrill to see MOBY-DICK again last night, with most of the original cast intact from the world premiere in Dallas, along with the original conductor, Patrick Summers and stage director Leonard Foglia. A large group of […]

From the Desk of Artistic Director Jonathan Pell – San Francisco Part 1

by Megan Meister

San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House illuminated at night in the mist I am in San Francisco to attend a performance of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s MOBY-DICK on Saturday night with almost 40 Dallas Opera patrons who wanted the chance to see and hear it again.  I flew out a day early so that […]

From the Desk of Jonathan Pell, Artistic Director – LA Opera Part II

by Megan Meister

The LA Opera poster for Verdi’s I DUE FOSCARI, starring Placido Domingo I DUE FOSCARI was only Verdi’s 6th opera, coming after NABUCCO and ERNANI, but a few years before his great middle period, and long before the masterpieces he created at the end of his remarkable life.  Had he not written TROVATORE and TRAVIATA […]