Critic’s Choice

Wed Feb 07, 2018 at 12:54 pm
By Wayne Lee Gay

Erich Wolfgang Korngold

Although Erich Wolfgang Korngold¬†achieved his greatest renown as the composer of lavish scores for big-budget Hollywood adventure films of the 1930s and ’40s, he yearned to be remembered for more than movie music.

This month, in a combination opera-concert program, the Dallas Opera presents two of Korngold’s non-cinematic works, one from before and one from after his decades-long career as a film composer. The Ring of Polykrates, a rarely-performed one-act romantic comedy written when Korngold was seventeen years old, will star Paul Groves, Laura Wilde, and Craig Colclough, while his Violin Concerto, composed after his retirement from Hollywood, will feature Augustin Dumay as soloist.

Dallas Opera music director Emmanuel Villaume, fresh from a successful run at the helm of Puccini’s Tosca at the Metropolitan Opera, will conduct both works. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday and February 14 and 17, and 2 p.m. Sunday at Winspear Opera House.

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