A New, Haunting Presentation by The Dallas Opera

by Celeste Hart

THE DALLAS OPERA PRESENTS 
The Acclaimed Glyndebourne Production of
THE TURN OF THE SCREW
By BENJAMIN BRITTEN
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Starring Soprano Emma Bell and Mezzo Dolora Zajick in Their Dallas Opera Debuts and Tenor William Burden
Nicole Paiement Conducts, Francesca Gilpin Directs

OPENING FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
The Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House

AT&T Performing Arts Center

Additional Performances: March 19(m), 22 and 25
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Tickets start at $19
Call 214-443-1000 or Visit dallasopera.org

            DALLAS, FEBRUARY 24, 2017 – The Dallas Opera is proud to present a landmark of modern opera new to the company’s repertoire: THE TURN OF THE SCREW by Benjamin Britten, with a libretto by Myfanwy Piper. The dark and gripping tale is based on the atmospheric, nineteenth-century novella by Henry James. This production from England’s Glyndebourne Festival Opera opens on Friday, March 17, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. at the Winspear Opera House. Three additional performances of THE TURN OF THE SCREW will take place on March 19(m), 22, and 25, 2017.        

            Single tickets, starting at just $19, are on sale now, with seating subject to availability. Tickets may be purchased online, at the door, at the ticket office, or by calling 214.443.1000.  Flex subscriptions (three opera productions) start at $75 and are still available for this season.

            The Winspear Opera House is located at 2403 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201 in the AT&T Performing Arts Center.

            This Jonathan Kent production, successfully updated to the 1950s, features eagerly anticipated company debuts by British soprano Emma Bell, American mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick, hailed as a “force of nature,” and the return of tenor William Burden, last seen on The Dallas Opera stage in our charming final production in the Music Hall at Fair Park, Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri.

            Nicole Paiement, the Martha R. and Preston A. Peak Principal Guest Conductor, leads Britten’s enthralling twentieth-century score, mixing tonality and dissonance with the recurrent use of a twelve-note theme.

            The work will be staged by British director Francesca Gilpin, whose distinguished career has included film and video work, as well as frequent stage assignments in major productions for both the Royal Opera House (U.K.) and Glyndebourne.

            The opera’s plot reads like a Gothic novel, but is vastly more mysterious and complex than most: A young governess is hired to care for two children at Bly, an English country house. The position, which initially seemed promising, soon turns puzzling when the governess sees what she believes to be a ghost. The housekeeper reveals a sordid series of events involving two former employees, now dead, who may have had inappropriate relationships with the children. Miles and Flora, the children, display bizarre and often troubling behavior. The ghosts torment them and the governess to such an extreme that she must decide whether to leave Bly House or stay in order to protect her charges.  Is the danger immediate and real?  Or conjured by a disturbed or deranged mind?

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            “One of my artistic goals for The Dallas Opera is to introduce our audience to excellent works they may not have yet seen, and Britten’s The Turn of the Screw is one of these gems,” says Keith Cerny, the Kern Wildenthal General Director and CEO of The Dallas Opera.

            “The haunting storyline, masterfully composed music, and the opportunity to present the acclaimed Glyndebourne production all inspired me to program this opera. With the stellar cast and production team, and conducting by our Principal Guest Conductor Nicole Paiement, I know we will create a compelling theatrical experience that will captivate our audiences. Join us for this rare opportunity to see one of the finest operas of the twentieth century.”

            The idea to use the novella, The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, for the setting of Britten’s 1954 opera came from Myfanwy Piper, the wife of his frequent designer/collaborator, John Piper (Glyndebourne, Royal Opera House). Britten was intrigued by the many disturbing ambiguities in the story.  Are the ghosts seen by the frightened governess (and the audience) real or mere figments of her imagination?  What was the nature of the relationships between the children and the now-deceased Peter Quint? 

            Britten’s opera was well received at the Venice Biennale, which commissioned the work and staged its mid-century world premiere.

            British soprano Emma Bell will star as the tormented Governess. “As the governess, Emma Bell is superbly equivocal, neurotic but never hysterical,” (Shirley Apthorp, Financial Times). “… Emma Bell deserves pride of place for her overwhelming performance as the Governess, an assumption that by vocal and dramatic means brought the character to frightening life,” (Carlos Maria Solare, Opera).

            Performing the dual roles of the Prologue and Peter Quint, American tenor William Burden recently won a Grammy for Best Opera Recording for his part in the Metropolitan Opera’s production of The Tempest. He charmed Dallas audiences as Lindoro in The Italian Girl in Algiers (2009). His “virile passion and consummate lyricism” inspired The New York Times to rave that his “subdued emotional intensity permeates every line of Mr. Burden’s elegant singing.” 

          Known as a “mezzo in a class by herself,” Dolora Zajick makes her long-awaited Dallas Opera debut as Mrs. Grose, the housekeeper. “Zajick’s voice, acting, and sheer presence carry the audience to a higher level of emotional truth than anything in the show,” raved DC Theatre Scene. “Zajick’s voice, with a hint of metal at the back of the upper notes and cavernous expansion in the lower ones, is still a couple of sizes bigger than most people’s, and as an actress, too, she delivered the goods,” (The Washington Post).

            American soprano Alexandra Lobianco, praised by Maria Mazzaro of Opera News for “dramatic flair and clarion power throughout her range,” will sing the role of the doomed Miss Jessel.

            The all-important roles of “Miles” and “Flora” – the two children in this haunting opera, will be sung by 12-year old boy treble Oliver Nathanielsz and soprano Ashley Emerson in their Dallas Opera debuts.

            Leading the acclaimed Dallas Opera Orchestra will be Principal Guest Conductor Nicole Paiement, who has developed an international reputation as a conductor of contemporary music and opera. Wayne Lee Gay of D Magazine’s Front Row wrote of The Dallas Opera’s 2015 world premiere of Joby Talbot’s Everest: “(Paiement) combined old-fashioned precision and discipline with up-to-the-minute insight into the complex modernity of the score.”

            Gregory Sullivan Isaacs, Senior Classical Music Critic for Theater Jones, also acknowledged Paiement’s skill with contemporary works in his review: “…balancing these three musical elements so that each one comes forward at its assigned time and then retreats, allowing another to take over, is a superhuman endeavor. This charge falls to conductor Nicole Paiement, who brilliantly weaves Talbot’s warp and woof into what can only be called a soundscape of Everest.”

            Maestra Paiement is highly inspired by the music in The Turn of the Screw. “This very tightly written score is Britten at his best, expressing good and evil with equal uncertainties and with a truly imaginative sound world,” Paiement writes.  “In the most ingenious way, Britten weaves a recurring twelve-tone figure into his tonal musical fabric and fills the score with telling details that brings the dramatic tension to a high peak arguably unsurpassed in any other works.”

            Renowned British stage director Francesca Gilpin makes her company debut in this original production created by Jonathan Kent for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, in which she has earned rave reviews.

Set and Costume Design is by Paul Brown.  Mark Henderson’s original lighting design will be recreated by David Manion.  Wig and make-up design will be by Stephanie Williams.

            The Joy and Ronald Mankoff Pre-Opera Talks, a free, pre-performance lecture, will be conducted one hour prior to curtain at most 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 takes place Sunday, March 5, 2017,

3:00-4:30 p.m. in Hamon Hall at the Winspear Opera House. For more details, visit dallasopera.org.

            THE TURN OF THE SCREW will be performed in English with English supertitles projected above the stage.  For tickets, 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

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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

 

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. Flex Subscriptions (three-performances of your choice) begin at $75.  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 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 excluding FIRST NIGHT of the season.

 

Dallas Opera Looking for a Few Good (Extra) Men

by Suzanne Calvin

This may be your chance to shine in a non-singing part on The Dallas Opera stage!  Details to follow.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Wednesday, February 8, 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 AUDITION!

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SUPERNUMERARIES (NON-SINGING EXTRAS)

MEN NEEDED FOR

MADAME
BUTTERFLY

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AUDITION: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2017
6:00-9:00 p.m.

 Karayanis Rehearsal Production Center

4301 S. Fitzhugh, Dallas, 75210

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Respond by February 14 by emailing supers@dallasopera.org

 

DALLAS, February 8, 2017 – The Dallas Opera is seeking men to perform in one of the most popular operas of all time, Giacomo Puccini’s MADAME BUTTERFLY. The production opens on Friday, March 10, 2017 for six performances in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, ending on March 26, 2017. Supernumeraries (opera’s fancy term for “extras”) must be able to participate in all six, as well as a modified rehearsal schedule. No singing is required and a small stipend will be provided.

 

Four to six men of any ethnic background are needed to fill the following roles:

  • Acolytes
  • Servants

Those wishing to participate must first email supers@dallasopera.org for more information by February 14, 2017.  The audition will take place on Thursday, February 16, 2017 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at The Dallas Opera Karayanis Rehearsal Production Center located adjacent to Fair Park at 4301 S. Fitzhugh, Dallas, TX  75210 (follow signs for Gate 12, parking lot entrance off Gaisford St.).

            Join The Dallas Opera for an incredible theatrical experience!

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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

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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

 

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. Full Subscriptions (five opera productions) begin at $95; Flex Subscriptions (three-performances of your choice) begin at $75.  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 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 excluding FIRST NIGHT of the season.

 

MADAME BUTTERFLY By Giacomo Puccini

March 10, 12(m), 15, 18, 24, & 26(m), 2017

The must see, heart-wrenching Italian opera!

Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa & Luigi Illica

Time: 1904

Place: Nagasaki, Japan

Conductor: Donato Renzetti

Stage Director: John Copley

Set and Costume Designer: Michael Yeargan

Lighting Designer: Duane Schuler

Wig & Make-up Designer: Stephanie Williams

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Starring: Hui He* (Cio-Cio-San), Gianluca Terranova* (B.F. Pinkerton), Manuela Custer (Suzuki), Lucas Meachem* (Sharpless), David Cangelosi (Goro), Reginald Smith, Jr.* (The Bonze), Will Hughes (Prince Yamadori), Mark McCrory (Imperial Commissioner), Samuel P.J. Lopez (Registrar), Angela Turner Wilson (Kate Pinkerton), Sorrow (TBD)

A classic, period production (new to Dallas) from the San Francisco Opera!

 

THE TURN OF THE SCREW By Benjamin Britten

March 17, 19(m), 22, 25, 2017

A dark and gripping tale!

Libretto by Myfanwy Piper

Time: 1950s

Place: Bly, an English country house

Conductor: Nicole Paiement

Original Production: Jonathan Kent

Stage Director: Francesca Gilpin*

Set and Costume Designer: Paul Brown

Original Lighting Designer: Mark Henderson

Lighting Design Recreated By: David Manion

Wig and Make-up Designer: Stephanie Williams

Starring: William Burden (Prologue/Peter Quint), Emma Bell* (Governess), Oliver Nathanielsz* (Miles), Ashley Emerson* (Flora), Dolora Zajick* (Mrs. Grose), Alexandra LoBianco* (Miss Jessel)

An acclaimed production from Glyndebourne!

 

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!

 

 

* 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 Guild Vocal Competition Semi-Finalists Announced

by Suzanne Calvin

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

The Dallas Opera and The Dallas Opera Guild
Are Proud to Jointly Announce the Outstanding

Semi-Finalists of the 29th Annual
“Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition”
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Admission $5! Lexus Red Parking $5!
Audience Members Vote on “People’s Choice”
Visit www.dallasopera.org/vocal
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Finals: Sunday, April 30, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
The Centerpiece of TDO’s Annual
Springs Gala: An Evening of Rising Stars
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

DALLAS, FEBRUARY 7, 2017 –Twenty of the finest young opera singers in the United States will be competing in the 29th Annual Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition presented, jointly, by The Dallas Opera and The Dallas Opera Guild.
These talented artists will compete onstage in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas on April 29 & 30, 2017. At stake are thousands of dollars in cash awards and coveted honors including the “People’s Choice Award” selected during the Finals Round by audience ballot. The competition will serve as the centerpiece of The Dallas Opera’s glamorous Springs Gala, an annual fundraising celebration of opera’s fast-rising stars.
Patrons have the option of attending
• The free Semi-Finals Round on April 29th
• The complete Springs Gala evening on April 30th
• The Finals Round and Awards Ceremony only on April 30th
• Or, the Finals Round, Awards Ceremony and the post-performance party!

Tickets range from absolutely free (for the April 29th Semi-Finals) to $5 for the Finals Round and Awards Ceremony (available online at dallasopera.org/vocal).
A $750 “host ticket” will cover the entire gala evening, including a seated, gourmet, pre-competition dinner at 5:30 p.m., early seating for the vocal competition Finals Round at 7:30 p.m., and an invitation to the festive post-competition celebration at the Winspear Opera House.
For more information about the 2017 Springs Gala, visit dallasopera.org/gala or contact Special Events Manager Tracy Mott at tracy.mott@dallasopera.org.

With a renewed focus on encouraging the next generation of opera artists and audiences, proceeds from this stellar evening will go to support the multifaceted education programs of The Dallas Opera.
Two great Dallas Opera traditions create one truly remarkable evening of music, competition and celebration! It is certain to be an affair—and a weekend—you won’t want to miss!

Commented Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny: “The Guild Competition took a bold step forward in recent years and the results have been electrifying! Emmanuel Villaume and The Dallas Opera Orchestra have brought a significant level of excitement to these performances and clearly inspired last year’s finalists to rise to the occasion.
“However, each competition brings an entirely new set of challenges and gives us additional opportunities to build upon our previous success.
“Working closely with Dr. Brian Zeger, our esteemed adjudicators, and the Guild itself, we continually seek new ways to attract the very finest young singers of this generation. Their presence on the Winspear stage also promises to make our second annual Springs Gala: An Evening of Rising Stars, one of the most sought-after tickets in town.
“I am also extremely pleased that, with the energetic leadership of Brian Zeger,” Cerny adds, “we have been able to assemble such a distinguished panel of industry leaders and decision makers to judge this stellar event, making it a unique showcase for artists ready to take their careers to a higher level.”

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This year, the twenty semi-finalists were selected from a group of 364 applicants from 35 states—and one competitor currently residing in Germany (residents of the U.S. territories are eligible to apply for the prestigious competition, as well) by a panel of preliminary judges that included American pianist and educator Dr. Brian Zeger of the Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts at The Juilliard School, and David Lomeli, Casting and Hart Institute for Women Conductors Manager.
The quest for these gifted young singers will begin with the Semi-Finals Round of the Vocal Competition at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 29, 2017.
Six finalists will be selected to return the following evening, Sunday, April 30th at 7:30 p.m., to perform with The Dallas Opera Orchestra, conducted by internationally acclaimed Mrs. Eugene McDermott Music Director Emmanuel Villaume.

“I am very proud to collaborate with our Guild on the expanded national competition,” adds Keith Cerny, the Kern Wildenthal General Director and CEO. “This is an outstanding opportunity for the entire community to experience opera’s ‘next wave’ and to show their enthusiasm and support for the hopes and dreams of these deserving young artists.”

THE 2017 SEMI-FINALISTS
FOR THE DALLAS OPERA GUILD VOCAL COMPETITION

• Jared Bybee, baritone, age 30, Resident Artist at Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia
• Helena Brown, soprano, age 28, Resident Artist at Glimmerglass Festival
• Raehann Bryce-Davis, mezzo-soprano, age 30, Merola Opera Program Graduate
• Jacquelyn Stucker, soprano, age 27, Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program Graduate
• Mane Galoyan, soprano, age 23, Currently at Houston Grand Opera Studio
• Leah Hawkins, soprano, age 26, Resident Artist at the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program at Washington National Opera
• Takaoki Onishi, baritone, age 29, Member of the Ryan Center at Lyric Opera Chicago
• Theo Hoffman, baritone, age 23, Member of Domingo Colburn Stein Young Artists Los Angeles Opera
• Alasdair Kent, tenor, age 29, Resident Artist at Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia
• Alexandra Loutsion, soprano, age 33, Pittsburgh Opera Studio Graduate
• Alyssa Martin, mezzo-soprano, age 27, Member of the Arizona Opera Studio
• Meredith Mecum, soprano, age 31, Merola Opera Program Graduate
• Miles Mykkanen, tenor, age 25, Artist Diploma in Opera Studies at the Juilliard School of Music
• Daniel Noyola, bass-baritone, age 24, Resident Artist at Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia
• Mario Rojas, tenor, age 23, Member of the Ryan Center at Lyric Opera Chicago
• Brent Turner, tenor, age 33, 2016 McCammon Competition Winner
• Laura Wilde, soprano, age 30, Member of the Ryan Center at Lyric Opera Chicago
• Kihun Yoon, baritone, age 35, Member of Domingo Colburn Stein Young Artists Los Angeles Opera
• Samantha Hankey, mezzo-soprano, age 24, Artist Diploma in Opera Studies at the Juilliard School of Music
• Xiaomeng Zhang, baritone, age 23, Masters in Music at Manhattan School of Music Graduate

Competitors in the 2016 Competition took home prize monies totaling $18,500. Although this competition has as its primary focus artists in the 18 to 34 age range, singers of any age were eligible to apply and considered on a case-by-case basis.
The Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition originally focused on young artists with Texas roots or Lone Star academic connections, and its many distinguished alumni include luminaries from throughout the opera world: Latonia Moore, Clifton Forbis, Marjorie Owens, Weston Hurt, Steven LaBrie, Amanda Woodbury, Jesus Garcia, J’nai Bridges, Anthony Clark Evans, and most recently, Kang Wang and Virginie Verrez.
As the competition sought to gain even greater prominence and significance, The Dallas Opera and The Dallas Opera Guild made significant changes in 2015, prompting Dallas Morning News Classical Music Critic Scott Cantrell to write that the competition had “considerably upped its ante.” The evolution didn’t stop there:

• In order to attract the most talented applicant pool with the greatest potential, the eligibility criteria for applicants changed. Today, it is open to residents of all 50 states and U.S. Territories, including international students attending American colleges, universities, and music conservatories. Also eligible are active members of any young artist program associated with an American opera company.

• The Finals Round, taking place on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 7:30 pm in the Winspear Opera House as part of The Dallas Opera’s annual Springs Gala, will be accompanied by The Dallas Opera Orchestra, conducted by TDO’s internationally acclaimed Music Director, Emmanuel Villaume. Up to six finalists will participate, singing two arias each.

The impact of these changes was immediately perceived. Senior Classical Music Critic Gregory Sullivan Isaacs of theaterjones.com wrote: “The results surely exceeded expectations for this newly re-envisioned competition…It won’t take long to situate itself at the top of such events and become an important gold star on any young artist’s résumé.”
Dallas Opera Guild Co-President Jana Irwin explained that “The Dallas Opera Guild views this annual competition as the capstone of our philanthropic and supportive endeavors. The need to support the future of opera is so profound, particularly as it relates to young and somewhat unknown singers. As singers are selected, their professional stature automatically increases due to press and media exposure. However, the competition itself provides additional benefits for these singers, as well as the local opera community. It is truly a win-win situation for all concerned.”
Dallas Opera Guild 2017 Vocal Competition Chairs Bob and Patsy Brooks write: “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.”

Lexus Red Parking is available for just $5 at both the Semi-Finals Round, from 11:00 AM until 4:30 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.

The list of judges for the 2017 Vocal Competition reads like an opera management “Who’s Who”:

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

Pal 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

However, the judging isn’t left entirely to the professionals; “amateur” music lovers will have the opportunity to express their views, too. Audience participation is part of the fun at each year’s Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition. For the eighteenth consecutive year, attendees will be given the chance to vote on their personal favorites to receive the “People’s Choice Award.”
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Honoring Dr. Susan Fleming
This year’s vocal competition honors former Dallas Opera Guild President and current Board Member, Dr. Susan Fleming, renowned for her philanthropy and leadership as well as her continuing work with children with communication disorders.
As a bachelor’s and master’s student in speech pathology and audiology at SMU, she thrived in the classroom. Her career path included working at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, directing the preschool at the Greenhill School and maintaining her own private practice. Over the years, Dr. Fleming honed her skills by providing evaluations of children, designing curriculum and working in admissions.
She joined the Shelton Evaluation Center (a division of the Shelton School) in 1993; serving as director until 2009 when she became director emeritus of the center.
Dr. Fleming dedicates her time away from work to numerous professional and volunteer organizations. She is co-chair of the Dream Team of the Rotary Club of Dallas, a program that provides mentors, encouragement and scholarships to local high school students who might otherwise be unable to attend college. Dr. Fleming recently became a court-appointed special advocate (CASA) in Dallas, appointed by judges to work for a year with specific children removed from their home environments by CPS. This UT Dallas Distinguished Alumni Award winner has held numerous positions with the Dallas Opera Guild Board.
“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.”
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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

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. Full Subscriptions (five opera productions) begin at $95; Flex Subscriptions (three-performances of your choice) begin at $75. 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 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 excluding FIRST NIGHT of the season.

MADAME BUTTERFLY by Giacomo Puccini
March 10, 12(m), 15, 18, 24, & 26(m), 2017
The must see, heart-wrenching Italian opera!
Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa & Luigi Illica
Time: 1904
Place: Nagasaki, Japan
Conductor: Donato Renzetti
Stage Director: John Copley
Set Designer: Michael Yeargan
Costume Designer: Anita Yavich
Lighting Designer: Duane Schuler
Wig & Make-up Designer: Stephanie Williams
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Hui He* (Cio-Cio-San), Gianluca Terranova* (B.F. Pinkerton), Manuela Custer (Suzuki), Lucas Meachem* (Sharpless), David Cangelosi (Goro), Reginald Smith, Jr.* (The Bonze), Will Hughes (Prince Yamadori), Mark McCrory (Imperial Commissioner), Samuel P.J. Lopez (Registrar), Angela Turner Wilson (Kate Pinkerton), Sorrow (TBD)
A classic, period production (new to Dallas) from the San Francisco Opera!

THE TURN OF THE SCREW by Benjamin Britten
March 17, 19(m), 22 & 25, 2017
A dark and gripping tale!
Libretto by Myfanwy Piper
Time: 1950s
Place: Bly, an English country house
Conductor: Nicole Paiement
Original Production: Jonathan Kent
Stage Director: Francesca Gilpin*
Set Designer: Paul Brown
Costume Designer: Paul Brown
Original Lighting Designer: Mark Henderson
Lighting Design Recreated by: David Manion
Wig and Make-up Designer: Stephanie Williams
Starring: William Burden (Prologue/Peter Quint), Emma Bell* (Governess), Oliver Nathanielsz* (Miles), Ashley Emerson* (Flora), Dolora Zajick* (Mrs. Grose), Alexandra LoBianco* (Miss Jessel)
An acclaimed production from Glyndebourne!

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!

* 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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Mezzos and Margaritas: A Q&A with Sarah Mesko

by Matt Becher

 

 

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This February’s Music and Masterpieces event features mezzo-soprano Sarah Mesko in recital at the Dallas Museum of Art in conjunction with their Shaken, Stirred, Styled: The Art of the Cocktail exhibition. Sarah touches down in Dallas following a role debut as Carmen at Washington National Opera in the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist performance and her work with the Metropolitan Opera’s Rising Stars concert tour across the U.S. We caught up with Sarah in anticipation of the recital on February 11th to talk about great opera and great cocktails:

Welcome back to Dallas! How has life been for you since the Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition in 2015?

It is so great to be back in Dallas!  Life has truly been fantastic.  After the Vocal Competition in 2015, I made my Glimmerglass Opera debut in Vivaldi’s Cato in Utica, my role debut as Carmen with Washington National Opera, and my Metropolitan Opera debut as the Second Lady in The Magic Flute!

What other projects do you have on the horizon for 2017?

I have a lot of great projects coming up in 2017.  In March I’ll be giving a duo recital with Paul Appleby at the Morgan Library, sponsored by the George London Foundation.  Then I get to join the Mercury Orchestra in Houston for a Mozart Requiem before heading off to Oregon in July to sing Dejanira in Handel’s Hercules at the Oregon Bach Festival.  Then it’s back to the Met this fall!

Is there a favorite role—whether it be beloved or particularly challenging—in your upcoming engagements?

I’m particularly looking forward to my recital with Paul this March in New York.  I really love giving recitals; it’s about the most personal thing I do, artistically.  It’s the way I can connect most directly with an audience, by choosing a program according to their space, their city, or the season we find ourselves in.  I’m excited that Paul and I will be creating a shared vision that will last one afternoon, and then it will be gone.  That is the ecstasy of live music!

This Music and Masterpieces event features a selection of songs with a “libations” theme followed by the opportunity to enjoy the Dallas Museum of Art’s exhibit Shaken, Stirred, Styled: The Art of the Cocktail. Can you talk about how the songs connect with the cocktail theme?

When I saw this exhibit on the DMA’s website, I immediately thought of the old standard “You go to my head,” which has been a favorite of mine since high school.  From there, I started thinking of songs and arias that have to do with love and drinking, and Strauss’s “Heimliche Aufforderung” came to mind – the “secret invitation” being the lifting of a glass a wine.  And the rest followed!

Do you feel a strong connection to one role in particular featured in the selection lineup?

I feel particularly strong about my set featuring the night sky.  For me, love’s intoxication began when I was a young teenager looking up at the moon and stars, walking barefoot down the street at night in my neighborhood, completely in awe of the universe.  That sense of awe was reawakened when I first heard Samuel Barber’s “Sure on this shining night” my freshman year in college.  To me it is still the epitome of what an art song should be – so beautiful that it made me “weep with wonder” – and this will be the first time I’ve ever had the opportunity to sing it in public, after holding it close all these years.

Finally, the most important cocktail-related question of all: which cocktail is your favorite?

I love margaritas!  I came home from Guadalajara this summer having had the best margaritas of my life, so I went out and bought a cocktail shaker (that’s right, I didn’t have one!) so I could make my own.  I love the fancy margaritas in restaurants, but when I’m at home, I make a simple 3-2-1: three parts reposado tequila, two parts Grand Marnier, 1 part lime juice.  To be enjoyed slowly, if you want to wake up the next morning!

Doors open for Music and Masterpieces at the Dallas Museum of Art at 1:30 pm on February 11th. The event is FREE with RSVP; seating is general admission. Go to http://dallasopera.org/events/ to learn more and RSVP today. We’ll see you there! 

Hart Institute Featured on PBS NewsHour Tonight

by Suzanne Calvin

Check It Out!

THE DALLAS OPERA’S
LINDA AND MITCH HART INSTITUTE FOR WOMEN CONDUCTORS WILL BE FEATURED TONIGHT ON PBS NewsHour

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6:00 to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 31, 2017
On Your Local PBS Station (times may vary)
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/tv-schedule/
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Distinguished Faculty included Marin Alsop, Nicole Paiement, Carlo Montanaro, Alice Farnham and Alec Treuhaft
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Initial Support for the Hart Institute 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, Martha and Max Wells, Jenifer and Peter Flynn, Cindy Feld, and the TACA Bowden & Embrey Family Foundations Artist Residency Fund

DALLAS, JANUARY 31, 2017 –The Dallas Opera is pleased to announce that—barring urgent, late-breaking news, PBS NewsHour will present a news story tonight (6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on the North Texas PBS affiliate, KERA-TV) focused on the recent Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors at The Dallas Opera.
The behind-the-scenes segment was recorded in Dallas during the 2016 Hart Institute which ran from late November through mid-December and attracted 156 applicants from 34 countries. Six were selected to participate in the elite program for women conductors on the cusp of major careers in opera. An additional four American observers also took part.
The story, produced by PBS NewsHour Chief Arts and Culture Correspondent Jeffrey Brown and Deputy Senior Producer/Art and Culture Producer Anne Azzi Davenport, allows viewers to step into the world of rarely-seen conducting masterclasses, industry seminars, orchestra rehearsals, and specialized career guidance. However, the story also examines the life and work of several women participants through exclusive interviews, personal photographs, and adrenaline-pumping public performances. Here’s an advance look from PBS:
https://www.facebook.com/newshour/videos/10155038978803675/

Faculty for the most recent Hart Institute included 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 own Martha R. and Preston A. Peak Principal Guest Conductor Nicole Paiement, as well as Carlo Montanaro, a renowned Italian conductor; distinguished British conductor and educator Alice Farnham and the former chorus master of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Renato Balsadonna.
The institute also addressed career advancement challenges and opportunities for women conductors in sessions with experienced professionals like Alec C. Treuhaft, former senior vice-president of IMG Artists; Zizi Mueller, former president of Boosey & Hawkes; Carol Lazier, president, San Diego Opera; Marc A. Scorca, president and CEO of OPERA America; and a senior client partner and co-managing director of Korn Ferry’s Global Education Practice, Paul Hsun-Ling Chou. The Texas opera company also hosted intensive one-on-ones and networking opportunities for the Institute participants; and offered the six fellows the chance to conduct The Dallas Opera Orchestra in two public concerts.
The Dallas Opera will begin accepting applications for the 2017 Hart Institute on February 27, 2017. For more information, visit dallasopera.org.
PBS NewsHour airs on 356 affiliate stations across the U.S. and can be viewed online at http://www.pbs.org/newshour/ as well. The award-winning program is one of the most-watched, and most-respected daily news programs on American television today.

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
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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

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. Full Subscriptions (five opera productions) begin at $95; Flex Subscriptions (three-performances of your choice) begin at $75. 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 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 excluding FIRST NIGHT of the season.

MADAME BUTTERFLY by Giacomo Puccini
March 10, 12(m), 15, 18, 24, & 26(m), 2017
The must see, heart-wrenching Italian opera!
Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa & Luigi Illica
Time: 1904
Place: Nagasaki, Japan
Conductor: Donato Renzetti
Stage Director: John Copley
Set Designer: Michael Yeargan
Costume Designer: Anita Yavich
Lighting Designer: Duane Schuler
Wig & Make-up Designer: Stephanie Williams
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Hui He* (Cio-Cio-San), Gianluca Terranova* (B.F. Pinkerton), Manuela Custer (Suzuki), Lucas Meachem* (Sharpless), David Cangelosi (Goro), Reginald Smith, Jr.* (The Bonze), Will Hughes (Prince Yamadori), Mark McCrory (Imperial Commissioner), Samuel P.J. Lopez (Registrar), Angela Turner Wilson (Kate Pinkerton), Sorrow (TBD)
A classic, period production (new to Dallas) from the San Francisco Opera!

THE TURN OF THE SCREW by Benjamin Britten
March 17, 19(m), 22 & 25, 2017
A dark and gripping tale!
Libretto by Myfanwy Piper
Time: 1950s
Place: Bly, an English country house
Conductor: Nicole Paiement
Original Production: Jonathan Kent
Stage Director: Francesca Gilpin*
Set Designer: Paul Brown
Costume Designer: Paul Brown
Original Lighting Designer: Mark Henderson
Lighting Design Recreated by: David Manion
Wig and Make-up Designer: Stephanie Williams
Starring: William Burden (Prologue/Peter Quint), Emma Bell* (Governess), Oliver Nathanielsz* (Miles), Ashley Emerson* (Flora), Dolora Zajick* (Mrs. Grose), Alexandra LoBianco* (Miss Jessel)
An acclaimed production from Glyndebourne!

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!

* 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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2017-2018 Season Announcement at NorthPark Center

by Suzanne Calvin

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Photo by Maxine Helfman 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014                            or Celeste Hart 214.443.1071

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

 

 

THE DALLAS OPERA PROUDLY PRESENTS ITS

61st INTERNATIONAL SEASON

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FIVE AMAZING PRODUCTIONS

INCLUDING THE U.S. PREMIERE OF

 MICHEL VAN DER AA’S SUNKEN GARDEN

AND A DELIGHTFUL KORNGOLD RARITY:

THE RING OF POLYKRATES

 

2017-2018 Features Three Dazzling 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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SEASON SPONSOR

The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family

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Linda and Mitch Hart Season Opening Night Performance:

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2017 AT 8:00 PM

The Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House

At the AT&T Performing Arts Center, Dallas TX

 

 

            DALLAS, JANUARY 26, 2017 –The Dallas Opera is proud to announce its ambitious 2017-2018 Season, “Motives Unmasked!” consisting of five entertaining and varied mainstage productions, including a dazzling U.S. premiere and a new Dallas Opera production of a very early opera by Viennese wunderkind Erich Wolfgang Korngold.

            The 61st Season of The Dallas Opera mixes classics with the cutting edge in both unfamiliar and favorite productions.

Considered by many to be the ultimate art form, each opera will feature the powerful singing and acting of acclaimed international artists; outstanding conductors, directors and designers; The Dallas Opera Orchestra and The Dallas Opera Chorus; superb sets and costumes; imaginative technological enhancements and more.

            In an effort to present each work in its truest form as written by the composer and librettist, The Dallas Opera will continue to produce each opera in its original language with English 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

 

LA TRAVIATA

By Giuseppe Verdi

October 27, 29(m) and November 1, 4, 10 and 12(m), 2017

 

VIOLIN CONCERTO IN D MAJOR, OP. 35

THE RING OF POLYKRATES

By Erich Wolfgang Korngold

February 9, 11(m), 14 and 17, 2018

 

SUNKEN GARDEN

By Michel van der Aa

March 9, 11(m), 14 and 17, 2018

 

DON GIOVANNI

By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

April 13, 15(m), 18, 21, 27 and 29(m), 2018

 

We have enlisted the talents of some of the finest composers, singers, conductors, directors and designers to create visually arresting, intellectually and emotionally satisfying performances filled with a wide range of extraordinary music and drama,” explains Keith Cerny, the Kern Wildenthal General Director and CEO of The Dallas Opera.

“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.”     

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         Subscription prices for the 2017-2018 Season start at $95 for all five mainstage opera productions and go on sale April 3, 2017. 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. Single Tickets, starting at the low price of $19, go on sale to the public in July.   For more information, please contact the friendly staff in The Dallas Opera Ticket Services Office at 214-443-1000 or visit us online at www.dallasopera.org.

Notable company debuts in the 2017-2018 Season will include:

  • Russian mezzo-soprano Olga Borodina as Dalila (Samson & Dalila)
  • German director Bruno Berger-Gorski (Samson & Dalila)
  • American baritone Michael Chioldi as Abimélech in Samson & Dalila
  • Italian director Stefania Panighini (La traviata)
  • American tenor Zach Borichevsky as Alfredo in La traviata
  • American mezzo-soprano Abigail Levis as Flora Bervoix in Traviata
  • Italian conductor Carlo Montanaro (La traviata)
  • American tenor Brenton Ryan as Gastone in La traviata
  • American baritone Daniel Armstrong as the Marchese D’Obigny (La traviata)
  • French violinist Augustin Dumay (Korngold’s Violin Concerto in D major)
  • American tenor Paul Groves as Wilhelm Arndt in The Ring of Polykrates
  • American soprano Laura Wilde as Laura in The Ring of Polykrates
  • American soprano Susannah Biller as Lieschen in The Ring of Polykrates
  • American bass-baritone Craig Colclough as Peter Vogel in Polykrates
  • Dutch composer/director Michel van der Aa (Sunken Garden)
  • British baritone Roderick Williams as Toby Kramer in Sunken Garden
  • English soprano Katherine Manley as Zenna Briggs in Sunken Garden
  • Swedish soprano Miah Persson as Iris Marinus in Sunken Garden
  • American director Robert Falls (Don Giovanni)
  • American bass-baritone Kyle Ketelsen as Leporello in Don Giovanni

 

Designer debuts next season will include:

  • Peter Dean Beck and Carrie Robins (Samson & Dalila)
  • Donald Eastman (The Ring of Polykrates)
  • Theun Mosk and Astrid Schulz (Sunken Garden)
  • Walt Spangler and Ana Kuzmanic (Don Giovanni).

 

Returning international artists in the 2017-2018 Season will include:

  • French conductor and Dallas Opera Music Director Emmanuel Villaume leading performances of Samson & Dalila; Korngold’s Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35 and The Ring of Polykrates; and Don Giovanni
  • French conductor and Dallas Opera Principal Guest Conductor Nicole Paiement conducting the U.S. premiere of Michel van der Aa’s Sunken Garden
  • Dallas Opera Chorus Master Alexander Rom (Samson, Traviata, Giovanni)
  • American tenor Clifton Forbis as Samson in Samson & Dalila
  • American baritone Richard Paul Fink as the High Priest of Dagon (Samson)
  • American bass-baritone Ryan Kuster as Old Hebrew (Samson & Dalila)
  • American soprano Georgia Jarman as Violetta in La traviata
  • Belarus baritone Vladislav Sulimsky as Germont in La traviata
  • American bass-baritone Dale Travis as Baron Douphol in La traviata
  • British designer Desmond Heeley (La traviata)
  • American director Peter Kazaras (The Ring of Polykrates)
  • Costume designer Tommy Bourgeois and lighting designer Krista Billings for The Ring of Polykrates
  • Polish baritone Mariusz Kwiecie? as Don Giovanni
  • American soprano Laura Claycomb as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni
  • American tenor David Portillo as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni
  • American soprano Ellie Dehn as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni
  • French mezzo-soprano Virginie Verrez as Zerlina in Don Giovanni
  • American baritone Craig Verm as Masetto in Don Giovanni
  • American bass Morris Robinson as The Commendatore in Giovanni
  • Lighting designer Duane Schuler (Don Giovanni)

“Great opera will always speak to us,” explains General Director and CEO Keith Cerny, “because it illuminates aspects of our nature and helps us define the times in which we live. 

“It is my aim to give Dallas Opera audiences the opportunity to better understand their world through the powerful mediums of music and drama.  I sincerely believe that the 61st International Season, filled with remarkable storytelling and unforgettable performances, will make good on that promise.”

 

            The Dallas Opera continues to expand and increase its reputation for producing important, world-class opera and the 2017-2018 season will be no exception.

The company will also present internationally renowned conductors: Emmanuel Villaume, the Mrs. Eugene McDermott Music Director, at the podium for three operas, Nicole Paiement, the Martha R. and Preston A. Peak Principal Guest Conductor, and Italian conductor Carlo Montanaro.

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.  

 

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The Dallas Opera’s 2017-2018 Season, begins with The Linda and Mitch Hart Season Opening Night Performance on Friday, October 20, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. (note the special time). Camille Saint-Saëns’ passionate and romantic SAMSON & DALILA will launch the new season by bringing the house down!

Tenor Clifton Forbis and Russian soprano Olga Borodina—in her eagerly awaited Dallas Opera debut!—portray the doomed twosome, trapped in a love affair of biblical proportions.

Samson is the only hope of his people, the Hebrews, in the oppressive grip of the Philistines.  Enter Dalila, the calculating seductress capable of capturing men’s hearts with ease.  Her temptation of Samson continues until she gets what she wants: the secret of his strength.  Camille Saint-Saëns’ opera builds to the familiar, spectacular climax, taken straight from the Book of Judges.

            Music Director Emmanuel Villaume will conduct the renowned Dallas Opera Orchestra in “one of the brightest jewels of French opera.”  

Recently, Maestro Villaume triumphed in a revival of Jonathan Kent’s production of Tosca at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; prompting Hannah Nepil of The Financial Times to praise Villaume for “teasing out sultry, sumptuous playing from his orchestra.”

            He also earned uniformly outstanding notices for his superb conducting of The Dallas Opera’s 2016 revival of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s Moby-Dick, which prompted Gregory Sullivan Isaacs of Theater Jones to write, “…with Villaume on the podium, Heggie’s score comes across as much more neo-tonal, lush, magnificently constructed and neo-romantic opera than what I perceived in the score back then. Vocal lines soar, giving singers some great bel-canto phrases that are grateful for the voice.”

Dramatic tenor Clifton Forbis has sung some of the most challenging roles in the operatic repertoire.  He has mesmerized Dallas Opera audiences as Siegmund in Die Walküre, as well as a “forceful and manly” Tristan.  Samson is a signature role for Mr. Forbis, who has performed this part at Bilbao, San Francisco Opera and the Met.

He will star opposite the legendary Olga Borodina, the ultimate Dalila, according to London-based critic Rupert Christiansen of The Telegraph.  Adam Wasserman of Opera News observed “…to watch Borodina is to see the masterful emergence of a truly human, fully formed character…buttressed by some of the most luxurious, thrilling vocalism that one can hope to encounter in an opera house.” 

            Other members of this cast include Grammy-winning baritone Richard Paul Fink as the High Priest of Dagon, baritone Michael Chioldi in his TDO debut as Abimélech (the Philistine provincial governor), and bass-baritone Ryan Kuster as the Old Hebrew.

This Pittsburgh Opera production was designed by Peter Dean Beck (sets) and Carrie Robins (costumes) in their company debuts.

The opera will be staged by German director Bruno Berger-Gorski in his house debut. As always, chorus preparation is by Dallas Opera Chorus Master Alexander Rom.

 

            Performances continue on October 22(m), 25, 28 and November 5, 2017 in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House.  Evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m., (except for the opening night performance mentioned above) and the curtain rises on our Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m.  There is no late seating.

SAMSON & DALILA will be performed in its original language, French, with English-language translations projected above the stage at every performance.

            Tickets may be purchased by phone (214.443.1000), online (www.dallasopera.org) or at the door.  Student Rush Tickets are available 90 minutes prior to curtain – a valid student ID is required for each ticket.

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            Back by popular demand, the second production of The Dallas Opera’s 2017-2018 Season is Giuseppe Verdi’s heartbreaking 1853 masterpiece, LA TRAVIATA, opening on Friday, October 27, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. with an extraordinary cast.

            Performed in Italian with English supertitles projected above the stage, the romance continues with additional performances October 29(m), November 1, 4, 10 and 12(m), 2017 with evening performances beginning promptly at 7:30 p.m. and matinees at 2:00 p.m.

            It is a story that has been told for thousands of years in millions of ways, but, in this case, the tale of a woman of questionable virtue sacrificing her own happiness for the man she loves is based on an actual person. The famed “Lady of the Camillias” comes to life on the Winspear stage, under the guidance of two dynamic Italians: conductor Carlo Montanaro and director Stefania Panighini in their company debuts.

            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 the perfect “Pretty Woman” night at the opera as well as a perennial crowd pleaser.

            Soprano Georgia Jarman, who possesses “a show-stealing coloratura with immaculate style” (The New York Times) will sing the lead role of the fatally ill courtesan, Violetta Valery.  Praised by Opera magazine for her “crystalline tone and uncommon attention to expressive detail,” Ms. Jarman made her TDO debut in our steamy Don Giovanni opposite Paolo Szot.

            This time around, she’ll be making sparks with tenor Zach Borichevsky.  F. Paul Driscoll of Opera News wrote that the young American has “the dashing good looks, the soft-eyed charm and the gleaming tenor needed” and he considers the role of Alfredo a personal favorite.

            As Alfredo’s father, Giorgio Germont, The Dallas Opera is bringing back an extraordinary baritone: Vladislav Sulimsky from Belarus, bringing another of what Classical Music Critic Scott Cantrell of The Dallas Morning News describes as “deeply sympathetic” portrayals to the Winspear stage.  His 2015 company debut as the mysterious Ibn-Hakia in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta was a show-stopper, even in the midst of a very strong cast.

            Mezzo-soprano Abigail Levis makes her Dallas Opera debut as Flora Bervoix.  Berkshirefinearts.com applauded her “warm and resonant mezzo voice” but went on to note: “She has the rare interpretive gift of using coloratura to highlight emotional truth rather than to simply show off.”

            Tenor Brenton Ryan, “singing with a fresh, clarion tone and dramatic aplomb” (Corinna de Fonseca-Wollheim, The New York Times) will also be making his TDO debut as Alfredo’s friend, Gastone.  Also featured in the ensemble cast are baritone Dale Travis as Baron Douphol, baritone Daniel Armstrong in his Dallas Opera debut as the Marchese D’Obigny, bass-baritone Ryan Kuster as the sympathetic Doctor Grenvil, and soprano Rachel Sterrenberg in her company debut as Violetta’s maid, Annina.

            The chorus is a strong presence in this opera and will be prepared by Dallas Opera Chorus Master Alexander Rom.

            The complete season schedule, artist and production team bios, synopses and more can be found online, anytime, at www.dallasopera.org.

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            The third production of The Dallas Opera’s 61st Season is a unique pairing of two works by one of the great proponents of the early twentieth century “Viennese sound,” composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold.  The Dallas Opera is proud to present Korngold’s Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35 (1945) and The Ring of Polykrates (1916) opening Friday, February 9, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. in the Winspear Opera House.

            Revered French violinist Augustin Dumay (with more than 40 recordings in his discography) will be the featured soloist with The Dallas Opera Orchestra. Dumay is considered “an absolute master of using changes in tone color as an expressive device” (Fanfare) and many of his recordings are considered the “gold standard” in their repertoire.  Heather Kurzbauer of The Strad put it simply: “This is the stuff that dreams are made of.”  As for his live concert hall performances, Geoffrey Norris of The Daily Telegraph writes: “Mr. Dumay is a violinist of remarkable individuality…excitingly musical, stimulatingly original, a marvelously fresh but idiomatic interpretation with a strength of personality that made it so powerfully communicative and memorable.”

            Critically acclaimed Dallas Opera Music Director Emmanuel Villaume will conduct.

The concerto will be paired with Korngold’s very first opera, The Ring of Polykrates, a one-act domestic comedy composed in 1913 when he was just sixteen years old.  The work premiered in 1916 on a double bill in Munich.

The plot revolves around a musician, Wilhelm Arndt, whose career is on an upswing, along with his finances.  His happiness, he tells his wife, Laura, would be complete if only he could see his long-lost friend Peter Vogel again.  But you’re aware of the old saying, right? “Be careful what you wish for!” 

Conducted by esteemed Music Director Emmanuel Villaume, directed by Peter Kazaras, and starring tenor Paul Groves, soprano Laura Wilde and bass-baritone Craig Colclough in their TDO debuts.  This really is a once-in-a-lifetime musical event!

            Scenic Designer Donald Eastman will make his TDO debut.  This new Dallas Opera production will also feature period costumes by Tommy Bourgeois and lighting by Krista Billings.

            Performed in German with English translations projected above the stage, the Korngold program will have three additional performances on February 11(m), 14 (a romantic Valentine’s Day evening) and February 17, 2018.

Tickets are likely to go quickly; renew your Dallas Opera subscription today!

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            The fourth production of The Dallas Opera’s 61st Season is SUNKEN GARDEN by Michel van der Aa with libretto by British novelist David Mitchell. This production opens on Friday, March 9, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. in the Winspear Opera House.

            The U.S. premiere of this groundbreaking opera will be directed by the composer himself–-in both 2-D and 3-D.  SUNKEN GARDEN will be performed in English with English supertitles projected above the stage.

Michel van der Aa’s critically acclaimed contemporary operatic masterpiece, SUNKEN GARDEN, has been applauded by both critics and audiences as “a fantastical tale to set the ears and eyes popping” (New York Times headline).

The work, described by its creator as an “occult mystery film opera,” fuses film and live performance (including 3-D and other visual effects) to deliver what Steve Smith of The New York Times called “a bold, rewarding venture” during its 2013 English National Opera world premiere at the Barbican.  The production coming to Dallas was reworked for a successful 2015 relaunch of the production at Opéra de Lyon.

A film maker’s obsession with the disappearance of a young girl leads to the discovery of a walled garden, which is the barrier between life and death.  Does this place actually exist or is it just a stunning journey of the imagination?  Either way, it immerses audiences into a world of crime and mystery to create a one-of-a-kind production unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before.

SUNKEN GARDEN was originally a co-production of ENO, Toronto’s Luminato Festival, Opéra de Lyon, the Holland Festival and London’s Barbican Centre.  This opera also marked the first collaboration between the Dutch composer and British novelist David Mitchell (Cloud Atlas).

Heidi Waleson, reviewing for The Wall Street Journal described the experience: “The inventive and haunting music is acoustic and electronic, live and prerecorded, classical and pop…Film and music align seamlessly; neither would make sense without the other…When the live singers enter the 3-D garden, the music grows richer and more expansive…The images here are spectacular: the opulent trees and flowers; the quivering holograms of the two captives, Amber and Simon; and the vertical pool through which Zenna enters and departs, which explodes out toward the audience as a shower of droplets or a giant, whirling funnel.

“The fine singers—live and on film—adeptly captured the ferocity and pathos in Sunken Garden.  And the lively actors…were completely believable…technical wizardry enhanced the humanity of the piece rather than overwhelming it,” Ms. Waleson added.

Antony Craig of Gramophone (UK) emphasized that SUNKEN GARDEN is a compelling theatrical work: “This is real drama and it works dramatically. The mystery is as complex as TV film noir. The spoken interviews work as film and the 3D successfully drew me right into the sunken garden. Crucially, Sunken Garden works as opera, with Van der Aa’s fusion of musical styles matching the fusion of mediums.”

And Andrew Clement of The Guardian added, “Van der Aa has directed the show as well as the often sumptuous-looking film sequences. As always he’s done it with immense technical skill, and both his orchestral writing and the electronic soundtrack are strikingly effective.”

 

            SUNKEN GARDEN will star English baritone Roderick Williams as Toby Kramer,

British soprano Katherine Manley as Zenna Briggs, and renowned Swedish soprano Miah Persson as Iris Marinus.  All will be making their Dallas Opera debuts in this production.

            Williams has been praised for “his astonishing ability to perform highly emotional music…from the top of his vocal range (where he was clear as a bell and his diction impeccable) to rich, low notes that stirred the heart.” (Laura Kate Wilson, Bachtrack)

            Set and lighting design for SUNKEN GARDEN is by Theun Mosk with costumes by Astrid Schulz, both in their company debuts.

 

SUNKEN GARDEN will be conducted by the Martha R. and Preston A. Peak Principal Guest Conductor Nicole Paiement, who has developed an international reputation as a conductor of contemporary music and opera.

Wayne Lee Gay of D Magazine’s Front Row wrote of The Dallas Opera’s 2015 world premiere of Everest: “(Paiement) combined old-fashioned precision and discipline with up-to-the-minute insight into the complex modernity of the score.”

 

Three additional performances of Michel van der Aa’s SUNKEN GARDEN will take place on March 11(m), 14, and 17, 2018.  Season subscriptions will go on sale to the public on April 3, 2017.  Current season subscribers may renew at any time by contacting the friendly professionals in The Dallas Opera Ticket Services Office, at 214.443.1000.

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The final production of the 61st International Season is Mozart’s hell-raising operatic masterpiece, the comedy-drama, DON GIOVANNI, based on the exploits of the legendary Don Juan, opening Friday, April 13, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House.

After more than two centuries, the argument rages on as to whether DON GIOVANNI is the greatest of Mozart’s many masterpieces.  Decide for yourself as Dallas Opera Music Director Emmanuel Villaume conducts an all-star cast in this boldly provocative, R-rated production from Lyric Opera of Chicago. 

Polish baritone Mariusz Kwiecie? stars as the insatiable womanizer who became a living legend.  William Burnett of Opera Warhorses writes, “Kwiecien was extraordinary, an utterly charming but lethally sociopathic bad boy…his Giovanni is a masterpiece.”  Added Michael White of The New York Times: “glamorous, handsome of voice and presence, (charismatic) and intelligent besides.  It’s the whole package and explains why he’s in such demand to play the part.” 

Soprano Laura Claycomb (Rigoletto) returns to the Winspear stage as Donna Anna, after captivating North Texas audiences as Gilda several seasons back, prompting Scott Cantrell of The Dallas Morning News to praise her “limpid tone, dazzling technique and eloquence.”

Tenor David Portillo is this production’s steadfast Don Ottavio, soprano Ellie Dehn will sing the bitter and betrayed Donna Elvira, bass Kyle Ketelsen is the irrepressible Leporello, with stars Virginie Verrez as the coquettish Zerlina, baritone Craig Verm (Everest) as her fiancé, Masetto, and bass Morris Robinson (Show Boat) as The Commendatore!

Disguises and deceptions abound in Lorenzo Da Ponte’s scathing and often humorous portrait of this jaded and unrepentant anti-hero, directed by Robert Falls (Artistic Director of the famed Goodman Theater) in his eagerly awaited Dallas Opera debut.

            Critically acclaimed international conductor and TDO Music Director Emmanuel Villaume leads The Dallas Opera Orchestra in Mozart’s action-packed season finale.

            “One of the most satisfying perks of being a music director,” says Maestro Villaume, “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 the performance, you will feel as passionate about these works as we do.”

 

            Scenic Design for DON GIOVANNI is by Walt Spangler, with costumes by Ana Kuzmanic and lighting design by Duane Schuler.

           Performed in Italian with English translations projected above the stage, this acclaimed period production will command centerstage for five additional performances, April 15(m), 18, 21, 27 and 29(m), 2018.  

Don’t delay: mark your calendar, buy your tickets, and then padlock your doors—because there will be no “safe spaces” while Don Giovanni roams the streets of Seville.

 

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            Evening performances during the 2017-2018 Season will begin at 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise stated (including the 8:00 p.m. curtain for the Linda and Mitch Hart Season Opening Night Performance).  All Sunday matinees are slated to begin at 2:00 p.m.

            The “Joy and Ronald Mankoff Pre-Opera Talks,” a free background lecture designed to enhance your enjoyment of the opera being performed, takes place in Nancy B. Hamon Hall located just off the Winspear Opera House lobby, one hour prior to each performance, except for Opening Night of the Season.

            Dallas Opera performs mainstage works in their original languages.  Easy-to-read English translations are projected above the stage during every Dallas Opera performance—even those sung in English—and special headsets are available for the hearing impaired.

            No late seating is permitted at Dallas Opera performances once the house doors are closed.  Latecomers will be seated at the first available opportunity (usually, intermission).

 

            Flex subscriptions for three mainstage performances of your choice begin at $75 for the 2017-2018 Season.  Full Subscriptions begin at $95 for all five productions.  New subscriptions will become available on April 3, 2017.

            Single Tickets for next season will start at $19 and are expected to go on sale next July.  Group rates are available.

            For additional information about the “Motives Unmasked!” Season, call The Dallas Opera Ticket Services Office at 214-443-1000 or visit us online at www.dallasopera.org.

 

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Put aside those computers, tablets, and smart phones—and grab the kiddoes—in order to take advantage of budget-minded, kid-friendly performances offered by The Dallas Opera in the 2017-2018 Season!

In addition to presenting world-class opera, and to providing support for outstanding young artists, established stars, and up-and-coming female conductors; The Dallas Opera is also committed to introducing the joys of opera to as many people as possible, and to provide budget-minded, kid-friendly performances (mostly if not entirely in English) that can be enjoyed by North Texans of every age, educational level and background.

 

The always popular Dallas Opera Family Performance Series is proudly presented by Texas Instruments, and made possible with additional generous support from the Betty and Steve Suellentrop Educational Outreach Fund and Lockheed Martin.

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

            Five dollar single tickets will be available through The Dallas Opera Ticket Services Office at 214.443.1000 or 24/7 at dallasopera.org/family.

2017-2018 FAMILY PERFORMANCE SERIES

 

Presenting Sponsor, Texas Instruments

 

DONIZETTI AND COMPANY

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Sunday, February 18, 2018

 

From sparkling, good-natured comedies to hanky-clutching tragedies, Gaetano Donizetti was one of the great masters of Italian bel canto. This incredibly prolific composer gave us 75 operas, including four that are highlights of the repertoire: Lucia di Lammermoor, The Daughter of the Regiment, The Elixir of Love and Don Pasquale.  Gather up the children (and grand-children) to experience the music of Donizetti, a man who lifted himself out of poverty through hard work, generosity, and extraordinary talent.  Featuring the acclaimed Dallas Opera Orchestra and a charismatic narrator, as well as outstanding young singers.

 

THE THREE LITTLE PIGS

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Saturday, February 3, 2018

 

Based on scenes and music from operas by W.A. Mozart, this production is an operatic version of the beloved children’s fairy tale, with adaptations by John Davies. The story reinforces the virtues of reading as one of the little pigs, Despina, successfully reads up on building a “huff-proof, puff-proof” house at the library.  As constructive as it is instructive!

PÉPITO by Jacques Offenbach

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Saturday, February 10, 2018

 

Vertigo, a jack of all trades (who introduces himself with a parody of Figaro’s entrance in The Barber of Seville) is rebuffed by the beautiful hostess of the local inn, Manuelita. She is waiting patiently for her fiancé Pépito to be released from military service. Miguel, a childhood friend, returns to their native village where he immediately falls for Manuelita’s charms.  He gets Vertigo out of the way, in order to flirt with the girl, yet Miguel’s advances are rejected.  In fact, Miguel is so impressed with Manuelita’s virtue and loyalty that he decides to take the young soldier’s place, so he can come home to marry.  However, a letter from Pépito drops a stunning piece of news on Manuelita and Miguel!  Learn who finally gets the girl in Offenbach’s charming, one-act comedy. 

 

$5 performances in the Winspear Opera House. Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door.  Learn more online at www.dallasopera.org/family.

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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

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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

 

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. Full Subscriptions (five opera productions) begin at $95; Flex Subscriptions (three-performances of your choice) begin at $75.  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 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 excluding FIRST NIGHT of the season.

 

MADAME BUTTERFLY by Giacomo Puccini

March 10, 12(m), 15, 18, 24, & 26(m), 2017

The must see, heart-wrenching Italian opera!

Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa & Luigi Illica

Time: 1904

Place: Nagasaki, Japan

Conductor: Donato Renzetti

Stage Director: John Copley

Set Designer: Michael Yeargan

Costume Designer: Anita Yavich

Lighting Designer: Duane Schuler

Wig & Make-up Designer: Stephanie Williams

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Starring: Hui He* (Cio-Cio-San), Gianluca Terranova* (B.F. Pinkerton), Manuela Custer (Suzuki), Lucas Meachem* (Sharpless), David Cangelosi (Goro), Reginald Smith, Jr.* (The Bonze), Will Hughes (Prince Yamadori), Mark McCrory (Imperial Commissioner), Samuel P.J. Lopez (Registrar), Angela Turner Wilson (Kate Pinkerton), Sorrow (TBD)

A classic, period production (new to Dallas) from the San Francisco Opera!

 

THE TURN OF THE SCREW by Benjamin Britten

March 17, 19(m), 22 & 25, 2017

A dark and gripping tale!

Libretto by Myfanwy Piper

Time: 1950s

Place: Bly, an English country house

Conductor: Nicole Paiement

Original Production: Jonathan Kent

Stage Director: Francesca Gilpin*

Set Designer: Paul Brown

Costume Designer: Paul Brown

Original Lighting Designer: Mark Henderson

Lighting Design Recreated by: David Manion

Wig and Make-up Designer: Stephanie Williams

Starring: William Burden (Prologue/Peter Quint), Emma Bell* (Governess), Oliver Nathanielsz* (Miles), Ashley Emerson* (Flora), Dolora Zajick* (Mrs. Grose), Alexandra LoBianco* (Miss Jessel)

An acclaimed production from Glyndebourne!

 

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!

 

 

* 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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“Madame Butterfly” in HD at The Star in Frisco!

by Suzanne Calvin

 

THE STARS WILL ALIGN IN FRISCO AS
THE DALLAS OPERA PRESENTS
ITS 15TH FREE SIMULCAST
MADAME BUTTERFLY
by GIACOMO PUCCINI

AT THE STAR IN FRISCO
One Cowboys Way, Frisco, TX
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Starring Soprano Hui He and Tenor Gianluca Terranova
Donato Renzetti Conducts
SATURDAY, MARCH 18, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Simulcast Live in High Definition
from The Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House
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With Generous Support from Founding Sponsor
THE DALLAS FOUNDATION
Register for Free Tickets at dallasopera.org/simulcast
or call 214-443-1000

DALLAS, TX. JANUARY 26, 2017 -- North Texas’ newest entertainment district and World Corporate Headquarters of the Dallas Cowboys, The Star in Frisco, is the new location for the next FREE Dallas Opera Simulcast. A critically acclaimed production of MADAME BUTTERFLY will be featured at the exciting new venue on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. The classic Italian opera by Giacomo Puccini will be simulcast live from the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in the Dallas Arts District, and is generously sponsored by The Dallas Foundation.
The program begins at 6:30 p.m. hosted by KLUV Radio’s Jody Dean and The Dallas Opera’s Education Program Senior Manager Kristian Roberts. Activities include Family Fun Zone 4:30-6:30 p.m., contests, behind-the-scenes interviews, and a WB Classics cartoon. The opera performance begins at 7:30 p.m.
With poignant melodies, memorable characters and a heart-wrenching storyline, MADAME BUTTERFLY has captivated audiences and dampened handkerchiefs for more than a hundred years. Loosely based on true events in Nagasaki, Japan, the unforgettable opera tells the tale of a young, naïve Japanese woman, Cio-Cio-San, blinded by her love for a callous American naval officer. MADAME BUTTERFLY, with libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica, is the third production of The Dallas Opera’s 60th Season.
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“The Dallas Foundation has been proud to serve as the Founding Sponsor of The Dallas Opera’s simulcasts at AT&T Stadium since 2012, helping to provide families throughout our community the chance to experience world-class opera in this unique and relaxed setting,” remarked Mary M. Jalonick, President and CEO of The Dallas Foundation. “This year’s simulcast performance of MADAME BUTTERFLY at The Star in Frisco, will offer audiences an opportunity to enjoy one of the most well-known operas in one of our area’s newest event venues.”
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“Bringing the splendor and magic of opera to as broad an audience as possible is one of my primary goals as head of The Dallas Opera. These free public presentations are a great vehicle to introduce newcomers to this incredible art form, as well as other opera patrons who enjoy seeing performances in a relaxed setting. TDO’s simulcasts have reached over 70,000 patrons since the program began in 2010. We are extremely grateful to The Dallas Foundation for its generous and sustained support of these programs,” said Keith Cerny, the Kern Wildenthal General Director and CEO of The Dallas Opera.
“I am also delighted that TDO will present MADAME BUTTERFLY in high definition at The Star in Frisco for our 15th simulcast in the series, and I know that this setting will show Puccini’s classic opera to its best advantage,” he added.

The Star in Frisco, Texas is located at One Cowboys Way, Frisco, TX 75034. Tickets and parking are free. Register online at www.dallasopera.org/simulcast or call 214-443-1000. The public is encouraged to arrive early to secure their spot.
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Lt. B.F. Pinkerton (tenor Gianluca Terranova) rents a wife Cio-Cio-San (soprano Hui He), as well as a house, in a false marriage of convenience. Although he abandons her not long after their wedding, Pinkerton has promised to return. Despite interest from worthy suitors and numerous pleas from her devoted maid Suzuki (mezzo-soprano Manuela Custer) to give up her vigil, the woman nicknamed “Butterfly” remains steadfast (“One Beautiful Day”) during his three-year absence.

This lovely, period production designed by Michael Yeargan (sets and costumes) for San Francisco Opera, will be led by renowned Italian conductor Donato Renzetti and staged by the legendary British director John Copley.
Regarded as one of the most famous new interpreters of the role, Chinese soprano Hui He, makes her Dallas Opera debut as Cio-Cio-San. “The debut of Hui He in the role of Butterfly was sensational: she has convinced not only with her big voice, her wonderful technique and her marvelous timbre, but also she touched with a deep and emotional interpretation. The best Butterfly that you can wish,” (Wiener Zeitung, Austria).
The role of “love ‘em and leave ‘em” Pinkerton will be performed by Italian lyric tenor Gianluca Terranova in his eagerly anticipated company debut. Andrew Alexander of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, recently described the charismatic Italian in another role saying his “youthful, heroic and clear voice perfectly suggests the poetic, dreamy nature of the character…but it can also just as beautifully convey the later anguish and troubled self-awareness that come to the character…”
Internationally acclaimed Italian mezzo-soprano Manuela Custer stars as Suzuki, Butterfly’s confidant and devoted maid. “Vocally, she displayed an impeccable line of singing, with a pleasing and refreshing timbre that contains an ample range of rich colors,” raved Ramon Jacques, Opera Click, of her role as Isabella in our 2009 production of Rossini’s The Italian Girl in Algiers.
American baritone Lucas Meachem stars as Sharpless, the American consul in Nagasaki. “A natural on stage, he…dazzled the audience with the power and beauty of his voice,” (Broadway World).
Winner of multiple international awards, conductor Donato Renzetti has achieved much critical acclaim from around the globe. According to Robert J. Farr of MusicWeb International “The singers do not have to force, particularly when accompanied by a maestro of such experience and sympathy as Donato Renzetti.” George Loomis of The New York Times wrote that the Maestro “conducted a warm, expansive performance,” of a recent production of Tosca (Puccini) for Rome Opera.
MADAME BUTTERFLY is performed in Italian with projected English translations. Additional mainstage performances take place March 10, 12(m), 15, 18, 24 and 26(m), 2017 at the Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora Street, Dallas.

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
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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

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. Full Subscriptions (five opera productions) begin at $95; Flex Subscriptions (three-performances of your choice) begin at $75. 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 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 excluding FIRST NIGHT of the season.

MADAME BUTTERFLY By Giacomo Puccini
March 10, 12(m), 15, 18, 24, & 26(m), 2017
The must see, heart-wrenching Italian opera!
Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa & Luigi Illica
Time: 1904
Place: Nagasaki, Japan
Conductor: Donato Renzetti
Stage Director: John Copley
Set and Costume Designer: Michael Yeargan
Lighting Designer: Duane Schuler
Wig & Make-up Designer: Stephanie Williams
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Hui He* (Cio-Cio-San), Gianluca Terranova* (B.F. Pinkerton), Manuela Custer (Suzuki), Lucas Meachem* (Sharpless), David Cangelosi (Goro), Reginald Smith, Jr.* (The Bonze), Will Hughes (Prince Yamadori), Mark McCrory (Imperial Commissioner), Samuel P.J. Lopez (Registrar), Angela Turner Wilson (Kate Pinkerton), Sorrow (TBD)
A classic, period production (new to Dallas) from the San Francisco Opera!

THE TURN OF THE SCREW By Benjamin Britten
March 17, 19(m), 22, 25, 2017
A dark and gripping tale!
Libretto by Myfanwy Piper
Time: 1950s
Place: Bly, an English country house
Conductor: Nicole Paiement
Original Production: Jonathan Kent
Stage Director: Francesca Gilpin*
Set and Costume Designer: Paul Brown
Original Lighting Designer: Mark Henderson
Lighting Design Recreated By: David Manion
Wig and Make-up Designer: Stephanie Williams
Starring: William Burden (Prologue/Peter Quint), Emma Bell* (Governess), Oliver Nathanielsz* (Miles), Ashley Emerson* (Flora), Dolora Zajick* (Mrs. Grose), Alexandra LoBianco* (Miss Jessel)
An acclaimed production from Glyndebourne!

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: TBD
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!

* 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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Michael Fabiano in Recital, January 22, Dallas City Performance Hall

by Suzanne Calvin

Fabiano Hands

 

 

The Dallas Opera Proudly Presents

ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST EXCITING TENORS

MICHAEL FABIANO

IN AN EXCLUSIVE RECITAL

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 22, 2017, 2:00 P.M.

DALLAS CITY PERFORMANCE HALL

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THE ROBERT E. AND JEAN ANN TITUS

ART SONG RECITAL SERIES

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TICKETS $15 and $25

 

            DALLAS, TX, NOVEMBER 28, 2016 – The Robert E. and Jean Ann Titus Art Song Recital Series will feature the magnetic tenor, Michael Fabiano, in an exclusive recital produced by The Dallas Opera. The performance will take place on Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. in Dallas City Performance Hall (a 749-seat venue located at 2520 Flora Street—across the street from the Winspear Opera House—in the Arts District, Dallas, TX 75201). Additional support for the 2017 recital is provided by Rebecca and Michael Baker. Tickets are now on sale for $15 and $25 and may be purchased at www.dallasopera.org/recital or by contacting the friendly professionals in The Dallas Opera Ticket/Patron Services Office at 214.443.1000.

            “Michael Fabiano is one of the most captivating tenors of our day and we are proud to bring this stellar performer to North Texas,” stated Dallas Opera’s Keith Cerny, the Kern Wildenthal General Director and CEO.

            “The Titus family recognizes the importance of presenting uniquely talented singers to our community to enrich our artistic experiences. We are so grateful for their generous support of these important recitals, which offer an intimate setting to appreciate these tremendous talents. This is the fourth in the series which has included tenor Ian Bostridge in 2014, Matthew Polenzani in 2015, and legendary mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade last January,” Cerny added.

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            Mr. Fabiano is considered one of the greatest tenors in the world today. He recently made his critically-acclaimed debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden where The Sunday Times, U.K. described that he held audiences “spellbound.” He is the first singer ever to be awarded the prestigious Beverly Sills Artist Award and the Richard Tucker Award in the same year, 2014. A member of the Metropolitan Opera Guild Artists’ Council, Mr. Fabiano has graced many of the world’s most important stages and venues, and performed in many of the leading opera houses. He has recorded extensively, despite his demanding stage schedule, and his role debuts are becoming legendary.

            Mr. Fabiano “is increasingly one of the great operatic tenors of our day, diving into both familiar and off-beat repertoire and delivering it with fluency and ringing power. In the absence of an opera house stage, sets or costumes, Fabiano simply conjured up a world of theatrical intensity and let it fly,” according to Joshua Kosman of the San Francisco Chronicle regarding a recent concert.

            “I’ve raved before about Michael Fabiano,” wrote critic Anne Midgette of The Washington Post earlier this month, “but I don’t know that I’ve ever heard him sing with the clarity and power he brought to the role of Jean (John the Baptist) on Sunday, his sound heroic and translucent, with no evident strain, culminating in a show-stopping performance of his aria.”

            The Titus Recital will include works by composers Franz Liszt, Henri Duparc, Giacomo Puccini, and Amy Beach, and is a wonderful opportunity to experience this acclaimed 32-year-old star, up close.

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            Through the generosity of the Titus Family, ticket prices are $15 or $25. Seating is reserved and tickets will be held at Will Call.  $10 Student Tickets are also available with a current Student I.D.  Tickets may be purchased through The Dallas Opera Ticket Services Office (214.443.1000) or online, 24/7, at www.dallasopera.org/recital/.

 

            “We are thrilled with the caliber of artists that the opera has brought to Dallas for this concert series. Michael Fabiano proves to be another outstanding choice and we are eagerly anticipating this upcoming event. The Dallas Opera continues to uphold its commitment to bring the greatest singers of our time to North Texas audiences—we are so excited to be a part of it!” said Dallas Opera Board Member Sarah Titus.


MICHAEL FABIANO:
BIOGRAPHY

Of Michael Fabiano’s debut as Lensky in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin at the Royal Opera House, The Sunday Times in London wrote: “I can’t think of a Lensky at Covent Garden who has held the audience so spellbound in 40 years of Onegin-going… a glorious debut.” In the 2016/17 season, Mr. Fabiano made his debuts with the Royal Danish Opera in the Verdi Requiem, and at Houston Grand Opera in the title role of Gounod’s Faust. Fabiano returned to the San Francisco Symphony for a program of Italian masterworks, and sang the role of Jean in Massenet’s rarely performed Hérodiade with Washington Concert Opera. Mr. Fabiano returns to the Metropolitan Opera for performances as Rodolfo in La bohème and Alfredo in La traviata, will be the guest soloist for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Grand Finals Concert, and perform in the Met’s 50th Anniversary Gala at Lincoln Center. In addition, he sings his first Don José in Carmen at Festival Aix-en-Provence, and will perform a recital tour which will take him to seven cities in North America, including The Dallas Opera.

Last season, he added four new roles to his repertoire: Rodolfo in Luisa Miller, which he performed to open the San Francisco Opera season, Lensky in Eugene Onegin, which marked Mr. Fabiano’s Royal Opera debut, the title role in Don Carlo, at San Francisco Opera, and Jacopo in I due Foscari, in concert performances at the Teatro Real. He starred as Rodolfo in a new production of La bohème at the Opernhaus Zurich and performed the Duke in a new production of Rigoletto at the Opéra National de Paris – Opéra Bastille. Mr. Fabiano was also a guest artist on the Opera Gala at the Festival Napa Valley.

During the 2014/15 season, Mr. Fabiano returned to the San Francisco Opera and the Metropolitan Opera for performances as Rodolfo in La bohème, and debuted at Opera Australia in the title role in a new production of Faust; a role he also sang to great acclaim at the Opéra National de Paris – Opéra Bastille, and the Dutch National Opera. He created a sensation at the Metropolitan Opera when he performed Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, replacing an ailing colleague on seven hours’ notice and opened the Glyndebourne Festival starring in the title role of Donizetti’s rarely-performed Poliuto in the first professionally staged production in the history of the United Kingdom. Mr. Fabiano sang Rodolfo in a special concert performance of La bohème from Maschpark, Hannover, which was televised live throughout Germany over NDR.de, sang at the Richard Tucker Gala at Lincoln Center, and was featured in the Italian-Americans documentary, both of which aired on PBS. Additional performances include the Columbus Day Parade in New York City, and special Christmas Concerts with the Montreal Symphony under the direction of Kent Nagano.

Mr. Fabiano has performed at many of the world’s leading opera houses, a list that includes: the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Teatro Real, Opéra National de Paris, Dutch National Opera, La Scala, Asociacíon Bilbaina de Amigos de la Ópera, Dresden Semperoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin, English National Opera, and the Teatro San Carlo. In addition, he has graced concert stages with some of the world’s most acclaimed orchestras such as the Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, and the Vienna Symphony.

Mr. Fabiano also can be seen and heard on numerous recordings for prestigious labels including the “Prologue” to Shostakovich’s Orango with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the direction of Esa-Pekka Salonen on Deutsche Grammophon. On DVD he performs the title role of Donizetti’s Poliuto and Alfredo in La traviata, both from the Glyndebourne Festival on Opus Arte, Cassio in Otello from the Metropolitan Opera on Decca, and Gennaro in Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia from the San Francisco Opera on EuroArts and Naxos of America.

Mr. Fabiano is the recipient of Australia’s prestigious Helpmann Award in the “Best Male Performance in an Opera” category, for his portrayal of the title role in Gounod’s Faust with Opera Australia.

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

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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

 

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. Full Subscriptions (five opera productions) begin at $95; Flex Subscriptions (three-performances of your choice) begin at $75.  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 FALL SEASON 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 excluding FIRST NIGHT of the season.

 

MADAME BUTTERFLY By Giacomo Puccini

March 10, 12(m), 15, 18, 24, & 26(m), 2017

The must see, heart-wrenching Italian opera!

Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa & Luigi Illica

Time: 1904

Place: Nagasaki, Japan

Conductor: Donato Renzetti

Stage Director: John Copley

Set Designer: Michael Yeargan

Costume Designer: Anita Yavich

Lighting Designer: Duane Schuler

Wig & Make-up Designer: TBD

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Starring: Hui He* (Cio-Cio-San), Gianluca Terranova* (B.F. Pinkerton), Manuela Custer (Suzuki), Lucas Meachem* (Sharpless), David Cangelosi (Goro), Reginald Smith, Jr.* (The Bonze), Will Hughes (Prince Yamadori), Mark McCrory (Imperial Commissioner), Samuel P.J. Lopez (Registrar), Angela Turner Wilson (Kate Pinkerton), Sorrow (TBD)

A classic, period production (new to Dallas) from the San Francisco Opera!

 

THE TURN OF THE SCREW By Benjamin Britten

March 17, 19(m), 22, 25, 2017

A dark and gripping tale!

Libretto by Myfanwy Piper

Time: 1950s

Place: Bly, an English country house

Conductor: Nicole Paiement

Original Production: Jonathan Kent

Stage Director: Francesca Gilpin*

Set Designer: Paul Brown

Costume Designer: Paul Brown

Lighting Designer: TBD

Wig and Make-up Designer: TBD

Starring: William Burden (Prologue/Peter Quint), Emma Bell* (Governess), Oliver Nathanielsz* (Miles), Ashley Emerson* (Flora), Dolora Zajick* (Mrs. Grose), Alexandra LoBianco* (Miss Jessel)

An acclaimed production from Glyndebourne!

 

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: TBD

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!

 

 

* 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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THE U.S. PREMIERE OF SUNKEN GARDEN

by Christian Anderson

DALLAS, NOVEMBER 17, 2016 – The Dallas Opera is privileged to announce that TDO will present the United States Premiere of composer Michel van der Aa’s critically acclaimed contemporary masterpiece, SUNKEN GARDEN, “a fantastical tale to set the ears and eyes popping” (New York Times headline) during the Texas company’s 2017-2018 Season.

The work, described by its creator as an “occult mystery film opera,” fuses film and live performance (including 3-D and other visual effects) to deliver what Steve Smith of The New York Times called “a bold, rewarding venture” during its 2013 English National Opera world premiere at the Barbican.  The production coming to Dallas was reworked for a successful 2015 relaunch at Opéra de Lyon.

Dallas Opera performances—sung entirely in English with supertitles projected above the stage—are scheduled for March 9, 11(m), 14 & 17, 2018 in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts CenterThis astonishing work will be directed (both on film and on stage) by Mr. van der Aa himself.

The announcement was made by Keith Cerny, the Kern Wildenthal General Director and CEO of The Dallas Opera, at the conclusion of this evening’s “Composing Conversation with Michel van der Aa” at Studio Music Grill (Royal Lane, Dallas).

Sunken Garden  (Photo: Mike Hoban)

Sunken Garden Photo by: Mike Hoban

“I first experienced SUNKEN GARDEN in Lyon, France, in the spring of 2015” explained Mr. Cerny, “and found it a uniquely rewarding theatrical experience.”

“Michel is an outstanding composer, yet his skill as a videographer and his pioneering use of both two-and-three-dimensional projections, paired with live singers, stretch the boundaries that typically define “What is Opera?” 

“Much like Joby Talbot and Gene Scheer’s Everest, the stunning visuals throughout this work and the brilliantly surreal libretto by Sci-Fi/Fantasy writer David Mitchell prompts a necessary rethinking of the art form itself. 

“I found myself captivated by Michel van der Aa’s extraordinary musical and visual vocabulary—and many in the audience clearly shared my sense of awe,” Cerny adds. “I was certain we were witnessing a work of rare originality and multi-disciplinary innovation. 

“Frankly, I couldn’t wait to bring it to the U.S.”

SUNKEN GARDEN was originally a co-production of ENO, Toronto’s Luminato Festival, Opéra de Lyon, the Holland Festival and London’s Barbican Centre.  This opera also marked the first collaboration between the Dutch composer and British novelist David Mitchell (Cloud Atlas).

Heidi Waleson, reviewing for The Wall Street Journal described the experience: “The inventive and haunting music is acoustic and electronic, live and prerecorded, classical and pop…Film and music align seamlessly; neither would make sense without the other…When the live singers enter the 3-D garden, the music grows richer and more expansive…The images here are spectacular: the opulent trees and flowers; the quivering holograms of the two captives, Amber and Simon; and the vertical pool through which Zenna enters and departs, which explodes out toward the audience as a shower of droplets or a giant, whirling funnel. The fine singers—live and on film—adeptly captured the ferocity and pathos in Sunken Garden.  And the lively actors…were completely believable…technical wizardry enhanced the humanity of the piece rather than overwhelming it,” Ms. Waleson added.

            SUNKEN GARDEN will star English baritone Roderick Williams as “Tony Kramer,” British soprano Katherine Manley as “Zenna Briggs,” and renowned Swedish soprano Miah Persson as “Iris Marinus.”  All will be making their Dallas Opera debuts in this production.

Set and lighting design is by Theun Mosk with costumes by Astrid Schulz.

Antony Craig of Gramophone (UK) emphasized that SUNKEN GARDEN is a compelling theatrical work: “This is real drama and it works dramatically. The mystery is as complex as TV film noir. The spoken interviews work as film and the 3D successfully drew me right into the sunken garden. Crucially, Sunken Garden works as opera, with Van der Aa’s fusion of musical styles matching the fusion of mediums.”

And Andrew Clement of The Guardian added, “Van der Aa has directed the show as well as the often sumptuous-looking film sequences. As always he’s done it with immense technical skill, and both his orchestral writing and the electronic soundtrack are strikingly effective.”

Reviewing for Opernwelt, Albrecht Thiemann had high praise for Michel van der Aa’s extraordinary versatility: “Composer, sound engineer, film maker and director all rolled into one, Van der Aa has always endeavored to make video clips, webcams and laptop animations something more than mere stage setting.  Rather than creating immaterial decoration or replacing physical backdrops and buildings with fancy digital tableaus, he is interested in exploring new dimensions of aesthetic experience. […] Nowhere else [in Van der Aa’s work] are the layerings and reflections of a multimedia Gesamtkunstwerk constructed in such complex ways…and nowhere else has an aesthetic integration of heterogeneous elements been achieved more convincingly in terms of technique. And yet, Van der Aa poses nothing but the age-old questions: Who are we? What do we see, hear, feel? Where do we come from?

“It seems there is somebody out there who sees the signs of our times for what they are, informed by artistic exploration. One who observes what he sees and hears without blinders. One who devours everything, only to feed it back into his ongoing research into the musical theatre stage.”

 

Composer Michel van der Aa:

“One of the most distinctive of the younger composers in Europe today. His ability to fuse music, text and visual images into a totally organic whole sets him apart from nearly all his contemporaries.” (Andrew Clements, The Guardian)

Michel van der Aa (Netherlands, 1970) is a truly multidisciplinary figure in contemporary music. A unique voice, he combines composition with film and stage direction, and script writing. Classical instruments, voices, electronic sound, actors, theatre and video are all seamless extensions of his musical vocabulary.

Before studying composition (with Diderik Wagenaar, Gilius van Bergeijk and Louis Andriessen), Van der Aa trained first as a recording engineer at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. In 2002 he broadened his skills with studies in film direction, at the New York Film Academy, and in 2007 he participated in the Lincoln Center Theater Director’s Lab, an intensive course in stage direction.

Van der Aa’s musical materials are hard to tease apart, constantly switching between stasis and high energy, concrete and abstract, acoustic and electronic, ‘pure’ and processed, brand new and half-remembered. Many of them are as visual as they are aural. The possibilities of digital and audio- visual technology often feature, not as a surface gloss to his work but at the core of his artistic outlook.

Another important aspect to Van der Aa’s is collaboration and interdisciplinarity. He has worked with leading classical performers such as Sol Gabetta, Barbara Hannigan, Janine Jansen, Christianne Stotijn and Roderick Williams, as well as the Portuguese fado singer Ana Moura, pop acts Kate Miller-Heidke and These New Puritans, and well-known European actors like Klaus Maria Brandauer and João Reis.

His most recent partnership is with the English novelist David Mitchell, with whom he is writing his fourth work for music theatre, Sunken Garden, an ‘occult-mystery film-opera’ co-commissioned by English National Opera, the Toronto Luminato Festival, Opera de Lyon, the Holland Festival and the Barbican Centre, London.

His music has been performed by ensembles and orchestras worldwide, including musikFabrik, ICE, Tokyo Sinfonietta, Ensemble Modern, Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Chamber Players, SWR orchestra Baden-Baden & Freiburg, the ASKO|Schoenberg ensemble, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Phiharmonia Orchestra London and the Avanti! Chamber Orchestra.

He has been a featured artist at the Perth Tura New Music Festival and Holland Festival. He is a regular guest of the Berliner Festspiele, Venice Biennale, Donaueschinger Musiktage, Gaudeamus Music Week, Opera de Lyon, Huddersfield Festival and Warsaw Autumn. Additionally his compositions have been performed at the Festival d’Automne à Paris, LA Philharmonic New Music Series, Lucerne Festival, Tokyo Suntory Summer Music Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Moscow Music Week and Oslo Ultima Festival.

Van der Aa has won acclaim for his multimedia works for the stage and concert hall (not only the operas OneAfter Life and The Book of Disquiet, but also Up-Close, and Transit for piano and video). He has directed both the filmed and staged elements of all of these works. His operas have been staged in more than a dozen countries, with After Life and The Book of Disquiet being regularly revived.

In 1999 Michel van der Aa was the first Dutch composer to win the prestigious International Gaudeamus Prize. Subsequent awards include the Matthijs Vermeulen prize (2004), a Siemens Composers Grant (2005), the Charlotte Köhler Prize for his directing work and the interdisciplinary character of his oeuvre (2005), the Paul Hindemith Prize (2006), and the Kagel Prize (2013).

Michel van der Aa has won the 2013 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition for his multimedia work Up-Close.

In 2007 the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra commissioned the song cycle Spaces of Blank, and since 2011 he has been a ‘house composer’ with the orchestra. This association that will lead to several major new works, including a violin concerto for Janine Jansen. Over the last few years he has also developed strong ties with the Barbican Centre, with performances of After Life and Up-Close, which led to the premiere of Sunken Garden in April 2013.

In 2010 he launched Disquiet Media, an independent multimedia label for his own work, and in 2012 developed Disquiet TV, an online virtual auditorium for contemporary music events.

 

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

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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

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. Full Subscriptions (five opera productions) begin at $95; Flex Subscriptions (three-performances of your choice) begin at $75.  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 FALL SEASON 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 excluding FIRST NIGHT of the season.

MADAME BUTTERFLY by Giacomo Puccini

March 10, 12(m), 15, 18, 24, & 26(m), 2017

The must see, heart-wrenching Italian opera!

Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa & Luigi Illica

Time: 1904

Place: Nagasaki, Japan

Conductor: Donato Renzetti

Stage Director: John Copley

Set Designer: Michael Yeargan

Costume Designer: Anita Yavich

Lighting Designer: Duane Schuler

Wig & Make-up Designer: TBD

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Starring: Hui He* (Cio-Cio-San), Gianluca Terranova* (B.F. Pinkerton), Manuela Custer (Suzuki), Lucas Meachem* (Sharpless), David Cangelosi (Goro), Reginald Smith, Jr.* (The Bonze), Will Hughes (Prince Yamadori), Mark McCrory (Imperial Commissioner), Samuel P.J. Lopez (Registrar), Angela Turner Wilson (Kate Pinkerton), Sorrow (TBD)

A classic, period production (new to Dallas) from the San Francisco Opera!

THE TURN OF THE SCREW by Benjamin Britten

March 17, 19(m), 22, 25, 2017

A dark and gripping tale!

Libretto by Myfanwy Piper

Time: 1950s

Place: Bly, an English country house

Conductor: Nicole Paiement

Original Production: Jonathan Kent

Stage Director: Francesca Gilpin*

Set Designer: Paul Brown

Costume Designer: Paul Brown

Lighting Designer: TBD

Wig and Make-up Designer: TBD

Starring: William Burden (Prologue/Peter Quint), Emma Bell* (Governess), Oliver Nathanielsz* (Miles), Ashley Emerson* (Flora), Dolora Zajick* (Mrs. Grose), Alexandra LoBianco* (Miss Jessel)

An acclaimed production from Glyndebourne!

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: TBD

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!

 

* 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.

Free Event! Composing Conversations Featuring Michel van der Aa

by Celeste Hart

THE DALLAS OPERA IS PROUD TO PRESENT

European Composer/Technologist Michel van der Aa

and The Dallas Opera’s General Director and CEO Keith Cerny in

COMPOSING CONVERSATIONS 

Thursday, November 17, 6:30 p.m.

Studio Movie Grill – Dallas, Royal Lane

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An Extraordinary Conversation and a Kaleidoscopic Taste of the Composer’s Approach to Musical Storytelling

To RSVP or For More Information Visit www.dallasopera.org/composing

            DALLAS, TX, NOVEMBER 11, 2016 – For an insightful window into the innovative approach of pioneering European composer and technologist Michel van der Aa, The Dallas Opera invites the public to a free event “Composing Conversations.” Keith Cerny, the Kern Wildenthal General Director and CEO of The Dallas Opera, will present the extraordinary discussion, where audiences can also expect an exciting announcement regarding a new collaboration with the composer.

            The intimate setting of the Studio Movie Grill, 11170 N. Central Expressway, (Dallas location, near Royal Lane) is the location for this unique program on Thursday, November 17, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.; seating is general admission.

Michel van der Aa  (Photo: Marco Borggreve)

Michel van der Aa Photo by: Marco Borggreve

            Michel van der Aa is known for combining musical theater and multimedia in often-astonishing ways, as demonstrated in excerpts from his critically acclaimed Sunken Garden, The Book of Sand, and Black Out (which premiered in this year’s Forward Festival, presented by Dutch National Opera). 
            He has been described as “one of the most distinctive of the younger composers in Europe today. His ability to fuse music, text and visual images into a totally organic whole, sets him apart from nearly all his contemporaries. (Andrew Clements, The Guardian)

            Composing Conversations is an ongoing discussions series featuring some of the most noteworthy international composers. The Dallas Opera presents this programming to showcase all types of opera composers, from grand opera to chamber. This series is intended to introduce some of these great talents to the public and to potentially ignite interest in new operatic works.

            Studio Movie Grill offers friendly service at the push of a button and patrons may order and purchase selections from its American Grill Menu. Over 60 premium spirits are available at the bar.

BIOGRAPHY – Michel van der Aa

Michel van der Aa (Netherlands, 1970) is a truly multidisciplinary figure in contemporary music. A unique voice, he combines composition with film and stage direction, and script writing. Classical instruments, voices, electronic sound, actors, theatre and video are all seamless extensions of his musical vocabulary.

Before studying composition (with Diderik Wagenaar, Gilius van Bergeijk and Louis Andriessen), Van der Aa trained first as a recording engineer at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. In 2002 he broadened his skills with studies in film direction, at the New York Film Academy, and in 2007 he participated in the Lincoln Center Theater Director’s Lab, an intensive course in stage direction.

Van der Aa’s musical materials are hard to tease apart, constantly switching between stasis and high energy, concrete and abstract, acoustic and electronic, ‘pure’ and processed, brand new and half-remembered. Many of them are as visual as they are aural. The possibilities of digital and audio- visual technology often feature, not as a surface gloss to his work but at the core of his artistic outlook.

            For more information, visit www.dallasopera.org/composing or consult the friendly staff in the Ticket Office at 214-443-1000.

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