STING SINGS: Sting headlined the second show in the Super Bowl XLV Kick-Off Concert Series on Saturday at the Winspear. But much of the buzz from the night concerned who will play the next concert Sept. 10 at Cowboys Stadium. For now, that artist remains a secret because of some contractual issues, but dfw.com reports that it was announced Saturday night that this person is a Grammy winner who has sold 40 million albums. You’d think that that would narrow the field significantly, but a quick Web search indicates that there are more people than you’d think who fit that category. Feel free to speculate wildly. As far as Saturday night’s concert was concerned, Mario Tarradell calls it, “a fabulous show of musicianship, stage presence and song selection,” noting that Sting, “was in stellar artistic form.”
OPENING WITH A BANG: Fort Worth Opera kicked off this year’s festival on Saturday with Don Giovanni. And it sounds like the singers carried the day. “The fine cast assembled addressed the complex, non-stop challenges of the music and roles and gave a performance that thrilled the rapt audience and infused the opera with soaring vitality,” writes Alexandra Bonifield. Gregory Sullivan Isaacs was also impressed with the performers, but he has a few quibbles with the direction. “Admittedly, Mozart doesn’t help with his usual succession of arias, but too much of the opera is spent with very little happening on the stage. It’s way too static,” he writes in his theaterjones.com review. “Fortunately, the vocals and acting from this talented cast carry the drama.” On a related note, Susanna Phillips, who sings the role of Donna Anna, is one of the guests on the This Week in the Arts podcast.
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