Dallas Opera Single Tickets Go On Sale Monday, July 10

by Suzanne Calvin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friday, July 7, 2017
Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014 Or Celeste Hart at 214.443.1071
suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org celeste.hart@dallasopera.org

The Dallas Opera is Proud to Announce
SINGLE TICKETS FOR THE 2017-18 SEASON

“MOTIVES UNMASKED!”

GO ON SALE TO THE PUBLIC
MONDAY, JULY 10TH AT 9 A.M.

Dallas Opera photo by Maxine Helfman

Dallas Opera photo by Maxine Helfman

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Featuring Three Eagerly Awaited Classics
Samson & Dalila (Oct. 20-Nov. 5, 2017)
La Traviata (Oct. 27-Nov. 12, 2017) and
Don Giovanni (April 13-April 29, 2018)
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Plus the U.S. Premiere of Michel van der Aa’s
Sunken Garden (March 9-17, 2018)
And a Delightful Korngold Rarity in its Third U.S. Production
The Ring of Polykrates (Feb. 9-17, 2018)
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Tickets Start at Just $19
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SEASON SPONSOR,
THE NANCY A. NASHER AND DAVID J. HAEMISEGGER FAMILY

DALLAS, JULY 7, 2017 – The Dallas Opera is pleased to open single ticket sales for the five outstanding productions of the 2017-2018 “Motives Unmasked!” Season on Monday, July 10, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. (Central).
Single tickets starting at just $19 will be available to the general public online at www.dallasopera.org or, by contacting the friendly professionals at The Dallas Opera Ticket Office at 214-443-1000. Season subscriptions are already available, beginning at $95 for all five mainstage productions.
The upcoming season of The Dallas Opera mixes classics—and an orchestral favorite—with productions on the cutting edge.
Considered by many to be the ultimate art form, each opera will feature acclaimed international artists; world-class conductors, directors and designers; the artistry of The Dallas Opera Orchestra and The Dallas Opera Chorus; superb sets and costumes; imaginative technological enhancements—and more—made possible, in part, by the generosity of our season sponsor, The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family.

“Our 61st International Season, “Motives Unmasked!” will include three beloved classics, a U.S. premiere, an exquisite concerto, and a delightful opera rarity so rare, that we believe it has only had two professional productions in this country since it originally premiered in Munich 100 years ago” explains Keith Cerny, The Kern Wildenthal General Director and CEO.
“Great opera will always speak to us, profoundly, as it entertains us.
“This season, we hope to give Dallas Opera audiences an opportunity to better understand their world through the powerful mediums of music and drama,” Cerny adds. “These five programs, filled with incredible music, remarkable storytelling, visual marvels, and unforgettable performances, will undoubtedly make good on that promise.”

Every mainstage production will be presented in the magnificent Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, located at 2403 Flora Street in the heart of the Dallas Arts District.
Each of these amazing operas will be performed in its original language with English-language supertitles projected above the stage for maximum enjoyment.

2017-2018 DALLAS OPERA SEASON

SAMSON & DALILA
By Camille Saint-Saëns
October 20, 22(m), 25, 28 and November 5(m), 2017
Tenor Clifton Forbis and Russian mezzo-soprano Olga Borodina—in her eagerly awaited Dallas Opera debut!—portray the doomed twosome, trapped in a love affair of biblical proportions that threatens to “bring the house down”! This mesmerizing jewel of the French Repertoire, not seen on our stage since 1971, will be conducted by Emmanuel Villaume, The Mrs. Eugene McDermott Music Director of The Dallas Opera.

LA TRAVIATA
By Giuseppe Verdi
October 27, 29(m) and November 1, 4, 10 and 12(m), 2017
Revel in the excitement of 19th century Paris, from private balls to the most intimate soirees! Easily Giuseppe Verdi’s most romantic work, this revival of a magnificent Lyric Opera of Chicago production, originally directed by Frank Galati and designed by Desmond Heeley, is a perennial crowd pleaser. Starring Georgia Jarman and Zach Borichevsky as Violetta and her naïve lover, Alfredo. Conducted by Carlo Montanaro in his company debut.

THE RING OF POLYKRATES
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VIOLIN CONCERTO IN D MAJOR, OP. 35
By Erich Wolfgang Korngold
February 9, 11(m), 14 and 17, 2018
Revered French violinist Augustin Dumay will be the featured soloist with The Dallas Opera Orchestra for Korngold’s sweeping Violin Concerto. Dumay is considered “an absolute master” (Fanfare) and “a violinist of remarkable individuality” (The Daily Telegraph). Paired with Korngold’s one-act domestic comedy, The Ring of Polykrates, in this once-in-a-lifetime musical event! The stellar ensemble cast includes Paul Groves, Laura Wilde, and Craig Colclough in their Dallas Opera debuts. Directed in this brand-new production by Peter Kazaras and conducted by Emmanuel Villaume.

SUNKEN GARDEN
By Michel van der Aa
March 9, 11(m), 14 and 17, 2018
Applauded by both critics and audiences as “a fantastical tale to set the ears and eyes popping” Sunken Garden, described by its creator as an “occult mystery film opera,” fuses film and live singers (including 3-D and other visual effects) to deliver what Steve Smith of The New York Times called “a bold, rewarding venture” in contemporary opera performance. Directed by the composer, Michel van der Aa, and conducted by Nicole Paiement, The Martha R. and Preston A. Peak Principal Guest Conductor, in its U.S. Premiere; Sunken Garden stars Roderick Williams, Katherine Manley, and Miah Persson in their TDO debuts.

DON GIOVANNI
By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
April 13, 15(m), 18, 21, 27 and 29(m), 2018
Mozart’s hell-raising masterpiece in the most acclaimed new production of this opera in recent years. Mariusz Kwiecie? stars as the insatiable womanizer who becomes the stuff of legend. William Burnett of Opera Warhorses writes, “Kwiecien was extraordinary, an utterly charming but lethally sociopathic bad boy” in this buzz-worthy interpretation by Robert Falls. The all-star cast includes Laura Claycomb, Ellie Dehn, David Portillo, Kyle Ketelsen, Virginie Verrez, Craig Verm and Morris Robinson.

“One of the most satisfying perks of being a music director,” observes Maestro Villaume (who will take the podium for the season finale), “is the opportunity to conduct productions that I find of particular interest—musically, dramatically, or both.
“This season is no exception and I am thrilled to be conducting a masterpiece from the late Classical Period, a splendid example of 19th century French Romanticism, and a pair of works from the neo-Romantic Viennese School of the early 20th century.
“I sincerely hope, when you leave these performances—even if you only experience one or two—that you will feel just as passionate about opera as we do.”

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ABOUT THE DALLAS OPERA
Founded in 1957, The Dallas Opera is an internationally-recognized innovator dedicated to the overall advancement of the operatic art form and the support of established and emerging artists, as well as the education and development of new opera audiences in North Texas—and beyond. These goals are achieved by commissioning and producing world-class opera; through ground-breaking institutes, national competitions and topical programs; and by presenting opera in both traditional and non-traditional formats and venues in order to attract patrons of every background, educational level, and ethnicity—while engaging with more than 87,000 people in our community each year. TDO is equally committed to the task of responsible stewardship and is managed with efficiency and accountability, to the highest possible standards.

2017-2018 SEASON SPONSOR
The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family

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EVENTS, GUESTS AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE DALLAS OPERA
IS AVAILABLE ONLINE, 24/7. VISIT WWW.DALLASOPERA.ORG

FOR HIGH-RESOLUTION PHOTOGRAPHS
Contact Suzanne Calvin, Director of Media and PR at suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org
Or Celeste Hart, Communications Manager at celeste.hart@dallasopera.org

The Dallas Opera Family Performances are generously supported by
Texas Instruments, Lockheed Martin, and the Betty and Steve Suellentrop
Educational Outreach Fund.

TDO Family Performances are a part of the
Perot Foundation Education and Community Outreach Programs

TICKET INFORMATION FOR THE 2017-2018 DALLAS OPERA SEASON
All performances are in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center unless otherwise indicated. Single Tickets range from $19 to $289. Family performance tickets are just $5. For more information or to make your purchase, contact The Dallas Opera Ticket Office at 214.443.1000 or visit us online, 24/7, at www.dallasopera.org.

THE DALLAS OPERA 2017-2018 SEASON MAINSTAGE INFORMATION
The Dallas Opera celebrates its Sixty-First International Season in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in the Dallas Arts District. Evening performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees begin at 2:00 p.m. unless otherwise stated. English translations will be projected above the stage at every performance and assistance is available for the hearing impaired. With the exception of FIRST NIGHT, The Joy and Ronald Mankoff Pre-Opera Talk will begin one hour prior to curtain, at most performances.

SAMSON & DALILA by Camille Saint-Saëns
October 20, 22 (m), 25, 28, and November 5 (m), 2017
A passionate drama of biblical proportions!
Libretto by Ferdinand Lemaire
Time: 1150 B.C.E.
Place: Ancient Palestine
Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume
Director: Bruno Berger-Gorski*
Set Designer: Peter Dean Beck*
Costume Designer: Carrie Robbins*
Lighting Designer: Alan Burrett
Wig & Make-up Designer: Dawn Rivard
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Choreographer: Nycole Ray*
Starring: Olga Borodina* (Dalila), Clifton Forbis (Samson), Richard Paul Fink (High Priest of Dagon), Michael Chioldi* (Abimélech) and Ryan Kuster (Old Hebrew)
A traditional period production from Pittsburgh Opera!

LA TRAVIATA (“The Fallen Woman”) by Giuseppe Verdi
October 27, 29 (m), November 1, 4, 10 and 12 (m), 2017
Come toast the greatest love story in all of opera!
Time: Mid-19th century
Place: Paris, France and the French countryside
Conductor: Carlo Montanaro*
Original Director: Frank Galati*
Revival Director: Stefania Panighini**
Production Designer: Desmond Heeley
Lighting Designer: Alan Burrett
Wig & Make-up Designer: Dawn Rivard
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Choreographer: John de los Santos
Starring: Georgia Jarman (Violetta Valery), Zach Borichevsky* (Alfredo Germont), Vladislav Sulimsky (Giorgio Germont), Abigail Levis* (Flora Bervoix), Brenton Ryan* (Gastone), Dale Travis (Baron Douphol), Daniel Armstrong* (Marchese D’Obigny), Ryan Kuster (Doctor Grenvil) and Rachel Sterrenberg* (Annina)
A gorgeous, classic production from Lyric Opera of Chicago!

A Double Bill!
VIOLIN CONCERTO IN D MAJOR & THE RING OF POLYKRATES
A sweeping Viennese concerto paired with a charming domestic comedy!
By Erich Wolfgang Korngold
February 9, 11 (m), 14 and 17, 2018

Violin Soloist (KORNGOLD CONCERTO): Augustin Dumay*
The Dallas Opera Orchestra conducted by Emmanuel Villaume

THE RING OF POLYKRATES
Sumptuous Viennese music laced with orchestral color and wit!
Libretto by Leo Feld
Time: Early 20th century
Place: Vienna, Austria
Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume
Director: Peter Kazaras
Set Designer: Donald Eastman*
Costume Designer: Tommy Bourgeois
Lighting Designer: Krista Billings
Wig & Make-up Designer: Dawn Rivard
Starring: Paul Groves* (Wilhelm Arndt), Laura Wilde* (Laura), Brenton Ryan (Florian Döbllinger), Susannah Biller* (Lieschen), and Craig Colclough* (Peter Vogel).
One of the most rarely performed opera gems! In its third professional U.S. production!

SUNKEN GARDEN by Michel van der Aa
March 9, 11 (m), 14 and 17, 2018
A phenomenal visual, musical and emotional adventure – live and in 3-D!
Libretto by David Mitchell
Time: Present Day
Place: Unknown
Conductor: Nicole Paiement
Director: Michel van der Aa*
Set Designer: Theun Mosk**
Costume Designer: Astrid Schulz**
Lighting Designer: Theun Mosk**
Sound Designer: Tom Gelissen*
Wig & Make-up Designer: Dawn Rivard
Starring: Roderick Williams* (Toby Kramer), Katherine Manley* (Zenna Briggs), and Miah Persson* (Iris Marinus).
Combining live actors and 2-D and 3-D film, to take you where opera has never gone before!

DON GIOVANNI by W.A. Mozart
April 13, 15 (m), 18, 21, 27 and 29 (m), 2018
Mozart’s operatic masterpiece brought vividly to life under the baton of Music Director Emmanuel Villaume!
Time: 20th century
Place: Seville, Spain and the surrounding countryside
Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume
Director: Robert Falls*
Set Designer: Walt Spangler*
Costume Designer: Ana Kuzmanic*
Original Lighting Designer: Duane Schuler
Lighting Designer: Chris Maravich*
Wig & Make-up Designer: Dawn Rivard
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Mariusz Kwiecien (Don Giovanni), Laura Claycomb (Donna Anna), David Portillo* (Don Ottavio), Ellie Dehn* (Donna Elvira), Kyle Ketelsen* (Leporello), Virginie Verrez (Zerlina), Craig Verm (Masetto), and Morris Robinson (The Commendatore).
An evocative and thrilling production from Lyric Opera of Chicago!

* Dallas Opera Debut
** American Debut
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The Dallas Opera is supported, in part, by funds from: Texas Instruments Foundation, TACA, City of Dallas, Office of Cultural Affairs; the Texas Commission on the Arts and The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). American Airlines is the official airline of The Dallas Opera. Lexus is the official vehicle of The Dallas Opera. Advertising support from The Dallas Morning News. A special thanks to the Elsa von Seggern Foundation for its continuing support.

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Season Kick-Off Announcement! FIRST SIGHT FASHION SHOW and LUNCHEON

by Celeste Hart

ONE OF THE MOST CAPTIVATING FASHION EVENTS OF THE FALL SEASON!

THE DALLAS OPERA’S FIRST SIGHT FASHION SHOW AND LUNCHEON

NORTHPARK CENTER PRESENTING SPONSOR

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DESIGNS BY SALVATORE FERRAGAMO 
GOURMET LUNCHEON BY WOLFGANG PUCK
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            DALLAS, June 28, 2017 – Fashionistas and arts lovers alike will flock to one of the most captivating fetes this fall, FIRST SIGHT FASHION SHOW AND LUNCHEON, NorthPark Center Presenting Sponsor. The event takes place Thursday, October 19, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. and officially kicks off The Dallas Opera’s 61st Season.
            The Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House will be a spectacle of style with the Vincent Prothro Lobby transformed by a runway and elegant luncheon, with a bevy of socialites and arts supporters celebrating the start of the 2017-2018 Season. The highlight of the show will be designs by Salvatore Ferragamo, the Italian brand renowned for its elegance and excellence. The Dallas boutique is located in NorthPark Center. FIRST SIGHT/FIRST NIGHT Chairs are dedicated philanthropists Dianne B. and Mark H. LaRoe; Fashion Show and Luncheon Chairs are Lisa Cooley, Ciara Cooley, and Bella Cooley; and FIRST SIGHT/FIRST NIGHT Honorary Chairs Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger.

             FIRST SIGHT Fashion Show will be produced by Rhonda Sargent Chambers of RSC Show Productions and attendees can expect a flurry of exciting Salvatore Ferragamo styles. The creative team of Design Coordinator Larry Leathers and Event Advisor Jeffrey Horn will complete the exclusive affair. The gourmet luncheon will be created by renowned culinary master Wolfgang Puck. Tables range from $5,000 to $7,500 and individual tickets are $500. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.dallasopera.org/firstsight.   

            “We feel so honored to Chair The Dallas Opera’s 2017-2018 Season kick-off event! We have a lot of fun and fashion in store so we invite fashionistas who would love to support a magnificent arts organization to share in the excitement with us! The Dallas Opera does such wonderful work in bringing world class opera to our community and this fashion show is a delightful way to see and meet new friends, experience the incredible designs of Ferragamo, delight in some delectable dining, and support this great company!” said Lisa Cooley.

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Photo Courtesy of Salvatore Ferragamo

             Salvatore Ferragamo’s legacy is long rooted in the world of celebrity, originating in Hollywood where Salvatore’s moniker “Shoemaker of the Stars” was born. The fashion house, officially founded in 1927, is a leader in the world of luxury design, focusing on the creation and innovation of footwear, leather goods, clothing, silks and perfumes for men and women, all Made in Italy. The product range is completed by eyewear and watches. The unique, exclusive creativity which has always distinguished the brand’s collections is owed to a combination of style, creativity and innovation with the quality and craftsmanship respected of Italian-made goods.

            “Style setters and arts patrons will be inspired by the experiential event we have planned for FIRST SIGHT. We are so thrilled to be featuring the incredible designs by Italian luxury brand Salvatore Ferragamo, on the runway in the Winspear. Another feast for the eyes this year will be the outstanding display of rare opera costumes. These are magnificent feats of costume design that have been kept pristine for us to enjoy. The collaboration with NorthPark Center, another outstanding force of creative industry leaders, continues to make this one of the most exciting luncheons in Dallas! We have been producing this show with The Dallas Opera since 2011 and are honored to once again work with such a great team!” said Rhonda Sargent Chambers, of RSC Show Productions.

            The Winspear Opera House is located at 2403 Flora Street, Dallas, TX, 75201. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.dallasopera.org/firstsight.

 

ABOUT THE DALLAS OPERA

Founded in 1957, The Dallas Opera is an internationally-recognized innovator dedicated to the overall advancement of the operatic art form and the support of established and emerging artists, as well as the education and development of new opera audiences in North Texas—and beyond. These goals are achieved by commissioning and producing world-class opera; through groundbreaking institutes, national competitions and topical programs; and by presenting opera in both traditional and non-traditional formats and venues in order to attract patrons of every background, educational level, and ethnicity—while engaging with more than 87,000 people in our community each year.  TDO is equally committed to the task of responsible stewardship and is managed with efficiency and accountability, to the highest possible standards. 

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2017-2018 SEASON SPONSOR

The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family

EVENTS, GUESTS AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE DALLAS OPERA

IS AVAILABLE ONLINE, 24/7.  VISIT WWW.DALLASOPERA.ORG

 

FOR HIGH-RESOLUTION PHOTOGRAPHS

Contact Suzanne Calvin, Director of Media and PR at suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org

Or Celeste Hart, Communications Manager at celeste.hart@dallasopera.org

 

The Dallas Opera Family Performances are generously supported by

Texas Instruments, Lockheed Martin, and the Betty and Steve Suellentrop

Educational Outreach Fund.

 

TDO Family Performances are a part of the

Perot Foundation Education and Community Outreach Programs

TICKET INFORMATION FOR THE 2017-2018 DALLAS OPERA SEASON

All performances are in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center unless otherwise indicated.  Single Tickets range from $19 to $289. Family performance tickets are just $5. For more information or to make your purchase, contact The Dallas Opera Ticket Office at 214.443.1000 or visit us online, 24/7, at www.dallasopera.org.

THE DALLAS OPERA 2017-2018 SEASON MAINSTAGE INFORMATION

The Dallas Opera celebrates its Sixty-First International Season in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in the Dallas Arts District. Evening performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees begin at 2:00 p.m. unless otherwise stated.  English translations will be projected above the stage at every performance and assistance is available for the hearing impaired.  With the exception of FIRST NIGHT, The Joy and Ronald Mankoff Pre-Opera Talk will begin one hour prior to curtain, at most performances. 

 

Women Conductors Chosen for 2017 Hart Institute

by Suzanne Calvin

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Photo by Karen Almond, Dallas Opera

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friday, June 23, 2017
Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014 Or Celeste Hart at 214.443.1071
suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org celeste.hart@dallasopera.org

The Dallas Opera is Proud to Announce the
Conductors and Observers for Third Annual
Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for
Women Conductors at The Dallas Opera
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Nov. 5 -- 19, 2017 in Dallas, Texas
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Six Selected for Elite Opera Program from
161 Applicants Representing 33 Countries
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Distinguished Faculty Include Marin Alsop, Nicole Paiement, Carlo Montanaro, and Alec Treuhaft
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Initial Support from the Richard and Enika Schulze Foundation Additional Support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation,
Baker Botts LLP, Susan and Mark Geyer, Holly and Tom Mayer,
Betty and Steve Suellentrop, and Martha and Max Wells

DALLAS, JUNE 23, 2017 – The Dallas Opera is proud to announce the names of the six distinguished professionals selected to participate in the third annual residency of the Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors at The Dallas Opera taking place November 5 -- 19, 2017 in Dallas, Texas:
• Alba Bomfim (Brazil)
• Mélisse Brunet (France)
• Lina Gonzalez-Granados (USA/Colombia)
• Karin Hendrickson (USA)
• Carolyn Watson (USA/Australia)
• Monika Wolinska (Poland)

Working to address a long-standing career issue in the opera world, The Dallas Opera in 2015 launched a unique, new residential program—one of only three in the world—designed to provide training and career support for distinctively talented women conductors. Female conductors, as well as accomplished women singers, opera coaches, accompanists, and instrumentalists with established careers seeking to develop new skills at the podium, were encouraged to apply.
A total of 161 women conductors and professional musicians heeded the call in 2017 and applied by the April 30th deadline.
Other nations represented in this year’s applicant pool are from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, and Mexico; as well as New Zealand, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, Ukraine, and Venezuela.
Applicants from these 33 countries included music directors, principal and assistant conductors, concertmasters and music staff from top-ranked symphonies, opera companies, and conservatories. Alba Bomfim described her selection as “an inspiring gift and a watershed in my career” while Mélisse Brunet revealed she “can’t wait to learn a lot, to meet new mentors and colleagues, and to build new connections.” Karin Hendrickson added, “I can’t wait to begin collaborating with the exceptional staff, and meeting with other talented women conductors from around the world.”

As is the case each year, four U.S. observers were chosen to “audit” the 2017 Institute: Marie Bucoy-Calavan, Catherine O’Shaughnessy, Maria Sensi Sellner, and Hannah Threlkeld.

The institute had vital foundational support from the Richard and Enika Schulze Foundation. Naming support came through the generosity of Linda and Mitch Hart. Additional support comes from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Baker Botts LLP, Susan and Mark Geyer, Holly and Tom Mayer, Betty and Steve Suellentrop, and Martha and Max Wells.
The 2017 Linda and Mitch Hart Institute will consist of hands-on master classes with Marin Alsop (Music Director, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra, and the only conductor ever to receive the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship); The Dallas Opera’s Martha R. and Preston A. Peak Principal Guest Conductor Nicole Paiement and Carlo Montanaro, a renowned Italian conductor who will soon make his official Dallas Opera debut guiding our November performances of La Traviata.
The institute will include career advancement seminars with experienced professionals like Alec Treuhaft, retired senior vice-president of IMG Artists; industry discussions; intensive one-on-ones and networking opportunities; as well as the chance to conduct The Dallas Opera Orchestra in two public concerts in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center on the evenings of November 11th and November 18th (additional details to be announced).
As part of TDO’s five-year commitment to each institute “class” of conductors, alumnae will be invited to summer reunions for additional masterclasses with piano and singers, and a series of introductory seminars about the business of music.
Conductor Carolyn Watson writes: “The program is indeed groundbreaking – a unique opportunity and one which offers continuing support and mentorship over a number of years. I look forward to not only this year’s Institute, but also my ongoing association with The Dallas Opera and the Hart Institute, as well as all the wonderful women colleagues I will be fortunate to work with over the course of my career.”
The program may already be having a pronounced positive impact: Just this week, Chicago Opera Theater announced that Hart Institute Fellow Lidiya Yankovskaya (Inaugural Class, 2015) will assume the role of company music director.
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While the Hart Institute began with a focus on supporting talented conductors, the challenges faced by women opera administrators are equally daunting. To address this imbalance, The Dallas Opera is adding a new component to this year’s institute: Beginning in 2017, and for the next six years, TDO will invite between two and four American opera administrators to join the program each season. These women will be selected on the basis of their potential to become leaders of one of America’s top opera companies later in their careers.
The selected opera administrators will attend all sessions during the annual residency in Dallas. This curriculum includes the role of the board, leadership development, personal branding, media and PR training, effective artist management, and navigating recruiting processes for senior level positions. To continue to develop their musical skills, which is essential for any opera executive, the administrators will observe rehearsals with The Dallas Opera Orchestra and conducting master classes. Special sessions on Development, Finance, and Marketing will be offered as well.
One of the goals of the program is to build a network of talented leaders. In addition to the residency, selected administrators will be invited to participate in quarterly conference calls to continue to develop their personal networks and leadership skills.
This facet of the program is open to women who are American citizens or green-card holders. There is no age limit and, in an effort to encourage greater diversity, The Dallas Opera is inviting women of various backgrounds to apply by the July 15, 2017 deadline. For more information, or to apply, visit http://dallasopera.org/learn/womens-conducting-institute/ or go directly to yaptracker.com. Institute Fellows will receive a stipend, travel, and housing for the duration of this year’s Hart Institute.

Keith Cerny, The Dallas Opera’s Kern Wildenthal General Director and CEO notes: “The Dallas Opera has demonstrated its commitment to reshaping the opera field through the use of innovative public outreach, by exploring new technologies, commissioning new works to expand the operatic repertoire, and programming with passion, courage and imagination.”
“This already proven program,” Mr. Cerny added, “will enable more women conductors and general directors to add their perspectives to our collective understanding of this art form, while encouraging industry-wide conversation about the necessity of women in a variety of leadership roles.”

2017 Hart Institute Fellow Lina Gonzalez-Granados concurs: “I’m honored to have been invited to be a part of this amazing group of talented individuals who are working tirelessly to push the boundaries of Opera. It is necessary for artists like us to contribute to a musical world in which all qualified women, regardless of background, are welcomed into visible positions of leadership.”

Marc A. Scorca, President and CEO of OPERA America, earlier remarked: “The Dallas Opera continues to expand its influence and stature among American opera companies, as shown by this exciting new initiative. The company is to be applauded for taking a significant step to remedy the existing gender imbalance on the podium. This effort complements OPERA America’s support of the work of female opera composers and promises to enrich the art form by encouraging more gifted artists to express themselves through opera.”

2017 Hart Institute Conductors

ALBA BOMFIM (BRAZIL)
The Brazilian conductor Alba Bomfim was the winner of the 2009 Eleazar de Carvalho Prize in Conducting. She has participated in masterclasses by conductors Christopher Zimmerman, Kirk Trevor, Colin Metters, Fabio Mechetti, Harold Farberman, Dirk Brossé, John Farrer and Marin Alsop. Ms. Bomfim has conducted orchestras including: Minas Gerais Philharmonic, Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra, Astoria Symphony, Rose City Chamber Orchestra, Berlin Sinfonieta, Bohuslav Martinu, Orquestra Filarmonia das Beiras, NY Chamber Orchestra and BBC Concert Orchestra. Since 2012, Ms. Bomfim has worked as adjunct professor in conducting and orchestral activities at the Music Department of Federal University of Piauí (Brasil), and since October 2014 she has excelled as a Ph.D. candidate in Orchestral Conducting Studies at the University of Aveiro under Maestro António Lourenço’s guidance.

MÉLISSE BRUNET (FRANCE)
French-born conductor, Mélisse Brunet, is entering her third season as the Assistant Conductor of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, and her second season as the Music Director of the Appalachian Symphony Orchestra and the Appalachian Symphony Opera. Brunet recently conducted the operas Dead Man Walking by Jake Heggie, Gianni Schicchi by Puccini, Die Zauberflöte by Mozart, and will conduct the musical Sweeney Todd by Sondheim in April 2018. She assisted the productions of Carmen with Lionel Bringuier, Magdalena Kožená, Calixto Bieito, and Die Zauberflöte with Jeannette Sorrell and Apollo’s Fire. Brunet is the regular guest conductor of Symphoria in Syracuse, NY, and the following orchestras in France: Opéra Orchestre National Montpellier, Opéra de Rouen, Orchestre Symphonique et Lyrique de Nancy, Orchestre d’Auvergne, and Orchestre Régional de Normandie.

LINA GONZALEZ-GRANADOS (USA/COLOMBIA)
Praised for her “geniality” and “lightning changes in tempo, meter and effect” (Boston Musical Intelligencer), Lina Gonzalez-Granados has established herself as a talented conductor in orchestral and operatic worlds. Upcoming engagements include productions with Odyssey Opera and touring with Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra of the U.S. Ms. Gonzalez-Granados was recently appointed the 2017-19 Taki Concordia Conducting Fellow, and has worked with a number of Boston-area opera companies in critically acclaimed productions, including Odyssey Opera, Boston Conservatory, and OperaHub. Lina is the founder and Artistic Director of Unitas Ensemble, a chamber orchestra specializing in Latin-American repertoire, and was recognized as one of the “Latino 30 Under 30″ by El Mundo Newspaper in 2016. Gonzalez-Granados has served as Assistant Conductor of the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas and the Filarmonica Joven de Colombia.

KARIN HENDRICKSON (USA)
Nominated for the 2016 Salzburg Festival/Nestle Young Conductors Award, Karin Hendrickson’s operatic work includes: Music Director for the premiere and tour of Opera for the Unknown Woman (Melanie Wilson/National Theatre), Music Director for the Garsington Youth Opera, and Music Director for Bloomsbury Opera. Symphonic debuts include the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Kammer-symphonie Graz, Sao Paulo Symphony, Ensemble Eroica, Southbank Sinfonia and Britten-Pears Orchestra. In 2016/17 Karin Hendrickson was Assistant Conductor to the BBC Proms Verdi Requiem under Marin Alsop, and cover conductor for the Royal Ballet. Upcoming projects include music direction for an independent performance of Strauss’ Die Ägyptishce Helena, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s Musical Leadership project, and Chorus Master for Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria with The Royal Opera.

CAROLYN WATSON (USA/Australia)
A major prizewinner at the 2012 Emmerich Kálmán International Operetta Conducting Competition in Budapest, Carolyn Watson was also a Fellow of the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival. Ms. Watson has conducted throughout Europe including Staatsoper Berlin, Brandenburger Symphonkier, BBC Concert Orchestra, North Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Kodály Philharmonic. Carolyn has participated in master classes with Marin Alsop, Peter Eötvös, Yoel Levi, Martyn Brabbins and Alex Polishchuk; conducted musicians of the Berlin Philharmonic in Interaktion 2010; served as resident assistant at the Israeli National Opera in 2009; and has worked with conductors including Sir Charles Mackerras, Simone Young and Karen Kamensek. She is the recipient of the Brian Stacey Award for Emerging Australian Conductors, Charles Mackerras Conducting Prize awarded by the Australian Music Foundation in London, Nelly Apt Scholarship and Opera Foundation Australia’s Bayreuth Opera Award and Berlin New Music Opera Award. www.carolyn-watson.com

MONIKA WOLINSKA (POLAND)
Monika Wolinska, recipient of the honorary medal, “Meritorious for Polish Culture,” from the Polish Government, enjoys an active conducting career around the world. After her successful performance at Carnegie Hall in 2009, the venue’s first performance by a Polish female conductor, New York critics praised her saying, “Monika has what many contemporary conductors lack – a great sensitivity and a wonderful sense of the sound of instruments.” In October 2014 she conducted a concert in the Gorzów Philharmonic Hall with the world-famous baritone Thomas Hampson, and in February 2015 a concert dedicated to Marina Jaszwili with the outstanding violinist Roman Simovi?. From 2013-2017, Ms. Wolinska served as Artistic Director of Gorzów Philharmonic Orchestra, and since 2013 she has been Artistic Director of Wojciech Kilar Contemporary Music Festival.

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2017 Hart Institute Observers

MARIE BUCOY-CALAVAN (USA)
Marie Bucoy-Calavan is currently the Director of Choral Studies at The University of Akron, Artistic Director of Summit Choral Society, and serves as the Chorus Director for the Akron Symphony. She served as Assistant Conductor to Robert Porco for the May Festival Chorus, the symphonic chorus for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. She has also conducted various opera performances in California and Ohio, including Donizetti’s Elixir of Love and Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and Cosí fan Tutte. Ms. Bucoy-Calavan is regularly invited to serve residencies, in order to teach conducting across the nation and abroad, including at the Hochschule für Musik und Theatre in Munich, Germany. She completed her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Conducting at University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music.

CATHERINE O’SHAUGHNESSY (USA)
Catherine O’Shaughnessy is a rising opera conductor in the United States and abroad. Avidly committed to Chicago’s dynamic opera scene, she has worked with numerous companies and is currently principal conductor of the Floating Opera Company and music director of Chicago Fringe Opera, an organization committed to providing a platform for new and underrepresented voices. Reviewers have praised her “great skill, alertness and sensitivity” as well as her “resourcefulness…fierce concentration…and…spirit of a modern collaborator.” During her doctoral studies with Dr. William Reber at Arizona State University, Ms. O’Shaughnessy learned to appreciate and work in a wide variety of styles and genres. This stylistic flexibility has led to performances throughout Europe and to masterclasses with such teachers as Yuri Simonov, Julius Kalmar, and Maurizio Arena.

MARIA SENSI SELLNER (USA)
Maria Sensi Sellner is widely recognized for her versatility and artistry as a conductor of opera, orchestras, and choruses. The first three-time winner of the American Prize for Opera Conducting, Ms. Sellner is the founder and Artistic Director of Resonance Works Pittsburgh, Artistic Advisor for Hubbard Hall Opera, and previously has held positions as Director of the Akron Symphony Chorus and Acting Music Director of the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh (chorus of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra). An alum of Carnegie Mellon University, Ms. Sellner recently conducted the American premiere of Sir James MacMillan’s Gloria, and in 2016 was a strand leader conductor for the world premiere of David Lang’s “the public domain” for 1000 singers at the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center.

HANNAH THRELKELD (USA)
Hannah Threlkeld is an active conductor of orchestral, opera, and ballet repertoire. She has recently served as Assistant Conductor for the Meadows Symphony Orchestra and as Conductor for the new music ensemble, SYZYGY. Ms. Threlkeld assisted with Meadows Opera Theater’s 2017 production of L’Elisir d’Amore and their 2016 production of Die Zauberflöte. In 2016, she was selected to be a conducting fellow for the Eastern Music Festival where she worked alongside music director Gerard Schwarz and conducted the Eastern Festival Orchestra. Additionally, Ms. Threlkeld studied conducting in Weimar, Germany and holds a Bachelors in Music Education and a Masters in Orchestral Conducting from Southern Methodist University, where she studied with Dr. Paul Phillips.

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ABOUT THE DALLAS OPERA
Founded in 1957, The Dallas Opera is an internationally-recognized innovator dedicated to the overall advancement of the operatic art form and the support of established and emerging artists, as well as the education and development of new opera audiences in North Texas—and beyond. These goals are achieved by commissioning and producing world-class opera; through ground-breaking institutes, national competitions and topical programs; and by presenting opera in both traditional and non-traditional formats and venues in order to attract patrons of every age, background, educational level, and ethnicity—while engaging with more than 87,000 people in our community each year. TDO is equally committed to the task of responsible stewardship and is managed with efficiency and accountability, to the highest possible standards.

2017-2018 SEASON SPONSOR
The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family

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EVENTS, GUESTS AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE DALLAS OPERA
IS AVAILABLE ONLINE, 24/7. VISIT WWW.DALLASOPERA.ORG

FOR HIGH-RESOLUTION PHOTOGRAPHS
Contact Suzanne Calvin, Director of Media and PR at suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org
Or Celeste Hart, Communications Manager at celeste.hart@dallasopera.org

The Dallas Opera Family Performances are generously supported by
Texas Instruments, Lockheed Martin, and the Betty and Steve Suellentrop
Educational Outreach Fund.

TDO Family Performances are a part of the
Perot Foundation Education and Community Outreach Programs

TICKET INFORMATION FOR THE 2017-2018 DALLAS OPERA SEASON
All performances are in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center unless otherwise indicated. Single Tickets range from $19 to $289. Family performance tickets are just $5. For more information or to make your purchase, contact The Dallas Opera Ticket Office at 214.443.1000 or visit us online, 24/7, at www.dallasopera.org.

THE DALLAS OPERA 2017-2018 SEASON MAINSTAGE INFORMATION
The Dallas Opera celebrates its Sixty-First International Season in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in the Dallas Arts District. Evening performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees begin at 2:00 p.m. unless otherwise stated. English translations will be projected above the stage at every performance and assistance is available for the hearing impaired. With the exception of FIRST NIGHT, The Joy and Ronald Mankoff Pre-Opera Talk will begin one hour prior to curtain, at most performances.

SAMSON & DALILA by Camille Saint-Saëns
October 20, 22 (m), 25, 28, and November 5 (m), 2017
A passionate drama of biblical proportions!
Libretto by Ferdinand Lemaire
Time: 1150 B.C.E.
Place: Ancient Palestine
Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume
Director: Bruno Berger-Gorski*
Set Designer: Peter Dean Beck*
Costume Designer: Carrie Robbins*
Lighting Designer: Alan Burrett
Wig & Make-up Designer: Dawn Rivard
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Choreographer: Nycole Ray*
Starring: Olga Borodina* (Dalila), Clifton Forbis (Samson), Richard Paul Fink (High Priest of Dagon), Michael Chioldi* (Abimélech) and Ryan Kuster (Old Hebrew)
A traditional period production from Pittsburgh Opera!

LA TRAVIATA (“The Fallen Woman”) by Giuseppe Verdi
October 27, 29 (m), November 1, 4, 10 and 12 (m), 2017
Come toast the greatest love story in all of opera!
Time: Mid-19th century
Place: Paris, France and the French countryside
Conductor: Carlo Montanaro*
Original Director: Frank Galati*
Revival Director: Stefania Panighini**
Production Designer: Desmond Heeley
Lighting Designer: Alan Burrett
Wig & Make-up Designer: Dawn Rivard
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Choreographer: John de los Santos
Starring: Georgia Jarman (Violetta Valery), Zach Borichevsky* (Alfredo Germont), Vladislav Sulimsky (Giorgio Germont), Abigail Levis* (Flora Bervoix), Brenton Ryan* (Gastone), Dale Travis (Baron Douphol), Daniel Armstrong* (Marchese D’Obigny), Ryan Kuster (Doctor Grenvil) and Rachel Sterrenberg* (Annina)
A gorgeous, classic production from Lyric Opera of Chicago!

A Double Bill!
VIOLIN CONCERTO IN D MAJOR & THE RING OF POLYKRATES
A sweeping Viennese concerto paired with a charming domestic comedy!
By Erich Wolfgang Korngold
February 9, 11 (m), 14 and 17, 2018

Violin Soloist (KORNGOLD CONCERTO): Augustin Dumay*
The Dallas Opera Orchestra conducted by Emmanuel Villaume

THE RING OF POLYKRATES
Sumptuous Viennese music laced with orchestral color and wit!
Libretto by Leo Feld
Time: Early 20th century
Place: Vienna, Austria
Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume
Director: Peter Kazaras
Set Designer: Donald Eastman*
Costume Designer: Tommy Bourgeois
Lighting Designer: Krista Billings
Wig & Make-up Designer: Dawn Rivard
Starring: Paul Groves* (Wilhelm Arndt), Laura Wilde* (Laura), Brenton Ryan (Florian Döbllinger), Susannah Biller* (Lieschen), and Craig Colclough* (Peter Vogel).
One of the most rarely performed opera gems! In its third professional U.S. production!

SUNKEN GARDEN by Michel van der Aa
March 9, 11 (m), 14 and 17, 2018
A phenomenal visual, musical and emotional adventure – live and in 3-D!
Libretto by David Mitchell
Time: Present Day
Place: Unknown
Conductor: Nicole Paiement
Director: Michel van der Aa*
Set Designer: Theun Mosk**
Costume Designer: Astrid Schulz**
Lighting Designer: Theun Mosk**
Sound Designer: Tom Gelissen*
Wig & Make-up Designer: Dawn Rivard
Starring: Roderick Williams* (Toby Kramer), Katherine Manley* (Zenna Briggs), and Miah Persson* (Iris Marinus).
Combining live actors with 2-D and 3-D film, to take you where opera has never gone before!

DON GIOVANNI by W.A. Mozart
April 13, 15 (m), 18, 21, 27 and 29 (m), 2018
Mozart’s operatic masterpiece brought vividly to life under the baton of Music Director Emmanuel Villaume!
Time: 20th century
Place: Seville, Spain and the surrounding countryside
Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume
Director: Robert Falls*
Set Designer: Walt Spangler*
Costume Designer: Ana Kuzmanic*
Original Lighting Designer: Duane Schuler
Lighting Designer: Chris Maravich*
Wig & Make-up Designer: Dawn Rivard
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Mariusz Kwiecie? (Don Giovanni), Laura Claycomb (Donna Anna), David Portillo* (Don Ottavio), Ellie Dehn* (Donna Elvira), Kyle Ketelsen* (Leporello), Virginie Verrez (Zerlina), Craig Verm (Masetto), and Morris Robinson (The Commendatore).
An evocative and thrilling production from Lyric Opera of Chicago!

* Dallas Opera Debut
** American Debut
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The Dallas Opera is supported, in part, by funds from: Texas Instruments Foundation, TACA, City of Dallas, Office of Cultural Affairs; the Texas Commission on the Arts and The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). American Airlines is the official airline of The Dallas Opera. Lexus is the official vehicle of The Dallas Opera. Advertising support from The Dallas Morning News. A special thanks to the Elsa von Seggern Foundation for its continuing support.

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Dallas Opera Announces 2017 Maria Callas Debut Artist of the Year

by Suzanne Calvin

Marina Costa-Jackson in her award-winning role as Adalgisa in The Dallas Opera’s NORMA.  Photo by Karen Almond, Dallas OperaNormaFinal_170 (640x427)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014 Or Celeste Hart at 214.443.1071
suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org celeste.hart@dallasopera.org

THE DALLAS OPERA IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE
AMERICAN SOPRANO
MARINA COSTA-JACKSON

HONORED TONIGHT AS THE 2017
“MARIA CALLAS DEBUT ARTIST OF THE YEAR”
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SINGER RAISED IN PALERMO, ITALY, CAPTIVATED NORTH TEXAS AUDIENCES WITH HER
BEAUTIFULLY SUNG, DRAMATICALLY COMPELLING PERFORMANCES IN NORMA

DALLAS, JUNE 15, 2017 – The Dallas Opera is delighted to announce the winner of the 2017 “Maria Callas Debut Artist of the Year” Award: luminous Italian-American soprano Marina Costa-Jackson.
This prestigious award, named after one of the most renowned opera artists of the 20th century, is given to a single performer each season in recognition of a particularly memorable and outstanding company debut. The winner was announced earlier this evening at the annual Dallas Opera Board and Trustee Appreciation Dinner held in the Crescent Ballroom of the Hotel Crescent Court in Dallas, TX.
Born in Las Vegas, Nevada, but raised in Palermo, Italy, the vocally gifted and strikingly beautiful artist initially resisted the idea of following in the footsteps of two successful sisters who sing opera. That changed when Marina Costa-Jackson was admitted into the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia and advanced through various competitions to become the Metropolitan Opera National Council winner (2015), winner of the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation International Vocal Competition (2015) and the second place winner of the 2016 Operalia.
In recent years, she has also performed in concert overseas with Dmitri Hvorostovsky and with Andrea Bocelli at Madison Square Garden.
Responding to her recent portrayal of Mimi in Welsh National Opera’s production of La Bohème, critic Nigel Jarrett for Wales Art Review proclaimed that Ms. Costa-Jackson “was the real find here. She’s clearly a powerhouse, her voice beautifully modulated to reflect Mimi’s tubercular character.” Bachtrack’s Rohan Shotton expressed awe at her “wonderfully full, rich tone…By the end of Act IV, she was almost translucent in her consumption but demanded one’s attention at the centre of the drama.”

Here in Dallas, critics responded to her TDO debut as the conflicted young priestess, Adalgisa, in our April/May production of Bellini’s Norma, with unbridled enthusiasm:
“Marina Costa-Jackson proved to be a gloriously-voiced Adalgisa,” wrote William Burnett of Opera Warhorses. “She was hauntingly beautiful in the passages that begin Mira, o Norma, the most famous of Adalgisa’s great duets with Norma…Costa-Jackson perfectly matched Elza van den Heever’s vocal fireworks.”
Reviewing for The Dallas Morning News, Classical Music Critic Scott Cantrell noted, “as the junior priestess Adalgisa, (Costa-Jackson) is, if anything, even more powerful vocally, with a brilliant, but never cutting, edge on her soprano: she can also buff off the gleam for a warm satin finish.”
Monica Smart, reviewing for the Dallas Observer, found her the perfect complement to Elza van den Heever’s Norma: “The lightness and delicacy of Costa-Jackson’s singing, with its floating and spinning high note, was a perfect balance to van den Heever. Each made the other’s performance shine and their stunning duet was a high point of the evening.”

“Patrons flocked to our first Norma keenly anticipating Elza van den Heever’s acclaimed mastery of the title role,” explained Keith Cerny, The Kern Wildenthal General Director and CEO, “but Marina Costa-Jackson added an extra element of surprise to these performances with her extraordinarily nuanced acting and thrilling vocalism.
“Dramatically, she proved to be a breathtaking ‘mirror image’ of the anguished and more world-weary high priestess, and Adalgisa’s emotional struggle to balance love and loyalty had wrenching impact in Miss Costa-Jackson’s expressive and sympathetic portrayal.
“I’m not at all surprised,” Cerny added, “that our subscribers were moved to select her for this prestigious award.”

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The voting for the Callas Award was conducted entirely online by electronic ballot and was open to season subscribers only. The results were verified by the independent accounting firm of Armanino, L.L.P.
The winner will receive a beautiful etched-crystal plaque created by award-winning designers from Tiffany & Co. for The Dallas Opera. The plaque bears the likeness of The Dallas Opera’s unofficial Godmother, Greek soprano Maria Callas. “La Divina” launched The Dallas Opera with a 1957 recital at the Music Hall in Fair Park and continued to grace TDO’s stage in those early years with a series of now-legendary performances.

The 2017 award recipient responded to the news, by email, with a statement read to the dinner guests this evening by General Director and CEO Keith Cerny:

“Debuting with The Dallas Opera as Adalgisa was a dream come true!

Now, the unexpected honor of being selected as the 2017 recipient of the Maria Callas Debut Artist of the Year Award has left me breathless! “La Divina” has long been my inspiration—a figure who fuels my passion and aspirations as a singer.
I wish to express my heartfelt thanks to the outstanding Dallas Opera season subscribers for this expression of support and encouragement. Throughout the run of Norma, I felt the Dallas audiences exhibited such incredible warmth and receptiveness. Thank you to the Dallas Opera for allowing me to participate in that joy!

Again, with abundant gratitude and love to all, I remain humbly yours,

Marina Costa-Jackson
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Ms. Costa-Jackson’s upcoming engagements include performances this summer at Paris National Opera in the role of Micaëla in Carmen, followed by star turns as Violetta in Cologne Opera’s La Traviata, Fiordiligi in Seattle Opera’s production of Così Fan Tutte (with sister Ginger Costa-Jackson singing the role of Dorabella), and Maria in the bel canto rarity, Maria di Rohan, for Washington Concert Opera.

There were twenty-one additional 2016-2017 Season nominees for the Callas Award (artists making outstanding company debuts in a principal role)—listed below in alphabetical order:

ADDITIONAL NOMINEES FOR 2017 MARIA CALLAS AWARD

Svetlana Aksenova – “Tatyana” – Eugene Onegin
Lindsay Ammann – “Quartet” – Arjuna’s Dilemma
Emma Bell – “The Governess” – The Turn of the Screw
Tony Boutté – “Arjuna” – Arjuna’s Dilemma
Jacqueline Echols – “Pip” – Moby-Dick
Ashley Emerson – “Flora” – The Turn of the Screw
Katrina Galka – “Quartet” – The Turn of the Screw
Hui He – “Cio-Cio-San” – Madame Butterfly
Humayun Khan – “Krishna” – Arjuna’s Dilemma
Yonghoon Lee – “Pollione” – Norma
Alexandra LoBianco – “Miss Jessel” – The Turn of the Screw
Alyssa Martin – “Quartet” – Arjuna’s Dilemma
Mithra Mastropierro – “Clotilde” – Norma
Peter McGillvray – “Stubb” – Moby-Dick
Lucas Meachem – “Sharpless” – Madame Butterfly
Oliver Nathanielsz – “Miles” – The Turn of the Screw
Musa Ngqungwana – “Queequeg” – Moby-Dick
Kai Rüütel – “Olga” – Eugene Onegin
Reginald Smith, Jr. – “The Bonze” – Madame Butterfly
Gianluca Terranova – “B. F. Pinkerton” – Madame Butterfly
Dolora Zajick – “Mrs. Grose” – The Turn of the Screw

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The “Maria Callas Debut Artist of the Year Award” was launched during the 1991-1992 Dallas Opera Season.
The first recipient was Sharon Sweet for her impressive performance in the title role of Aida. The list of subsequent winners reads like an opera’s “Who’s Who” from Susan Graham, Cecilia Bartoli, Mary Dunleavy, Elizabeth Futral, Hei-Kyung Hong, Denyce Graves, Indira Mahajan, Mary Mills, Patricia Racette, Latonia Moore, Christopher Ventris, Catherine Naglestad, James Valenti, and Ben Heppner, to Greek-born Soprano Myrtò Papatanasiu (Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata), mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard (Rosina in The Barber of Seville), Ekaterina Scherbachenko (the title role in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta) and last year’s winner, superstar mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato for the title role in Great Scott, a 2015 Dallas Opera world premiere by Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally.

ABOUT THE DALLAS OPERA
Founded in 1957, The Dallas Opera is an internationally-recognized innovator dedicated to the overall advancement of the operatic art form and the support of established and emerging artists, as well as the education and development of new opera audiences in North Texas—and beyond. These goals are achieved by commissioning and producing world-class opera; through groundbreaking institutes, national competitions and topical programs; and by presenting opera in both traditional and non-traditional formats and venues in order to attract patrons of every background, educational level, and ethnicity—while engaging with more than 87,000 people in our community each year. TDO is equally committed to the task of responsible stewardship and is managed with efficiency and accountability, to the highest possible standards.

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2017-2018 SEASON SPONSOR
The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family

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EVENTS, GUESTS AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE DALLAS OPERA
IS AVAILABLE ONLINE, 24/7. VISIT WWW.DALLASOPERA.ORG

FOR HIGH-RESOLUTION PHOTOGRAPHS
Contact Suzanne Calvin, Director of Media and PR at suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org
Or Celeste Hart, Communications Manager at celeste.hart@dallasopera.org

The Dallas Opera Family Performances are generously supported by
Texas Instruments, Lockheed Martin, and the Betty and Steve Suellentrop
Educational Outreach Fund.

TDO Family Performances are a part of the
Perot Foundation Education and Community Outreach Programs

TICKET INFORMATION FOR THE 2017-2018 DALLAS OPERA SEASON
All performances are in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center unless otherwise indicated. Single Tickets range from $19 to $289. Family performance tickets are just $5. For more information or to make your purchase, contact The Dallas Opera Ticket Office at 214.443.1000 or visit us online, 24/7, at www.dallasopera.org.

THE DALLAS OPERA 2017-2018 SEASON MAINSTAGE INFORMATION
The Dallas Opera celebrates its Sixty-First International Season in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in the Dallas Arts District. Evening performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees begin at 2:00 p.m. unless otherwise stated. English translations will be projected above the stage at every performance and assistance is available for the hearing impaired. With the exception of FIRST NIGHT, The Joy and Ronald Mankoff Pre-Opera Talk will begin one hour prior to curtain, at most performances.

SAMSON & DALILA by Camille Saint-Saëns
October 20, 22 (m), 25, 28, and November 5 (m), 2017
A passionate drama of biblical proportions!
Libretto by Ferdinand Lemaire
Time: 1150 B.C.E.
Place: Ancient Palestine
Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume
Director: Bruno Berger-Gorski*
Set Designer: Peter Dean Beck*
Costume Designer: Carrie Robbins*
Lighting Designer: Alan Burrett
Wig & Make-up Designer: Dawn Rivard
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Choreographer: Nycole Ray
Starring: Olga Borodina* (Dalila), Clifton Forbis (Samson), Richard Paul Fink (High Priest of Dagon), Michael Chioldi* (Abimélech) and Ryan Kuster (Old Hebrew)
A traditional period production from Pittsburgh Opera!

LA TRAVIATA (“The Fallen Woman”) by Giuseppe Verdi
October 27, 29 (m), November 1, 4, 10 and 12 (m), 2017
Come toast the greatest love story in all of opera!
Time: Mid-19th century
Place: Paris, France and the French countryside
Conductor: Carlo Montanaro*
Original Director: Frank Galati*
Revival Director: Stefania Panighini**
Production Designer: Desmond Heeley
Lighting Designer: Alan Burrett
Wig & Make-up Designer: Dawn Rivard
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Choreographer: John de los Santos
Starring: Georgia Jarman (Violetta Valery), Zach Borichevsky* (Alfredo Germont), Vladislav Sulimsky (Giorgio Germont), Abigail Levis* (Flora Bervoix), Brenton Ryan* (Gastone), Dale Travis (Baron Douphol), Daniel Armstrong* (Marchese D’Obigny), Ryan Kuster (Doctor Grenvil) and Rachel Sterrenberg* (Annina)
A gorgeous, classic production from Lyric Opera of Chicago!

VIOLIN CONCERTO IN D MAJOR & THE RING OF POLYKRATES
A sweeping Viennese concerto paired with a charming domestic comedy!
By Erich Wolfgang Korngold
February 9, 11 (m), 14 and 17, 2018

Violin Soloist (KORNGOLD CONCERTO): Augustin Dumay*
The Dallas Opera Orchestra conducted by Emmanuel Villaume

THE RING OF POLYKRATES
Sumptuous Viennese music laced with orchestral color and wit!
Libretto by Leo Feld
Time: Early 20th century
Place: Vienna, Austria
Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume
Director: Peter Kazaras
Set Designer: Donald Eastman*
Costume Designer: Tommy Bourgeois
Lighting Designer: Krista Billings
Wig & Make-up Designer: Dawn Rivard
Starring: Paul Groves* (Wilhelm Arndt), Laura Wilde* (Laura), Brenton Ryan (Florian Döbllinger), Susannah Biller* (Lieschen), and Craig Colclough* (Peter Vogel).
One of the most rarely performed opera gems! In its third professional U.S. production!

SUNKEN GARDEN by Michel van der Aa
March 9, 11 (m), 14 and 17, 2018
A phenomenal visual, musical and emotional adventure – live and in 3-D!
Libretto by David Mitchell
Time: Present Day
Place: Unknown
Conductor: Nicole Paiement
Director: Michel van der Aa*
Set Designer: Theun Mosk**
Costume Designer: Astrid Schulz**
Lighting Designer: Theun Mosk**
Sound Designer: Tom Gelissen*
Wig & Make-up Designer: Dawn Rivard
Starring: Roderick Williams* (Toby Kramer), Katherine Manley* (Zenna Briggs), and Miah Persson* (Iris Marinus).
Combining live actors and 2-D and 3-D film, to take you where opera has never gone before!

DON GIOVANNI by W.A. Mozart
April 13, 15 (m), 18, 21, 27 and 29 (m), 2018
Mozart’s operatic masterpiece brought vividly to life under the baton of Music Director Emmanuel Villaume!
Time: 20th century
Place: Seville, Spain and the surrounding countryside
Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume
Director: Robert Falls*
Set Designer: Walt Spangler*
Costume Designer: Ana Kuzmanic*
Original Lighting Designer: Duane Schuler
Lighting Designer: Chris Maravich*
Wig & Make-up Designer: Dawn Rivard
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Mariusz Kwiecie? (Don Giovanni), Laura Claycomb (Donna Anna), David Portillo* (Don Ottavio), Ellie Dehn* (Donna Elvira), Kyle Ketelsen* (Leporello), Virginie Verrez (Zerlina), Craig Verm (Masetto), and Morris Robinson (The Commendatore).
An evocative and thrilling production from Lyric Opera of Chicago!

* Dallas Opera Debut
** American Debut
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The Dallas Opera is supported, in part, by funds from: Texas Instruments Foundation, TACA, City of Dallas, Office of Cultural Affairs; the Texas Commission on the Arts and The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). American Airlines is the official airline of The Dallas Opera. Lexus is the official vehicle of The Dallas Opera. Advertising support from The Dallas Morning News. A special thanks to the Elsa von Seggern Foundation for its continuing support.

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FIRST SIGHT/FIRST NIGHT Event Chairs Announced!

by Celeste Hart

THE DALLAS OPERA ANNOUNCES CHAIRS
FOR SPLENDID 2017-2018 SEASON OPENING EVENTS

DIANNE AND MARK LAROE

FOR FIRST SIGHT/FIRST NIGHT

            DALLAS, TX, JUNE 8, 2017 – The Dallas Opera is delighted to announce that dedicated philanthropists Dianne B. LaRoe and Mark H. LaRoe have accepted the positions of Chairs of FIRST SIGHT/FIRST NIGHT, the spectacular 2017-2018 Season Opening events. Honorary Chairs are Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger.

            The season kicks off with the glamorous FIRST SIGHT Fashion Show and Luncheon, NorthPark Center presenting sponsor, on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House. The Dallas Opera will present fashions by luxury Italian designer Salvatore Ferragamo.

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Dianne and Mark LaRoe

            FIRST NIGHT, Deutsche Bank Wealth Management presenting sponsor, is the elegant black-tie Pre-Performance Dinner and After-Party surrounding the opening night opera production. Sammons Park in front of the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House is the setting for the splendid Pre-Performance Dinner, Friday, October 20, 2017 beginning at 5:30 p.m with a red carpet entrance.

            A scrumptious gourmet dinner by Wolfgang Puck Catering begins at 6:00 p.m. in the Sammons Park tent. It precedes the Linda and Mitch Hart Season Opening Night Performance of Samson & Dalila by Camille Saint-Saëns at 8:00 p.m. (note the special curtain time). To cap off the evening’s festivities opera-goers will flow into the FIRST NIGHT After Party with the cast where the celebrations continue with more delectable Puck creations and movin’ and shakin’ on the dance floor.

            The Winspear Opera House is located at 2403 Flora Street, Dallas, TX, 75201. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit: http://dallasopera.org/first-night/.

            “Dianne and I have long recognized the significance of The Dallas Opera as a world class arts organization presenting magnificent opera productions, and as a company that does tremendous work serving our community with its comprehensive education and outreach programs. It is with that understanding that we are so pleased to chair the wonderful FIRST SIGHT/FIRST NIGHT Season Opening festivities. We invite everyone to join us, take part in the fun, meet new people, and enjoy some quality entertainment! Our hope is that our participation will encourage new supporters of this great company!” said Mr. LaRoe, Chair of FIRST SIGHT/FIRST NIGHT.

            “We are eagerly anticipating our 61st Season Opening, especially under the helm of our hard-working chairs Dianne and Mark LaRoe, and we are very grateful for their leadership and dedication” said Keith Cerny, the Kern Wildenthal General Director and CEO of The Dallas Opera. “FIRST SIGHT/FIRST NIGHT offers a number of varied and exciting events to kick off the season. Whether you are a newcomer to opera or a veteran, we welcome your participation and support.  We have planned a stimulating and diverse 2017-2018 Season and FIRST SIGHT/FIRST NIGHT helps us anticipate all the great productions and events we have in store for our North Texas patrons!”

             Dianne B. LaRoe has been active in supporting the communities in which she has lived all of her career. Originally from Little Rock, she moved to Texas to attend Texas Christian University and moved to Dallas upon graduation. She immediately began volunteering with the Junior League of Dallas and other local charities. She is Founder and Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Incarnation House and is a new member of the Crystal Charity Ball. She is president elect of the USA Film Festival and will serve as a member at large of the Women’s Board of The Dallas Opera. Dianne and Mark served as Chairmen of TACA Gala 2016. Dianne is an active member of the Church of the Incarnation serving on several committees there including Angel Tree, Granger Ministries and Altar Guild. While in Florida, Dianne served on the Board of Directors for the Center For Creative Education and Turtle Nest Village/Kids@Home. Dianne and Mark have been married for 35 years and have three adult children.

            Mark H. LaRoe is a Private Banker and the Head of Dallas Private Banking for Deutsche Bank Wealth Management. He provides comprehensive and customized financial solutions to ultra-high net worth individuals, families and their related interests.

            Mr. LaRoe joined Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management (now Deutsche Bank Wealth Management) in 2014 with more than 30 years of industry experience. Most recently he was Senior Managing Director at J.P. Morgan in Dallas, and led the J.P. Morgan Private Bank in Florida before returning home to Dallas in 2011. Prior to that, he held a variety of production and management positions with Comerica Bank in Texas, as well as its predecessor banks, from 1982 through 1997. He has extensive experience in commercial, real estate, and asset-based lending, led valuation teams for bank purchases during the Texas banking crisis of the 1980s and 1990s and created a Southwest region healthcare banking practice for Comerica.

            Mr. LaRoe is on the boards of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Museum of Art and The Dallas Opera. He is President of the Incarnation Foundation and a Commander in the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem.

            Mr. LaRoe received a B.B.A. from Texas Tech University with a concentration in finance. He currently holds Series 7, 9, 10, 24, 63, and 66 licenses. He can be reached at (214) 740-7703 or emailed at mark.laroe@db.com.  

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QUICK FACTS

2017-2018 FIRST SIGHT/FIRST NIGHT

PRESENTED BY THE DALLAS OPERA

 

FIRST SIGHT Fashion Show and Luncheon

NorthPark Center Presenting Sponsor

Thursday, October 19, 2017

11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Kick-Off Event for the 2017-2018 Season

Chairs: Dianne B. and Mark H. LaRoe

Honorary Chairs: Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger

Fashion Show and Luncheon Chairs: Lisa Cooley, Ciara Cooley, and Bela Cooley

Featuring: Fashions by Salvatore Ferragamo

Catering: Wolfgang Puck

Location: Winspear Opera House

Tickets: Start at $500

www.dallasopera.org/firstsight

 

FIRST NIGHT Pre-Performance Dinner and After Party

Deutsche Bank Wealth Management Presenting Sponsor

Friday, October 20, 2017

5:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

Celebrating the 2017-2018 Season of The Dallas Opera

Event Chairs: Dianne B. and Mark H. LaRoe

Honorary Chairs: Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger

Dinner Chairs: Betty and Steve Suellentrop

Featuring: Red carpet excitement; gourmet black tie dinner prior to the Linda and Mitch Hart Season Opening Night Performance of Samson & Dalila, followed by AFTER PARTY

Location: Sammons Park in Front of the Winspear Opera House – Tent

Catering: Wolfgang Puck

Tickets start at $1,000

www.dallasopera.org/firstnight

 

AFTER PARTY

Friday, October 20, 2017

11:00 pm to 1:30 am

Location: Sammons Park in Front of the Winspear Opera House -- Tent

Featuring: Dallas String Quartet

Catering: Wolfgang Puck Sweet & Savory, Open Bar

Tickets: Included with First Night Ticket Purchase

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            Season subscriptions are on sale and prices start at $95 for all five opera productions. The benefits of becoming a Dallas Opera subscriber include substantial savings off single ticket prices, priority seating, lost ticket replacement, ticket exchanges and invitations to special events. For more information, please contact the The Dallas Opera Ticket Office at 214-443-1000 or visit us online at www.dallasopera.org.

            The Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House is located in the heart of the Arts District at 2403 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201.

 

2017-2018 SEASON SPONSOR

The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family

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EVENTS, GUESTS AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE DALLAS OPERA

IS AVAILABLE ONLINE, 24/7.  VISIT WWW.DALLASOPERA.ORG

 

FOR HIGH-RESOLUTION PHOTOGRAPHS

Contact Suzanne Calvin, Director of Media and PR at suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org

Or Celeste Hart, Communications Manager at celeste.hart@dallasopera.org

 

The Dallas Opera Family Performances are generously supported by

Texas Instruments and the Betty and Steve Suellentrop

Educational Outreach Fund.

 

TDO Family Performances are a part of the Perot Foundation Education and Community Outreach Programs

 

Cast Change for May 7th Performance of NORMA

by Suzanne Calvin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014                     Or Celeste Hart 214-443-1071

suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org                                celeste.hart@dallasopera.org

 

THE DALLAS OPERA ANNOUNCES
A CAST CHANGE FOR THE FINAL PERFORMANCE OF
NORMA
by Vincenzo Bellini
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Soprano Aviva Fortunata

Steps into the Title Role

Co-Starring Marina Costa-Jackson, Yonghoon Lee

And Christian Van Horn
Conducted by Music Director Emmanuel Villaume

Directed by Nic Muni

 

MAY 7, 2017, 2:00 p.m.
The Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House

AT&T Performing Arts Center

With Production Support from TACA
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Tickets start at $19
Call 214-443-1000 or Visit dallasopera.org

 

            DALLAS, May 3, 2017 – The Dallas Opera has released soprano Elza van den Heever from singing the upcoming matinee performance of Vincenzo Bellini’s NORMA on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 2:00 p.m., due to a family emergency.  Acclaimed Italian-Canadian soprano, Aviva Fortunata, will assume the role of the betrayed Druid priestess.

            This final performance in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, during OPERA America week, will serve as the grand finale of The Dallas Opera’s exciting and highly successful 60th Season.

            Tickets for NORMA begin at just $19 and may be purchased at www.dallasopera.org or by contacting the friendly professional staff at The Dallas Opera Ticket Office: 214-443-1000.

 

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Set during the Roman occupation of Gaul in 50 B.C.E., a passionate love triangle in the midst of a deepening culture clash leads to dangerous consequences.  A Druid high priestess, Norma (soprano Aviva Fortunata), is in the throes of despair after discovering that her longtime lover, a Roman proconsul for whom she has borne two children, may have been unfaithful.  Pollione (sung by tenor Yonghoon Lee in his company debut) confesses to a friend that he no longer loves Norma. His amorous attentions are now focused on Adalgisa, a young novice priestess (portrayed by soprano Marina Costa-Jackson), who reluctantly returns his love.  Pollione brushes aside a warning about Norma’s hair-trigger temper and her capacity for rage. 

Amid the turmoil of the occupation, personal betrayal, and impending revolution, Norma is driven to the very brink of insanity, convinced that her life is coming undone, and fearing what the future may hold for her disgraced “fatherless” children.

This production is generously supported by TACA.

 

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           Italian-Canadian soprano Aviva Fortunata has been praised as being “blessed with a gorgeous voice of richness and amplitude” (Musical Toronto). Ms. Fortunata was a finalist in the 2016 Operalia Competition in Guadalajara, Mexico, where she performed under the baton of Maestro Plácido Domingo.  Representing Canada in the 2015 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, she was a finalist for the Song Prize.  A graduate of the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio, Ms. Fortunata’s assignments included the role of Contessa Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, Fiordiligi in Così fan Tutte, the title role in Norma, Anna in Maometto II, Alice Ford in Falstaff, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, and Ellen Orford in Peter Grimes.  Ms. Fortunata is a graduate of the prestigious San Francisco Opera Merola Opera Program.

 

            Critically acclaimed international conductor and Mrs. Eugene McDermott Music Director Emmanuel Villaume leads The Dallas Opera Orchestra in one of Bellini’s greatest contributions to the bel canto repertoire.  The maestro is concluding his fourth season with the company; a season in which he has conducted a wide variety of works reflecting different styles and periods: Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s Moby-Dick (a revival of the Leonard Foglia production for The Dallas Opera that launched this worldwide success), Bellini’s Norma – and, still to come: Villaume will conduct a semi-staged performance of Joby Talbot and Gene Scheer’s Everest (Friday, May 5th) a tremendously powerful 2015 Dallas Opera world premiere, with Talbot’s brand-new Everest Prelude.

 

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            Stage director Nic Muni is making his company debut in this period production.  Mr. Muni served as artistic director of the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.  His productions have graced the stages of San Francisco Opera, New York City Opera, Canadian Opera Company (Toronto), Houston Grand Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Prague National Opera, and The Kurt Weill International Festival, among others.

Set and Costume Design is by renowned opera, Broadway and Off-Broadway designer John Conklin.  Lighting design is by internationally acclaimed designer Thomas C. Hase, with wig and make-up design by Stephanie Williams.

As always, the renowned Dallas Opera Chorus will be prepared for the performances by Dallas Opera Chorus Master Alexander Rom.

 

            The Joy and Ronald Mankoff Pre-Opera Talks, a free, pre-performance lecture, will be conducted one hour prior to curtain at all Norma performances. More perspective can be gained through “Opera Insights” presented by The Dallas Opera Guild. The informative panel discussion featuring artists, directors and/or designers for NORMA takes place Sunday, April 9, 2017, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. in Hamon Hall (located off the main lobby concourse in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House. For more details, visit dallasopera.org and look under “Upcoming Events.”

 

            NORMA will be performed in Italian with English supertitles projected above the stage.  For tickets or additional information, call 214.443.1000 or visit dallasopera.org.

 

2016-2017 SEASON SPONSOR

The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family

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EVENTS, GUESTS AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE DALLAS OPERA

IS AVAILABLE ONLINE, 24/7.  VISIT WWW.DALLASOPERA.ORG

 

FOR HIGH-RESOLUTION PHOTOGRAPHS

Contact Suzanne Calvin, Director of Media and PR at suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org

Or Celeste Hart, Communications Manager at celeste.hart@dallasopera.org

 

The Dallas Opera Family Performances are generously supported by

Texas Instruments and the Betty and Steve Suellentrop

Educational Outreach Fund.

 

TDO Family Performances are a part of the

Perot Foundation Education and Community Outreach Programs

 

TICKET INFORMATION FOR THE 2016-2017 DALLAS OPERA SEASON

All performances are in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center unless otherwise indicated.  Single Tickets range from $19 to $275. Family performance tickets are just $5. For more information or to make your purchase, contact The Dallas Opera Ticket Services Office at 214.443.1000 or visit us online, 24/7, at www.dallasopera.org.

 

THE DALLAS OPERA 2016-2017 SPRING SEASON MAINSTAGE INFORMATION

The Dallas Opera celebrates its Sixtieth International Season in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in the Dallas Arts District. Evening performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees begin at 2:00 p.m. unless otherwise stated.  English translations will be projected above the stage at every performance and assistance is available for the hearing impaired.  The Joy and Ronald Mankoff Pre-Opera Talk will begin one hour prior to curtain, at most performances. 

 

Please note: There will be no Pre-Opera Talk for EVEREST, ARJUNA’S DILEMMA, or THE MAGIC PIANO.

 

NORMA by Vincenzo Bellini

April 21, 23(m), 26, 29, May 7(m), 2017

A thrilling and suspenseful masterpiece!

Libretto by Felice Romani

Time: 50 B.C.

Place: Roman-occupied Gaul

Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume

Stage Director: Nic Muni

Set Designer: John Conklin

Costume Designer: John Conklin

Lighting Designer: Thomas Hase

Wig & Make-up Designer: Stephanie Williams

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Starring: Elza van den Heever (Norma), Marina Costa Jackson* (Adalgisa), Yonghoon Lee* (Pollione), Christian Van Horn (Oroveso), Mithra Mastropierro* (Clotilde), Charles Karanja (Flavio)

An atmospheric production from Cincinnati Opera!

 

ARJUNA’S DILEMMA by Douglas J. Cuomo

Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

An exotic and appealing soundscape – in concert with projections!

Based on text from the Bhagavad Gita

Time: Thousands of years ago

Place: India

Conductor: Nicole Paiement

Projection Designer: William Cusick

Sound Designer: Mark Grey

Lighting Designer: Krista Billings

Wig & Make-up Designer: Lexi O’Reilly

Starring: Humayun Khan* (Krishna), Tony Boutté* (Arjuna), Katrina Galka* (Quartet), Audra Methvin (Quartet), Alyssa Martin* (Quartet), Lindsay Ammann* (Quartet)

 

EVEREST by Joby Talbot (a semi-staged performance with projections)

Friday, May 5, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

A powerful and poignant masterpiece!

Libretto by Gene Scheer

Time: 1990’s

Place: Mt. Everest

Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume

Stage Director: Leonard Foglia

Lighting Designer: Krista Billings

Projections Designer: Elaine J. McCarthy

Recording Engineer: Mark Grey

Wig & Make-up Designer: Lexi O’Reilly

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Starring: Kevin Burdette (Beck Weathers), Andrew Bidlack (Rob Hall), Michael Mayes (Doug Hansen), Sarah Jane McMahon (Jan Arnold), Julia Rose Arduino (Meg Weathers), John Boehr (Guy Cotter, Mike Groom)

With a special world premiere Prelude!

 

EVEREST PRELUDE with music by Joby Talbot

Film Realization: Elizabeth Seymour

Film Credit: The British Film Institute

 

THE MAGIC PIANO & The Chopin Shorts by BreakThru Films

Music by Frédéric Chopin

Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.

The “Passport Zone” in the Winspear Lobby starts at 12:30 p.m.

A charming adventure for all ages!

Pianist: Derek Wang*

 

* Dallas Opera Debut

** American Debut

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The Dallas Opera is supported, in part, by funds from: Texas Instruments Foundation, TACA, City of Dallas, Office of Cultural Affairs; the Texas Commission on the Arts and The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).  American Airlines is the official airline of The Dallas Opera.  Lexus is the official vehicle of The Dallas Opera.  Advertising support from The Dallas Morning News.  A special thanks to the Elsa von Seggern Foundation for its continuing support.

 

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And the Winners Are….

by Celeste Hart

Top Honors Announced In the 29th Annual Dallas Opera Guild 

Vocal Competition

Outstanding Young Artists Awarded

$18,500 in Cash Prizes

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Mezzo-Soprano Samantha Hankey

Takes Top Prize and $10,000 Cash!

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Second Prize ($5,000) Goes to Soprano Laura Wilde

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Third Prize ($2,500) Awarded to Soprano Mane Galoyan

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The “People’s Choice Award” ($1,000)

Determined by Audience Ballot Goes to Baritone Kihun Yoon

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Dr. Susan Fleming Honored for her Dedication and Support of The Dallas Opera and The Dallas Opera Guild

            DALLAS, APRIL 30, 2017 – An elite group of nineteen of the most talented young opera singers in the country competed this weekend for prestige and prizes in the 29th Annual Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition.  At the conclusion of this evening’s exciting Finals Round, the winners were announced from the stage of the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas:

  • The $10,000 Grand Prize, presented by 2017 Vocal Competition Co-Chairs Patsy and Bob Brooks, was awarded to mezzo-soprano Samantha Hankey, currently attending The Juilliard School.
  • The $5,000 Second Prize, presented by incoming Guild Presidents Jan and James Clay, went to soprano Laura Wilde.
  • The Third Prize of $2,500, presented by this year’s honoree, Susan Fleming, to soprano Mane Galoyan.
  • The $1,000 “People’s Choice Award,” presented by Katherine and Michael Phillips to baritone Kihun Yoon.
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    Semi-Finalists L-R: Raehann Bryce-Davis, Mane Galoyan, Samantha Hankey, Xiaomeng Zhang, Laura Wilde, Kihun Yoon (PHOTO BY KAREN ALMOND)

            This nationally-recognized competition attracted 364 applicants from 35 states.  Initially, twenty semi-finalists were chosen to compete. The Semi-Finals Round took place yesterday, Saturday, April 29th as nineteen young artists vied for the coveted position of finalist.

            After lengthy deliberations from the judges’ panel, six singers were selected to move into today’s Finals Round: mezzo-soprano Raehann Bryce-Davis, soprano Mane Galoyan, mezzo-soprano Samantha Hankey, soprano Laura Wilde, baritone Kihun Yoon, and baritone Xiaomeng Zhang.

            “What a thrilling weekend it has been! It is such an honor to be a part of this competition, and so inspiring to see the passion and dedication exhibited by these young performers. Their talent is truly superb. To encourage these artists through the prize money and prestige bestowed upon them, is really satisfying. Jana and I also greatly appreciate the generosity of all of our contributors and the support of The Dallas Opera,” said Dallas Opera Guild Co-President Mac Irwin.      

            The six finalists competed this evening, accompanied by the Dallas Opera Orchestra under the baton of the internationally renowned Mrs. Eugene McDermott Music Director, Emmanuel Villaume.

“People’s Choice Award” Winner Kihun Yoon:

            Baritone Kihun Yoon is a member of LA Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program. His appearances during the 2016/17 season include Horemhab in Akhnaten and Scarpia in Tosca. In 2015, Yoon made several appearances including his Venezuelan debut, under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel and in Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. LA Opera appearances include Sharpless in Madame Butterfly, Figaro in The Barber of Seville, and Schaunard in La  Bohème.  In the summer of 2016, he was featured in Florian Gassmann’s L’Opera Seria at Wolf Trap Opera as Delirio. Yoon has covered Plácido Domingo for several roles including Athanaël in Thaïs, Germont in La Traviata, Gianni Schicchi in Gianni Schicchi, and Macbeth in Macbeth. Yoon has won many competitions including the Francisco Viñas International Singing Competition, the Bilbao-Bizkaia International Singing Competition, and the Shizuoka International Opera Competition. He won the Sullivan Award in 2015-2016. 

            During this evening’s Finals Round, Mr. Yoon performed “Era guale la voce?…Si corre dal notaio” from Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and “Votre toast, je peux vous le render” from Bizet’s Carmen.

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Third Prize Winner Mane Galoyan:

            Armenian soprano Mane Galoyan is in her second year residence as a studio artist at Houston Grand Opera. In the 2016-17 season she sang Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore at HGO and Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with the San Antonio Symphony. Last season, she created two roles in two HGO world premieres – Margaret Hughes in Carlisle Floyd’s Prince of Players and Lucy in David Hanlon and Stephanie Fleischmann’s After the Storm – and also sang Kitchen Girl in Rusalka and Forest Bird in Siegfried. Major competition awards include first prize in HGO’s Eleanor McCollum Competition Concert of Arias and third prize in the International Tchaikovsky Competition. This past summer, she sang the role of Smorfiosa in Gassmann’s L’Opera Seria with Wolf Trap Opera. In the 2017-18 Season she will be returning to HGO Studio  for the third year, where she will be singing Violetta in La Traviata and Confidante in Elektra.

            In today’s Finals Round, Ms. Galoyan performed “Obéissons quand leur voix appellee” from Massenet’s Manon and “È strano…Sempre libera” from Verdi’s La Traviata.

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Second Prize Winner Laura Wilde:

            Soprano Laura Wilde is a recent graduate of the Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. During the 2016/17 season, she returned to Chicago for a role debut as Freia in David Pountney’s new production of Das Rheingold, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis. Other operatic engagements include the world premiere of Craig Bohmler’s Riders of the Purple Sage at Arizona Opera, Micaela in Carmen with Nashville Opera and a return to Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as Vitellia in La Clemenza di Tito. During the 2015-16 Season at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Ms. Wilde performed the role of   Marianne in Der Rosenkavalier and covered Marschallin. She also covered the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro, Hanna in The Merry Widow and sang the role of Anna in Nabucco. In the summer of 2016, she made her European debut as the title role in Janá?ek’s Jen?fa, with the English National Opera.

            In this evening’s Finals Round, Ms. Wilde performed “Das war sehr gut, Mandryka” from Arabella by Richard Strauss and “Einsam in trüben Tagen” from Wagner’s Lohengrin.

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First Place/Grand Prize Winner Samantha Hankey:

            American mezzo-soprano Samantha Hankey from Marshfield, Massachusetts, has been acclaimed by Opera News as “ingenious” and “serious” by The New York Times. This season at The Juilliard School she will sing the title role in Händel’s Agrippina, Varvara in Janá?ek’s Katya Kabanova, and will return to the stage of Alice Tully Hall as a winner of the Juilliard Vocal Arts Honors Recital. She has performed roles including Diana and Giove in La Calisto, Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro; and at the Aspen Music Festival as Dorabella in Così fan tutte and Mercédès in Carmen. Recent awards and honors include a 2016 Sara Tucker Study Grant from the Richard Tucker Foundation, and prizes from the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, and the Gerda Lissner Foundation, among others. Ms. Hankey is a proud recipient the Kovner Fellowship at Juilliard, where she is pursuing her Masters of Music degree.

            During the Finals Round this evening, Ms. Hankey dazzled the audience with renditions of “Parto, parto” from Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito and “D’amour l’ardente flamme” from La Damnation de Faust by Berlioz.

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          “This competition is one of the most rewarding aspects of my work at The Dallas Opera,” said Keith Cerny, the Kern Wildenthal General Director and CEO. “The caliber of the performers this year is stellar, and the ability to foster their continued growth is extremely gratifying. I look forward to seeing more of these wonderful artists in the coming years.”

THE 2017 FINALISTS

FOR THE DALLAS OPERA GUILD VOCAL COMPETITION

  • Raehann Bryce-Davis, mezzo-soprano, age 30, Merola Opera Program Graduate
  • Mane Galoyan, soprano, age 23, currently at Houston Grand Opera Studio
  • Samantha Hankey, mezzo-soprano, age 24, pursuing her Masters of Music degree at the Juilliard School of Music
  • Laura Wilde, soprano, age 30, graduate of the Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago
  • Kihun Yoon, baritone, age 35, member of Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program, Los Angeles Opera
  • Xiaomeng Zhang, baritone, age 26, Graduate Diploma Student at the Juilliard School of Music

            Soprano Marina Costa-Jackson, currently starring as Adalgisa in The Dallas Opera’s production of NORMA, served as Mistress of Ceremonies with co-hosts Patsy and Bob Brooks. Ms. Costa-Jackson also appeared at the post-competition celebration and dazzled guests with selections from both Broadway and the opera stage.

Judges for the 2017 Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition:

Brian Zeger, Chair

Artistic Director of the Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts

The Juilliard School 

Keith Cerny

The Kern Wildenthal General Director and CEO of The Dallas Opera

Emmanuel Villaume

The Mrs. Eugene McDermott Music Director, The Dallas Opera

Andreas Melinat

Director of Artistic Planning, Lyric Opera of Chicago

Pål Moe

Casting Director, Bavarian State Opera;

Casting Consultant, Glyndebourne Festival and Opéra de Lille

 

Joshua Winograde

Senior Director, Artistic Planning, Los Angeles Opera

Diane Zola

Director of Artistic Administration, Houston Grand Opera

 

Audience members were also able to take part in the competition by casting a ballot for their favorite singer for the “People’s Choice” award, now is its 17th year.

CONTRIBUTORS TO THE 2017 COMPETITION INCLUDE:

KATHERINE AND MICHAEL PHILLIPS

KEITH AND JENNIFER CERNY

  1. KETTY FITZGERALD
  2. AND MRS. R.V. REGE

MARTHA AND DR. ROBERT ALLDAY

ELAINE AND BILL BLAYLOCK

CECILE P. BONTE

PATTI AND JOHN CODY

SUSAN G. FLEMING, PH.D.

SUSAN AND MARK GEYER

MARILYN AND WARD HALLA

KATHY MULDOON AND ROBERT S. HENDLER, MD

BETTY SECKER

ROBERT VATICALOS AND DONALD SCHUSTER

UNDERWRITERS OF THE 2017 COMPETITION INCLUDE:


AT&T PERFORMING ARTS CENTER & STAFF

SPICE OF LIFE CATERING

SUSAN AND ED WILSON

KATHERINE & MICHAEL PHILLIPS

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            For additional information about the 29th Annual Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition

or any upcoming Dallas Opera Guild programs and special events,

please contact The Dallas Opera Guild at 214-443-1040.
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2016-2017 SEASON SPONSOR

The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family

 

Dallas Opera Presents the Everest Trio, May 1 and 5

by Suzanne Calvin

KA3_6348 (512x640)FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014 Or Celeste Hart 214-443-1071
suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org celeste.hart@dallasopera.org

THE DALLAS OPERA IS PROUD TO PRESENT
THE EVEREST TRIO:
“Dallas Opera Perspectives” with Dr. Beck Weathers
The World Premiere of Joby Talbot’s
Everest Prelude
With Visuals from the British Film Institute
And a Semi-Staged Everest Returns to Dallas!
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“Perspectives” Moderated by Keith Cerny
Monday, May 1 at 6:30 p.m. (Free with RSVP)
Montgomery Arts Theater, Booker T. Washington
High School for the Performing and Visual Arts
RSVP at dallasopera.org/events
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Everest Prelude and Everest (Semi-Staged Performance)
Friday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m. ($15 to $75)
The Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House
AT&T Performing Arts Center
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Visit dallasopera.org/events for Tickets and Information

DALLAS, APRIL 27, 2017 – The Dallas Opera is proud to present The Everest Trio, culminating in a semi-staged performance of Joby Talbot and Gene Scheer’s critically acclaimed 2015 masterpiece, Everest, on the stage of the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center. This one-time-only performance on Friday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m. will be conducted by Dallas Opera Music Director Emmanuel Villaume and directed by Leonard Foglia, who staged the earlier world premiere.

THE EVEREST TRIO
“Dallas Opera Perspectives,” Monday, May 1 at 6:30 p.m.
One of the survivors of the now-infamous 1996 Everest disaster, Dr. Beck Weathers, a Dallas forensic pathologist, will sit for a public conversation about the experience and aftermath with The Kern Wildenthal Dallas Opera General Director and CEO, Keith Cerny.
Eight people died near the summit of the world’s highest peak on one of the deadliest days in modern mountaineering history. Dr. Weathers managed to survive some of the harshest weather conditions on the planet and make his own way back to camp, having been twice left for dead. Lauren Smart of Dallas Observer noted: “This story of men willing to risk their lives just to say they’ve accomplished something is wrapped up so closely in contemporary discontents…Everest is a musically stunning, cinematically thrilling opera updated here for a new generation, and updated brilliantly.”
This conversation, in preparation for the semi-staged performance of Joby Talbot and Gene Scheer’s Everest, will take place at the Montgomery Arts Theater (next door to the Winspear Opera House) in Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, starting at 6:30 p.m. The nearest paid parking ($17) is located in the Lexus Red parking garage beneath the Winspear. Admission for this unforgettable conversation is FREE with an RSVP. Details can be found online at dallasopera.org/events.

Everest Prelude / Everest on Friday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m.
At the top of the world, dreams die, even for the most valiant of men. The Dallas Opera is exceedingly proud to present, for one night only, a semi-staged encore presentation of Joby Talbot and Gene Scheer’s critically acclaimed Everest, starring tenor Andrew Bidlack, bass Kevin Burdette, and John Boehr from the original cast, with soprano Sarah Jane McMahon as Jan Arnold and baritone Michael Mayes as the doomed Doug Hansen. Julia Rose Arduino returns as Beck’s daughter, Meg.

The concert performance, with projections by Elaine J. McCarthy, will be preceded by the world premiere of Talbot’s Everest Prelude, dedicated to the late Dick Bass—legendary mountaineer, entrepreneur and philanthropist. The prelude will be set to projections by Elizabeth Seymour, using British Film Institute footage from George Mallory’s attempts to summit Mt. Everest in the 1920s.

Catherine Womack of D Magazine described Everest in its 2015 Dallas Opera premiere as having “all the ingredients of a blockbuster. Gripping, edge-of-your-seat storytelling, stunning, innovative design and poignant lyricism…instantly appealing.” Heidi Waleson of The Wall Street Journal praised the opera as “remarkable” and Olin Chism of the Star-Telegram raved, “This is one opera performance that rivals great legitimate theater in its impact.”

The 7:30 p.m. performance will be conducted by the Mrs. Eugene McDermott Music Director Emmanuel Villaume and staged by director Leonard Foglia. Tickets are $15 to $75 and may be purchased through dallasopera.org/events or by calling 214.443.1000.

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The Everest Trio is part of The Dallas Opera’s weeklong Celebrate 60, (April 30-May 7) sponsored by Holly and Tom Mayer, Betty and Steve Suellentrop, the Ben E. Keith Company, The Texas Commission on the Arts, and The Dallas Arts District Foundation Endowment Fund of Communities Foundation of Texas.
“It’s an absolute thrill to invite our entire community to celebrate The Dallas Opera’s legendary past and even more exciting future,” explains Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny.
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2016-2017 SEASON SPONSOR
The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family

EVENTS, GUESTS AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE DALLAS OPERA
IS AVAILABLE ONLINE, 24/7. VISIT WWW.DALLASOPERA.ORG

FOR HIGH-RESOLUTION PHOTOGRAPHS
Contact Suzanne Calvin, Director of Media and PR at suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org
Or Celeste Hart, Communications Manager at celeste.hart@dallasopera.org

The Dallas Opera Family Performances are generously supported by
Texas Instruments and the Betty and Steve Suellentrop
Educational Outreach Fund.
TDO Family Performances are a part of the
Perot Foundation Education and Community Outreach Programs

TICKET INFORMATION FOR THE 2016-2017 DALLAS OPERA SEASON
All performances are in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center unless otherwise indicated. Single Tickets range from $19 to $275. Family performance tickets are just $5. For more information or to make your purchase, contact The Dallas Opera Ticket Services Office at 214.443.1000 or visit us online, 24/7, at www.dallasopera.org.

THE DALLAS OPERA 2016-2017 SPRING SEASON MAINSTAGE INFORMATION
The Dallas Opera celebrates its Sixtieth International Season in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in the Dallas Arts District. Evening performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees begin at 2:00 p.m. unless otherwise stated. English translations will be projected above the stage at every performance and assistance is available for the hearing impaired. The Joy and Ronald Mankoff Pre-Opera Talk will begin one hour prior to curtain, at most performances.

Please note: There will be no Pre-Opera Talk for EVEREST, ARJUNA’S DILEMMA, or THE MAGIC PIANO.

NORMA by Vincenzo Bellini
April 21, 23(m), 26, 29, May 7(m), 2017
A thrilling and suspenseful masterpiece!
Libretto by Felice Romani
Time: 50 B.C.
Place: Roman-occupied Gaul
Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume
Stage Director: Nic Muni
Set Designer: John Conklin
Costume Designer: John Conklin
Lighting Designer: Thomas Hase
Wig & Make-up Designer: Stephanie Williams
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Elza van den Heever (Norma), Marina Costa Jackson* (Adalgisa), Yonghoon Lee* (Pollione), Christian Van Horn (Oroveso), Mithra Mastropierro* (Clotilde), Charles Karanja (Flavio)

ARJUNA’S DILEMMA by Douglas J. Cuomo
Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
An exotic and appealing soundscape!
Based on text from the Bhagavad Gita
Time: Thousands of years ago
Place: India
Conductor: Nicole Paiement
Projection Designer: William Cusick
Sound Designer: Mark Grey
Lighting Designer: Krista Billings
Wig & Make-up Designer: Lexi O’Reilly
Starring: Humayun Khan* (Krishna), Tony Boutté* (Arjuna), Katrina Galka* (Quartet), Audra Methvin (Quartet), Alyssa Martin* (Quartet), Lindsay Ammann* (Quartet)

EVEREST by Joby Talbot (a semi-staged performance with projections)
Friday, May 5, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
A powerful and poignant masterpiece!
Libretto by Gene Scheer
Time: 1990’s
Place: Mt. Everest
Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume
Stage Director: Leonard Foglia
Lighting Designer: Krista Billings
Projections Designer: Elaine J. McCarthy
Recording Engineer: Mark Grey
Wig & Make-up Designer: Lexi O’Reilly
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Kevin Burdette (Beck Weathers), Andrew Bidlack (Rob Hall), Michael Mayes (Doug Hansen), Sarah Jane McMahon (Jan Arnold), Julia Rose Arduino (Meg Weathers), John Boehr (Guy Cotter, Mike Groom)
With a special world premiere prelude!

EVEREST PRELUDE with music by Joby Talbot
Film Realization: Elizabeth Seymour
Film Credit: The British Film Institute

THE MAGIC PIANO & The Chopin Shorts by BreakThru Films
Music by Frédéric Chopin
Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.
The “Passport Zone” in the Winspear Lobby starts at 12:30 p.m.
A charming adventure for all ages!
Pianist: Derek Wang*

* Dallas Opera Debut
** American Debut
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The Dallas Opera is supported, in part, by funds from: Texas Instruments Foundation, TACA, City of Dallas, Office of Cultural Affairs; the Texas Commission on the Arts and The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). American Airlines is the official airline of The Dallas Opera. Lexus is the official vehicle of The Dallas Opera. Advertising support from The Dallas Morning News. A special thanks to the Elsa von Seggern Foundation for its continuing support.

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An Evening of Celebration and Rising Stars!

by Celeste Hart

The Springs Gala and the 29th Annual Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition

Sunday, April 30, 2017
Pre-Competition Gala Dinner 5:30 p.m.
Vocal Competition Finals 7:30 p.m.
Post-Competition Celebration 10:00-11:30 p.m.


Featuring The Dallas Opera Orchestra
Conducted by Music Director Emmanuel Villaume

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The Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House
At the AT&T Performing Arts Center
2403 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201

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Honoring Dr. Susan Fleming

Tickets for Gala: Visit dallasopera.org/gala or Call 214-443-1063
Vocal Competition: www.dallasopera.org/vocal

            DALLAS, TX, APRIL 12, 2017 -- The Dallas Opera announces one remarkable evening of music, competition, and celebration as two great traditions come together. The Dallas Opera Springs Gala 2017 returns this year in partnership with the final round of the 29th Annual Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition. The events focus on encouraging the next generation of artists with proceeds from the Gala to support the company’s education programs.

            The Guild Vocal Competition Semi-Finals features twenty of the finest young opera singers in the United States competing for prestige and prizes Saturday, April 29, 2017, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. This free event, from which up to six finalists will be chosen, takes place at the Winspear Opera House.           

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Soprano Marina Costa-Jackson is the Mistress of Ceremonies for the Vocal Competition Finals and performs at the Springs Gala Post-Competition Party.

            The Finals are held the following day, Sunday, April 30, 2017, 7:30-10:00 p.m. also at the Winspear Opera House, as part of the Springs Gala. Each artist sings two arias and is accompanied by the acclaimed Dallas Opera Orchestra, conducted by the Mrs. Eugene McDermott Music Director Emmanuel Villaume. The Mistress of Ceremonies for the event is charismatic soprano Marina Costa-Jackson, who is currently starring in the role of “the other woman” Adalgisa in TDO’s production of Norma.

          The judges for this year’s competition, which include some of the most important artistic leaders from major American and International companies, are: Brian Zeger -- Chair (The Julliard School), Keith Cerny (the Kern Wildenthal General Director and CEO of The Dallas Opera), Emmanuel Villaume, Andreas Melinat (Lyric Opera of Chicago), Pål Moe (Bavarian State Opera), Diane Zola (Houston Grand Opera), and Joshua Winograde (Metropolitan Opera).

            Last year, prize monies totaling $18,500 were awarded to the young competitors. Audience members can also take part in the festivities by casting their vote in the popular “People’s Choice” category, also awarded that evening. Tickets for the Finals are $5 and available online, at the door, or by calling our Ticket Office at 214-443-1000.

            The Dallas Opera Springs Gala 2017 is an elegant evening that features wonderful dining, dancing, and a performance by Ms. Costa-Jackson that takes place in the magnificent Winspear Opera House. The gourmet dinner will be prepared by culinary master Wolfgang Puck. After the Finals, patrons who attend the Gala are invited to share in the celebration at a Post-Competition party with the artists and the judges. Ms. Costa-Jackson will dazzle guests with selections from Broadway and opera. The Marc Toussaint Combo, the jazz and swing band, will perform great danceable standards certain to get party-goers movin’. Gala tickets are $500 and include vocal competition priority seating ticket and complimentary valet parking. The proceeds from the Gala help nurture and support the education programs of The Dallas Opera which bring the magic of opera to students throughout North Texas. For further information visit dallasopera.org/gala or call 214-443-1063.

          According to Dallas Opera Guild 2017 Vocal Competition Chairs Patsy and Bob Brooks, “The Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition gives singers pursuing a professional opera career the opportunity to showcase their talents and compete with other singers for financial rewards.  Best of all is the chance to perform before a panel of distinguished judges celebrated throughout the opera world.”

          The prominence of the Vocal Competition was greatly enhanced three years ago when it was expanded from a regional event to a major national event. This change reflected the continuing goals of Keith Cerny to elevate the company’s artistic quality, establish and grow local artistic partnerships, and maximize the company’s national and international reputation. He also added several new elements. Mr. Cerny enlisted Dr. Brian Zeger of The Julliard School to chair the distinguished judges’ panel, engaged The Dallas Opera Orchestra to rehearse and perform with the young artists, and requested internationally acclaimed conductor Emmanuel Villaume to lead the performances. These improvements showed immediate results as a record setting number of higher caliber performers applied for the competition.

Honoring Dr. Susan Fleming

          This year’s vocal competition honors former Dallas Opera Guild President Dr. Susan Fleming, renowned for her philanthropy and leadership as well as her continuing work with children with communication disorders. Dr. Fleming dedicates her time away from work to numerous professional and volunteer organizations including the Dream Team of the Rotary Club of Dallas and CASA, and has held several positions with The Dallas Opera Guild Board. She is also a UT Dallas Distinguished Alumni Award winner.

            “I am touched by my selection,” writes Susan Fleming, “as this places me in the company of the dynamic guild leaders I have admired; those who have contributed so much to The Dallas Opera Guild’s effectiveness in promoting and sustaining the annual Vocal Competition.

            “Each person who contributes to this competition,” she adds, “should feel proud to be helping promote young singers as they strive for success in this especially beautiful art form.”

          Lexus Red Parking is available for just $5 at both the Semi-Finals Round, from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 29th as well as the Finals Round of the competition the following evening, Sunday, April 30th at 7:30 p.m. in the Winspear Opera House.

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SPECIAL THANKS TO THE AT&T PERFORMING ARTS CENTER AND STAFF

FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF THE 2017 DALLAS OPERA GUILD VOCAL COMPETITION

 

EVENTS, GUESTS AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

VISIT WWW.DALLASOPERA.ORG

 

2016-2017 SEASON SPONSOR

The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family

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FOR HIGH-RESOLUTION PHOTOGRAPHS
Contact Suzanne Calvin, Director of Media and PR at suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org
Or Celeste Hart, Communications Manager at celeste.hart@dallasopera.org

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The Dallas Opera Family Performances are generously supported by

Texas Instruments and the Betty and Steve Suellentrop

Educational Outreach Fund.

 

TDO Family Performances are a part of the

Perot Foundation Education and Community Outreach Programs

 

A Multitude of Magnificent Presentations!

by Celeste Hart

One Week of Special Programming
CELEBRATE 60: 
Past, Present, and Future

April 30-May 7, 2017

Honoring Six Decades of Artistic Excellence

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Springs Gala and Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition Finals

“Dallas Opera Perspectives” with Dr. Beck Weathers

Arjuna’s Dilemma by Douglas J. Cuomo

Everest Prelude (world premiere) and Everest by Joby Talbot

The Magic Piano and The Chopin Shorts by BreakThru Films

Season Finale: Norma by Vincenzo Bellini

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Generously Sponsored by:

Betty and Steve Suellentrop, Holly and Tom Mayer,

Ben E. Keith Company and the Texas Commission on the Arts 

DALLAS, APRIL 10, 2017 –In honor of its 60th Season, The Dallas Opera is elated to present Celebrate 60: Past, Present, and Future, a week of public performances and special events designed to pay tribute to the company’s founding and illustrious history, to celebrate six decades on the national and international stage, and to demonstrate TDO’s commitment to the highest levels of artistic excellence and innovation. 

Celebrate 60, April 30 through May 7, 2017, was also conceived in order to recognize The Dallas Opera’s ongoing efforts to foster the next generation of opera audiences and artists. A goal that will be achieved by serving all the people of North Texas through vastly expanded educational and community outreach initiatives (including fifteen free public simulcasts to indoor and outdoor locations throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area—and beyond!).

Celebrate 60 is sponsored by Betty and Steve Suellentrop, Holly and Tom Mayer, the Ben E. Keith Company, The Texas Commission on the Arts, and The Dallas Arts District Foundation Endowment Fund of Communities Foundation of Texas.

The weeklong celebration will showcase the company’s base of operations in the Dallas Arts District.  Four of the performances in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center have been selected as preview events for the 2017 SOLUNA International Music and Arts Festival presented by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

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“It’s an absolute thrill to invite our entire community to celebrate The Dallas Opera’s legendary past and even more exciting future,” explains Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny.  “In selecting these works, I wanted to program important pieces that demonstrated TDO’s ability to perform a wide range of musical styles at a very high standard, including contemporary opera.  Several of these works also involve creative use of video and projections.”

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CELEBRATE 60: Past, Present, and Future

PERFORMANCE AND EVENT SCHEDULE

SUNDAY, APRIL 30th

The Dallas Opera’s annual Springs Gala: An Evening of Rising Stars, incorporating the exciting Finals Round of the 29th Annual Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition which, this year, attracted hundreds of applicants from 35 states.  The Gala dinner begins at 5:30 p.m., the Vocal Competition Finals at 7:30 p.m. and all attendees are eligible to vote for the “People’s Choice” Award. The gala evening will be emceed by soprano Marina Costa-Jackson. In regard to the annual competition, Gregory Sullivan Isaacs of TheaterJones.com wrote: “All of the finalists showed the same high level of musicianship of those that come here for the Cliburn piano competition every four years (which is considerable).  It won’t take long for the Dallas Opera’s vocal competition to situate itself at the top of the list of such events and become an important gold star on any young artist’s resume.”  Tickets for the Finals Round alone are just $5. Visit dallasopera.org/gala or dallasopera.org/vocal for additional information.

MONDAY, MAY 1ST

“Dallas Opera Perspectives” with one of the survivors of the now-infamous 1996 Everest disaster, Dr. Beck Weathers, a Dallas forensic pathologist.  Dr. Weathers will sit for a public conversation about the experience and aftermath with Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny.  Eight people died near the summit of the world’s highest peak on one of the deadliest days in modern mountaineering history.  Dr. Weathers managed to survive some of the harshest weather conditions on the planet and make his own way back to camp, having been twice left for dead.  Lauren Smart of Dallas Observer noted: “This story of men willing to risk their lives just to say they’ve accomplished something is wrapped up so closely in contemporary discontents…Everest is a musically stunning, cinematically thrilling opera updated here for a new generation, and updated brilliantly.” This conversation, in preparation for the May 5th semi-staged performance of Joby Talbot and Gene Scheer’s Everest, will take place at the Montgomery Arts Theater in Booker T. Washington High School for the Visual and Performing Arts, starting at 6:30 p.m. The nearest parking is next door in the Lexus Red parking garage beneath the Winspear.  Admission for this unforgettable conversation is free with an RSVP. Details online at dallasopera.org/events.

THURSDAY, MAY 4TH

On the battlefield on the eve of a violent civil war that will pit brother against brother, a troubled Prince Arjuna turns for guidance to his advisor and charioteer, Krishna, who has not yet revealed his divine status in the Hindu pantheon. This is the setting for what composer Douglas J. Cuomo describes as his “most ambitious composition to date,” Arjuna’s Dilemma, a chamber opera with video projections conducted by the Martha R. and Preston A. Peak Principal Guest Conductor Nicole Paiement. This exotic and appealing soundscape seamlessly combines classical elements with jazz and traditional Indian musical idioms to create a work of both sweeping grandeur and hushed intimacy.  Critics have found this important contemporary work “gripping,” “gorgeous,” “astonishing” and entirely original.  Starring Humayan Khan as Krishna and Tony Boutté as Arjuna.  General admission tickets for the 7:30 p.m.  Winspear Opera House performance are $50 each and may be purchased online at dallasopera.org/events or by contacting the Ticket Office at 214.443.1000.

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Audience members were deeply moved by tenor Andrew Bidlack’s performance in TDO’s world premiere of Everest. He reprises his role as Rob Hall in our May 2017 production. Photo by Karen Almond


FRIDAY, MAY 5TH

At the top of the world, dreams die, even for the most valiant of men.  The Dallas Opera is exceedingly proud to present, for one night only, a semi-staged encore presentation of Joby Talbot and Gene Scheer’s critically acclaimed Everest, starring tenor Andrew Bidlack and bass Kevin Burdette from the original cast.  The work, with projections by Elaine J. McCarthy, will be preceded by the world premiere of Talbot’s Everest Prelude.  The prelude will be set to projections by Elizabeth Seymour, using film footage from George Mallory’s attempts to summit Mt. Everest in the 1920s.  Catherine Womack of D Magazine described Everest in its 2015 Dallas Opera premiere as having “all the ingredients of a blockbuster.  Gripping, edge-of-your-seat storytelling, stunning, innovative design and poignant lyricism…instantly appealing.”  Heidi Waleson of The Wall Street Journal praised the opera as “remarkable” and Olin Chism of the Star-Telegram raved, “This is one opera performance that rivals great legitimate theater in its impact.”  The 7:30 p.m. performance will be conducted by the Mrs. Eugene McDermott Music Director Emmanuel Villaume and staged by director Leonard Foglia.  Tickets are $25 to $75 and may be purchased through dallasopera.org/events or by calling 214.443.1000.

SATURDAY, MAY 6TH

The Magic Piano, an animation adventure commissioned by the Polish Ministry of Culture and produced in 2011 by BreakThru Films, is the story of two curious children in Warsaw, Poland, who discover a battered old piano sitting atop a junk heap.  However, appearances can be deceiving—the instrument becomes their fabulous, magical ride through the skies above Europe, as the youngsters dodge hot air ballons over France, and fierce storms and threatening skies over London.  The 30-minute film, with a live piano score (the music of Chopin, of course) performed by Lang Lang protégé Derek Wang, will be paired with The Chopin Shorts for an afternoon of giddy adventure and glorious live music for the entire family.  The films will be shown in the magnificent Winspear Opera House, beginning at 2:00 p.m.  General admission seating is just $10 and can be purchased at dallasopera.org/events or through the Dallas Opera Ticket Office at 214.443.1000.  Presented in collaboration with Dallas Film Society and Dallas Model United Nations.

SUNDAY, MAY 7TH

With generous support from TACA, The Dallas Opera is thrilled to present—for the first time on our stage—Vincenzo Bellini’s suspense-filled masterpiece of the bel canto repertoire, Norma, starring the phenomenal South African-born soprano Elza van den Heever in the title role of a Druid priestess wronged by the man she loves.  This 1831 masterpiece, with a libretto by Felice Romani, is being presented in a towering period production, originally created by designer John Conklin for Cincinnati Opera, on May 7, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. in the Winspear Opera House.  This final performance, during OPERA America week, will also serve as the grand finale of The Dallas Opera’s exciting 60th Season.  Set during the Roman occupation of Gaul in 50 B.C., a passionate love triangle in the midst of a deepening culture clash leads to potentially disastrous consequences.  Norma is in the throes of despair after discovering that her longtime lover, a Roman proconsul for whom she has borne two children, may have been unfaithful.  Pollione (sung by tenor Yonghoon Lee in his company debut) confesses to a friend that he no longer loves Norma.  His amorous attentions are now focused on Adalgisa, a young novice (portrayed by soprano Marina Costa-Jackson).  Pollione brushes aside a warning about Norma’s hair-trigger temper and capacity for rage.  Amid the turmoil of the occupation, personal betrayal, and impending revolution, Norma is driven to the very brink of insanity.  Tickets to this production, conducted by Dallas Opera Music Director Emmanuel Villaume and directed by Nic Muni, start at just $29 and are available at dallasopera.org/season or by calling 214.443.1000. 

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Please note: The Joy and Ronald Mankoff Pre-Opera Talk will take place one hour prior to curtain at all performances of Norma.  There will be no pre-performance talk prior to Everest, Arjuna’s Dilemma or The Magic Piano.

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2016-2017 SEASON SPONSOR

The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family