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Remembering Ol’ What’s His Face at the Dallas Opera


by Jerome Weeks 23 Mar 2009

Remember George Steel? Sure you do. He was the managing director of the Dallas Opera for two minutes or so before he ran back to Manhattan to save that financial cliffhanger, New York City Opera. New York magazine now asks whether he’s the superhero for the job. (Unsurprising conclusion: Promising but too soon to tell.) […]

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Remember George Steel?

Sure you do. He was the managing director of the Dallas Opera for two minutes or so before he ran back to Manhattan to save that financial cliffhanger, New York City Opera. New York magazine now asks whether he’s the superhero for the job. (Unsurprising conclusion: Promising but too soon to tell.) But the best line in the story comes from the DO’s Jonathan Pell: “Artistic administrator Jonathan Pell declined to comment on Steel’s management style but didn’t seem especially bereft. ‘It’s like Bobby Ewing stepping out of the shower in Dallas, and it turns out the whole previous season was a dream. Six months from now, people aren’t going to remember he was here.'”

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  • Paul Barnes

    Jonathan Pell is a Dallas treasure. The Dallas Opera is lucky to have his eye, ear, intelligence and humor.

  • nmlhats

    Why don’t they just go ahead and put Jonathan Pell in charge, already!