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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 […]

Original or Familiar – It’s all art and it’s all new

by Suzanne Calvin

(Image from LA Opera’s world premiere production of “Il Postino”) Decisions, Decisions. How do the chief executives of major performing arts organizations grapple with the task of advancing the art form and attracting audiences at the same time? Find out what goes on behind the scenes on Tuesday March 5th in a free “Conversation with […]

TDO’s Ticket Office Muse

by Suzanne Calvin

It never ceases to amaze me, the amount of creative talent that permeates the Dallas Opera’s administrative offices. We have singers, dancers, musicians, dramatists, visual artists and more; nearly everyone here has their very full-time day job, and something else besides. A case in point: Patron Services Coordinator Paul Semrad who, without saying a word […]

Reminder #1: About Next Tuesday the 18th

by Suzanne Calvin

If you have never heard MIT Media Lab inventor/composer/music revolutionary Tod Machover speak–trust me, you’ve missed something amazing. And in combo with moderation by Art&Seek’s Jerome Weeks, Machover-selected video segments, and a live performance featuring soprano Sara Heaton–it really will be an action packed conversation. For FREE, to boot! We ought to be kidding, but we’re […]

On a Quest for Super Heroes

by Suzanne Calvin

The Dallas Opera’s shout-out to gentlemen of a generally physically fit nature, aged 18 to 50, to work as paid non-singing extras (or ”supernumeraries”) in our upcoming production of “AIDA” is piquing the interest of our local media. I must admit, it isn’t the usual press release that catches the eye of “My Sweet Charity”‘s Jeanne Prejean like […]

Girl’s Night at the Met

by Suzanne Calvin

Those rambunctious Valkyries take center stage tonight on “Great Performances” (8:00 pm on KERA, Channel 13) but I, for one, will have my eye on tenor Jonas Kaufmann as Siegmund. Here’s a taste of what we can expect before the evening is done. The controversial machine that dominates the Robert Lepage production is…mmm…interesting. Some of the same […]

Great Expectations, Part Two

by Suzanne Calvin

May I leave work early? Please? I want to have my cat, my iced tea, my libretto, my program notes, and my ottoman in place for tonight’s airing of Robert Lepage’s controversial and acclaimed new production of Wagner’s “Das Rheingold” on the PBS series “Great Performances” airing on KERA, Channel 13 at 8 p.m. our time.  […]

Conversations@the Opera

by Suzanne Calvin

If you haven’t made time to attend one of these, you’re losing out. Some of the most fascinating and meaningful conversations about music and art I’ve had the pleasure to attend in the past year are happening right in front of our noses — in Hamon Hall at the Winspear Opera House. Keep scrolling for […]

It’s Not the Heat, It’s the Humidity

by Suzanne Calvin

Actually, hope for the future of opera is expressed in varying DEGREES in this KERA “Art and Seek” piece on “Taking Opera’s Temperature.” Arts producer/reporter Jerome Weeks lets other pundits do the talking on the NPR segment produced by Tom Huizenga.  However, he does note that, when queried about the most dynamite new opera of […]

Nothing to Do With Opera

by Suzanne Calvin

Yes, nothing to do with opera; however, it has everything to do with the community in which we, too, invest a great deal of effort to create art, so it definitely caught my interest. How would you identify and explain “Art in the Public Square” in the City of Dallas? I’m not being argumentative, I’m […]