Tag Archives: The Aspern Papers

The Dallas Opera is Proud to Announce Mezzo-Soprano Susan Graham as the “Maria Callas Debut Artist of the Year”

by Megan Meister

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, May 23, 2013 Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014                         Or Megan Meister 214.443.1071 suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org                                    megan.meister@dallasopera.org                                                                 THE DALLAS OPERA IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE Mezzo-Soprano Susan Graham SELECTED BY SEASON SUBSCRIBERS AS THE “MARIA CALLAS DEBUT ARTIST OF THE YEAR” ~~~~ PORTRAYED […]

Behind the Scenes with the (Chorus) Master

by Suzanne Calvin

Another great read on “Theater Jones,” as Gregory Sullivan Isaacs looks behind the scenes with Dallas Opera Chorus Master Alexander Rom in this engaging interview. If you haven’t experienced the subtle, wonderful chorus work in THE ASPERN PAPERS, you have one more chance remaining. Tickets are still available for the final performance on Sunday afternoon […]

The Case for The Aspern Papers

by Suzanne Calvin

You get an analysis, as well as a sterling review, from Classical Music Critic Anne Midgette of “The Washington Post” in this piece on the Dallas Opera’s current production of Dominick Argento’s 1988 opera, THE ASPERN PAPERS, based on a novella by Henry James. Ms. Midgette writes: “This score offers music of nostalgia: lush outbursts […]

Gunn’s Blazing

by Suzanne Calvin

“Nathan Gunn is the whole package. He possesses a natural and magnificent baritone voice that is even from top to bottom. Although it sounds like he just woke up one morning and could sing perfectly, there is a secure technique behind his obviously God-given abilities. Further, his performances are uniformly consistent and his acting ability […]

Places to Go and Things to Do

by Suzanne Calvin

Liz Johnstone at D magazine serves up a reminder that tonight marks one of the few remaining performances of THE ASPERN PAPERS, which has critics grasping for superlatives. She writes: “In a crumbling house on Lake Como, an aging opera diva and her niece live in relative seclusion until their solitude is interrupted by a […]

Command Performance

by Suzanne Calvin

The rave reviews continue to pour in for the Dallas Opera’s 25th Anniversary production of Dominick Argento’s THE ASPERN PAPERS, starring Susan Graham, Alexandra Deshorties, Nathan Gunn and Joseph Kaiser at the head of an all-star cast. Here’s what Mark-Brian Sonna wrote for “The Column” and “Pegasus News”: “Stop reading and buy your tickets now! […]

Latest Reviews

by Suzanne Calvin

“A quick filler,” to quote a movie character, to catch you up on the very latest reviews. There’s this interesting personal rumination from author/critic/Renaissance Man William Madison from his blog. And The Dallas Observer’s no-holds-barred headline that THE ASPERN PAPERS is “one of The Dallas Opera’s Best Productions in Recent Memory” topping the review by […]

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 […]

Henry James: Stories of Style and Substance

by Olin Chism

The writer Henry James once claimed to be “unlyrical, unmusical, unrhythmical, and unmanageable.” It’s remarkable, then, that his fiction has inspired operas by several prominent composers: Dominick Argento (The Aspern Papers), Benjamin Britten (The Turn of the Screw and Owen Wingrave), Douglas Moore (The Wings of the Dove) and Thomas Pasatieri (Washington Square). Why did […]

From the Desk of Artistic Director Jonathan Pell – DC II

by Jonathan Pell

After a day of meetings, I attended a free concert at the Kennedy Center at 6:00 p.m. with some of the singers from the Washington National Opera’s young artists program and three of the cover singers who had been engaged to stand by for the current productions playing in repertory. The Kennedy Center sponsors these […]