Tag Archives: New York Times

Back at the Helm

by Suzanne Calvin

As Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s “Moby-Dick” gets ready to reconquer North America after dazzling audiences “Down Under”…a curious round of cast changes from one coast to the other has put heldentenor Ben Heppner back at the helm of the Pequod.   Here’s more on that from Dan Wakin in “The New York Times.” Suzanne Calvin, […]

Costello Triumphs (Again) at the Met

by Suzanne Calvin

Tony Tommasini was favorably impressed. With Anna Netrebko as the doomed Ann Boleyn but also with Stephen Costello, reprising the role he sang so beautifully with the Dallas Opera last season: “The tenor Stephen Costello won a hearty ovation for his Riccardo (Lord Percy, Anna’s former lover). This was a big assignment for the gifted […]

Too Much Dough, or Just Enough?

by Suzanne Calvin

Op-Ed contributor Alex Ross in yesterday’s “New York Times” tackles the perception of the high cost of producing opera in tough times — even as the Met prepares to unveil the first part of its brand-new “Ring” Cycle, a four-part, two-year endeavor. The terrific prose you expect from Alex Ross and some interesting insights and […]

Good Dane, Great Opportunity

by Suzanne Calvin

A few seasons back, we had an assistant conductor who was championing a rarely seen 19th century work by Ambroise Thomas, “Hamlet,” and who completely convinced me of the need to see it revived and fully staged.  He must be an extremely happy camper today, as the Metropolitan Opera hosts a touring production of the […]

The Reviews are IN! Part One

by Suzanne Calvin

Yes, it was one heck of a performance on Friday night and an atmosphere that was positively electric!  However, I won’t tarry: Let’s see what the critics had to say before jumping into the fray with our own opinions on The Dallas Opera’s opening weekend at the Winspear. There’s no particular order to this thing…we’ll […]

Quote of the Day

by Suzanne Calvin

It comes in today’s New York Times from former University of Colorado Fullback Keith Miller on getting off the sidelines and onto the opera stage:  “I was still a jock at the time,” he’s quoted as saying “and I thought, you can pick up chicks if you speak Italian.” One of the best reasons I’ve ever heard […]