Tag Archives: Joyce DiDonato

“Great Scott”–$30K from the NEA!

by Suzanne Calvin

The National Endowment for the Arts has committed $30,000 to the development of a new world premiere opera by composer Jake Heggie and Librettist Terrence McNally entitled, “Great Scott.” The work is scheduled to take centerstage at the Dallas Opera in October 2015, starring Joyce DiDonato. Culture Map Dallas has details on the local projects […]

From the Desk of Artistic Director Jonathan Pell, Santa Fe – Part VII

by Jonathan Pell

Yesterday afternoon at 4:00 under the auspices of the Santa Fe Concert Association composer Jake Heggie played a recital of some of his songs, accompanying tenor William Burden, soprano Heidi Stober and mezzo-soprano Susanne Mentzer, all of whom are singing with the Santa Fe Opera this summer. The only set of songs that I had […]

From the Desk of Artistic Director Jonathan Pell, Santa Fe – Part IV

by Jonathan Pell

Although I had heard it in concert several years ago, until last night I had never seen a staged performance of Rossini’s “opera seria” (as opposed to his more celebrated comic operas) LA DONNA DEL LAGO, based on Sir Walter Scott’s THE LADY OF THE LAKE. To be perfectly honest, I have never been much […]

Very Cool Indeed – Jack O’Brien set to direct GREAT SCOTT

by Megan Meister

We here at the Dallas Opera couldn’t agree more with what Dallas Morning News reporter Michael Granberry had to say about us hiring Tony Award Winning Director Jack O’Brien to direct Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally’s 2015-2016 World Premiere of Great Scott starring mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato. “Very cool news: the Dallas Opera makes a brilliant […]

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 […]

New Heggie Commission Announced

by Suzanne Calvin

To paraphrase KERA reporter/producer Jerome Weeks: You can’t ask much more from an opera…announcement. Donors and members of the Dallas Opera Chorus and staff gathered onstage to hear a few retrospective words about the impact of “Moby-Dick” on this company before introducing a video featuring opera mega-star mezzo Joyce DiDonato announcing that a) She will […]

THE DALLAS OPERA PROUDLY ANNOUNCES A MAJOR NEW COMMISSION

by Megan Meister

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 Contact: Suzanne Calvin (214.443.1014/suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org) Or Megan Meister (214.443.1071/megan.meister@dallasopera.org)                                                                THE DALLAS OPERA PROUDLY ANNOUNCES A MAJOR NEW COMMISSION: Composer Jake Heggie and Librettist Terrence McNally Team to Create A TDO World Premiere Opera! ~~~~ GREAT SCOTT TO OPEN TDO’S 2015-2016 SEASON STARRING WORLD RENOWNED MEZZO-SOPRANO JOYCE DIDONATO IN […]

"A Cramp–My, er, Foot!"

by tdoadmin

What a trooper. During the Royal Opera’s first performance of a revival of “The Barber of Seville,” American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato (singing the role of Rosina) slipped during a scene change towards the end of Act One and broke her leg!  According to this report in “The Guardian” (UK), thinking that she’d merely sprained her […]

“A Cramp–My, er, Foot!”

by Suzanne Calvin

What a trooper. During the Royal Opera’s first performance of a revival of “The Barber of Seville,” American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato (singing the role of Rosina) slipped during a scene change towards the end of Act One and broke her leg!  According to this report in “The Guardian” (UK), thinking that she’d merely sprained her […]