Royce rose

Posted on 24 Apr 2015 at 6:15am

Librettist Royce Vavrek is the Hot New Thing in opera. And even he’s not quite sure how that happened ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor While talking to a friend who makes his career in the opera field, I mentioned that I was about to interview Royce Vavrek, and asked my friend if they had ever [...]


Posted on 15 Apr 2015 at 8:49am


La Bohunk

Posted on 20 Mar 2015 at 6:00am

Out barihunk Jonathan Beyer braves the cold to make his debut as Marcello in Dallas Opera’s production of ‘La Boheme’ ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor As a Chicagoan, Jonathan Beyer is used to harsh winters. Still, he thought he’d dodged a bullet this year … only to be sorely disappointed. “My last gig [...]

REVIEW: Dallas Opera’s ‘La Boheme’

Posted on 19 Mar 2015 at 1:28pm

Last-second replacement for ‘La Boheme’ didn’t chill production of quintessential opera

BREAKING: Dallas Opera announces 2015-16 season

Posted on 12 Jan 2015 at 2:08pm

Dallas Opera announces 2015-16 season, including historic musical Show Boat and new a Jake Heggie-Terrence McNally opera

Opera review: ‘Salome’

Posted on 05 Nov 2014 at 1:05pm

The Dallas Opera’s second title of the season is the outrageous Salome. Perhaps the most depraved plot in all opera — and that’s saying something — this retelling of the Bible story is adapted from a German translation of Oscar Wilde’s play. Richard Strauss’ very challenging music only adds to the electrifying story. This lustful [...]

‘Marriage’ equality

Posted on 31 Oct 2014 at 7:30am

Dallas Opera launches its season with Mozart’s delightfully tuneful ‘Figaro’   Mozart’s operas are among the most bankable crowd-pleasers, and Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) is no exception. Based on the centerpiece of Beaumarchais’ Figaro Trilogy, Le Nozze has certainly the loveliest music throughout. The story brings back Figaro (baritone Mirco Palazzi, who’s excellent), the wily barber [...]

‘Pearl,’ victorious

Posted on 02 May 2014 at 6:00am

Bizet’s enchanting score, fine singing trump weak libretto at FWO festival   A benevolent king trusts his best friend not to seduce the woman they both love, but neither friend nor mistress can resist their urges. The king is forced to condemn them to death, but his frailty allows him to allow them to escape [...]

Something fishy in FW

Posted on 25 Apr 2014 at 6:00am

Out ‘barihunk’ Lee Poulis makes FWO debut, ratcheting up the sex appeal of ‘Pearl Fishers’ There’s a cliché (we won’t repeat it here) about the opera that, frankly, just isn’t true anymore — at least not the way it used to be. Indeed, maybe we should rewrite it: The opera isn’t over until the buff [...]

A study in Scarlett

Posted on 18 Apr 2014 at 6:30am

From bridal gowns to opera costumes, ‘Project Runway’s’ Austin Scarlett loves challenging himself ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Life+Style Editor Austin Scarlett is having a diva moment. Actually, it’s not a moment, he’s been working on it for months. And it’s not even his moment anyway. The divas he’s thinking about are in the opera world, [...]