Tag Archives: Richard Wagner

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” […]

Girl’s Night at the Met

by Suzanne Calvin

Those rambunctious Valkyries take center stage tonight on “Great Performances” (8:00 pm on KERA, Channel 13) but I, for one, will have my eye on tenor Jonas Kaufmann as Siegmund. Here’s a taste of what we can expect before the evening is done. The controversial machine that dominates the Robert Lepage production is…mmm…interesting. Some of the same […]

Great Expectations, Part Two

by Suzanne Calvin

May I leave work early? Please? I want to have my cat, my iced tea, my libretto, my program notes, and my ottoman in place for tonight’s airing of Robert Lepage’s controversial and acclaimed new production of Wagner’s “Das Rheingold” on the PBS series “Great Performances” airing on KERA, Channel 13 at 8 p.m. our time.  […]

The Critical Acclaim Continues for “Tristan”

by Suzanne Calvin

If you haven’t read all the initial reviews, please scroll down in order to do so. But it’s incredibly gratifying to be able to report that the applause hasn’t stopped, and rave reviews for our new production of Wagner’s transcendent masterpiece continue to pour in. The latest? From Mark-Brian Sonna at “Pegasus News” who writes: […]

Visiting Wagner’s Bayreuth – and TDO’s TRISTAN

by Suzanne Calvin

Be sure to catch the latest “Off the Cuff,” a regular feature from Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny, on the arts website, “Theater Jones.” In this installment, you get a Cerny-vision view of the festival theater constructed by Richard Wagner at Bayreuth — let’s face it, the Wagnerian equivalent of the Vatican […]


by tdoadmin

Abi Ferrin designer for Tristan & Isolde (click on link) Enjoy this video from First Night, Opening Night Celebration Friday, October 21st.  We take a look at how designer Abi Ferrin took on the role of designing for such an epic opera like Wagner’s Tristan & Isolde. Tickets for Tristan & Isolde  are currently on […]