Tag Archives: Washington Post

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 […]

It’s Not the Heat, It’s the Humidity

by Suzanne Calvin

Actually, hope for the future of opera is expressed in varying DEGREES in this KERA “Art and Seek” piece on “Taking Opera’s Temperature.” Arts producer/reporter Jerome Weeks lets other pundits do the talking on the NPR segment produced by Tom Huizenga.  However, he does note that, when queried about the most dynamite new opera of […]

B-I-G, Big Berlioz

by Suzanne Calvin

For the first time in forty years, Berlioz’ grand five-and-a-half hour masterpiece, LES TROYENS, is trodding the boards in a complete staging at London’s Royal Opera House.  Critic Andrew Clements at “The Guardian” gave the new David McVicar production four out of five stars in this review.  Perhaps he knocked off a star for the questionable use of […]

Creative Timing

by Suzanne Calvin

Maybe it’s something in the groundwater supply, but there’s been a welcome flurry of announcements today about yet-to-be-created-operas. Besides the announcement of our own commission of a new grand opera by Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally, San Francisco Opera has several ideas for new world premieres up their collective sleeves, as noted by “Washington Post” classical […]