Tag Archives: Off the Cuff

Tech-Heads Take Notice

by Suzanne Calvin

Keith Cerny’s latest edition of “Off the Cuff” on “Theater Jones” explores the technical ins-and-outs of opera simulcasts. Everything you ever wanted to know but were afraid to ask. Read on.  Be sure not to miss Luke McKenzie’s incredible photos. Suzanne Calvin, Director of Media and Public Relations

Mark Twain’s Wagnerian Adventures

by Suzanne Calvin

What did American literary icon Mark Twain and German music titan Richard Wagner have in common? If you said “Wavy hair,” you are correct! If you said anything else, you’re probably mistaken. Desite the lack of common ground, Twain’s deeply personal impressions of the Bayreuth experience form the basis for this month’s “Off the Cuff” […]

Keith’s latest “Off the Cuff”

by Suzanne Calvin

Why do I have the distinct feeling that eighteenth-century artist William Hogarth was a “glass half-empty” kinda guy? Even so, nobody served up social commentary like this influential Brit and he’s the subject–no, more like the catalyst–of General Director and CEO Keith Cerny’s latest “Off the Cuff” for Theater Jones. Enjoy it right here. Suzanne […]

Managing the Opera Company of the Future

by Suzanne Calvin

  There’s a lot of talk these days about how arts organizations are going to survive the impact of staggering economies, government cuts, and a lack of consumer confidence. But, frankly, if survival is the ultimate goal–why bother? Arts organizations need to think beyond the immediate pressures we face and begin implementing ways to make […]

A “Dangerous” Experiment

by Suzanne Calvin

(So easy, a child could do it!  Photo by Karen Almond, Dallas Opera, at Cowboys Stadium Simulcast of The Magic Flute Can’t live with ‘em, can’t live without ‘em. I’m referring to supertitles, of course. The once fiery controversy has largely faded, as supertitled or subtitled opera has become the norm rather than the exception […]

Ladies Sing the Blues

by Suzanne Calvin

Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny has posted another installment cheap car insurance quotes of “Off the Cuff” on “Theater Jones,” this one devoted to the idea that most operas fall into one of three catagories: one-hanky, two-hanky, or heart-clutching three-hanky. Read Keith’s analysis here. (Ladies’ hankies courtesy of made-in-china.com) Suzanne Calvin, Manager/Director Media […]

How do you spell “C-O-N-T-E-M-P-O-R-A-R-Y”?

by Suzanne Calvin

Plenty of serious food for thought in General Director and CEO Keith Cerny’s latest “Off the Cuff” for “Theater Jones.” The topic is accessing modern and contemporary works to take their place in the opera season — and everything that entails. And if you think this is simply a matter of choosing “one from Column […]

Postcard from Glyndebourne

by Suzanne Calvin

Whether it’s the high desert or the verdant English countryside, there’s great opera brewing throughout the summer months and this year was no exception. In his latest installment of ”Off the Cuff” for Theater Jones, Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny sends all of us his “Postcard from Glyndebourne” about the overall experience. Enjoy […]

Santa Fe Train of Thought

by Suzanne Calvin

It isn’t quite like any other summer opera festival. And that is, no doubt, why it continues to draw devoted opera-philes from all parts of the U.S. (and beyond) to a serene spot in Northern New Mexico far from the overheated urban corridors. In addition to offering night after night of great opera, does Santa […]

Total Impact

by Suzanne Calvin

  No, it’s not the name of an upcoming science fiction action film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger (or Colin Farrell, for that matter); it’s the measure by which the sucess of American opera companies will be measured in seasons to come. Allow me to explain: Everyone is familiar with the term “carbon footprint,” but nowadays in the […]