Balanced budget achieved again!

by Celeste Hart

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, September 19, 2014

Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014                        Or Celeste Hart at 214.443.1071
suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org                                    celeste.hart@dallasopera.org                                    

THE DALLAS OPERA IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THE COMPANY HAS ACHIEVED A SECOND CONSECUTIVE BALANCED OPERATING RESULT!

For the First Time in 15 Years, TDO Records Two Balanced Budgets in a Row—a Rare Display of Post-Recessionary Growth and Stability in the Arts

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Company Remains on Track to Present

Five or More Operas Each Season

DALLAS, TX, SEPTEMBER 19, 2014 – Building on last year’s announcement that The Dallas Opera had achieved a balanced operating budget for the 2012-2013 Season, TDO is thrilled to announce that it has maintained that balanced operating result to end the 2013-2014 Season “in the black,” as well.  This marks the first time in fifteen years that the company has achieved back-to-back balanced operating results!  The company’s latest fiscal year ended on June 30th and the results were subsequently confirmed by an outside audit.

The achieved financial stability and growth have permitted TDO to confidently return to the company’s traditional five-production season in 2014-2015 and to continue to diversify program offerings to cover a wider range of repertoire, as well as exciting new commissions.  The inspiring programming for the 2014-2015 Season, which includes the world premiere of Joby Talbot and Gene Scheer’s Everest, has already led to very strong subscription demand for the current year.

 

Noted Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny: “It is no secret that the company’s finances became precarious following our move in the fall of 2009 to the glittering new Winspear Opera House.  Based on the outstanding leadership of three successive Board Chairs – Dr. Kern Wildenthal, Don Winspear, and T. Peter Townsend, and the tireless work of the Board VP, Development, Holly Mayer, the company has been able to dramatically strengthen its financial position, while enhancing its international reputation for artistic excellence.

“A historic $ 2.5 million gift in May 2014 by the recently elected TDO Board Chair, Steve Suellentrop, and his wife Betty (along with Hunt Consolidated, Inc.) in support of the company’s education and community outreach programs, has been a major factor in the company’s enhanced stability, as well as the gift from the Titus Family to support the fine art of art song through the Robert E. and Jean Ann Titus Art Song Recital Series, launched with an exemplary recital by world-renowned English tenor Ian Bostridge last January.”

In recent seasons, TDO donors made significant, multi-year gifts while many other donors increased their level of giving in recognition of the Dallas Opera’s commitment to the highest standards of artistic quality, strict financial discipline and a demonstrated ability to connect with the greater community—and adapt to the changing cultural marketplace.

After careful analysis, the Board and Dallas Opera’s administrative leadership took the necessary steps to put the company’s financial house in order and provide a foundation for continued artistic success, resulting in last year’s announcement of a balanced operating result for the 2012-13 Season—a full two years ahead of schedule.

The following season, The Dallas Opera made more than 90,000 contacts across North Texas through its mainstage opera performances, free public simulcasts, and community outreach and family performances, in addition to education programs for children, teens and adults.  For every patron attending a Winspear Opera House performance, The Dallas Opera reached nearly two more patrons through its myriad education and community-based programs and initiatives.

Aided by unwavering donor and community support in 2013-14, the Dallas Opera produced outstanding mainstage performances of Carmen, Death and the Powers by Tod Machover (simulcast to audiences in nine cities from San Francisco to Stockholm, Sweden), Korngold’s Die tote Stadt, and The Barber of Seville; while demonstrating our ability to balance the books and plan for expanded future seasons under the guidance of The Dallas Opera Board of Directors and General Director and CEO Keith Cerny.

Mr. Cerny stands at the head of a leadership team that now includes acclaimed Dallas Opera Music Director Emmanuel Villaume, Principal Guest Conductor Nicole Paiement, Director of Production John Toia, newly arrived Artistic Administrator Ian Derrer and additional members of TDO’s experienced Senior Staff.

 

The Immediate Past Chair T. Peter Townsend commented, “I am very pleased that The Dallas Opera is able to report, for the second year in a row, balanced financial results, while achieving artistic excellence and diverse programming for our patrons.  Earlier, we announced a return to five fully staged productions this season, including a double bill that includes a Dallas Opera world premiere.  These achievements are made possible through the efforts of our loyal opera family of ticket purchasers, donors and our artistic and operational staff.

“As I step down as chair, I want to express my deep appreciation to all those who have made this possible.  I look forward to seeing you at one of the upcoming performances in the magnificent Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House.”

 

Board Chair Steve Suellentrop stated, “I am thrilled that the company has made such significant financial progress, but there is further work to do.  I invite the people of this community to join me in generously supporting this outstanding and nationally recognized opera company as it enters its 58th Season.  In the meantime, my fellow Board members and I want to express our thanks to all those who have already made a commitment to support the programs, performances and highest aspirations of The Dallas Opera.”

 

Asked why TDO has been able to achieve this level of success, General Director and CEO Keith Cerny commented, “In addition to the outstanding leadership and generosity shown by the Board, the company has focused under my tenure on revitalizing our programming, launching an ambitious program of new commissions, and reaching out to the community in myriad ways – including the free public simulcasts.  I have also made a number of key appointments on the artistic and operational side, including the hiring of Music Director Emmanuel Villaume, Principal Guest Conductor Nicole Paiement, and Artistic Administrator Ian Derrer – thereby giving us one of the strongest leadership teams in the business.”

 

In addition to the recitals, family performances and mainstage productions of the 2014-2015 “Heights of Passion” Season, the Dallas Opera is currently preparing for FIRST SIGHT/FIRST NIGHT (chaired by Lynn McBee and Nicholas Even) and our ninth free public simulcast (underwritten by the Sheila and Jody Grant Opera Discovery Program with support from AT&T Performing Arts Center and Chase), a live performance of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro scheduled to take place on Friday, October 24, 2014 at Klyde Warren Park (curtain time for the Linda and Mitch Hart Season Opening Night Performance is 8:00 p.m., with special events in the park due to kick-off at 6:30 p.m.).

This season will consist of beloved classics, opera rarities, a unique double bill and a world premiere (Joby Talbot and Gene Scheer’s Everest), in addition to several outstanding Family Concerts and Performances, thought-provoking panel discussions, the Joy and Ronald Mankoff Pre-Performance Talks, “Dallas Opera Perspectives” and “Composing Conversations” with the most important creative minds at work in our field today.  Furthermore—in the spring of 2015—a newly revamped and expanded Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition, with an esteemed panel of judges chaired by

Dr. Brian Zeger, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Program and Artistic Director, Juilliard Vocal Arts.

 

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TEXAS INSTRUMENTS FOUNDATION, SEASON SPONSOR

FOR THE DALLAS OPERA’S “HEIGHTS OF PASSION” SEASON

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.

 

EVENTS, GUESTS AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE DALLAS OPERA

IS CONVENIENTLY AVAILABLE ONLINE, 24/7

VISIT WWW.DALLASOPERA.ORG AND CHECK THE CALENDAR LISTINGS

 

Ticket Information for the 2014-2015 Dallas Opera Season

  

All performances are in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center unless otherwise described.  Single Tickets range from $19 to $275 and Flex Subscriptions are on sale starting 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 2014-2015 SEASON INFORMATION

The Dallas Opera celebrates its Fifty-Eighth 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 Talks begin one hour prior to curtain, at most performances excluding FIRST NIGHT of the season.

 

THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

October 24 (The Linda and Mitch Hart Season Opening Night Performance), Oct. 26(m), 29, November 1, 7 and 9(m), 2014

In a single crazy, romantic day, doors will be locked and unlocked, disguised donned, kisses exchanged and innermost hearts revealed—to some of the most memorable music Mozart ever composed.

An opera in four acts first performed in Vienna on May 1, 1786

Text by Lorenzo Da Ponte after the 1784 play La folle journée, ou Le mariage de Figaro by Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais

Time: The late 18th century

Place: Aguasfrescas near Seville, Spain, the Almaviva’s country house

Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume

Stage Director: Kevin Moriarty

Production Design: John Bury*

Lighting Design: Mark McCullough

Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman

Choreography: Joel Ferrell*

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Starring: Mirco Palazzi (Figaro) , Beate Ritter** (Susanna), Joshua Hopkins (Count Almaviva), Nicole Car** (Countess Almaviva), Emily Fons (Cherubino), Diana Montague* (Marcellina), Kevin Langan (Doctor Bartolo), Doug Jones (Don Basilio), Angela Mannino (Barbarina), Adam Lau* (Antonio) and Jon Kolbet (Don Curzio).

Production Owned by Lyric Opera of Chicago

 

SALOME by Richard Strauss

October 30, November 2(m), 5, 8, 2014

Once in a great while, the term “over the top” doesn’t seem nearly high enough.

An opera in one act first performed in Dresden, Germany on December 9, 1905

Hedwig Lachmann’s German translation of Oscar Wilde’s French language play

Time: During the time of Jesus Christ

Place: King Herod’s palace on the Sea of Galilee

Conductor: Evan Rogister*

Stage Director: Francesca Zambello

Original Production: Francesca Zambello

Scenic Design: Peter J. Davison*

Costume Design: Anita Yavich

Lighting Design: Mark McCullough

Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Choreography: Yael Levitin*

Starring: Deborah Voigt* (Salome), Robert Brubaker (Herod), Greer Grimsley* (Jokanaan), Susan Bickley* (Herodias), Scott Quinn (Narraboth), Heather Johnson* (Herodias’Page), Bradley Garvin (First Nazarene), Grigory Soloviov* (First Soldier), Jason Grant (Second Soldier), Joseph Hu (First Jew), Jay Gardner (Second Jew), John Robert Lindsey (Third Jew), Steven Haal (Fourth Jew), Patrick Guetti* (Fifth Jew), Tyler Simpson* (Second Nazarene), NaGuanda Nobles (A Slave) and Matthew Stump* (A Cappadocian).

Production Owned by Washington National Opera

 

 

A RARE DALLAS OPERA DOUBLE BILL:

 

LA WALLY by Alfredo Catalani

January 30, February 1(m), 4 and 7, 2015

The Climactic Final Act!

First performed in Milan, Italy on January 20, 1892

Text by Luigi Illica after Wilhelmine von Hillern’s story, Die Geyer-Wally

Time: Around the year 1800

Place: The Austrian Alps

Conductor: Anthony Barrese

Stage Director: Candace Evans

Scenic Design: Robert Brill

Costume Design: David C. Woolard

Lighting Design: Christopher Akerlind

Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Starring: Latonia Moore (Wally), Carl Tanner* (Giuseppe Hagenbach) and Jennifer Chung (Walter)

A Brand-New Dallas Opera Production!

 

With EVEREST by Joby Talbot

January 30, February 1(m), 4 and 7, 2015

A Dallas Opera World Premiere!

Text by Gene Scheer

Time: Modern Day

Place: In the Death Zone on Mount Everest

Conductor: Nicole Paiement

Stage Director: Leonard Foglia

Scenic Design: Robert Brill

Costume Design: David C. Woolard

Video Design: Elaine J. McCarthy

Lighting Design: Christopher Akerlind

Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Starring: Andrew Bidlack (Rob Hall), Sasha Cooke (Jan Arnold), Kevin Burdette* (Beck Weathers) and Craig Verm* (Doug Hanson).

 

LA BOHÈME by Giacomo Puccini

March 13, 15(m), 18, 21, 27 and 29(m), 2015

A passionate and timeless masterpiece in a beloved period production

An opera in four acts first performed in Turin, Italy on February 1, 1896

Text by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica after Henry Murger’s novel Scènes de la vie de bohème

Time: mid-19th century

Place: The Latin Quarter of Paris, France

Conductor: Riccardo Frizza*

Stage Director: Peter Kazaras

Scenic Design: Jean-Pierre Ponnelle

Costume Design: Peter J. Hall

Lighting Design: Thomas C. Hase

Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Children’s Chorus Master: Melinda Cotton

Starring: Ana Maria Martinez (Mimi), Bryan Hymel (Rodolfo), Davinia Rodriguez* (Musetta), Jonathan Beyer (Marcello), Alexander Vinogradov* (Colline), Stephen LaBrie (Schaunard) and Stefan Szkafarowsky (Benoit).

One of the Dallas Opera’s Most Popular!

 

IOLANTA by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

April 10, 12(m), 15 and 18, 2015

A rarely performed Tchaikovsky gem, set in Medieval Provence!

First performed in St. Petersburg, Russia on December 18, 1892

Text by Modest Tchaikovsky based on the Danish play King Rene’s Daughter by Henrik Hertz

Time: The 15th century

Place: Provence, a mountainous region in Southern France

Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume

Stage Director: Christian Räth

Scenic Design: Christian Räth

Costume Design: Susan Cox

Video Design: Elaine J. McCarthy

Lighting Design: Thomas C. Hase

Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Starring: Ekaterina Scherbachenko* (Iolanta), Sergei Skorokhodov* (Count Vaudémont), Joanna Mongiardo* (Brigitta), Lauren McNeese (Laura), Tamara Mumford* (Marta), Andrei Bondarenko** (Robert, Duke of Burgandy), Mikhail Kolelishvili (Renè, King of Provence), Andrew Bidlack (Alméric), Vladislav Sulimsky** (Ibn-Hakia) and Jordan Bisch (Bertrand).

Another New Dallas Opera Production

 

* 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 Dallas Opera Presents “The Marriage of Figaro”

by Suzanne Calvin

15. Act Three, THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO RST_2774 c. Dan Rest-edited

(Photo by Dan Rest for Lyric Opera of Chicago)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014 Or Celeste Hart 214.443.1071
suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org celeste.hart@dallasopera.org

THE DALLAS OPERA PRESENTS
ONE OF MOZART’S MOST MEMORABLE COMEDIC OPERAS
THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO
(“Le nozze di Figaro”)
LIBRETTO BY LORENZO DA PONTE AFTER
THE PLAY BY PIERRE-AUGUSTIN CARON DE BEAUMARCHAIS
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CONDUCTED BY MUSIC DIRECTOR EMMANUEL VILLAUME
STAGED BY DTC ARTISTIC DIRECTOR KEVIN MORIARTY
IN HIS WINSPEAR OPERA HOUSE DEBUT
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STARRING ITALIAN BASS-BARITONE MIRCO PALAZZI AS FIGARO,
SOPRANO BEATE RITTER AS SUSANNA, BARITONE JOSHUA HOPKINS AS COUNT ALMAVIVA, AND SOPRANO NICOLE CAR AS COUNTESS ALMAVIVA
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OPENING NIGHT: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2014 AT 8:00 PM
(NOTE SPECIAL TIME) WITH ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCES
Oct. 26(m), 29, Nov. 1, 7, 9(m)
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LINDA AND MITCH HART SEASON OPENING NIGHT PERFORMANCE OF THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO

DALLAS, SEPTEMBER 17, 2014 —The Dallas Opera’s thrilling season-opening production of the 2014-2015 “Heights of Passion” Season is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, a revolutionary romantic comedy filled with memorable music and unforgettable characters. The Marriage of Figaro opens on Friday, October 24, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center located in the Dallas Arts District at 2403 Flora Street.
Opening Night festivities begin with a magnificent red carpet entrance and a sumptuous FIRST NIGHT Pre-Performance Dinner (beginning at 6:00 p.m.) co-chaired by Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger.
The Linda and Mitch Hart Season Opening Night Performance of The Marriage of Figaro will begin at 8:00 p.m. with subsequent performances scheduled on October 26(m), 29, November 1, 7, and 9(m), 2014.
A high-spirited After Party, co-chaired by Jenifer Strauss and Robert Weatherly, begins just as the opera ends. For more information about all FIRST NIGHT events, please visit our website at www.dallasopera.org/support/special-events/first-night.
Flex subscriptions begin at $75 for the 2014-2015 Season, with full subscriptions starting at $95. Single tickets are also available and start at $19. Contact The Dallas Opera Ticket Office at 214-443-1000 or purchase online, 24/7 at www.dallasopera.org.

After a series of entertaining twists and turns over the course of one day, Figaro finally weds his true love. At first glance, The Marriage of Figaro appears to be a story about love and desire. Yet beneath the romantic comedy, there is another tale—that of the servant class cleverly outwitting the upper class—a concept that was nothing short of revolutionary in its day. In this 1786 opera buffa, the music conveys the characters and storyline as effectively as Da Ponte’s brilliant libretto, based on the groundbreaking play by Beaumarchais. Patrons will also tap along to one of the best-known overtures in Western Music.
Our distinguished music director, Emmanuel Villaume, will take the podium to conduct this acclaimed 18th century masterpiece. According to a recent review by The Financial Times, Maestro Villaume is “the seasoned specialist on the podium, (who) conveyed equal parts savoir-faire and inspiration. He sustained reasonable momentum…and reinforced a delicate balance between lyrical restraint and dramatic exuberance.”
“I have a special connection to Le nozze di Figaro: it is the first opera I conducted, in 1990, for the Spoleto Festival USA,” explains Dallas Opera Music Director Emmanuel Villaume. “A promising young soprano was singing the countess; her name was Renée Fleming.
“Mozart takes the wit and craziness inherent in Beaumarchais marvelous play and elevates it to another level. The rhythm and pace of the opera are dizzying! Dramatic and musical constructions complement each other in a rare balance of sophistication, grace and expressive power.
“In the end,” adds Maestro Villaume, “The Marriage of Figaro is one of those rare musical achievements that not only depicts the human condition in all its ambivalence and beauty, but is in itself a near-miraculous work of genius. Mozart’s brilliant interpretation is packed with profound insights which reveal how the world works and, in doing so, change it.”

Joining Maestro Villaume in crafting this masterpiece is Stage Director Kevin Moriarty, the acclaimed Artistic Director of the Dallas Theater Center, in his Winspear Opera House debut.

“This will be my first opportunity to direct a major work of the standard repertoire, and will allow everyone involved to kick up our heels with laughter at the hilarious plot, marvel at the musical wonders of Mozart’s beautiful score, and delve into bringing these wonderfully rich characters to life on the Winspear stage.
“What a joy it will be!” exclaimed Mr. Moriarty.

“I am so proud to have this opportunity to bring together two of the most talented and original artists at work today in the Arts District,” adds Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny. “Emmanuel and Kevin have earned the admiration and high esteem of music and theater lovers everywhere, and their first collaboration seems likely to result in a truly memorable and intelligent production—with a phenomenal cast. If I didn’t already have my tickets, I’d be online making that purchase right now.”

Starring as Figaro is Italian bass-baritone Mirco Palazzi, who made his U.S. debut with The Dallas Opera in 2010 starring as the cagey Leporello, opposite Paulo Szot, in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. The Associated Press hailed his performance as showing “great spirit and comic timing”.
Our female leading lady is the lovely Austrian soprano Beate Ritter, starring as Susanna, Figaro’s love interest and bride-to-be. She makes her American debut in this production after establishing herself as an audience favorite in Europe, specializing in Mozart roles, including The Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute and Blonde in The Abduction from the Seraglio. Her character, Susanna, conspires with Countess Almaviva to set up the Countess’ husband in order to expose his lustful desires.
Described by Opera Insider as “sensational, with one of the most beautifully lyric, full-bodied and honeyed voices I have ever heard”, lovely Australian soprano Nicole Car stars as the deceived Countess. She is making her exciting American debut with this performance after thrilling audiences “down-under” with several spectacular leading lady portrayals for Opera Australia.
For our philandering Count Almaviva, The Dallas Opera has cast “one of the twenty-five artists poised to define opera for this generation,” (Opera News)—Canadian baritone Joshua Hopkins. He has also been described as “…an outstanding young baritone with a virile, vigorous yet velvety sound and an immediately evident dramatic authority,” by The Globe and Mail (U.K.).
The vivacious “pants role” of Cherubino, a young man who becomes enamored with every woman he meets, will be performed by mezzo-soprano Emily Fons. The Chicago Tribune asked “has there ever been a more winning impersonation? Her ‘Voi che sapete’ is enough to melt the Countess’ heart, and our own as well.”
This exceptional ensemble also includes bass Kevin Langan, who stars in the buffo role of Doctor Bartolo. As one of America’s most sought-after basses, he has performed with The Dallas Opera in 11 productions including his debut in 1985 in La Fanciulla del West.
The other principal artists in this outstanding cast are world renowned British mezzo-soprano Diana Montague who makes her long-awaited TDO debut as Marcellina, acclaimed character tenor Doug Jones as Don Basilio, soprano Deanna Breiwick in her company debut as Barbarina, bass Adam Lau in his TDO debut as Antonio, the gardener, and tenor Jon Kolbet as Don Curzio.
Production design for The Marriage of Figaro is by John Bury in this classic stage setting from Lyric Opera of Chicago. Joel Ferrel, the Associate Artistic Director of the Dallas Theater Center, is the production choreographer. The Dallas Opera Chorus will be prepared by Chorus Master Alexander Rom.
Performances will continue on October 26(m), 29, November 1, 7 & 9(m), 2014 in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House, selected by Southern Living as the best new venue for opera. All evening performances besides the Opening Night of the Season will begin promptly at 7:30 PM. Sunday matinees begin at 2:00 PM.
A free pre-performance lecture (“The Joy and Ronald Mankoff Pre-Opera Talks”) will be conducted one hour prior to curtain at most performances. The Dallas Opera Guild also hosts “Opera Insights,” a lively panel discussion featuring artists, directors and designers, on the Sunday afternoon prior to opening. For more details, visit dallasopera.org.
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TEXAS INSTRUMENTS FOUNDATION, SEASON SPONSOR
FOR THE DALLAS OPERA’S “HEIGHTS OF PASSION” SEASON

THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO KEY BIOS:

EMMANUEL VILLAUME (Conductor)
(Mrs. Eugene McDermott Music Director in honor of Graeme Jenkins)
Emmanuel Villaume is in his second season as music director of Dallas Opera and will conduct Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta this season. He made his debut with the company in 1998 conducting Faust and returned to conduct Le nozze di Figaro. He is a frequent guest conductor at the world’s leading opera companies including the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, the Washington National Opera, Santa Fe Opera, London’s Royal Opera, the Paris Opera, Monte Carlo Opera, Venice’s La Fenice, the Munich Staatsoper, Berlin’s Deutsche Oper, the Hamburg Staatsoper, Madrid’s Teatro Real, and Buenos Aires’ Teatro Colon. He has led the Montreal Symphony in Montreal and at Carnegie Hall, the Chicago Symphony, the Boston Symphony, the orchestras of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, St. Louis, Detroit, Minnesota, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Beethovenhalle Orchestra of Bonn, and the China National Opera Orchestra for the 2008 Olympic Games. He is currently Chief Conductor of the National Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra. He served as the Spoleto Festival USA’s Music Director for Opera and Orchestra from 2001 to 2010. Maestro Villaume has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Decca and EMI.
Kevin Moriarty (Stage Director)
Kevin Moriarty is the artistic director of Dallas Theater Center, where he has directed It’s a Bird … It’s a Plane … It’s Superman, The Who’s Tommy, The Wiz, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Henry IV, The Tempest, Fat Pig, Next Fall, his original adaptation of A Christmas Carol, and Oedipus el Rey. He made his operatic directing debut with The Lighthouse (2012) for the Dallas Opera. For DTC he headed up the move into the Wyly Theatre, the creation of the Brierley Resident Acting Company, and an extensive series of productions of new plays. Mr. Moriarty is the Vice-Chair of the Dallas Arts District, Theatre Communications Group, and the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, and is a Trustee for the Booker T. Washington Advisory Board.

Mirco Palazzi (Figaro)
Bass Mirco Palazzi made his American debut in 2010 at The Dallas Opera as Leporello in Don Giovanni in 2010. Born in Rimini, he graduated from Rossini Conservatory in Pesaro. He has sung with the most important opera houses in Italy (Bologna, Naples, Rome, Parma, Genova, Turin, Venice, Florence, La Scala) and abroad (Edinburgh, Barcelona, London, Liège, Tokyo, Amsterdam, Bilbao, Koln, Athens and Moscow). Some of his most recent engagements include La damnation de Faust in London and at Deutsche Oper Berlin, Maometto II in Rome, Guillaume Tell in Amsterdam Turin, and at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Lucia in Washington, La gazza ladra and L’Italiana in Algeri in Verona. His discography includes Zelmira, Adelaide di Borgogna, Sofonisba, and Il diluvio universale (Opera Rara), and Lucia di Lammermoor (DVD TDK).

Beate Ritter (Susanna)
Austrian soprano Beate Ritter makes her U.S. operatic debut as Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro for The Dallas Opera. Ms. Ritter debuted at Vienna’s Theater an der Wien in Pelléas et Mélisande. She later debuted at the Vienna Volksoper as Blonde in Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seragli and has performed with its ensemble as the Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte, Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Carmina Burana, and Adele in Die Fledermaus. Other notable appearances include Blonde at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Angers, and Nantes, along with Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute for Komische Oper Berlin, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, and upcoming performances in Leipzig. In 2015, she will make her debut as Fiakermilli in Arabella at the Cologne Opera.
Joshua Hopkins (Count Almaviva) Canadian baritone Joshua Hopkins returns to Dallas Opera for the first time since his company debut as Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette. Recent performances include Marcello in La bohème for the Canadian Opera Company, and Schaunard for the Metropolitan Opera; Argante in Händel’s Rinaldo and Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro for the Glyndebourne Festival. Mr. Hopkins also sang in recital at Carnegie Hall with pianist Julius Drake. Highlights of past seasons include performances at the Metropolitan Opera in a new production of Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda, La bohème with the Houston Grand Opera, Le nozze di Figaro with the Verbier Festival, and Papageno in Die Zauberflöte at Santa Fe Opera. Mr. Hopkins’ first recital disc, Let Beauty Awake, has been released by ATMA Classique label.
Nicole Car (Countess Almaviva)
Australian soprano Nicole Car marks her United States debut with these performances at Dallas Opera. In 2013 she was the winner of the prestigious international Neue Stimmen competition in Germany. She has portrayed the roles of Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Mimi in La Bohème, the Italian Singer in Capriccio, Pamina in The Magic Flute, Leila in The Pearl Fishers, Valencienne in The Merry Widow, Tatyana in Eugene Onegin, and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni for Opera Australia. Her performance as Micaela in Carmen from Sydney Harbor was internationally broadcasted and is now available on CD and DVD. In 2009 she debuted as Donna Anna in Victorian Opera’s production of Don Giovanni. Concert appearances have included Brahms’ Deutsches Requiem, and Mozart’s Requiem.

Kevin Langan (Dr. Bartolo)
American bass Kevin Langan returns to The Dallas Opera for Dr. Bartolo, a role he first sang with the company in 2002. He debuted here in 1986 as Ashby in La fanciulla del West and returned for performances in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Hoiby’s The Tempest, Ariodante, Roméo et Juliette, Turandot and Die Zauberflöte. His career spans 35 years and almost 1,300 performances covering a vast repertoire of over 80 roles. Mr. Langan recently became the first artist to reach 300 performances in leading roles at San Francisco Opera. For Lyric Opera of Chicago he has given over 125 performances and over 165 performances with the Santa Fe Opera. Other engagements have included Colline in La bohème and Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Metropolitan Opera.

EVENTS, GUESTS AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE DALLAS OPERA
IS CONVENIENTLY AVAILABLE ONLINE, 24/7
VISIT WWW.DALLASOPERA.ORG AND CHECK THE CALENDAR LISTINGS

Ticket Information for the 2014-2015 Dallas Opera Season

All performances are in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center unless otherwise described. Single Tickets range from $19 to $275 and Flex Subscriptions are on sale starting 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 2014-2015 SEASON INFORMATION
The Dallas Opera celebrates its Fifty-Eighth 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 begins one hour prior to curtain, at most performances excluding FIRST NIGHT of the season.

THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
October 24 (The Linda and Mitch Hart Season Opening Night Performance), Oct. 26(m), 29, November 1, 7 and 9(m), 2014
In a single crazy, romantic day, doors will be locked and unlocked, disguised donned, kisses exchanged and innermost hearts revealed—to some of the most memorable music Mozart ever composed.
An opera in four acts first performed in Vienna on May 1, 1786
Text by Lorenzo Da Ponte after the 1784 play La folle journée, ou Le mariage de Figaro by Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais
Time: The late 18th century
Place: Aguasfrescas near Seville, Spain, the Almaviva’s country house
Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume
Stage Director: Kevin Moriarty
Production Design: John Bury*
Lighting Design: Mark McCullough
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Choreography: Joel Ferrell*
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Mirco Palazzi (Figaro) , Beate Ritter** (Susanna), Joshua Hopkins (Count Almaviva), Nicole Car** (Countess Almaviva), Emily Fons (Cherubino), Diana Montague* (Marcellina), Kevin Langan (Doctor Bartolo), Doug Jones (Don Basilio), Angela Mannino (Barbarina), Adam Lau* (Antonio) and Jon Kolbet (Don Curzio).
Production Owned by Lyric Opera of Chicago

SALOME by Richard Strauss
October 30, November 2(m), 5, 8, 2014
Once in a great while, the term “over the top” doesn’t seem nearly high enough.
An opera in one act first performed in Dresden, Germany on December 9, 1905
Hedwig Lachmann’s German translation of Oscar Wilde’s French language play
Time: During the time of Jesus Christ
Place: King Herod’s palace on the Sea of Galilee
Conductor: Evan Rogister*
Stage Director: Francesca Zambello
Original Production: Francesca Zambello
Scenic Design: Peter J. Davison*
Costume Design: Anita Yavich
Lighting Design: Mark McCullough
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Choreography: Yael Levitin*
Starring: Deborah Voigt* (Salome), Robert Brubaker (Herod), Greer Grimsley* (Jokanaan), Susan Bickley* (Herodias), Scott Quinn (Narraboth), Heather Johnson* (Herodias’Page), Bradley Garvin (First Nazarene), Grigory Soloviov* (First Soldier), Jason Grant (Second Soldier), Joseph Hu (First Jew), Jay Gardner (Second Jew), John Robert Lindsey (Third Jew), Steven Haal (Fourth Jew), Patrick Guetti* (Fifth Jew), Tyler Simpson* (Second Nazarene), NaGuanda Nobles (A Slave) and Matthew Stump* (A Cappadocian).
Production Owned by Washington National Opera

A RARE DALLAS OPERA DOUBLE BILL:

LA WALLY by Alfredo Catalani
January 30, February 1(m), 4 and 7, 2015
The Climactic Final Act!
First performed in Milan, Italy on January 20, 1892
Text by Luigi Illica after Wilhelmine von Hillern’s story, Die Geyer-Wally
Time: Around the year 1800
Place: The Austrian Alps
Conductor: Anthony Barrese
Stage Director: Candace Evans
Scenic Design: Robert Brill
Costume Design: David C. Woolard
Lighting Design: Christopher Akerlind
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Latonia Moore (Wally), Carl Tanner* (Giuseppe Hagenbach) and Jennifer Chung (Walter)
A Brand-New Dallas Opera Production!

With EVEREST by Joby Talbot
January 30, February 1(m), 4 and 7, 2015
A Dallas Opera World Premiere!
Text by Gene Scheer
Time: Modern Day
Place: In the Death Zone on Mount Everest
Conductor: Nicole Paiement
Stage Director: Leonard Foglia
Scenic Design: Robert Brill
Costume Design: David C. Woolard
Video Design: Elaine J. McCarthy
Lighting Design: Christopher Akerlind
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Andrew Bidlack (Rob Hall), Sasha Cooke (Jan Arnold), Kevin Burdette* (Beck Weathers) and Craig Verm* (Doug Hanson).

LA BOHÈME by Giacomo Puccini
March 13, 15(m), 18, 21, 27 and 29(m), 2015
A passionate and timeless masterpiece in a beloved period production
An opera in four acts first performed in Turin, Italy on February 1, 1896
Text by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica after Henry Murger’s novel Scènes de la vie de bohème
Time: mid-19th century
Place: The Latin Quarter of Paris, France
Conductor: Riccardo Frizza*
Stage Director: Peter Kazaras
Scenic Design: Jean-Pierre Ponnelle
Costume Design: Peter J. Hall
Lighting Design: Thomas C. Hase
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Children’s Chorus Master: Melinda Cotton
Starring: Ana Maria Martinez (Mimi), Bryan Hymel (Rodolfo), Davinia Rodriguez* (Musetta), Jonathan Beyer (Marcello), Alexander Vinogradov* (Colline), Stephen LaBrie (Schaunard) and Stefan Szkafarowsky (Benoit).
One of the Dallas Opera’s Most Popular!

IOLANTA by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
April 10, 12(m), 15 and 18, 2015
A rarely performed Tchaikovsky gem, set in Medieval Provence!
First performed in St. Petersburg, Russia on December 18, 1892
Text by Modest Tchaikovsky based on the Danish play King Rene’s Daughter by Henrik Hertz
Time: The 15th century
Place: Provence, a mountainous region in Southern France
Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume
Stage Director: Christian Räth
Scenic Design: Christian Räth
Costume Design: Susan Cox
Video Design: Elaine J. McCarthy
Lighting Design: Thomas C. Hase
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Ekaterina Scherbachenko* (Iolanta), Sergei Skorokhodov* (Count Vaudémont), Joanna Mongiardo* (Brigitta), Lauren McNeese (Laura), Tamara Mumford* (Marta), Andrei Bondarenko** (Robert, Duke of Burgandy), Mikhail Kolelishvili (Renè, King of Provence), Andrew Bidlack (Alméric), Vladislav Sulimsky** (Ibn-Hakia) and Jordan Bisch (Bertrand).
Another New Dallas Opera Production

* 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 Perspectives: “When Art & Religion Collide”

by Suzanne Calvin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2014
Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014 Or Celeste Hart 214.443.1071
suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org celeste.hart@dallasopera.org

ONE OF THE KEY CULTURAL ISSUES OF OUR DAY!
THE DALLAS OPERA, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, PRESENTS

DALLAS OPERA PERSPECTIVES:
“WHEN ART AND RELIGION COLLIDE”
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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2014
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Inspired by Richard Strauss’ “Salome” but encompassing so much more! Moderated by SMU’s Dr. Christopher Anderson with a star-studded arts leadership panel featuring Dallas Museum of Art Director Maxwell Anderson, Dallas Theater Center Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty and Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny.

Visit dallasopera.org/conversations

DALLAS, SEPTEMBER 10, 2014 – The Dallas Opera is proud to present the first of this season’s Dallas Opera Perspectives: “When Art and Religion Collide,” a free, in-depth exploration of the role of religion in the creation of both visual and performing arts, including works like The Dallas Opera’s second production of the 2014-2015 Season, Salome by Richard Strauss. The panel will also explore how this relationship is evolving in an increasingly interactive, yet balkanized and secular world.
This lively discussion will take place in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, September 29, 2014. The Arts District landmark is located at 1928 Ross Avenue, approximately three blocks from the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House and the public is encouraged to attend.
Moderated by Dr. Christopher Anderson, an award-winning author and Associate Professor of Sacred Music at the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, the panel will consist of three influential leaders representing different branches of the arts: the Eugene McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art Maxwell Anderson, Dallas Theater Center Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty and Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny.

“Although our primary means of engaging the community is through performance,” explains Keith Cerny, “I believe it is just as important for The Dallas Opera to lend our brand to meaningful public discourse on a variety of timely and important topics. The complex relationship between art and religion throughout human history gives us much to analyze and discuss from the perspective of three hugely influential art forms—and we are eager for the audience to share their thoughts on the subject as well.”

“What is the underlying purpose of art?” asks Dr. Christopher Anderson. “How do secular or even anti-religious currents in the community affect the role of the artist? Is there a place for transcendence in art divorced from religion? How successfully has religion guided the artistic expression of society and family values? What about those occasions when art or religion are misappropriated in order to suppress?”
“These are just a few of the questions that will fuel our conversation,” he adds, “in an evening that may spark deeply personal responses.”

The evening will conclude with an open Q and A with members of the audience. No question is too controversial.
Walk-ups are welcome; however, we recommend that you reserve your seat now by going to www.dallasopera.org/conversations.
Parking is available in Bryan Tower at the corner of San Jacinto and Harwood, diagonally opposite the church, with a special event price of $3. Paid parking may also be found in one of several surface lots nearby and on the street. Handicapped parking is available at the church.

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The Dallas Opera’s 2014-2015 Season is sponsored by
Texas Instruments Foundation

Flex subscriptions begin at $75 for the 2014-2015 Season. Full Subscriptions begin at $95. For additional information about the coming season, call The Dallas Opera Ticket Services Office at 214-443-1000 or visit us online at www.dallasopera.org.

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EVENTS, GUESTS AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE DALLAS OPERA
IS CONVENIENTLY AVAILABLE ONLINE, 24/7
VISIT WWW.DALLASOPERA.ORG AND CHECK THE CALENDAR LISTINGS

Ticket Information for the 2014-2015 Dallas Opera Season

All performances are in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center unless otherwise described. Single Tickets range from $19 to $275 and Flex Subscriptions are on sale starting 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 2014-2015 SEASON INFORMATION
The Dallas Opera celebrates its Fifty-Eighth 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 begins one hour prior to curtain, at most performances excluding FIRST NIGHT of the season.

THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
October 24, 26(m), 29, November 1, 7 and 9(m), 2014
In a single crazy, romantic day, doors will be locked and unlocked, disguised donned, kisses exchanged and innermost hearts revealed—to some of the most memorable music Mozart ever composed.
An opera in four acts first performed in Vienna on May 1, 1786
Text by Lorenzo Da Ponte after the 1784 play La folle journée, ou Le mariage de Figaro by Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais
Time: The late 18th century
Place: Aguasfrescas near Seville, Spain, the Almaviva’s country house
Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume
Stage Director: Kevin Moriarty
Production Design: John Bury*
Lighting Design: Mark McCullough
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Choreography: Joel Ferrell*
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Mirco Palazzi (Figaro) , Beate Ritter** (Susanna), Joshua Hopkins (Count Almaviva), Nicole Car** (Countess Almaviva), Emily Fons (Cherubino), Diana Montague* (Marcellina), Kevin Langan (Doctor Bartolo), Doug Jones (Don Basilio), Angela Mannino (Barbarina), Adam Lau* (Antonio) and Jon Kolbet (Don Curzio).
Production Owned by Lyric Opera of Chicago

SALOME by Richard Strauss
October 30, November 2(m), 5, 8, 2014
Once in a great while, the term “over the top” doesn’t seem nearly high enough.
An opera in one act first performed in Dresden, Germany on December 9, 1905
Hedwig Lachmann’s German translation of Oscar Wilde’s French language play
Time: During the time of Jesus Christ
Place: King Herod’s palace on the Sea of Galilee
Conductor: Evan Rogister*
Stage Director: Francesca Zambello
Original Production: Francesca Zambello
Scenic Design: Peter J. Davison*
Costume Design: Anita Yavich
Lighting Design: Mark McCullough
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Choreography: Yael Levitin*
Starring: Deborah Voigt* (Salome), Robert Brubaker (Herod), Greer Grimsley* (Jokanaan), Susan Bickley* (Herodias), Scott Quinn (Narraboth), Heather Johnson* (Herodias’Page), Bradley Garvin (First Nazarene), Grigory Soloviov* (First Soldier), Jason Grant (Second Soldier), Joseph Hu (First Jew), Jay Gardner (Second Jew), John Robert Lindsey (Third Jew), Steven Haal (Fourth Jew), Patrick Guetti* (Fifth Jew), Tyler Simpson* (Second Nazarene), NaGuanda Nobles (A Slave) and Matthew Stump* (A Cappadocian).
Production Owned by Washington National Opera

A RARE DALLAS OPERA DOUBLE BILL:

LA WALLY by Alfredo Catalani
January 30, February 1(m), 4 and 7, 2015
The Climactic Final Act!
First performed in Milan, Italy on January 20, 1892
Text by Luigi Illica after Wilhelmine von Hillern’s story, Die Geyer-Wally
Time: Around the year 1800
Place: The Austrian Alps
Conductor: Anthony Barrese
Stage Director: Candace Evans
Scenic Design: Robert Brill
Costume Design: David C. Woolard
Lighting Design: Christopher Akerlind
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Latonia Moore (Wally), Carl Tanner* (Giuseppe Hagenbach) and Jennifer Chung (Walter)
A Brand-New Dallas Opera Production!

With EVEREST by Joby Talbot
January 30, February 1(m), 4 and 7, 2015
A Dallas Opera World Premiere!
Text by Gene Scheer
Time: Modern Day
Place: In the Death Zone on Mount Everest
Conductor: Nicole Paiement
Stage Director: Leonard Foglia
Scenic Design: Robert Brill
Costume Design: David C. Woolard
Video Design: Elaine J. McCarthy
Lighting Design: Christopher Akerlind
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Andrew Bidlack (Rob Hall), Sasha Cooke (Jan Arnold), Kevin Burdette* (Beck Weathers) and Craig Verm* (Doug Hanson).

LA BOHÈME by Giacomo Puccini
March 13, 15(m), 18, 21, 27 and 29(m), 2015
A passionate and timeless masterpiece in a beloved period production
An opera in four acts first performed in Turin, Italy on February 1, 1896
Text by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica after Henry Murger’s novel Scènes de la vie de bohème
Time: mid-19th century
Place: The Latin Quarter of Paris, France
Conductor: Riccardo Frizza*
Stage Director: Peter Kazaras
Scenic Design: Jean-Pierre Ponnelle
Costume Design: Peter J. Hall
Lighting Design: Thomas C. Hase
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Children’s Chorus Master: Melinda Cotton
Starring: Ana Maria Martinez (Mimi), Bryan Hymel (Rodolfo), Davinia Rodriguez* (Musetta), Jonathan Beyer (Marcello), Alexander Vinogradov* (Colline), Stephen LaBrie (Schaunard) and Stefan Szkafarowsky (Benoit).
One of the Dallas Opera’s Most Popular!

IOLANTA by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
April 10, 12(m), 15 and 18, 2015
A rarely performed Tchaikovsky gem, set in Medieval Provence!
First performed in St. Petersburg, Russia on December 18, 1892
Text by Modest Tchaikovsky based on the Danish play King Rene’s Daughter by Henrik Hertz
Time: The 15th century
Place: Provence, a mountainous region in Southern France
Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume
Stage Director: Christian Räth
Scenic Design: Christian Rath
Costume Design: Susan Cox
Video Design: Elaine J. McCarthy
Lighting Design: Thomas C. Hase
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Ekaterina Scherbachenko* (Iolanta), Sergei Skorokhodov* (Count Vaudémont), Joanna Mongiardo* (Brigitta), Lauren McNeese (Laura), Tamara Mumford* (Marta), Andrei Bondarenko** (Robert, Duke of Burgandy), Mikhail Kolelishvili (Renè, King of Provence), Andrew Bidlack (Alméric), Vladislav Sulimsky** (Ibn-Hakia) and Jordan Bisch (Bertrand).
Another New Dallas Opera Production

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

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FIRST NIGHT 2014 at The Dallas Opera

by Suzanne Calvin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE: SEPTEMBER 4, 2014
Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014 Or Celeste Hart 214.443.1071
suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org celeste.hart@dallasopera.org

EXCITEMENT AND THRILLS ABOUND!
THE DALLAS OPERA’S
SEASON OPENING NIGHT EVENTS

FIRST NIGHT!

2014-2015 “HEIGHTS OF PASSION” SEASON
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EVENTS BEGIN FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2014 AT 5:30 PM
THE MARGOT AND BILL WINSPEAR OPERA HOUSE
AT THE AT&T PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

Red Carpet Arrival
Tantalizing Gourmet Dinner
The Linda and Mitch Hart Season Opening Night Performance of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro
Curtain Time, 8:00 p.m.
Free Live Simulcast in Klyde Warren Park
Rockin’ And Dancin’ After Party

FIRST NIGHT CO-CHAIRS
LYNN MCBEE AND NICHOLAS EVEN

DALLAS, SEPTEMBER 4, 2014 – Opening Night of the Season holds the promise of something exciting, awe-inspiring and new! FIRST NIGHT presented by The Dallas Opera offers an evening of spectacular events to kick off the 2014-2015 “Heights of Passion” season with fun and flair. The festivities will begin on the lawn outside of the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House on Friday, October 24, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. with a red carpet entrance featuring models in custom-designed gowns based on the themes of this season’s operas. They continue with a sumptuous black-tie Pre-Performance Dinner at 6:00 p.m., co-chaired by Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger and catered by Wolfgang Puck in Sammons Park in a fabulous tent enhanced by décor inspired by the opera. The Dallas Opera’s production of The Marriage of Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a charming comedy, begins at 8:00 p.m. in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House, as well as at Klyde Warren Park where last year’s live opening night simulcast attracted thousands!
Following the Linda and Mitch Hart Season Opening Night Performance, party-goers will adjourn to an exclusive FIRST NIGHT After Party with the cast, co-chaired by Jenifer Strauss and Robert Weatherly. DJ Lucy Wrubel will be spinning tunes sure to get party-goers rockin’ and dancin’ through the night. Wolfgang Puck Sweet & Savory will nourish the night with a variety of flavorful offerings including breakfast delights and an open bar.
The Winspear Opera house is located at 2403 Flora Street, Dallas, TX, 75201.
“What could be more special than opening night at the opera – the art form that combines some of the most beautiful music ever written, magnificent voices and acting, intriguing sets and costumes, and the powerful Dallas Opera Orchestra? We invite everyone to join us to support this remarkable company and get immersed in the excitement of the events!” explains Ms. McBee, Co-Chair.
“This is an evening not to be missed! From the wonderful Pre-Performance Dinner, to the superb opera, and then the lively After Party, we have planned a very memorable FIRST NIGHT for you. We believe you’ll be thrilled you took part in these fantastic festivities whether you’re a seasoned opera patron or a newcomer. All are welcome!” said Mr. Even, Co-Chair.
Jeffrey Horn, Event Architect for FIRST NIGHT, is the CEO of Triad Event Solutions. According to Horn, his signature style combines artistic sensibility with a hint of whimsy, and provides the perfect foundation for creating a meaningful experience for guests. “FIRST NIGHT is a playful evening of cocktails and dinner on the lawn! Couture fashion, footlights and folly fill the red carpet. Love abounds, a gilded age is celebrated, and cupid’s arrows ignite passion for the 2014 -2015 Season beneath a starry sky! The After Party completes the gala with sweet tunes spun by a little bird in a gilded cage, late night sweet treats and sips,” promises Horn about the fantastic event he’s designing.

“This is the most exhilarating time of year for The Dallas Opera. Our kick-off events are the pinnacle of the season and offer an array of enticing elements for everyone to enjoy. Opening night at the opera is always very special — one of the most incredible nights of the year. It’s an opportunity for attendees to walk the red carpet, take part in spectacular events, experience the splendor of a night at the opera, and much more. Join our family and be a part of this amazing array of activities and celebrate our ‘Heights of Passion’ Season,” explains Keith Cerny, The Dallas Opera’s CEO and General Director.

The “red carpet entrance” to the opera will feature the FIRST SIGHT Fashion Show consisting of opera-inspired designs by Elizabeth Anyaa, Michael Faircloth, Abi Ferrin, Khahn Nguyen, Edo Popken, and Nicolas Villalba. The custom gowns will be on display, worn by models posing as mannequins. These lovely couture pieces will be auctioned individually by international auction house Heritage Auctions as a fundraiser for The Dallas Opera, a non-profit arts organization, beginning on October 24. The gowns will be available for purchase on their website www.ha.com until November 9, 2014. For more information, please call 877-HERITAGE (437-4824).
The enchanting Pre-Performance Dinner will be enjoyed on Friday, October 24, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Patrons of the black-tie affair will delight in the unique ambiance created by Jeffrey Horn. Wolfgang Puck’s gourmet menu, inspired by The Marriage of Figaro, is certain to tantalize the tastebuds. Tables for the dinner range from $25,000 to $7500 with individual tickets available. All dinner tickets include After Party tickets.
The Linda and Mitch Hart Season Opening Night Performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s, The Marriage Of Figaro, opens on the evening of Friday, October 24 at 8:00 p.m. in the the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House. The simulcast fun at Klyde Warren Park begins at 6:00 p.m. with a “Worst Bridesmaid’s Dress EVER!” contest, “Bouquet Toss” with prizes, and the Three Stooges 1945 classic short film “Micro-Phonies.” The thrilling opera will be simulcast live at 8:00 p.m. from the Winspear Opera House. Visit www.dallasopera.org/simulcast for more information.

Figaro loves Susanna, but he’s not the only one. In a single crazy, romantic day, doors will be locked and unlocked, disguises donned, kisses exchanged and innermost hearts revealed—to some of the most memorable music Mozart ever composed. Leading this merry band is Italian bass-baritone Mirco Palazzi (Figaro), who charmed us out of our seats as Leporello in The Dallas Opera’s 2010 production of Don Giovanni and Austrian soprano, Beate Ritter, a European favorite in her American debut as the lovely Susanna.
This stellar international cast also includes Canadian baritone Joshua Hopkins as Count Almaviva. His melancholy Countess will be portrayed by the much-discussed Australian soprano, Nicole Car, in her exciting American debut. Mezzo-soprano Emily Fons, as the love-struck Cherubino. Another world renowned mezzo, Britain’s Diana Montague will be making her TDO debut as Marcellina, and performing the role of Doctor Bartolo, Kevin Langan, one of America’s most sought-after basses. Conducted by our distinguished Music Director Emmanuel Villaume and staged by acclaimed Dallas Theater Center Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty (The Lighthouse)—this Figaro could very well be a marriage made in heaven!
Performances will continue on October 26(m), 29, November 1, 7 & 9(m), 2014 in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House. All evening performances besides the Opening Night of the Season will begin promptly at 7:30 PM. Sunday matinees begin at 2:00 PM. A free, pre-performance lecture (“The Joy and Ronald Mankoff Pre-Opera Talks”) will be conducted one hour prior to curtain at most performances.
The FIRST NIGHT After Party, Friday, October 24, 11:00 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., begins as the opera ends with entertainment maven DJ Lucy Wrubel rocking the house so guests can dance the night away. The Marriage of Figaro cast members will be on hand to mix and mingle with the guests. Patrons will enjoy a fabulous breakfast bar including chicken and waffles, decadent desserts and Opera-inspired specialty drinks. Tickets for the After Party are $125 per person.

FIRST SIGHT/FIRST NIGHT Sponsors

$10,000 and above
Diane and Harold M. Brierley
Deloitte
Nicholas Even
Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger
Linda and Milledge A. Hart lll
Haynes and Boone, LLP
Caroline Rose Hunt
Liz and Scott Kimple
Holly and Tom Mayer
NorthPark Center
Katherine and Michael Phillips
St. Michelle Wine Estates
Betty and Steve Suellentrop
Jacquelin and Phillip Taylor

$5,000 and above
Lee Bailey
Nancy and Clint Carlson
Cindy and Charlie Feld
Elizabeth and Scott Kimple
Northern Trust
Marnie and Kern Wildenthal
Ellen and Don Winspear

$2,000 and above
Heather Wiese Alexander and Scott Alexander
Simona Beal
Debbie and David Burch
Debra Witter and Scott Chase
Mary and Richard Covington
Arlene and John Dayton
Patricia Donosky
Amy and Vernon Faulconer
Susan and Mark Geyer
Wanda Gierhart
Kaki and Shelton Hopkins
Suzelle Smith and Don Howarth
Myra and Robert L. Hull
Tina and Goran Klintmalm
Lynn and Allan McBee
Kim and Greg Miller
Tincy Miller
Joyce and Harvey Mitchell
Lynn and Presley Mock
Robert A. Olson
Anne and Steven Stodghill
Joanna and Peter Townsend
Ellen and Robert Vladem

For more information or to purchase tickets to FIRST NIGHT, please visit: www.dallasopera.org/firstnight.
All single tickets for individual opera performances are subject to availability. Tickets may be purchased at the door – throughout the 2014-2015 Season – or in advance by calling 214.443.1000. Subscriptions and single tickets are available for purchase online throughout the season at www.dallasopera.org.

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS FOUNDATION, SEASON SPONSOR
FOR THE DALLAS OPERA’S “HEIGHTS OF PASSION” SEASON
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EVENTS, GUESTS AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE DALLAS OPERA
IS CONVENIENTLY AVAILABLE ONLINE, 24/7
VISIT WWW.DALLASOPERA.ORG AND CHECK THE CALENDAR LISTINGS

Ticket Information for the 2014-2015 Dallas Opera Season

All performances are in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center unless otherwise described. Single Tickets range from $19 to $275 and Flex Subscriptions are on sale starting 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 2014-2015 SEASON INFORMATION
The Dallas Opera celebrates its Fifty-Eighth 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 begins one hour prior to curtain, at most performances excluding FIRST NIGHT of the season.

THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
October 24 (The Linda and Mitch Hart Season Opening Night Performance), Oct. 26(m), 29, November 1, 7 and 9(m), 2014
In a single crazy, romantic day, doors will be locked and unlocked, disguised donned, kisses exchanged and innermost hearts revealed—to some of the most memorable music Mozart ever composed.
An opera in four acts first performed in Vienna on May 1, 1786
Text by Lorenzo Da Ponte after the 1784 play La folle journée, ou Le mariage de Figaro by Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais
Time: The late 18th century
Place: Aguasfrescas near Seville, Spain, the Almaviva’s country house
Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume
Stage Director: Kevin Moriarty
Production Design: John Bury*
Lighting Design: Mark McCullough
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Choreography: Joel Ferrell*
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Mirco Palazzi (Figaro) , Beate Ritter** (Susanna), Joshua Hopkins (Count Almaviva), Nicole Car** (Countess Almaviva), Emily Fons (Cherubino), Diana Montague* (Marcellina), Kevin Langan (Doctor Bartolo), Doug Jones (Don Basilio), Angela Mannino (Barbarina), Adam Lau* (Antonio) and Jon Kolbet (Don Curzio).
Production Owned by Lyric Opera of Chicago

SALOME by Richard Strauss
October 30, November 2(m), 5, 8, 2014
Once in a great while, the term “over the top” doesn’t seem nearly high enough.
An opera in one act first performed in Dresden, Germany on December 9, 1905
Hedwig Lachmann’s German translation of Oscar Wilde’s French language play
Time: During the time of Jesus Christ
Place: King Herod’s palace on the Sea of Galilee
Conductor: Evan Rogister*
Stage Director: Francesca Zambello
Original Production: Francesca Zambello
Scenic Design: Peter J. Davison*
Costume Design: Anita Yavich
Lighting Design: Mark McCullough
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Choreography: Yael Levitin*
Starring: Deborah Voigt* (Salome), Robert Brubaker (Herod), Greer Grimsley* (Jokanaan), Susan Bickley* (Herodias), Scott Quinn (Narraboth), Heather Johnson* (Herodias’Page), Bradley Garvin (First Nazarene), Grigory Soloviov* (First Soldier), Jason Grant (Second Soldier), Joseph Hu (First Jew), Jay Gardner (Second Jew), John Robert Lindsey (Third Jew), Steven Haal (Fourth Jew), Patrick Guetti* (Fifth Jew), Tyler Simpson* (Second Nazarene), NaGuanda Nobles (A Slave) and Matthew Stump* (A Cappadocian).
Production Owned by Washington National Opera

A RARE DALLAS OPERA DOUBLE BILL:

LA WALLY by Alfredo Catalani
January 30, February 1(m), 4 and 7, 2015
The Climactic Final Act!
First performed in Milan, Italy on January 20, 1892
Text by Luigi Illica after Wilhelmine von Hillern’s story, Die Geyer-Wally
Time: Around the year 1800
Place: The Austrian Alps
Conductor: Anthony Barrese
Stage Director: Candace Evans
Scenic Design: Robert Brill
Costume Design: David C. Woolard
Lighting Design: Christopher Akerlind
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Latonia Moore (Wally), Carl Tanner* (Giuseppe Hagenbach) and Jennifer Chung (Walter)
A Brand-New Dallas Opera Production!

With EVEREST by Joby Talbot
January 30, February 1(m), 4 and 7, 2015
A Dallas Opera World Premiere!
Text by Gene Scheer
Time: Modern Day
Place: In the Death Zone on Mount Everest
Conductor: Nicole Paiement
Stage Director: Leonard Foglia
Scenic Design: Robert Brill
Costume Design: David C. Woolard
Video Design: Elaine J. McCarthy
Lighting Design: Christopher Akerlind
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Andrew Bidlack (Rob Hall), Sasha Cooke (Jan Arnold), Kevin Burdette* (Beck Weathers) and Craig Verm* (Doug Hanson).

LA BOHÈME by Giacomo Puccini
March 13, 15(m), 18, 21, 27 and 29(m), 2015
A passionate and timeless masterpiece in a beloved period production
An opera in four acts first performed in Turin, Italy on February 1, 1896
Text by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica after Henry Murger’s novel Scènes de la vie de bohème
Time: mid-19th century
Place: The Latin Quarter of Paris, France
Conductor: Riccardo Frizza*
Stage Director: Peter Kazaras
Scenic Design: Jean-Pierre Ponnelle
Costume Design: Peter J. Hall
Lighting Design: Thomas C. Hase
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Children’s Chorus Master: Melinda Cotton
Starring: Ana Maria Martinez (Mimi), Bryan Hymel (Rodolfo), Davinia Rodriguez* (Musetta), Jonathan Beyer (Marcello), Alexander Vinogradov* (Colline), Stephen LaBrie (Schaunard) and Stefan Szkafarowsky (Benoit).
One of the Dallas Opera’s Most Popular!

IOLANTA by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
April 10, 12(m), 15 and 18, 2015
A rarely performed Tchaikovsky gem, set in Medieval Provence!
First performed in St. Petersburg, Russia on December 18, 1892
Text by Modest Tchaikovsky based on the Danish play King Rene’s Daughter by Henrik Hertz
Time: The 15th century
Place: Provence, a mountainous region in Southern France
Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume
Stage Director: Christian Räth
Scenic Design: Christian Räth
Costume Design: Susan Cox
Video Design: Elaine J. McCarthy
Lighting Design: Thomas C. Hase
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Ekaterina Scherbachenko* (Iolanta), Sergei Skorokhodov* (Count Vaudémont), Joanna Mongiardo* (Brigitta), Lauren McNeese (Laura), Tamara Mumford* (Marta), Andrei Bondarenko** (Robert, Duke of Burgandy), Mikhail Kolelishvili (Renè, King of Provence), Andrew Bidlack (Alméric), Vladislav Sulimsky** (Ibn-Hakia) and Jordan Bisch (Bertrand).
Another New Dallas Opera Production

* 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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Brian Zeger to Chair Judges Panel at 2015 Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition

by Suzanne Calvin

There are major changes afoot at the Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition for 2015 -- starting with the Judges Panel.  Read on!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014 Or Celeste Hart 214.443.1071
suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org celeste.hart@dallasopera.org

THE DALLAS OPERA IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE
ACCLAIMED PIANIST, ARTS ADMINISTRATOR, ADJUDICATOR AND EDUCATOR
BRIAN ZEGER
Has Been Appointed to Chair Judging of
The 2015 Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition
Now, Bigger Than Texas!
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Expanded format to Include National Applicant Pool and Finals Round Performed with The Dallas Opera Orchestra
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Conducted by Internationally Renowned
TDO Music Director Emmanuel Villaume

DALLAS, TX, AUGUST 26, 2014 -- The Dallas Opera is proud to announce the appointment of Brian Zeger as Chair of the Judges Panel for the 2015 Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition. This season’s competition will take place on Saturday, April 18, 2015 and Sunday, April 19, 2015 in the elegant setting of the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public.
On the faculty of The Juilliard School since 1993 and Artistic Director of Vocal Arts at Juilliard since 2004, Dr. Zeger is also the Executive Director of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.
As a performer, Dr. Zeger is a frequent recital partner and artistic collaborator to leading vocal artists including Deborah Voigt, Anna Netrebko, Marilyn Horne, René Pape, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Joyce DiDonato, Bryn Terfel and Susan Graham.
Dr. Zeger has lent a distinguished musical presence to a variety of recordings for EMI Classics, Delos, Naxos, New World and Koch.
A polished broadcast professional and frequent guest on the Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts, Dr. Zeger has also contributed critical essays for publications such as Opera News, Chamber Music Magazine and The Yale Review. He has participated in countless summer festivals: Ravinia, Santa Fe, Caramoor, Aldeburgh and Aspen, as well as the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival where he served as artistic director from 1993-2000. This native New Yorker has also adjudicated the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Concert Artists Guild Auditions and the Walter W. Naumberg Vocal Competition.
Judges for the expanded 27th Annual Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition will be drawn from distinguished performers and opera administrators and will also include General Director & CEO Keith Cerny, Music Director Emmanuel Villaume and newly-appointed Artistic Administrator Ian Derrer.
The Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition, historically, has been focused on singers with Texas roots or academic connections, and its many distinguished alumni include Latonia Moore, Clifton Forbis, Marjorie Owens, Weston Hurt, Steven LaBrie and Jesus Garcia.
As the competition seeks to gain even greater prominence and significance, The Dallas Opera and The Dallas Opera Guild are making two significant changes:

• First, in order to attract the most talented applicant pool, with the greatest potential, the eligibility criteria for applicants to the 2015 competition has changed. It will be open to residents of all 50 states and U.S. Territories. Competitors must be individuals aged 18 to 32 on the dates of the actual competition.

• Second, the Finals Round of the competition, which will take place on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 7:30 pm in the Winspear Opera House, will be accompanied for the first time by The Dallas Opera Orchestra, conducted by TDO’s acclaimed Music Director, Emmanuel Villaume. Up to six finalists will participate, singing two arias each.

Responding to his appointment as Chair of the Judges Panel, Dr. Zeger noted, “I am delighted to be collaborating with General Director and CEO Keith Cerny and Music Director Emmanuel Villaume on this new expanded format. We are already working to engage a distinguished panel of judges, and I know these changes will allow The Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition to reach even greater heights.”

Commented General Director & CEO Keith Cerny: “The Dallas Opera is delighted to be working with Dr. Zeger and partnering closely with The Dallas Opera Guild. Dr. Zeger brings an enviable reputation as a pianist, coach, and arts administrator, and we are honored to have him work with us to enhance the competition and to chair the judges’ panels for preliminary, semi-final, and final rounds.”

“Having known Brian Zeger for many years, I am looking forward to collaborating with him on this newly expanded competition,” said Music Director Emmanuel Villaume. “It will be a particular delight to work with TDO’s excellent orchestra to accompany the competition finalists next April.”

Dallas Opera Guild President Susan Fleming explained that “The Guild has long been proud of the annual Vocal Competition, and our members who work countless hours behind the scenes to bring the competition to life. We are pleased to be working together with General Director & CEO Keith Cerny, Maestro Emmanuel Villaume, and Brian Zeger to build on our past success and to increase the national prominence of this competition.”

Dallas Opera Guild 2015 Vocal Competition Chair Ketty Fitzgerald added, “Building on the foundation of all those who came before us, we have a unique opportunity to restructure this competition to enable it to do even more to advance the careers of the best young singers in opera. That is our ultimate goal, in taking this event to the next level.”

ABOUT THE 2015 DALLAS OPERA GUILD VOCAL COMPETITION

Potential applicants are encouraged to check TDO’s website for more information about the application process, as well as YAP Tracker. The Dallas Opera will begin accepting applications for the 2015 competition on September 15, 2014. The entry fee is $35. Applications must be submitted exclusively through YAP Tracker — no later than 11:59 p.m. on November 15, 2014. Semifinalists will be notified on January 15, 2015. Additional details regarding the changes to the competition may be found at www.dallasopera.org/vocal.

The Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House is conveniently located in the heart of the Arts District at 2403 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201.
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FOR THE DALLAS OPERA’S “HEIGHTS OF PASSION” SEASON
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and the Betty and Steve Suellentrop Educational Outreach Fund. TDO Family Performances are a part of the Perot Foundation Education and Community Outreach Programs.

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Ticket Information for the 2014-2015 Dallas Opera Season

All performances are in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center unless otherwise described. Single Tickets range from $19 to $275 and Flex Subscriptions are on sale starting 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 2014-2015 SEASON INFORMATION
The Dallas Opera celebrates its Fifty-Eighth 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 Talks begin one hour prior to curtain, at most performances excluding FIRST NIGHT of the season.

THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
October 24, 26(m), 29, November 1, 7 and 9(m), 2014
In a single crazy, romantic day, doors will be locked and unlocked, disguised donned, kisses exchanged and innermost hearts revealed—to some of the most memorable music Mozart ever composed.
An opera in four acts first performed in Vienna on May 1, 1786
Text by Lorenzo Da Ponte after the 1784 play La folle journée, ou Le mariage de Figaro by Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais
Time: The late 18th century
Place: Aguasfrescas near Seville, Spain, the Almaviva’s country house
Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume
Stage Director: Kevin Moriarty
Production Design: John Bury*
Lighting Design: Mark McCullough
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Choreography: Joel Ferrell*
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Mirco Palazzi (Figaro) , Beate Ritter** (Susanna), Joshua Hopkins (Count Almaviva), Nicole Car** (Countess Almaviva), Emily Fons (Cherubino), Diana Montague* (Marcellina), Kevin Langan (Doctor Bartolo), Doug Jones (Don Basilio), Angela Mannino (Barbarina), Adam Lau* (Antonio) and Jon Kolbet (Don Curzio).
Production Owned by Lyric Opera of Chicago

SALOME by Richard Strauss
October 30, November 2(m), 5, 8, 2014
Once in a great while, the term “over the top” doesn’t seem nearly high enough.
An opera in one act first performed in Dresden, Germany on December 9, 1905
Hedwig Lachmann’s German translation of Oscar Wilde’s French language play
Time: During the time of Jesus Christ
Place: King Herod’s palace on the Sea of Galilee
Conductor: Evan Rogister*
Stage Director: Francesca Zambello
Original Production: Francesca Zambello
Scenic Design: Peter J. Davison*
Costume Design: Anita Yavich
Lighting Design: Mark McCullough
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Choreography: Yael Levitin*
Starring: Deborah Voigt* (Salome), Robert Brubaker (Herod), Greer Grimsley* (Jokanaan), Susan Bickley* (Herodias), Scott Quinn (Narraboth), Heather Johnson* (Herodias’Page), Bradley Garvin (First Nazarene), Grigory Soloviov* (First Soldier), Jason Grant (Second Soldier), Joseph Hu (First Jew), Jay Gardner (Second Jew), John Robert Lindsey (Third Jew), Steven Haal (Fourth Jew), Patrick Guetti* (Fifth Jew), Tyler Simpson* (Second Nazarene), NaGuanda Nobles (A Slave) and Matthew Stump* (A Cappadocian).
Production Owned by Washington National Opera

WINTER 2015 -- A RARE DALLAS OPERA DOUBLE BILL:

LA WALLY by Alfredo Catalani
January 30, February 1(m), 4 and 7, 2015
The Climactic Final Act!
First performed in Milan, Italy on January 20, 1892
Text by Luigi Illica after Wilhelmine von Hillern’s story, Die Geyer-Wally
Time: Around the year 1800
Place: The Austrian Alps
Conductor: Anthony Barrese
Stage Director: Candace Evans
Scenic Design: Robert Brill
Costume Design: David C. Woolard
Lighting Design: Christopher Akerlind
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Latonia Moore (Wally), Carl Tanner* (Giuseppe Hagenbach) and Jennifer Chung (Walter)
A Brand-New Dallas Opera Production!

With EVEREST by Joby Talbot
January 30, February 1(m), 4 and 7, 2015
A Dallas Opera World Premiere!
Text by Gene Scheer
Time: Modern Day
Place: In the Death Zone on Mount Everest
Conductor: Nicole Paiement
Stage Director: Leonard Foglia
Scenic Design: Robert Brill
Costume Design: David C. Woolard
Video Design: Elaine J. McCarthy
Lighting Design: Christopher Akerlind
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Andrew Bidlack (Rob Hall), Sasha Cooke (Jan Arnold), Kevin Burdette* (Beck Weathers) and Craig Verm* (Doug Hanson).

LA BOHÈME by Giacomo Puccini
March 13, 15(m), 18, 21, 27 and 29(m), 2015
A passionate and timeless masterpiece in a beloved period production
An opera in four acts first performed in Turin, Italy on February 1, 1896
Text by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica after Henry Murger’s novel Scènes de la vie de bohème
Time: mid-19th century
Place: The Latin Quarter of Paris, France
Conductor: Riccardo Frizza*
Stage Director: Peter Kazaras
Scenic Design: Jean-Pierre Ponnelle
Costume Design: Peter J. Hall
Lighting Design: Thomas C. Hase
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Children’s Chorus Master: Melinda Cotton
Starring: Ana Maria Martinez (Mimi), Bryan Hymel (Rodolfo), Davinia Rodriguez* (Musetta), Jonathan Beyer (Marcello), Alexander Vinogradov* (Colline), Stephen LaBrie (Schaunard) and Stefan Szkafarowsky (Benoit).
One of the Dallas Opera’s Most Popular!

IOLANTA by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
April 10, 12(m), 15 and 18, 2015
A rarely performed Tchaikovsky gem, set in Medieval Provence!
First performed in St. Petersburg, Russia on December 18, 1892
Text by Modest Tchaikovsky based on the Danish play King Rene’s Daughter by Henrik Hertz
Time: The 15th century
Place: Provence, a mountainous region in Southern France
Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume
Stage Director: Christian Räth
Scenic Design: Christian Räth
Costume Design: Susan Cox
Video Design: Elaine J. McCarthy
Lighting Design: Thomas C. Hase
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Ekaterina Scherbachenko* (Iolanta), Sergei Skorokhodov* (Count Vaudémont), Joanna Mongiardo* (Brigitta), Lauren McNeese (Laura), Tamara Mumford* (Marta), Andrei Bondarenko** (Robert, Duke of Burgandy), Mikhail Kolelishvili (Renè, King of Provence), Andrew Bidlack (Alméric), Vladislav Sulimsky** (Ibn-Hakia) and Jordan Bisch (Bertrand).
Another New Dallas Opera Production

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

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FIRST SIGHT – Spectacular Season Kick-Off!

by Celeste Hart

A Fashion Show like no other! Gorgeous custom gowns inspired by our “Heights of Passion” season, dozens of incredible Roberto Cavalli evening wear designs, a delectable Wolfgang Puck Luncheon, all presented at the Winspear Opera House. Reservations now being taken! Continue reading →

Ailyn Perez and Stephen Costello at the Eisemann

by Suzanne Calvin

One of opera’s most talented and treasured duos returns to DFW in a Dallas Opera recital at the Eisemann Center. Read on!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014
Or Celeste Hart 214.443.1071
suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org celeste.hart@dallasopera.org

THE DALLAS OPERA IS THRILLED TO PRESENT

AILYN PÉREZ AND STEPHEN COSTELLO
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PERFORMING SELECTIONS FROM THEIR NEW CD
“LOVE DUETS” IN AN EXCLUSIVE RECITAL!
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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2014 AT 2:00 PM
AT BANK OF AMERICA THEATRE
EISEMANN CENTER, RICHARDSON, TEXAS
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$25 TICKETS NOW ON SALE AT DALLASOPERA.ORG

DALLAS, JULY 15, 2014 – The Dallas Opera is delighted to bring the hottest young couple in opera back to North Texas for a ravishing recital in a fabulous new venue for TDO: the Eisemann Center. These acclaimed American artists, soprano Ailyn Pérez (Don Giovanni) and tenor Stephen Costello (Moby-Dick) will perform selections from their newly released Warner Classics CD, Love Duets.
Ms. Pérez and Mr. Costello, who are married, have thrilled audiences across the globe, both on and off the opera stage. Now music lovers have an exciting opportunity to experience their combined artistry, up close and personal, on Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in the intimate setting of the Bank of America Theatre at the Charles W. Eisemann Center for Performing Arts and Corporate Presentations, (2351 Performance Dr, Richardson, TX 75082).
The program will include works featured on the CD from the operas La bohème, La traviata, and The Elixir of Love, as well as classic love songs from Broadway’s Carousel and Bernstein’s West Side Story. Additional romantic favorites from composers Hahn, Falla, Tosti, and Heggie will also be performed.
Ms. Pérez and Mr. Costello will be accompanied by pianist Danielle Orlando. General admission tickets, priced at just $25, are available now through the Dallas Opera Ticket Office at 214.443.1000 or online, 24/7, at www.dallasopera.org.

“It’s a great pleasure to be able to bring these two extremely popular artists back to North Texas for this romantic recital,” says Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny. “Their performances on the opera and concert stage consistently earn rave reviews and legions of fans, so there’s much to look forward to in this exclusive and intimate event.”
“The talent, chemistry and the chosen repertoire of this extraordinary duo will make for a spectacular recital—one sure to please opera lovers as well as those merely seeking an afternoon of marvelous entertainment,” adds Mr. Cerny.

“I’m excited to be singing alongside Stephen in Dallas for the first time! They have such a great audience there, and I can’t wait to share this wonderful music with them,” exclaims Ailyn Pérez.

“It’s going to be great to be back in Dallas,” says Stephen Costello. They were one of the first companies to hire me and it’s always been a pleasure to return there – especially this time with Ailyn and the wonderful Danielle Orlando.”

Ms. Pérez appeared with the Dallas Opera in 2010 as Zerlina in Don Giovanni. This latest project continues to help catapult her career. According to the Associated Press, “Perez’s lyric soprano is pure and honeyed in tone, and she deploys it with elegance and tenderness.” Hailed by the New York Times as “a beautiful woman who commands the stage” and “a major soprano,” Ailyn Pérez is increasingly in demand at the world’s leading opera houses and cultural capitals. She has won both the 15th annual Plácido Domingo Award and the 2012 Richard Tucker Award, thereby becoming the only Hispanic recipient in the award’s 35-year history. As Opera News observes, “The phrase ‘an embarrassment of riches’ might have been invented to describe the combination of talents that belong to Ailyn Pérez…who truly seems to have it all.”
Mr. Costello has frequently performed at the Dallas Opera since his debut here as Robert Dudley in 2007’s Mary Queen of Scots and his career continues to skyrocket. As the Associated Press observes, Stephen Costello is “a prodigiously gifted singer whose voice makes an immediate impact.” The Philadelphia-born tenor quickly established a reputation as a “first-class talent” (Opera News) after coming to national attention in 2007, when, at age 26, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut on the company’s season-opening night. Two years later Costello won the prestigious Richard Tucker Award, and he has since appeared at many of the world’s most important opera houses and music festivals, including London’s Royal Opera House; Covent Garden; the Deutsche Oper Berlin; the Vienna State Opera; and the Salzburg Festival. In 2010 he created the role of Greenhorn (Ishmael) in the Dallas Opera’s celebrated world-premiere production of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s Moby-Dick, prompting Opera magazine to hail him as “a tenor of ineffable sensitivity, with unfailing elegance in singing and a disconcerting ease in producing notes in head-voice.”
Danielle Orlando, pianist and master vocal coach, is enjoying an active career as an accompanist to many international opera singers as well as serving as a distinguished vocal coach and artistic consultant to many prestigious organizations throughout the musical world. She is presently the Principal Opera Coach of The Curtis Institute of Music and a Master Coach for the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. Ms. Orlando has collaborated with Luciano Pavarotti on his international voice competitions and worked extensively with Gian Carlo Menotti on the Festival Dei Due Mondi.
After debuting at number three on the United Kingdom Classical Chart in May, Love Duets had its digital release in the U.S. on June 3 and the CD release on June 10. This is the first recording together for “America’s fastest-rising husband-and-wife opera stars” (Associated Press). The new Warner Classics album has already taken London by storm, being named “Album of the Week” by the Mail on Sunday, Classic FM, and the Sunday Times, which proclaimed it “a disc that should win these hugely likeable young stars a lot of new friends.” In Tune pronounced them “opera’s most in-demand couple.”

TICKET INFORMATION

General admission tickets for the Eisemann Center recital are priced at $25 and may be purchased through the Dallas Opera website, www.dallasopera.org or by contacting the friendly customer service professionals in the Dallas Opera Ticket Office at 214-443-1000.
The Charles W. Eisemann Center for Performing Arts and Corporate Presentations is conveniently located in the Galatyn Park Urban Center in the heart of Richardson’s business and technology area. This recital will be held in the 395-seat Bank of America Theatre.
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KEY BIOS

AILYN PÉREZ (Soprano)

After singing Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with James Conlon and the Chicago Symphony at this summer’s Ravinia Festival, Pérez looks forward to making her house and role debuts next season as Desdemona in Verdi’s Otello at Houston Grand Opera and as Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen at the Metropolitan Opera. Besides headlining a new production of La traviata at Zurich Opera, in 2014-15 she will also sing Mimì in La bohème at Hamburg State Opera, and portray a pair of Donizetti heroines – Adina in L’elisir d’amore and Norina in Don Pasquale – at the Bavarian State Opera and Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu, respectively. In concert, the soprano will join her husband and frequent co-star, tenor Stephen Costello, for programs of operatic duets at Washington National Opera, Dallas Opera, and Opera Philadelphia, where they launch the company’s 40th Anniversary Season with a special gala performance in the city where they first fell in love.
Already something of a calling card for Pérez, the role of Violetta in La traviata was the vehicle for five of her operatic engagements in 2013-14. She launched the new season at the Hamburg State Opera, opposite Costello, before revisiting Verdi’s doomed heroine at Spain’s Ópera de Oviedo and the Bavarian State Opera. Pérez and Costello reunited in those roles at San Francisco Opera and London’s Royal Opera House, where Pérez had already been hailed as “an ideal Violetta” (Observer, UK). She returned to Covent Garden to undertake the title part of Massenet’s Manon in Laurent Pelly’s celebrated treatment, and to make her role debut as Liù in Puccini’s Turandot, before closing the opera season as she began it, opposite Costello in Verdi at Hamburg State Opera, this time as Gilda to his Duke in Rigoletto. She made her U.S. solo recital debut at Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, and graced a “dream team of opera singers” (New York Times) at the Richard Tucker Music Foundation gala at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall. Dubbed “America’s fastest-rising husband-and-wife opera stars” (Associated Press) and praised for their “palpable chemistry”(New York Times), Pérez and Costello teamed up for operatic duets at the “Classic FM Live” gala at London’s Royal Albert Hall, and released their Warner Classics album debut, Love Duets, which was recorded with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Patrick Summers.

STEPHEN COSTELLO (Tenor)

The 2014-15 season sees Costello return to San Francisco Opera to create the male lead in Francesca Zambello’s world premiere production of Two Women, a new opera by Marco Tutino, with Nicola Luisotti conducting. The tenor reprises his starring role in La traviata opposite Marina Rebeka’s Violetta at the Vienna State Opera and at the Met, where he also looks forward to joining Susan Graham for Susan Stroman’s new take on Lehar’s The Merry Widow under Fabio Luisi’s leadership. Other operatic highlights include his return to Houston Grand Opera to make his professional role debut as Ferrando in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, and his portrayal of the title role in Roméo et Juliette at Austin Lyric Opera. Costello rejoins his wife and frequent co-star, Ailyn Pérez, with whom he has been dubbed “the Jay-Z and Beyoncé” of opera (The Times, UK), to sing live selections from their Warner Classics debut, Love Duets, at London’s Barbican Centre with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and at Washington National Opera, Dallas Opera, San Diego Opera and Opera Philadelphia, where they launch the company’s 40th anniversary season with a special gala performance.
Last season Costello made his Washington National Opera debut with a reprise of Greenhorn in Moby-Dick, while the San Francisco Opera’s presentation of the Heggie/Scheer opera, in which the tenor made his house debut, was televised nationwide on PBS’s Great Performances and subsequently released on DVD. Other highlights of 2013-14 included Costello’s Houston Grand Opera debut as the Duke of Mantua in Verdi’s Rigoletto, in which he proved himself “one of the best lyric tenors in the business” (Theater Jones); his return to Carnegie Hall to headline Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux in concert; his Japanese debut in Falstaff at the Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto; and his return to the Vienna State Opera in two favorite Donizetti roles: Percy in Anna Bolena and Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore. L’elisir also served as the vehicle for his second Washington National Opera engagement, in which he was joined by Ailyn Pérez, opposite whom he assumed another signature role – Alfredo in Verdi’s La traviata – in productions at London’s Royal Opera House and the San Francisco Opera. Costello reunited with his wife for gala concerts at London’s Royal Albert Hall and Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, where they helped celebrate Richard Tucker’s centennial, and on their June CD release, Love Duets; recorded with Patrick Summers and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the best-selling album was immediately hailed as “a knockout” (Philadelphia Inquirer).
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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT “JULY AT THE DALLAS OPERA”
IS CONVENIENTLY AVAILABLE ONLINE, 24/7
VISIT WWW.DALLASOPERA.ORG AND CHECK THE CALENDAR LISTINGS

Ticket Information for the 2014-2015 Dallas Opera Season

All performances are in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center unless otherwise described (see above). Single Tickets range from $19 to $275 and go on sale July 14. Flex Subscriptions are on sale now, starting at $75. Family performance tickets are just $5 apiece. 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 2014-2015 SEASON INFORMATION
The Dallas Opera celebrates its Fifty-Eighth 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 begins one hour prior to curtain, at most performances excluding FIRST NIGHT of the season.

The 2014-2015 “Heights of Passion Season” is presented by Texas Instruments Foundation. 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.

THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
October 24, 26(m), 29, November 1, 7 and 9(m), 2014
In a single crazy, romantic day, doors will be locked and unlocked, disguised donned, kisses exchanged and innermost hearts revealed—to some of the most memorable music Mozart ever composed.
An opera in four acts first performed in Vienna on May 1, 1786
Text by Lorenzo Da Ponte after the 1784 play La folle journée, ou Le mariage de Figaro by Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais
Time: The late 18th century
Place: Aguasfrescas near Seville, Spain, the Almaviva’s country house
Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume
Stage Director: Kevin Moriarty
Production Design: John Bury*
Lighting Design: Mark McCullough
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Choreography: Joel Ferrell*
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Mirco Palazzi (Figaro) , Beate Ritter** (Susanna), Joshua Hopkins (Count Almaviva), Nicole Car** (Countess Almaviva), Emily Fons (Cherubino), Diana Montague* (Marcellina), Kevin Langan (Doctor Bartolo), Doug Jones (Don Basilio), Angela Mannino (Barbarina), Adam Lau* (Antonio) and Jon Kolbet (Don Curzio).
Production Owned by Lyric Opera of Chicago

SALOME by Richard Strauss
October 30, November 2(m), 5, 8, 2014
Once in a great while, the term “over the top” doesn’t seem nearly high enough.
An opera in one act first performed in Dresden, Germany on December 9, 1905
Hedwig Lachmann’s German translation of Oscar Wilde’s French language play
Time: During the time of Jesus Christ
Place: King Herod’s palace on the Sea of Galilee
Conductor: Evan Rogister*
Stage Director: Francesca Zambello
Original Production: Francesca Zambello
Scenic Design: Peter J. Davison*
Costume Design: Anita Yavich
Lighting Design: Mark McCullough
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Choreography: Yael Levitin*
Starring: Deborah Voigt* (Salome), Robert Brubaker (Herod), Greer Grimsley* (Jokanaan), Susan Bickley* (Herodias), Scott Quinn (Narraboth), Heather Johnson* (Herodias’Page), Bradley Garvin (First Nazarene), Grigory Soloviov* (First Soldier), Jason Grant (Second Soldier), Joseph Hu (First Jew), Jay Gardner (Second Jew), John Robert Lindsey (Third Jew), Steven Haal (Fourth Jew), Patrick Guetti* (Fifth Jew), Tyler Simpson* (Second Nazarene), NaGuanda Nobles (A Slave) and Matthew Stump* (A Cappadocian).
Production Owned by Washington National Opera

A RARE DALLAS OPERA DOUBLE BILL:

LA WALLY by Alfredo Catalani
January 30, February 1(m), 4 and 7, 2015
The Climactic Final Act!
First performed in Milan, Italy on January 20, 1892
Text by Luigi Illica after Wilhelmine von Hillern’s story, Die Geyer-Wally
Time: Around the year 1800
Place: The Austrian Alps
Conductor: Anthony Barrese
Stage Director: Candace Evans
Scenic Design: TBD
Costume Design: TBD
Lighting Design: TBD
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Latonia Moore (Wally), Carl Tanner* (Giuseppe Hagenbach) and Jennifer Chung (Walter)
A Brand-New Dallas Opera Production!

With EVEREST by Joby Talbot
January 30, February 1(m), 4 and 7, 2015
A Dallas Opera World Premiere!
Text by Gene Scheer
Time: Modern Day
Place: In the Death Zone on Mount Everest
Conductor: Nicole Paiement
Stage Director: Leonard Foglia
Scenic Design: Robert Brill
Costume Design: TBD
Video Design: Elaine J. McCarthy
Lighting Design: TBD
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Andrew Bidlack (Rob Hall), Sasha Cooke (Jan Arnold), Kevin Burdette* (Beck Weathers) and Craig Verm* (Doug Hanson).

LA BOHÈME by Giacomo Puccini
March 13, 15(m), 18, 21, 27 and 29(m), 2015
A passionate and timeless masterpiece in a beloved period production
An opera in four acts first performed in Turin, Italy on February 1, 1896
Text by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica after Henry Murger’s novel Scènes de la vie de bohème
Time: mid-19th century
Place: The Latin Quarter of Paris, France
Conductor: Riccardo Frizza*
Stage Director: Peter Kazaras
Scenic Design: Jean-Pierre Ponnelle
Costume Design: Peter J. Hall
Lighting Design: Thomas C. Hase
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Children’s Chorus Master: Melinda Cotton
Starring: Ana Maria Martinez (Mimi), Bryan Hymel (Rodolfo), Davinia Rodriguez* (Musetta), Jonathan Beyer (Marcello), Alexander Vinogradov* (Colline), Stephen LaBrie (Schaunard) and Stefan Szkafarowsky (Benoit).
One of the Dallas Opera’s Most Popular!

IOLANTA by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
April 10, 12(m), 15 and 18, 2015
A rarely performed Tchaikovsky gem, set in Medieval Provence!
First performed in St. Petersburg, Russia on December 18, 1892
Text by Modest Tchaikovsky based on the Danish play King Rene’s Daughter by Henrik Hertz
Time: The 15th century
Place: Provence, a mountainous region in Southern France
Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume
Stage Director: Christian Räth
Scenic Design: TBD
Costume Design: TBD
Video Design: Elaine J. McCarthy
Lighting Design: Thomas C. Hase
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Ekaterina Scherbachenko* (Iolanta), Sergei Skorokhodov* (Count Vaudémont), Joanna Mongiardo* (Brigitta), Lauren McNeese (Laura), Tamara Mumford* (Marta), Andrei Bondarenko** (Robert, Duke of Burgandy), Mikhail Kolelishvili (Renè, King of Provence), Andrew Bidlack (Alméric), Vladislav Sulimsky** (Ibn-Hakia) and Jordan Bisch (Bertrand).
Another New Dallas Opera Production

* Dallas Opera Debut
** American Debut
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The Dallas Opera is supported, in part, by funds from: Texas Instruments and the 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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Single Tickets Go On Sale July 14

by Suzanne Calvin

Although the prices on subscriptions are nearly impossible to beat, for a variety of reasons, some people prefer to buy single tickets. Let us get on your radar screen now, because when these go on sale July 14th, many of the hottest performances are likely to fill up fast.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Monday, June 30, 2014
Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014 Or Celeste Hart 214.443.1071
suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org celeste.hart@dallasopera.org

THE DALLAS OPERA IS PLEASED
TO ANNOUNCE
SINGLE TICKETS
FOR THE 2014-2015 SEASON
“HEIGHTS OF PASSION”
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PRESENTED BY TEXAS INSTRUMENTS
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GO ON SALE MONDAY, JULY 14TH
Single tickets Start at Just $19
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Family Performance Singles -- $5 apiece!

DALLAS, JUNE 30, 2014— Now is the time to prepare to scale a new summit in North Texas arts and entertainment! Single tickets for Dallas Opera’s 2014-2015 “Heights of Passion” Season, presented by Texas Instruments, and popular TDO Family Performances in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center will go on sale to the general public Monday, July 14, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.
The Dallas Opera’s hotly anticipated season consists of six operas in five outstanding productions, including a spectacular, much-anticipated world premiere! Single tickets start at the low price of $19 and may be purchased, 24/7, at www.dallasopera.org/tickets/ or by calling our friendly and helpful ticket office professionals at 214-443-1000—beginning July 14th.
Full season and Flex subscriptions are available for purchase today. Subscriptions for all five productions begin at the amazing low price of just $95! Flex subscriptions (three operas or your choosing) start at just $75 and four opera packages are available, as well.
This is one of the best chances yet to experience the consummate art form—and introduce it to the loved ones in your life! Share world-renowned singers performing with TDO’s superb orchestra and chorus under the baton of Music Director Emmanuel Villaume and prestigious guest conductors. Share the breathtaking sets and costumes, the passions, the action—and immerse yourself in some of the finest music ever composed.
Sold-out houses are becoming more common; we recommend that you plan your 2014-2015 Dallas Opera Season today by consulting the production line-up below:

• THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO, the spirited comedy by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with Italian bass Mirco Palazzi starring as the clever servant, Figaro.
(Oct. 24 – The Linda and Mitch Hart Season Opening Night Performance,
26 (m), 29, Nov. 1, 7, 9)
• SALOME by Richard Strauss featuring the TDO debuts of two phenomenal stars, soprano Deborah Voigt in the title role, and Greer Grimsley as John the Baptist. (Oct. 30, Nov. 2(m), 5, 8, 2014)
• LA WALLY by Alfredo Catalani starring soprano Latonia Moore and tenor Carl Tanner, paired with the world premiere of EVEREST the first opera by British composer Joby Talbot—working with librettist Gene Scheer (Moby-Dick). A modern-day opera, EVEREST confronts the tragic events of an ill-fated 1996 expedition on the world’s highest peak. (Jan. 30, Feb. 1(m), 4, & 7, 2015)
• LA BOHÈME, Giacomo Puccini’s passionate love story, stars Grammy award-winning Latina soprano Ana María Martínez as Mimi and tenor Bryan Hymel as Rodolfo. (Mar. 13, 15(m), 18, 21, 27, 29, 2015)
• IOLANTA by Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky is a rarely produced gem performed by a superb Russian/American ensemble and conducted by TDO Music Director Emmanuel Villaume. (Apr. 10, 12(m), 15 & 18, 2015)

“This incredible season offers a carefully conceived balance of productions, each with its own special attributes,” explains Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny. We are pleased to return to a five-production season that includes much-loved classics, opera rarities, and premieres. I’d like to personally invite both experienced aficionados and classical music newcomers to take advantage of these magnificent offerings and join us for a season of high adventure!”

The Dallas Opera kicks off the upcoming season with a brilliant domestic comedy, Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. Patrons will tap along to one of the best-known overtures in Western Music. After a series of entertaining twists and turns, the title character, Figaro, finally weds his true love. Our distinguished music director, Emmanuel Villaume, is scheduled to conduct this acclaimed 18th century masterpiece.
Next, TDO will present one of the most fascinating and controversial operas of the 20th century: Salome, Richard Strauss’ explosive, late-Romantic masterpiece set in biblical times. We are delighted to present superstar soprano Deborah Voigt and baritone Greer Grimsley in their long-awaited TDO debuts.
The Dallas Opera is particularly proud to produce another exciting world premiere, Everest, based on a harrowing true story. British composer Joby Talbot has promised an evocative and imaginative score to go with the insightful libretto by Gene Scheer. This new work will be conducted by Dallas Opera Principal Guest Conductor Nicole Paiement and staged by Leonard Foglia.
To complement the mountain theme, the Dallas Opera has paired Everest with La Wally, a love story—possibly based on real people as well—set high in the Austrian Alps. Soprano Latonia Moore, who wowed audiences in TDO’s 2012 season opener, Aida, will sing the title role. Her transcendent voice is sure to effortlessly scale the challenges of composer Alfredo Catalani’s score and she will be partnered with acclaimed tenor Carl Tanner.
La bohème, although tragic, is always a tremendous crowd-pleaser with its romantic storyline, familiar characters, and unforgettable melodies. This opera features two remarkable Latina sopranos, Ana María Martínez and Davinia Rodriguez, in starring roles in this exceptional all-star cast also headed by tenor Bryan Hymel.
We close the Dallas Opera’s “Heights of Passion” season with Tchaikovsky’s rarely performed, Iolanta, a gentle fairy tale about a young princess born blind. This gorgeous work features a superb Russian/American ensemble conducted by Maestro Villaume. Happily, love prevails—in the end.

“We hope everyone will be attracted to these extraordinary operas and rush to purchase their subscriptions now” adds Dallas Opera Marketing Director Carrie Ellen Adamian. “At the very least, mark your calendar to purchase single tickets to the productions you most desire, when they go on sale next month.”

Guest stars making highly anticipated Dallas Opera debuts this season include:

• Deborah Voigt, soprano, making her TDO debut as Salome, is an internationally revered performer. “As Salome, the inexhaustible Miss Voigt is on stage and singing throughout most of the evening. Her Salome stealthily evolves, morphing from naïve young girl into sexual predator, expanding vocally from lyric tenderness to Wagnerian power and majesty.” (Washington Times)
• Greer Grimsley, “with a deep resonance and round tones full of strength and delicate nuance – Grimsley was phenomenal,” according to the Times Picayune about Mr. Grimsley, baritone, who is starring as John the Baptist in Salome.
• Susan Bickley, mezzo-soprano, as Queen Herodias in her long-awaited company debut. The Guardian called her performances “heartstoppingly direct, seamlessly expressive, and perfectly even in tone…a marvel in every respect.”
• Nicole Car, “Car’s honeyed voice, clear expression and delightfully focused performance was used to impressive effect right from the opening scene,” (The Daily Telegraph Australia regarding her performance in Eugene Onegin). The soprano, who will make her American debut at TDO as Countess Almaviva, is already being hailed as the next Joan Sutherland.
• Carl Tanner will make his Dallas Opera debut as Hagenbach in La Wally. Uptempo Magazine proclaimed “the quality of Tanner’s voice gave a lasting impression with its vastly dynamic and resonant timber,” following the tenor’s Metropolitan Opera debut.
• Ekaterina Scherbachenko, a Russian soprano who has made Iolanta a signature role, was described by Opera magazine as “exquisitely sensitive and fine-tuned in the title role.”
• Sergei Skorokhodov, who according to The St. Petersburg Times “possesses a strong, clear voice, with an exceptionally winning upper register,” will portray Count Vaudemont in the Tchaikovsky rarity.

Returning to the Dallas Opera stage this season are many highly regarded artists:

• Mirco Palazzi According to the Associated Press, the bass-baritone showed “great spirit and comic timing” in his U.S. debut as Leporello, stealing the Dallas Opera’s 2010 production of Don Giovanni.
• Latonia Moore, “her voice was radiant, plush and sizable at its best, with gleaming top notes that broke through the chorus and orchestra,” wrote The New York Times after the soprano stepped into the role of Aida at New York’s Metropolitan Opera to cover for an ailing lead—and came out a star.
• Robert Brubaker “Brubaker sang with exceptional control over color and dynamic projection (in the role of King Herod), reveling in one of Strauss’ most intricate acting assignments,” hailed the Louisville Journal.
• Andrew Bidlack A young tenor starring in Everest was recently praised by The Dallas Morning News for his performance in TDO’s Die Tote Stadt: “a standout is Andrew Bidlack’s Albert, with a bright beautiful tenor of considerable power.”
• Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano, also starring in Everest, was praised by Opera News: “Cooke’s attractive, erotic stage presence struck plenty of sparks…but without question she also delivers the vocal goods. She possesses a firm, fruity mezzo, straight-toned in quality, which allows the listener to luxuriate in her unerring sense of pitch.”
• Bryan Hymel, “sang the leading tenor role of Rodolfo showing his high notes are easily among the best in the business. The rest of his voice is so attractive, and his presence so winning…” said the Philadelphia Inquirer on his performance in La bohème in which he is starring with TDO.
• Ana María Martínez, a Latin American soprano starring in La bohème, drew rave reviews from Opera News as “a radiantly vulnerable Mimi, consistently employing her darkly textured lyric soprano with great sensitivity to dynamics and text.”
• Davinia Rodriguez, a soprano described by The Seattle Times as “dramatically convincing and vocally resplendent,” will star as Musetta in La bohème.

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.
The Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House is conveniently located in the heart of the Arts District at 2403 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201.
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EVENTS, GUESTS AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT “JUNE AT THE DALLAS OPERA”
IS CONVENIENTLY AVAILABLE ONLINE, 24/7
VISIT WWW.DALLASOPERA.ORG AND CHECK THE CALENDAR LISTINGS

Ticket Information for the 2014-2015 Dallas Opera Season

All performances are in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center unless otherwise described. Single Tickets range from $19 to $275 and go on sale Monday, July 14, 2014. Flex Subscriptions are on sale now, starting 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 2014-2015 “Heights of Passion Season” is presented by Texas Instruments. The Dallas Opera Family Performances are also 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.

THE DALLAS OPERA 2014-2015 SEASON INFORMATION
The Dallas Opera celebrates its Fifty-Eighth 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 begins one hour prior to curtain, at most performances excluding FIRST NIGHT of the season.

THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
October 24, 26(m), 29, November 1, 7 and 9(m), 2014
In a single crazy, romantic day, doors will be locked and unlocked, disguised donned, kisses exchanged and innermost hearts revealed—to some of the most memorable music Mozart ever composed.
An opera in four acts first performed in Vienna on May 1, 1786
Text by Lorenzo Da Ponte after the 1784 play La folle journée, ou Le mariage de Figaro by Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais
Time: The late 18th century
Place: Aguasfrescas near Seville, Spain, the Almaviva’s country house
Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume
Stage Director: Kevin Moriarty
Production Design: John Bury*
Lighting Design: Mark McCullough
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Choreography: Joel Ferrell*
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Mirco Palazzi (Figaro) , Beate Ritter** (Susanna), Joshua Hopkins (Count Almaviva), Nicole Car** (Countess Almaviva), Emily Fons (Cherubino), Diana Montague* (Marcellina), Kevin Langan (Doctor Bartolo), Doug Jones (Don Basilio), Angela Mannino (Barbarina), Adam Lau* (Antonio) and Jon Kolbet (Don Curzio).
Production Owned by Lyric Opera of Chicago

SALOME by Richard Strauss
October 30, November 2(m), 5, 8, 2014
Once in a great while, the term “over the top” doesn’t seem nearly high enough.
An opera in one act first performed in Dresden, Germany on December 9, 1905
Hedwig Lachmann’s German translation of Oscar Wilde’s French language play
Time: During the time of Jesus Christ
Place: King Herod’s palace on the Sea of Galilee
Conductor: Evan Rogister*
Stage Director: Francesca Zambello
Original Production: Francesca Zambello
Scenic Design: Peter J. Davison*
Costume Design: Anita Yavich
Lighting Design: Mark McCullough
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Choreography: Yael Levitin*
Starring: Deborah Voigt* (Salome), Robert Brubaker (Herod), Greer Grimsley* (Jokanaan), Susan Bickley* (Herodias), Scott Quinn (Narraboth), Heather Johnson* (Herodias’Page), Bradley Garvin (First Nazarene), Grigory Soloviov* (First Soldier), Jason Grant (Second Soldier), Joseph Hu (First Jew), Jay Gardner (Second Jew), John Robert Lindsey (Third Jew), Steven Haal (Fourth Jew), Patrick Guetti* (Fifth Jew), Tyler Simpson* (Second Nazarene), NaGuanda Nobles (A Slave) and Matthew Stump* (A Cappadocian).
Production Owned by Washington National Opera

A RARE DALLAS OPERA DOUBLE BILL:

LA WALLY by Alfredo Catalani
January 30, February 1(m), 4 and 7, 2015
The Climactic Final Act!
First performed in Milan, Italy on January 20, 1892
Text by Luigi Illica after Wilhelmine von Hillern’s story, Die Geyer-Wally
Time: Around the year 1800
Place: The Austrian Alps
Conductor: Anthony Barrese
Stage Director: Candace Evans
Scenic Design: TBD
Costume Design: TBD
Lighting Design: TBD
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Latonia Moore (Wally), Carl Tanner* (Giuseppe Hagenbach) and Jennifer Chung (Walter)
A Brand-New Dallas Opera Production!

With EVEREST by Joby Talbot
January 30, February 1(m), 4 and 7, 2015
A Dallas Opera World Premiere!
Text by Gene Scheer
Time: Modern Day
Place: In the Death Zone on Mount Everest
Conductor: Nicole Paiement
Stage Director: Leonard Foglia
Scenic Design: Robert Brill
Costume Design: TBD
Video Design: Elaine J. McCarthy
Lighting Design: TBD
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Andrew Bidlack (Rob Hall), Sasha Cooke (Jan Arnold), Kevin Burdette* (Beck Weathers) and Craig Verm* (Doug Hanson).

LA BOHÈME by Giacomo Puccini
March 13, 15(m), 18, 21, 27 and 29(m), 2015
A passionate and timeless masterpiece in a beloved period production
An opera in four acts first performed in Turin, Italy on February 1, 1896
Text by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica after Henry Murger’s novel Scènes de la vie de bohème
Time: mid-19th century
Place: The Latin Quarter of Paris, France
Conductor: Riccardo Frizza*
Stage Director: Peter Kazaras
Scenic Design: Jean-Pierre Ponnelle
Costume Design: Peter J. Hall
Lighting Design: Thomas C. Hase
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Children’s Chorus Master: Melinda Cotton
Starring: Ana Maria Martinez (Mimi), Bryan Hymel (Rodolfo), Davinia Rodriguez* (Musetta), Jonathan Beyer (Marcello), Alexander Vinogradov* (Colline), Stephen LaBrie (Schaunard) and Stefan Szkafarowsky (Benoit).
One of the Dallas Opera’s Most Popular!

IOLANTA by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
April 10, 12(m), 15 and 18, 2015
A rarely performed Tchaikovsky gem, set in Medieval Provence!
First performed in St. Petersburg, Russia on December 18, 1892
Text by Modest Tchaikovsky based on the Danish play King Rene’s Daughter by Henrik Hertz
Time: The 15th century
Place: Provence, a mountainous region in Southern France
Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume
Stage Director: Christian Räth
Scenic Design: TBD
Costume Design: TBD
Video Design: Elaine J. McCarthy
Lighting Design: Thomas C. Hase
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Ekaterina Scherbachenko* (Iolanta), Sergei Skorokhodov* (Count Vaudémont), Joanna Mongiardo* (Brigitta), Lauren McNeese (Laura), Tamara Mumford* (Marta), Andrei Bondarenko** (Robert, Duke of Burgandy), Mikhail Kolelishvili (Renè, King of Provence), Andrew Bidlack (Alméric), Vladislav Sulimsky** (Ibn-Hakia) and Jordan Bisch (Bertrand).
Another New Dallas Opera Production

* Dallas Opera Debut
** American Debut
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The Dallas Opera is supported, in part, by funds from: Texas Instruments and the 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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