Tag Archives: Olin Chism

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 […]

THE ASPERN PAPERS Leaves Critics Awestruck

by Suzanne Calvin

Yes, the reviews are in (some of them, anyway) and the critics seem to be uniformly knocked-out by the performances in the Dallas Opera’s 25th Anniversary revival of THE ASPERN PAPERS, which opened last Friday evening. Starring Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano  Susan Graham as Tina in her long-awaited TDO debut, French soprano Alexandra Deshorties as a […]

Second Wave for AIDA

by Suzanne Calvin

  The reviews continue to roll in for the Dallas Opera’s Season Opener: AIDA, featuring an incredible ensemble cast and starring soprano Latonia Moore in the title role. Olin Chism reviewed for the “Star-Telegram” and found much to praise about the singing and more: “This was one Aida that was firing on all cylinders. Conductor […]

A TRUE CAST OF CHARACTERS

by Megan Meister

Seventeen ninety-one was a terrible year for Mozart personally, but a fabulous year for Western Music. The list of masterworks he composed during his final months is simply staggering. Some of the high points are Piano Concerto No. 27, String Quintet No. 6, the Clarinet Concerto, the opera seria, La clemenza di Tito, the incomplete […]

Wagner’s Star-Crossed Lovers, Tristan and Isolde

by Megan Meister

By Olin Chism Sometimes episodes from Wagner’s personal life served as the creative spark for later operatic masterpieces. An early example would be a stormy voyage on the Baltic and North Seas that the composer and his first wife, Minna, took in 1839. Wagner wrote in his autobiography that this was the inspiration for The […]

A Lucia “Firing on All Cylinders”

by Suzanne Calvin

Another rave review for the Dallas Opera season opener, “Lucia di Lammermoor” which continues tonight at the Winspear Opera House at 7:30 PM. Here’s the view from a local critic already well-known to you for the quality of his work:  Olin Chism, writing on special assignment for the “Star-Telegram.” It reads, in part: “Sunday afternoon’s performance displayed top-rank […]

A Lucia "Firing on All Cylinders"

by tdoadmin

Another rave review for the Dallas Opera season opener, “Lucia di Lammermoor” which continues tonight at the Winspear Opera House at 7:30 PM. Here’s the view from a local critic already well-known to you for the quality of his work:  Olin Chism, writing on special assignment for the “Star-Telegram.” It reads, in part: “Sunday afternoon’s performance displayed top-rank […]

A Luminous Night at the Opera

by Suzanne Calvin

UNVEIL: the Dallas Opera’s 2011 Gala, chaired by Jessica Jesse, brought us the world premiere of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s new song cycle, A Question of Light, in partnership with the Dallas Museum of Art. The reviews are now trickling in: Olin Chism at KERA’s “Art and Seek” blog says it was obvious that the audience […]

The Critics Speak, Part One

by Suzanne Calvin

Heads rolled and the reviews are already rolling in for the Dallas Opera’s final installment of the famed Tudor Trilogy, “Anna Bolena” (Anne Boleyn) which opened this past weekend. Up first was “Dallas Morning News” Classical Music Critic Scott Cantrell who praised the Dallas Opera Orchestra and Music Director Graeme Jenkins but found flaws in […]

The Critics Speak, Part One

by Suzanne Calvin

We will, of course, talk more about the amazing simulcast on Friday night, but for those of you pondering whether to dash to this afternoon’s matinee of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni,” I thought I should start getting the reviews up on the site. Here’s what Wayne Gay of D magazine’s “FrontRow” blog had to say about […]