Tag Archives: La traviata

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

by Megan Meister

This posting must be prefaced by confessing that if someone held a gun to my head and demanded to know what my favorite opera was, after much waffling back and forth, I would probably have to confess that it would be Verdi’s LA TRAVIATA.  It was music from this opera that first captivated me as a […]

The Dallas Opera is Proud to Announce Soprano Myrtò Papatanasiu as the “Maria Callas Debut Artist of the Year”

by Megan Meister

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, May 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 IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE Soprano Myrtò Papatanasiu SELECTED BY SEASON SUBSCRIBERS AS THE “MARIA CALLAS DEBUT ARTIST OF THE YEAR” ~~~~ VIOLETTA IN THE SPRING SEASON TRIUMPH: LA TRAVIATA             DALLAS, […]

The Deal of the Day

by Suzanne Calvin

Always looking for great values, “Dallas Morning News” blogger Marjorie Stanfield lasered-in on our fantastic deal for this evening’s performance of “La traviata” at the Winspear Opera House. I’ll let her bring you the details right here. (Photo of Myrto Papatanasiu and James Valenti by Karen Almond, Dallas Opera) Suzanne Calvin, Manager/Director Media & PR […]

Two First Names, Two Thought-Provoking Reviews

by Suzanne Calvin

Critic Mark-Brian Sonna, who writes for John Garcia’s “The Column” has posted a couple of reviews worth reading for our current productions of Verdi’s LA TRAVIATA and Mozart’s THE MAGIC FLUTE.  I don’t necessarily agree with every word, but I don’t have to, to find these thoughtful and interesting. LA TRAVIATA, which will be performed Friday […]

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 […]

The Critics Weigh-In on LA TRAVIATA

by Suzanne Calvin

Gregory Sullivan Isaacs of “Theater Jones” calls it “an evocative, moody production of one of the most beautiful operas ever written, performed with a consistent degree of musical excellence that few other opera houses could match.” Read Gregory’s review here. But I regret to report that not everyone was quite so enchanted with the opening performance […]

Gallic Gravitas

by Suzanne Calvin

There’s just something about Laurent Naouri that goes beyond gifts or talents. I think it’s the sense that he is an artist of genuine class, a gentleman who would rather listen than speak and, when he does speak, a man worth paying attention to. Check out his thoughts on a life intertwined in opera, both onstage and off, and musings […]

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 […]

From the Desk of Artistic Director Jonathan Pell

by Megan Meister

Well, I can start to breathe again. Last Friday morning when I arrived in the office at 8:00 a.m. I found a deeply distressing e-mail from Myrtò Papatanasiu’s manager in Italy, informing me that there had been an accident on stage during a performance of Rusalka at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels on […]