07. May 2014 · Comments Off on Irene Dalis Article · Categories: Opera, Read Online

On Nov. 30, 1957, a 32-year-old singer named Irene Dalis made her broadcast debut from New York’s Metropolitan Opera House, where she would reign for 20 years. Before the performance — beamed live from the Met’s stage to a national radio audience — announcer Milton Cross asked Dalis how she would like to be introduced.

“Well,” she replied, “you’ll have to tell them that I’m from San Jose.”

Now 88 years old, sharp as a tack and still the motivating force behind Opera San Jose, which she founded 30 years ago, Dalis sits in her office and reflects on that story and on her life since. She is retiring. On June 30, she will let go of “my baby,” as she calls the South Bay opera company, ceding her position as general director to Larry Hancock, her hand-groomed successor.

Irene Dalis is 88 years old, sharp as a tack, and still the brains and motivating force behind Opera San Jose, which she founded 30 years ago. But the the
Irene Dalis is 88 years old, sharp as a tack, and still the brains and motivating force behind Opera San Jose, which she founded 30 years ago. But the the Grande Dame of the arts scene, a San Jose native, is about to retire — a major event in the South Bay. She lit up the lobby of the California Theater in San Jose, Calif., Thursday, April 10, 2014. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)
“But I’ll be around,” she warns, raising an eyebrow. “I’ll be watching. The hardest thing for me now is to keep my mouth shut.”

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