When it comes down to lasting impressions of the Dallas Opera's current production of Mozart's Don Giovanni, Carol Allen and I sure saw things differently than Mike Silverman of the Associated Press. Did we attend the same matinee yesterday?
I'm not sure where Mr. Silverman was seated because from the 8th row center orchestra, the show was dazzling, sets, singers and all.
During intermission opera fans seated around us fussed about Dallas Morning News' Scott Cantrell's review of an earlier performance.
When asked how she was enjoying the show, one lady said with a laugh, "Obviously a lot more than Scott Cantrell."
Lauren Smart, the arts and entertainment editor for the SMU Daily Campus liked the production.
Marilee Vergati of examiner.com calls the opera a "revitalized comic treasure."
Wayne Lee Gay, of D Magazine says the production "reimagines Mozart's opera."
And finally, here's a link to my piece that ran in today's edition of the News-Telegram.
In the past, I've recommended Mozart's Marriage of Figaro or The Magic Flute to first-time opera goers. After seeing Dallas' production of Don Giovanni, I'd tell them to use this one as the gold standard. I was mesmerized and transported to another place and time. And, after all, isn't that what grand opera does best?
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