We chickened out. Suzanne Calvin, the always helpful communications manager for The Dallas Opera, said that she might have been able to arrange a phone interview with Carol Vaness, who's performing at "An Evening With Carol Vaness," presented by The Women's Board of The Dallas Opera on Friday. We considered what we, the opera ignoramus, might ask the woman described as one of the world's best-loved sopranos. "So, 'soprano,' that's like the really high one, right?" and "Why are opera singers so largish?" were all that came to mind. We passed on the interview. There are limits to how much of our rube-ishness we're willing to expose to the world--a fact that will surprise our friends.
Instead, we read several opera reviews in The New York Times and a 5,000-word interview with Vaness published in Classical Singer Magazine. Here's what we learned: The Times opera critics are some of the meanest people alive not currently serving time in penal institutions; Vaness started out as "mezzo" but switched to soprano; and even writers for a tony publication like CSM ask famous opera singers about weight. (Vaness is a size 12.)
But what about the music? We bought a compilation that includes Vaness singing a Mozart aria. Just put it in the CD player right now, in fact. Hmm. Nice. Kinda high. A little slodjghagds...HUH? WHAZZAT? NO, I WASN'T SLEEPING! OK, so we are a rube. But if you have taste and $250 to spend (per person), call 214-368-3285 for reservations to "An Evening With Carol Vaness," which begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Venetian Room at The Fairmont Hotel, 1717 N. Akard St. The evening includes cocktails and dinner. --Patrick Williams
Get global at KERA's annual fund-raiser
Are you sitting in front of a desk right now, finding a break in between mundane work to enlighten yourself? Maybe you've noticed a few other reads have begun to pile around your computer such as travel magazines or little brochures you picked up at an agency--just to look, of course, you couldn't possibly take a trip away from everything. If you're like some of us, you're lucky just to take a trip to San Antonio or Austin. At KERA's 10th Annual Tour of Taste, you can stop dreaming and start bidding on trips to the world's best-known sites while noshing on great food and wine. The event begins at 7 p.m. May 7 in the Regency Ballroom at the Fairmont Hotel. Tickets are $75 and $60 for KERA members. The Fairmont is located at 1717 N. Akard St. Call 214-740-5441 for reservations. --Jenice Johnson