WINGED VICTORY: The Dallas Opera is on quite a roll of late. Moby-Dick has been universally praised. And now, the singers in Madam Butterfly are wowing ’em as well. “Tenor Brandon Jovanovich was superb as the clueless Pinkerton,” Gregory Sullivan Isaacs writes in his theaterjones.com review. “It is refreshing to hear such a natural and effortless tenor voice.” Jovanovich also impressed Scott Cantrell. “Filling the Winspear with enormous clarion tones, he sounded as if he could sing another octave higher, and twice as loud, without strain,” he writes on dallasnews.com. Meanwhile. Art&Seek’s Olin Chism saved most of his praise for soprano Adina Nitescu, “who sang the title role with both beauty and force and brought a formidable dramatic talent to bear on the part,” he wrote. Your next chance to see the show is Wednesday.
THE PATH TO PUBLISHING: The publishing industry seems to contract more and more each year. So what’s a writer with a finished book to do? The Toronto Star recently tackled that question and went so far as to provide a glimmer of hope. While most of the story deals specifically with the Canadian publishing landscape, the lessons seem transferable.
FOLLOWING UP ON PILLSBURY: Ted Pillsbury’s suicide in March shocked the art community as well as people who knew him closely. “I guess, in a way, the way he died is not any of our business,” Morris Matson, who knew Pillsbury for 20 years, tells dallasnews.com in an exhaustive examination of the former Kimbell director’s death. “But he certainly gave no indication to any of us if he was having problems.”