Tag Archives: Katie Womack

Crazy for Carmen

by Suzanne Calvin

It marked her American debut so the pressure was on, but French mezzo-soprano–in two performances last weekend–showed herself more than capable of handling the heat, and generating a few extra gigawatts herself. The reviews are pouring in, including this one from Olin Chism of KERA’s “Art & Seek” who called Sunday’s matinee “a magnificent hello […]

Jennifer Higdon (and Cat), Working Like a Dog

by Suzanne Calvin

Yes, she’s unbelievably genuine, gifted, and grounded — but she is also a product of her own impressive work ethic that keeps her steadily moving from one project to the next (as well as publishing her own compositions and managing all the other aspects of her professional life with aplomb). Jennifer Higdon came to Dallas […]

Villaume Joins TDO as Music Director – The Media Reacts

by Suzanne Calvin

To be perfectly honest, we’re not entirely sure how many news outlets and organizations covered the appointment of French-born Maestro Emmanuel Villaume as the new music director of the Dallas Opera (only the third person to assume that role in our 56-year history) but it was too many to count during this busy season wrap-up. […]

Latest Reviews

by Suzanne Calvin

“A quick filler,” to quote a movie character, to catch you up on the very latest reviews. There’s this interesting personal rumination from author/critic/Renaissance Man William Madison from his blog. And The Dallas Observer’s no-holds-barred headline that THE ASPERN PAPERS is “one of The Dallas Opera’s Best Productions in Recent Memory” topping the review by […]

Ending the Week on an Existential Note

by Suzanne Calvin

Before we get all warm and fuzzy at the AT&T Performing Arts Center tree lighting and in response to all the wonderful reasons we have to celebrate during the month ahead, let’s talk for a moment about DEATH. D-E-A-T-H, as in “Death and the Powers,” a tremendously innovative contemporary opera by MIT Media Lab composer/inventor Tod Machover and poet […]

The View from the Top

by Suzanne Calvin

  The Dallas Observer’s” Katie Womack sat down with Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny and asked a lot of smart questions. The results turned up in today’s article, which you can access right here. (Photo of Keith and Jennifer Cerny attending FIRST NIGHT 2012 at the Winspear Opera House) Suzanne Calvin, Manager/Director […]

Second Wave for AIDA

by Suzanne Calvin

  The reviews continue to roll in for the Dallas Opera’s Season Opener: AIDA, featuring an incredible ensemble cast and starring soprano Latonia Moore in the title role. Olin Chism reviewed for the “Star-Telegram” and found much to praise about the singing and more: “This was one Aida that was firing on all cylinders. Conductor […]

Great Expectations

by Suzanne Calvin

It’s always fun to be noticed and we’ve noticed that we’ve made a several note-worthy lists lately including Katie Womack’s “Dallas Observer” piece on the “Ten Must-Hear Classical Music Shows in Dallas This Fall.” Read the piece right here. We were equally pleased to see that we made the select list of “Hot Tickets” in […]

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 […]

The Critics, Part Two

by Suzanne Calvin

Time to begin a new page of reviews, I think, and we’ll start with Katie Womack’s smart assessment of “La traviata,” being performed tonight, as well as April 21st, 27th and 29th (matinee) in the Winspear. Ms. Womack writes in this week’s issue of the “Observer”: “Lead by strong vocal and instrumental performances and underscored by a stunning […]