Tag Archives: Scott Cantrell

The Scott Cantrell Seal of Approval

by Suzanne Calvin

“No opera ever composed has music more gorgeous, more sumptuous, than Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s Die tote Stadt. This is, after all, music by the man who later became famous for scores for movies including “The Adventures of Robin Hood,” “The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex,” “The Sea Hawk” and “Of Human Bondage.” Thus writes […]

Ian Bostridge at City Performance Hall

by Suzanne Calvin

All I can tell you is, people came up to us afterwards telling us they wanted to buy tickets–immediately–to whatever was scheduled next. The reviewers revealed generally favorable reactions to the “imaginative” program and a few quibbles with the way we presented the artist. Read on to get Classical Music Critic Gregory Sullivan Isaac’s perspective for […]

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 […]

Stranger in a Strange Land

by Suzanne Calvin

But he won’t be a stranger long! Not at this rate. Check out the recent articles on the Dallas Opera’s new music director, Maestro Emmanuel Villaume in this piece by Gregory Sullivan Isaacs of “Theater Jones” and a compelling interview with Arts Editor Terry Mathews of the “Sulphur Springs News-Telegram.” Welcome to Texas, monsieur! UPDATE: […]

Lunching with Emmanuel

by Suzanne Calvin

What’s not to like about doing lunch with a charming and intelligent Frenchman?  Well, escargot, perhaps. The convivial company of Dallas Opera Music Director Emmanuel Villaume in Santa Fe, where he is currently conducting Offenbach’s “Grand Duchess,” was duly noted by the Dallas Morning News Classical Music Critic on yesterday’s blog post. Check it out here. Suzanne Calvin, […]

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 […]

Great Expectations

by Suzanne Calvin

It’s always fun to be noticed and we’ve noticed that we’ve made a several note-worthy lists lately including Katie Womack’s “Dallas Observer” piece on the “Ten Must-Hear Classical Music Shows in Dallas This Fall.” Read the piece right here. We were equally pleased to see that we made the select list of “Hot Tickets” in […]

The Bare (or is it Awful?) Truth

by Suzanne Calvin

Did they look something like…this?   Must’ve been a good harvest that year; yes indeed–a very good harvest. “The Dallas Morning News” Classical Music Critic Scott Cantrell, while pondering a few questions I tossed out to some of our more imaginative arts writers and reviewers, revived one of his most indelible (in fact, indigestible) opera memories […]

UNSCIENTIFIC AMERICAN

by Suzanne Calvin

In this star-spangled month of July, the question that comes to mind is “What are the defining characteristics of an American Opera?”  Should it be opera on identifiable American themes?  Operas merely set in one of the fifty states?  Or exhibiting a particularly American musical idiom?  Operas composed by men and women who claimed the […]