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, [...]

Aria serious?

Posted on 26 Apr 2013 at 8:00am

Darren Woods, FW Opera’s gay boss, steps into the limelight (literally) for the 1st time at Bass ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Life+Style Editor The Fort Worth Opera has done its festival format since the spring of 2007, but this year, the festival takes on a different tenor. That’s because Darren Woods, the gay general director [...]

Beyer — beware!

Posted on 29 Mar 2013 at 8:15am

Out ‘Barihunk’ Jonathan Beyer sings as part of a trio in Dallas Opera’s upcoming production of ‘Turandot,’ but he’ll be missing his operatic partner Gregory Sullivan Isaacs Contributing Writer ……………………. TURANDOT Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St. April 5–21. Tickets from $19. 214-443-1000. DallasOpera.org …………………… Who, or what, are Ping, Pang and Pong? Not video [...]

Aiding ‘Aida’

Posted on 26 Oct 2012 at 8:15am

Gay choreographer Kenneth von Heidecke gives movement to the classical canon’s most balletic opera GREGORY SULLIVAN ISAACS  | Contributing Writer gregoryissacs@theaterjones.com The first impression Kenneth von Heidecke makes is that he looks and moves like a dancer. He is tall and slender and — while a few months shy of his 60th birthday — is obviously [...]

Tosca stand

Posted on 10 May 2012 at 4:50pm

To play the villainous Scarpia in FWO’s ‘Tosca,’ happily coupled barihunk Michael Chioldi dug deep RICH LOPEZ  | Staff Writer ……………………… TOSCA Bass Performance Hall, 545 Commerce St., Fort Worth. May 12–June 2. FWOpera.org. …………………….. For his entire professional life, Michael Chioldi has done nothing but sing opera. Yes, he has moments while listening to [...]

Operatic duet

Posted on 12 Apr 2012 at 6:15pm

No opera plot is as fanciful as the 50-year romance between Bliss Hebert and Allen Charles Klein, collaborating (again) on ‘La Traviata’ GREGORY SULLIVAN ISAACS  | Contributing Writer ……………… LA TRAVIATA Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St. Performances on April 18, 21, 27 and 29. $29–$139. DallasOpera.org. ……………… Making the decision to work professionally with your [...]