Tag Archives: Moby-Dick

Jonathan Pell, Summer of Opera, Part 7

by tdoadmin

Only nineteen singers today, and only three who “crashed and burned.”.   The majority of the rest of them sang decent, but unexceptional auditions, but there were a few who really impressed me for various reasons. One was an American baritone named Randal Turner who started off with Starbuck’s aria from the end of Act I […]

Jonathan Pell, Summer of Opera, Part 3

by tdoadmin

June 18 Lunch yesterday with composer Jake Heggie to discuss a possible future project.  I will see him again in August in Adelaide for the Australian premiere of MOBY-DICK. Last night was SIEGFRIED, the third installment of Francesca Zambello’s extraordinary production of Wagner’s RING here in San Francisco.  This is perhaps the most difficult of […]

Where They Blow: After the White Whale

by tdo

Do you remember what you were doing a year ago? We certainly do! On April 30, 2010, the Dallas Opera premiered Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s revolutionary MOBY-DICK on the magnificent stage of the Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center. The critically acclaimed drama was “a whale of a hit” according to […]

Best in a Lifetime!

by Suzanne Calvin

Wow. We not only made Mark-Brian Sonna’s Top Ten List for the year just ended, we redefined the role of Don Giovanni for a generation, presented “our new Pavarotti” in two outstanding works and gave this critic one of the most memorable theatrical experiences of his entire life!  Given what a critic experiences year-in and year-out, that’s quite […]

Astute Observation from “The Observer”

by Suzanne Calvin

Aside from the obvious reasons for enjoying (and agreeing with) Elaine Liner’s assessment for “The Observer” (Dallas), I appreciated that she took note of a fact often lost in the shuffle of discussions about opera: It’s not just great music — It’s fabulous THEATER and “Moby-Dick” truly deserved to be honored as the “Best Theatrical Production” of the […]

Astute Observation from "The Observer"

by tdoadmin

Aside from the obvious reasons for enjoying (and agreeing with) Elaine Liner’s assessment for “The Observer” (Dallas), I appreciated that she took note of a fact often lost in the shuffle of discussions about opera: It’s not just great music — It’s fabulous THEATER and “Moby-Dick” truly deserved to be honored as the “Best Theatrical Production” of the […]

Two Hands Equal One Controversy

by Suzanne Calvin

They’re at it again, the local critics, that is. Willard Spiegelman of D magazine (not to mention SMU, “The New York Times,” etc.) is the latest to raise the issue of the audience “O”…the sometimes ill-timed, other times automatic standing ovations on the part of Dallas/Fort Worth audiences. One of the points made is that this behavior somehow validates […]

Scotching the Rumor

by Suzanne Calvin

No, Virginia, there is no “Moby-Claus.” I’ve seen a rumor circulating among opera aficionados on the internet that the October 12th WRR “Dallas Opera Encore Performances” broadcast of the world premiere production of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s MOBY-DICK will be streamed, simultaneously, like much of the station’s programming. I am sorry to be the […]