Tag Archives: Renee Fleming

From the Desk of Artistic Director Jonathan Pell, San Diego

by Jonathan Pell

Last night I attended a performance in San Diego of Ildebrando Pizzetti’s ASSASSINIO NELLA CATEDRALE which had its premiere at La scala in 1958, and was based on T. S. Eliot’s verse drama MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL. Created for the great Italian bass Nicola Rossi Lemeni, it has been rarely revived in the more than […]

From the Desk of Artistic Director Jonathan Pell – Chicago

by Jonathan Pell

Thursday morning I flew to Chicago for a weekday matinee of Puccini’s LA BOHEME, starring Anna Netrebko, Joseph Calleja, Elizabeth Futral and Lucas Meachum. The production was borrowed from the San Francisco Opera (which was also seen in Dallas in 1998) with scenery by Tony Award winning designer Michael Yeargan.  Michael, who was born and […]

From the Desk of Artistic Director Jonathan Pell

by Megan Meister

 New York City Auditions Day 3 Wednesday night’s performance of Handel’s RODELINDA at the Metropolitan Opera was sumptuous—considering that there are only six soloists and no chorus, per capita it must be the most expensive production that this company ever mounted! Imaginatively staged by Stephen Wadsworth and beautifully conducted by Harry Bicket, the opera starred Renee Fleming, Andreas […]

Since You Asked

by Suzanne Calvin

In light of the recent, reluctant cancellation of Leos Janacek’s 1921 masterpiece, Katya Kabanova, some have wondered aloud about the Dallas Opera’s track-record in producing works by this extraordinary composer and whether opera audiences in Dallas have ever had the opportunity to experience them. In fact, the company has had some notable success in this […]

Smooth Musicianship

by Suzanne Calvin

Dallas Opera patrons who attended our 50th Anniversary celebrations just a few seasons back (chaired by Joyce and Harvey Mitchell) will remember the ultra-fabulous finale: a Meyerson Symphony Center gala and concert starring the incomparable Renee Fleming and the sophisticated sounds of trumpeter Chris Botti, who brought his jazz brilliance, as well as his classical […]

British Camillias for Renee

by Suzanne Calvin

Sold-out performances and sterling reviews.  Looks like Renee has conquered another role, this time, Dumas’ infamous “Lady of the Camilias” that she first took on a few seasons back in Houston and at the Met.  Tony Tommasini, reporting from London on the Royal Opera production, finds it an “impressive company achievement.” (photo by Catherine Ashmore, courtesy of […]