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Weekend roundup, opera version

The big news in American opera this weekend was the opening of the Dallas Opera's new home, the Winspear Opera House. The ugly and cavernous theater out in Fair Park has been supplanted by a state-of-the-art facility designed by Foster + Partners that, together with the new Wyly Theater across the street, finally joins the Meyerson Symphony Center (home of the Dallas Symphony) and the Nasher Sculpture Center to bring Dallas's long-standing dream of a significant downtown arts center to fruition. The hall is quite a success -- at least according to the New York Times and the Dallas Morning News, whose critic, Scott Cantrell, has obvious reason to be happy to be spared Fair Park in future seasons. Bloomberg News was slightly fainter in its praise; and there were some reservations about the Tim Albery production of Verdi's "Otello" that inaugurated the new facility. Those who didn't attend the opening production may come out for the season's world premiere, Jake Heggie's operatic version of "Moby-Dick."

Meanwhile, on Saturday, as Bloomberg News reported,Placido Domingo was feted as Simon Boccanegra in Berlin, although in the AP, Mike Silverman raised some questions I've had in the past about how well he is actually, even at 68, suited to the baritone Fach.

By Anne Midgette  |  October 26, 2009; 4:37 PM ET
Categories:  news , opera  
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