10 Protips for Thriving as an Artist from a SMU Meadows Alumnus

smu music grad stories Kristin Yost (at center) spoke with SMU alumni at the MPower: Launching your career after Meadows event in spring, 2017.

By Kristin Yost, M.M. Piano Performance and Pedagogy ‘06

As I reflected on my first years out of graduate school with an M.M. in Piano Pedagogy and Performance from SMU, I wanted to leave some of the tidbits of wisdom I wish were given more importance in my academic career. Thriving as an artist is possible if you have the right mindset, expectations and goals. A degree is simply a piece of paper. It’s the experience, the challenges of the journey and the people you meet along the way that really lead you to your success.

Some […]

2018-08-07T10:25:14+00:00 August 7, 2018|Music|

SMU Opera: Seven Epic Photos from the Production of Meadows Opera’s “Alcina”

meadows opera The Meadows Opera Theatre production is directed by Directed by Hank Hammett
and conducted by Paul Phillips

No one can resist the spell of the glamorous, alluring enchantress Alcina.

She has conjured a magical island paradise where she lures unsuspecting, vulnerable men who are blinded by illusion, desire and pleasure. Amid a tangle of romantic conflicts, seductions and captivating deceptions, George Frederic Händel explores the fascinating and powerful complexities of how human beings suffer in love in this magnificent Baroque masterpiece. On February 8, SMU Meadows will sing it in Italian with English projected titles.

The opera runs through February 11 at the Bob Hope Theatre. Tickets and the program are available on our SMU Meadows events calendar. Photographer Kim Leeson attended the dress rehearsal and has returned […]

2018-03-20T10:35:36+00:00 February 7, 2018|Music|

Faculty Spotlight: Director of Opera Hank Hammett on Collaboration, Being Bold, and How He Got to SMU

SMU Opera Director Scene from Meadows Opera’s ‘Elixir of Love’

Professor Hank Hammett is the Director of Opera at Meadows School of the Arts. Having received his Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music at the University of Texas at Austin as well as having studied at Music Academy of the West, Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies, and New York’s MTB Studio; he is no stranger to the entertainment industry. He has performed both on and off broadway, in television, film, and of course opera.

Professor Hammett has worked at the The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, The Glimmerglass Festival, Boston Lyric Opera,  L’Opéra de Montréal, Gran Teatre del Liceu (Barcelona) and De Nederlandse Opera (Amsterdam) just to name a few. His recognitions include First Prize in the Liederkranz Competition in New York and the Grand Prix in […]

2017-08-08T12:41:00+00:00 July 8, 2017|Music|

Photos We Love from the 2017 SMU Meadows Spring Semester

At the close of ‘The Tempest,’ a groundbreaking community engagement and participatory theater project designed to deliberately blur the line between professional artists and Dallas community members

This semester has been nothing short of groundbreaking. Early in March, the Dallas Theater Center and SMU Meadows’ Ignite Arts Dallas, in association with the AT&T Performing Arts Center, presented a musical theatre production of Shakespeare’s The TempestIt was a participatory theatre project unlike anything the city has ever seen.

Just a few of the events of the events to follow include the Meadows Chamber Music Recital, The Meadows Opera’s The Elixir of Love, Regina Taylor’s Magnolia, the Temerlin Advertising and Division of Journalism “Collaboration Room,” and the August Wilson Monologue Competition.

Here are just a few of our favorite photos from the fantastic semester so far:

Photographer Kim Leeson captured […]

2017-09-13T14:33:29+00:00 April 25, 2017|Journalism, Music, Photos We Love|

12 Stunning Photos from SMU Meadows Opera’s Elixir of Love

Photos by Kim Leeson

Cancel your Valentine’s Day plans: We have an opera for you.

This February weekend at SMU, the Meadows Opera Theatre will present a vivid performance of Elixir of Love at the Bob Hope Theatre. There’s love-potion, a snake-oil salesman, irresistible melodies and sparkling wit. This is the Valentine’s Day date you’re looking for in Dallas. The Meadows Opera Orchestra will be along for the ride, as conducted by Paul Phillips.

Get Tickets | Call 214.768.2787

Never underestimate the power of true love and a little cheap Bordeaux.

Here’s a teaser of the show (all photos by Kim Leeson):

 

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2017-02-10T09:53:29+00:00 February 10, 2017|Music|
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