Tag Archives: Wagner

From the Desk of Artistic Director Jonathan Pell

by Megan Meister

Last night I attended a terrific concert with Paul Phillips conducting the SMU Symphony Orchestra in excerpts from Wagner’s RING, featuring highlights from Act I of DIE WALKUERE with voice faculty members Virginia Dupuy and Clifton Forbis.   This was Virginia’s first foray into Wagner repertoire and a departure into dramatic soprano territory  from her usual […]

From the desk of General Director Keith Cerny

by Megan Meister

Richard Wagner would be delighted to know that more than 125 years after his death, his signature Festspielhaus in Bayreuth still plays to sold-out audiences, with 10-year waiting lists to buy tickets.  Thanks to the generosity of the Dallas Wagner Society,  its President Roger Carroll, and its Treasurer Greg McConeghy, I was privileged to attend all five […]

Jonathan Pell, Summer of Opera, Part 21

by Megan Meister

I had lunch yesterday with Jeanne-Michele Charbonnet, who returns to Dallas in February  as “Isolde” in our production of TRISTAN.  She has just returned home to Santa Fe for a couple of weeks following an engagement in Barcelona, and is heading back to Europe  on Sunday. She is looking forward to reuniting with Clifton Forbis, […]

Jonathan Pell, Summer of Opera, Part 4

by Megan Meister

Yesterday’s performance very nearly was GOETTERDAEMMERUNG for tenor Ian Storey, who was singing the punishing role of Siegfried.  Near the end of the second act he was obviously having vocal trouble, and barely  managed to finish the act.  David Gockley, the San Francisco Opera’s general director, came out in front of the curtain before the […]

Jonathan Pell, Summer of Opera, Part 3

by Megan Meister

June 18 Lunch yesterday with composer Jake Heggie to discuss a possible future project.  I will see him again in August in Adelaide for the Australian premiere of MOBY-DICK. Last night was SIEGFRIED, the third installment of Francesca Zambello’s extraordinary production of Wagner’s RING here in San Francisco.  This is perhaps the most difficult of […]

Jonathan Pell, Summer of Opera, Part 2

by Megan Meister

  Only four Adler singers sang for me today (I guess the RING has “wrung” them out)—all were fine, but only one really stood out.  It is the end of their season, and I am sure they are exhausted. The WALKUERE tonight  was brilliantly directed and some of the singing was thrilling.  Francesca Zambello’s production […]