Pre-Opera Talks

presented by Joy and Ronald Mankoff

Want to learn more about the opera you are seeing? Want to beat the traffic and enjoy a beverage while you learn? Join TDO for the Joy and Ronald Mankoff Pre-Opera Talks one hour before each TDO performance.

Pre-Opera Talks are informative and interactive 30-minute lectures featuring opera experts from all over DFW. Pre-Opera Talks are FREE with a ticket to a TDO performance and are guaranteed to increase your knowledge and enjoyment of opera.

Things to know about Pre-Opera Talks before you go:

  • Joy and Ronald Mankoff Pre-Opera Talks are held in Hamon Hall (located in eastern corner of the lobby) beginning one hour before each TDO performance in the Winspear Opera House (6:30 PM for evening performances; 1:00 PM on Sunday Matinees).
  • Seating is first-come, first-served and Hamon Hall can accommodate approximately 200 attendees.
  • Attendees are free to bring in food or drink purchased at the Winspear Opera House.

2016-2017 Season Speakers


Eugene Onegin

October 28, 30, November 2, 5, 2016

Alexander Rom

Chorus Master, The Dallas Opera

Alexander Rom has served as The Dallas Opera’s Chorus Master since 1990. As Russian Opera Coach at the Metropolitan Opera since 1985, Mr. Rom has prepared that company’s productions of Eugene Onegin, Boris Godunov, and Khovanshchina. Mr. Rom has also served as a visiting Russian Opera Coach for the Houston Grand Opera, where he has prepared several productions of Boris Godunov. Mr. Rom served as principal coach for the international Savonlinna Opera Festival in Finland, where he functioned as an opera coach and both staged and coached a production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. He teaches opera/voice and is an honorary visiting professor at both the Sibelius Academy and the Conservatory of Music in Helsinki, Finland. Students of Mr. Rom have won Metropolitan Opera competitions and are performing in opera and concerts here and abroad. A native of Kharkov, Ukraine, Mr. Rom graduated from the Leningrad Conservatory of Music with a degree in choral conducting. He is a founder of Grace Choral Society in New York. His compositions have been performed in New York’s Carnegie Hall, San Diego, Houston, Dallas, Helsinki, Finland and many other venues. Mr. Rom maintains a private voice studio in Dallas, Texas.


Moby-Dick

November 6, 8, 11, 14, 20, 22, 2016

Gregory Sullivan Isaacs

Senior Classical Music Critic, Theater Jones.

(November 4)

Gregory Sullivan Isaacs is a professional musician who held numerous musical directorships as well as composer-in-residence appointments with opera, choral, and symphonic organizations after an early career as a singer. Currently, he is the Senior Classical Music Critic for the respected electronic performing arts magazine, Theater Jones. He also writes for other publications such as the Fort Worth Star Telegram and teaches voice in a private studio, and general music classes,  for The Dallas Music Academy. His critically acclaimed and Pulitzer-nominated three-act opera for tenor and piano – “Henry Faust” – was produced for public television and toured to great acclaim. Other awards include a Peabody award for a televised operatic performance, an ASCAP award for his commitment to American Music and an American Music Center composition grant. His music is published by Musik Fabrik in Paris, France. He is a member of ASCAP, the American Composers Forum and the Music Critics Association of North America. He holds a bachelor degree in music from the University of Miami (first two years at the University of Michigan) and a master degree from the prestigious music program at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Stephen Dubberly

(November 6, 9, 12, 18, 20)

Dr. Stephen Dubberly is associate professor in the College of Music at the University of North Texas, where he serves as opera music director and teaches courses in opera conducting and opera literature. At UNT, he has conducted productions of The Marriage of Figaro, Così fan tutte, Don Giovanni, The Magic Flute, Lucia di Lammermoor, La traviata, Falstaff, I pagliacci, La bohème, Cendrillon, Madama Butterfly, The Merry Widow, Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi, Albert Herring, Dialogues of the Carmelites, The Crucible, A Little Night Music, and the world premiere of Hans Schaeuble’s Dorian Gray. He has an ongoing relationship with Amarillo Opera, where he has conducted productions of Don Giovanni, The Barber of Seville, Rigoletto, The Pirates of Penzance, Falstaff, La bohème, I pagliacci, Gianni Schicchi, The Wage of Sin, Don Pasquale, and Carmen. Dr. Dubberly has also conducted for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Des Moines Metro Opera, American Bel Canto Opera, the Knoxville Opera Company, San Antonio Opera, Cartersville Opera, Athens (Georgia) Opera, the Teatro Accademico in Castelfranco Veneto, Italy, and, most recently, the Festival Galuppi at the Teatro Goldoni in Venice, Italy. He began his music studies in Montevideo, Uruguay, and received master’s and doctoral degrees in music from Yale University.


Madame Butterfly

March 10, 12, 15, 18, 24, 26, 2017

Gregory Sullivan Isaacs

Senior Classical Music Critic, Theater Jones.

Gregory Sullivan Isaacs is a professional musician who held numerous musical directorships as well as composer-in-residence appointments with opera, choral, and symphonic organizations after an early career as a singer. Currently, he is the Senior Classical Music Critic for the respected electronic performing arts magazine, Theater Jones. He also writes for other publications such as the Fort Worth Star Telegram and teaches voice in a private studio, and general music classes,  for The Dallas Music Academy. His critically acclaimed and Pulitzer-nominated three-act opera for tenor and piano – “Henry Faust” – was produced for public television and toured to great acclaim. Other awards include a Peabody award for a televised operatic performance, an ASCAP award for his commitment to American Music and an American Music Center composition grant. His music is published by Musik Fabrik in Paris, France. He is a member of ASCAP, the American Composers Forum and the Music Critics Association of North America. He holds a bachelor degree in music from the University of Miami (first two years at the University of Michigan) and a master degree from the prestigious music program at Indiana University in Bloomington.


The Turn of the Screw

March 17, 19, 22, 25, 2017

TBD

 


Norma

April 21, 23, 26, 29, May 7, 2017

Hank Hammett

Director of Opera at the Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University

Hank Hammett is an artist teacher, award-winning director and acting coach who has trained singing actors in the organic fields of music, theatre arts, acting technique and strategic performance skills for over two decades. Hammett has worked on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in television and film, and continues to work at the world’s most prestigious opera houses and festivals, including The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Le Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie (Brussels), Gran Teatre del Liceu (Barcelona), De Nederlandse Opera (Amsterdam), Opéra de Montréal, Bilbao Opera, Concert Royal, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Los Angeles Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Glimmerglass Opera, The Dallas Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Portland Opera and Boston Lyric Opera. A native of Dallas, Hammett is Director of Opera at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts and the director of The Dallas Opera’s current production of Bastien and Bastienne.

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Upcoming Mainstage Performances

A Pre-Opera Talk will be held one hour before each of these performances in Hamon Hall at the Winspear Opera House.