The ‘Butterfly’ effect

Posted on 17 Mar 2017 at 8:10am

How do you reconcile a cliché-filled, anti-progressive plot with one of the most famous operas  of all time? Despite its enduring popularity in the contemporary canon, Madame Butterfly has never been one of my favorite operas. In fact, I tend to dislike it with a fair degree of brio. Giacomo Puccini composed some lovely music […]

Wigging out

Posted on 28 Oct 2016 at 6:00am

Wig designer Dawn Rivard: Dallas Opera’s hair apparent coy covington | Special Contributor There’s a new star at The Dallas Opera … and it’s not a singer. Nor even a composer or conductor. The DO’s tradition of quality extends from the largest sets to the smallest hair on the actors’ heads … and that’s […]

Review: A bawdy, beautiful ‘Manon’ at the Dallas Opera

Posted on 08 Mar 2016 at 1:45pm

Review: ‘Manon’ at the Dallas Opera

Barihunk … or 1 in tenor?

Posted on 04 Mar 2016 at 6:30am

You have your choice of vocal ranges at Dallas Opera’s ‘Manon,’ with out singers Troy Cook and William Ferguson ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor In many ways, Will Ferguson and Troy Cook couldn’t be more different. Ferguson is an operatic tenor, with a peripatetic repertoire that has taken him to New York City […]

Dallas Opera announces 2016-17 season

Posted on 23 Jan 2016 at 7:04am

Dallas Opera announces 2016-17 season

The man who invented Santa Claus

Posted on 04 Dec 2015 at 6:30am

Out composer Mark Adamo, on the creation of a myth with his world premiere opera ‘Becoming Santa Claus’ ARNOLD WAYNE JONES Executive Editor It is the night before Thanksgiving, and Mark Adamo is running around Target, trying to gather the last bits of supplies for orphans’ dinner for 15 colleagues that he just found out […]


Posted on 12 Nov 2015 at 2:42pm

If you love classic Italian opera, Tosca is worthwhile, despite its shortcomings

‘Great Scott,’ part 2: Another review of the significant premiere from the Dallas Opera

Posted on 07 Nov 2015 at 3:23pm

‘Great Scott,’ part 2: Another review of the significant premiere from the Dallas Opera

Opera review: ‘Great Scott’ is an adrenaline shot to opera

Posted on 04 Nov 2015 at 8:38am

World premieres of theater works always have a bit of a “work in progress” feel to them, but despite some quibbles, there’s little to be said badly of Great Scott. It is, simply, one of the most engaging modern operas produced this century

Jake and Terry

Posted on 30 Oct 2015 at 6:30am

The Dallas Opera’s world premiere season opener, ‘Great Scott,’ is a happy reunion for out collaborators Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor Jake Heggie is probably the most acclaimed contemporary composer of opera, and Terrence McNally America’s reigning godfather of theater writing (four Tonys, thank you very much) — […]