Cast Change for May 7th Performance of NORMA

by Suzanne Calvin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

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

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

 

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

Steps into the Title Role

Co-Starring Marina Costa-Jackson, Yonghoon Lee

And Christian Van Horn
Conducted by Music Director Emmanuel Villaume

Directed by Nic Muni

 

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

AT&T Performing Arts Center

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

This production is generously supported by TACA.

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

2016-2017 SEASON SPONSOR

The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family

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EVENTS, GUESTS AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE DALLAS OPERA

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

 

FOR HIGH-RESOLUTION PHOTOGRAPHS

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

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

 

The Dallas Opera Family Performances are generously supported by

Texas Instruments and the Betty and Steve Suellentrop

Educational Outreach Fund.

 

TDO Family Performances are a part of the

Perot Foundation Education and Community Outreach Programs

 

TICKET INFORMATION FOR THE 2016-2017 DALLAS OPERA SEASON

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

 

THE DALLAS OPERA 2016-2017 SPRING SEASON MAINSTAGE INFORMATION

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

 

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

 

NORMA by Vincenzo Bellini

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

A thrilling and suspenseful masterpiece!

Libretto by Felice Romani

Time: 50 B.C.

Place: Roman-occupied Gaul

Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume

Stage Director: Nic Muni

Set Designer: John Conklin

Costume Designer: John Conklin

Lighting Designer: Thomas Hase

Wig & Make-up Designer: Stephanie Williams

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

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

An atmospheric production from Cincinnati Opera!

 

ARJUNA’S DILEMMA by Douglas J. Cuomo

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

An exotic and appealing soundscape – in concert with projections!

Based on text from the Bhagavad Gita

Time: Thousands of years ago

Place: India

Conductor: Nicole Paiement

Projection Designer: William Cusick

Sound Designer: Mark Grey

Lighting Designer: Krista Billings

Wig & Make-up Designer: Lexi O’Reilly

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

 

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

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

A powerful and poignant masterpiece!

Libretto by Gene Scheer

Time: 1990’s

Place: Mt. Everest

Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume

Stage Director: Leonard Foglia

Lighting Designer: Krista Billings

Projections Designer: Elaine J. McCarthy

Recording Engineer: Mark Grey

Wig & Make-up Designer: Lexi O’Reilly

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

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

With a special world premiere Prelude!

 

EVEREST PRELUDE with music by Joby Talbot

Film Realization: Elizabeth Seymour

Film Credit: The British Film Institute

 

THE MAGIC PIANO & The Chopin Shorts by BreakThru Films

Music by Frédéric Chopin

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

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

A charming adventure for all ages!

Pianist: Derek Wang*

 

* Dallas Opera Debut

** American Debut

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

 

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And the Winners Are….

by Celeste Hart

Top Honors Announced In the 29th Annual Dallas Opera Guild 

Vocal Competition

Outstanding Young Artists Awarded

$18,500 in Cash Prizes

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Mezzo-Soprano Samantha Hankey

Takes Top Prize and $10,000 Cash!

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

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

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The “People’s Choice Award” ($1,000)

Determined by Audience Ballot Goes to Baritone Kihun Yoon

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

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

  • The $10,000 Grand Prize, presented by 2017 Vocal Competition Co-Chairs Patsy and Bob Brooks, was awarded to mezzo-soprano Samantha Hankey, currently attending The Juilliard School.
  • The $5,000 Second Prize, presented by incoming Guild Presidents Jan and James Clay, went to soprano Laura Wilde.
  • The Third Prize of $2,500, presented by this year’s honoree, Susan Fleming, to soprano Mane Galoyan.
  • The $1,000 “People’s Choice Award,” presented by Katherine and Michael Phillips to baritone Kihun Yoon.
    VC17_372C - Raehann Bryce-Davis, Mane Galoyan, Samantha Hankey, Xiaomeng Zhang,  Laura Wilde, Kihun Yoon - Photo by Karen Almond (640x446)

    Semi-Finalists L-R: Raehann Bryce-Davis, Mane Galoyan, Samantha Hankey, Xiaomeng Zhang, Laura Wilde, Kihun Yoon (PHOTO BY KAREN ALMOND)

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

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

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

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

“People’s Choice Award” Winner Kihun Yoon:

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

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

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Third Prize Winner Mane Galoyan:

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

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

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Second Prize Winner Laura Wilde:

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

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

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First Place/Grand Prize Winner Samantha Hankey:

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

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

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

THE 2017 FINALISTS

FOR THE DALLAS OPERA GUILD VOCAL COMPETITION

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

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

Judges for the 2017 Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition:

Brian Zeger, Chair

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

The Juilliard School 

Keith Cerny

The Kern Wildenthal General Director and CEO of The Dallas Opera

Emmanuel Villaume

The Mrs. Eugene McDermott Music Director, The Dallas Opera

Andreas Melinat

Director of Artistic Planning, Lyric Opera of Chicago

Pål Moe

Casting Director, Bavarian State Opera;

Casting Consultant, Glyndebourne Festival and Opéra de Lille

 

Joshua Winograde

Senior Director, Artistic Planning, Los Angeles Opera

Diane Zola

Director of Artistic Administration, Houston Grand Opera

 

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

CONTRIBUTORS TO THE 2017 COMPETITION INCLUDE:

KATHERINE AND MICHAEL PHILLIPS

KEITH AND JENNIFER CERNY

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

MARTHA AND DR. ROBERT ALLDAY

ELAINE AND BILL BLAYLOCK

CECILE P. BONTE

PATTI AND JOHN CODY

SUSAN G. FLEMING, PH.D.

SUSAN AND MARK GEYER

MARILYN AND WARD HALLA

KATHY MULDOON AND ROBERT S. HENDLER, MD

BETTY SECKER

ROBERT VATICALOS AND DONALD SCHUSTER

UNDERWRITERS OF THE 2017 COMPETITION INCLUDE:


AT&T PERFORMING ARTS CENTER & STAFF

SPICE OF LIFE CATERING

SUSAN AND ED WILSON

KATHERINE & MICHAEL PHILLIPS

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

or any upcoming Dallas Opera Guild programs and special events,

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

The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family

 

Dallas Opera Presents the Everest Trio, May 1 and 5

by Suzanne Calvin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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An Evening of Celebration and Rising Stars!

by Celeste Hart

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

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


Featuring The Dallas Opera Orchestra
Conducted by Music Director Emmanuel Villaume

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

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Honoring Dr. Susan Fleming

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Honoring Dr. Susan Fleming

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

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

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

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

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

FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF THE 2017 DALLAS OPERA GUILD VOCAL COMPETITION

 

EVENTS, GUESTS AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

VISIT WWW.DALLASOPERA.ORG

 

2016-2017 SEASON SPONSOR

The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family

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

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The Dallas Opera Family Performances are generously supported by

Texas Instruments and the Betty and Steve Suellentrop

Educational Outreach Fund.

 

TDO Family Performances are a part of the

Perot Foundation Education and Community Outreach Programs

 

A Multitude of Magnificent Presentations!

by Celeste Hart

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

April 30-May 7, 2017

Honoring Six Decades of Artistic Excellence

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Springs Gala and Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition Finals

“Dallas Opera Perspectives” with Dr. Beck Weathers

Arjuna’s Dilemma by Douglas J. Cuomo

Everest Prelude (world premiere) and Everest by Joby Talbot

The Magic Piano and The Chopin Shorts by BreakThru Films

Season Finale: Norma by Vincenzo Bellini

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Generously Sponsored by:

Betty and Steve Suellentrop, Holly and Tom Mayer,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CELEBRATE 60: Past, Present, and Future

PERFORMANCE AND EVENT SCHEDULE

SUNDAY, APRIL 30th

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

MONDAY, MAY 1ST

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

THURSDAY, MAY 4TH

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

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


FRIDAY, MAY 5TH

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

SATURDAY, MAY 6TH

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

SUNDAY, MAY 7TH

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

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

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2016-2017 SEASON SPONSOR

The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family

Reunion for The Hart Institute of Women Conductors in San Francisco

by Celeste Hart

The Dallas Opera Announces the 2017 Reunion for

The Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors 

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Institute Fellows to Meet at San Francisco Opera

Next Week for Annual Reunion, April 12-13, 2017

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Seminars and Master Classes, Including Work with Members of the Distinguished

Adler Fellowship Program at San Francisco Opera

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Additional Support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

And the Richard and Enika Schulze Foundation

DALLAS, APRIL 4, 2017 – In connection with its twenty-year commitment to address a long-standing gender imbalance at podiums throughout the opera world, The Dallas Opera is delighted to announce that this year’s annual reunion of the Fellows of the Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors at The Dallas Opera will take place at the famed War Memorial in San Francisco, California, in partnership with the San Francisco Opera.

Women conductors who participated in the first two residencies are eligible to attend this year’s reunion, April 12 and 13th.  The intensive two-day workshop will feature career enhancement seminars from San Francisco Opera General Director Matthew Shilvock, Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny, and Sheri Greenawald, Artistic Director of the Merola Opera Program and Director of the San Francisco Opera Center.

“In thinking about how the conductors could get the most out of our annual reunions,” explained Keith Cerny, the Kern Wildenthal General Director and CEO of The Dallas Opera, “it occurred to me that moving it from one music capital to another would allow the Hart Institute Fellows to meet and work with artistic staff and administrators from the most influential organizations in our field.

“San Francisco Opera is an internationally-recognized leader in the world of opera,” Cerny adds, “so we were especially pleased to receive an enthusiastic response to our overtures. I’m certain the Hart Fellows will greatly benefit from this experience.” 

In addition to high-level discussions and focused seminars with opera leaders, the conductors will engage in hands-on master classes with The Dallas Opera’s Martha R. and Preston A. Peak Principal Guest Conductor (and co-founder and artistic director of San Francisco’s Opera Parallèle) Nicole Paiement, as well as San Francisco Opera Chorus Master Ian Robertson.

These master classes will also benefit from the participation of some of the finest young opera singers at work in the field today: Adler Fellows selected from the renowned Merola Opera Program at San Francisco Opera.

San Francisco Opera General Director Matthew Shilvock said, “We’re delighted to welcome Dallas Opera and the Hart Institute for Women Conductors to San Francisco Opera for a collaborative venture with the Adler Fellows of the San Francisco Opera Center. The Institute is charting a dynamic and critical path forward, enriching the whole field by nurturing a talented group of conductors. We are honored to be a part of this year’s program.” 

The following conductors will be traveling to San Francisco next week, to take part in the 2017 Hart Institute Reunion:

  • Elizabeth Askren (U.S.)
  • Natalie Murray Beale (U.K.)
  • Mihaela Cesa-Goje (Romania)
  • Alexandra Cravero (France)
  • Jessica Gethin (Australia)
  • Stephanie Rhodes (U.S.)
  • Anna Skryleva (Russia/Germany)
  • Chaowen Ting (U.S./Taiwan)
  • Lidiya Yankovskaya (U.S./Russia)
  • Zoe Zeniodi (Greece)

Final Bow Hart Institute for Women Conductors
The Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors will meet again for its third residency on November 6, 2017 through November 18, 2017 in Dallas, Texas.  This year’s institute will include two public concerts (on November 11th and November 18th) in addition to intensive one-on-one’s, master classes, career advancement curriculum, and opportunities to conduct the highly regarded Dallas Opera Orchestra.

The institute, conceived by Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny, was created with initial support from the Richard and Enika Schulze Foundation

Since that time, it has garnered additional generous support from Linda and Mitch Hart and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Mr. Cerny noted: “The Dallas Opera has demonstrated, in multiple ways, its unshakable commitment to reshaping the opera field through the use of innovative public outreach, and by exploring new technologies, commissioning new works to expand the operatic repertoire, and programming with passion and imagination.

“This much-needed program, generously supported by benefactors here in Dallas and elsewhere,” Mr. Cerny adds, “will enable more women conductors to add their talents and insights to our collective understanding of this phenomenal art form.”

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The tremendous success of the first two institute sessions has been recognized by music lovers, opera VIPs and the national media, earning a feature in Opera News magazine (published by the Metropolitan Opera Guild), as well as a segment on PBS NewsHour seen across the U.S.

The Dallas Opera is providing the Institute Fellows attending this reunion with a travel stipend and in-town housing.  Most meals will be provided, as well. 

There is also the potential for one or more participants to be invited back to Dallas to serve as Assistant Conductors or Guest Conductors on future Dallas Opera productions.

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

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ABOUT SAN FRANCISCO OPERA CENTER

San Francisco Opera Center was created in 1982 to oversee the Company’s artist training programs established by former general director Kurt Herbert Adler. Today, the San Francisco Opera Center encourages young artists with major operatic potential to develop and flourish through intensive training, study and performance. Renowned opera singer Sheri Greenawald has served as director of San Francisco Opera Center and artistic director of the Merola Opera Program since 2002. Adler Fellow alumni include Leah Crocetto, Heidi Melton, Patricia Racette, Nadine Sierra, Elza van den Heever, Deborah Voigt, Dolora Zajick, Brian Jagde, Lucas Meachem, Noah Scott and Mark Delavan. Graduates of the Merola Opera Program include Anna Netrebko, Susan Graham, Joyce DiDonato, Rolando Villazón and Thomas Hampson.

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2016-2017 SEASON SPONSOR

The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family

The Dallas Opera’s NORMA, April 21 thru May 7

by Suzanne Calvin

Norma_025_Final (640x427)FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014 Or Celeste Hart 214-443-1071
suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org celeste.hart@dallasopera.org

THE DALLAS OPERA PROUDLY PRESENTS
Our First Production of a bel canto Masterpiece
NORMA
By Vincenzo Bellini
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Starring Soprano Elza van den Heever in the Title Role
Tenor Yonghoon Lee and Soprano Marina Costa-Jackson
Conducted by Music Director Emmanuel Villaume
Directed by Nic Muni

OPENING FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
The Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House
AT&T Performing Arts Center
Additional Performances: April 23(m), 26, 29 and May 7(m)
With Production Support from TACA
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Tickets start at $19
Call 214-443-1000 or Visit dallasopera.org

DALLAS, MARCH 28, 2017 – The Dallas Opera is thrilled to present—for the first time on our stage—Vincenzo Bellini’s suspense-filled masterpiece of the bel canto repertoire, NORMA, starring the phenomenal South African-born soprano Elza van den Heever in the title role of a Druid priestess wronged by the man she loves.
This 1831 masterpiece, with a libretto by Felice Romani, opens Friday, April 21, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center (conveniently located at 2403 Flora Street – in the heart of the Dallas Arts District). This towering period production, originally created by designer John Conklin for Cincinnati Opera, will command centerstage in four additional performances: April 23(m), 26, 29 and May 7(m), 2017. The final performance in May, during OPERA America week, will serve as the grand finale of our exciting 60th Season.
Tickets for NORMA begin at just $19 and may be purchased at www.dallasopera.org or by contacting the friendly professional staff at The Dallas Opera Ticket Office: 214-443-1000.

“For many years now,” notes Keith Cerny, The Kern Wildenthal General Director and CEO, “Bellini’s NORMA has been a noticeable gap in the company’s repertoire.
“At last we are able to rectify that shortcoming, by bringing this influential work to life on the Winspear stage with a phenomenal international cast under the experienced leadership of Emmanuel Villaume.
“We know that our audiences will love seeing this classic work of the bel canto repertoire in Dallas. The excitement in the air as we begin the rehearsal process, is palpable.”

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Set during the Roman occupation of Gaul in 50 B.C., a passionate love triangle in the midst of a deepening culture clash leads to dangerous consequences. A Druid high priestess, Norma (soprano Elza van den Heever), is in the throes of despair after discovering that her longtime lover, a Roman proconsul for whom she has borne two children, may have been unfaithful. Pollione (sung by tenor Yonghoon Lee in his company debut) confesses to a friend that he no longer loves Norma. His amorous attentions are now focused on Adalgisa, a young novice priestess (portrayed by soprano Marina Costa-Jackson), who reluctantly returns his love. Pollione brushes aside a warning about Norma’s hair-trigger temper and capacity for rage.
Amid the turmoil of the occupation, personal betrayal, and impending revolution, Norma is driven to the very brink of insanity, convinced that her life is coming undone, and fearing what the future may hold for her disgraced “fatherless” children.
This production is generously supported by TACA.

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The dazzling South African soprano Elza van den Heever stars as Norma, in her first appearance on The Dallas Opera stage since her acclaimed 2010 TDO debut as Fiordiligi in “the Monte Carlo setting” of Mozart’s Così fan tutte. This versatile artist describes her vocal style as a “voyage of discovery.” That voyage has taken her—this season alone—to the Canadian Opera Company (Norma), Vienna State Opera (Ellen Orford in Britten’s Peter Grimes), Opera Frankfurt (Elvira, in concert performances of Verdi’s Ernani), and, most recently, to New York’s Metropolitan Opera, where she just scored a major triumph as Elletra in Mozart’s Idomeneo under the baton of Music Director James Levine, earning “the most enthusiastic ovation of the night” (David Salazar, Operawire) in this powerful dramatic role.
During the 2015-16 Season, Ms. van den Heever revisited the role of Elisabetta di Valois in Don Carlo (Opéra National du Rhin and Opéra National de Bordeaux, in a new production by director Robert Carsen), conquered the Metropolitan Opera stage as Elisabetta (a.k.a. Britain’s Queen Elizabeth I) in Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda “with impressive authority of her own” (New York Classical Voice), and moved Frankfurt Opera patrons to tears in her role debut in the title role of Suor Angelica in Puccini’s one-act from Il Trittico (“The Triptych”).
Ms. van den Heever’s recent work on the symphonic stage includes Britten’s War Requiem, conducted by Semyon Bychkov in Cologne, Germany; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Beethoven Orchestra of Bonn; and an all-Mozart concert with the National Orchestra of Toulouse.
Christophe Rizoud, of Opéra Forum went to great lengths to describe her virtuosity: “Elza van den Heever moves us deeply, enthralls and captivates…she delighted us with her powerful and controlled voice, with a splendid midrange that does not exclude high notes. But those extreme notes are never sung without purpose; they are used to convey meaning, the same way as volume or colour offer expression.”
A dual citizen of France and South Africa, Elza van den Heever currently makes her home in Bordeaux, France.

Superb South Korean tenor Yonghoon Lee—one of opera’s busiest performers according to Bachtrack—stars as Norma’s lover, the Roman proconsul, Pollione, charged with maintaining the peace, by any means necessary in this far-flung corner of the Empire. According to Anthony Tommasini of The New York Times, Lee “is an outstanding tenor. Handsome and youthful, he is a natural onstage and a sensitive listener during duets and ensembles.”
In the 2015/16 season Mr. Lee performed at the Metropolitan Opera as Manrico in Il Trovatore and Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana. Lee also performed the same role in Cavalleria Rusticana at Covent Garden. He will soon be heard as Manrico in Il Trovatore at the Bavarian State Opera and Don Jose in Carmen with Opera Australia. Future engagements include Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana at The Paris Opera, and the title role in Andrea Chénier at San Francisco Opera.
Lee sang his first Andrea Chénier in Zurich in 2014. In the fall of 2013 Lee starred as Arrigo in the Hamburg State Opera’s new production of Verdi’s rarely performed La Battaglia di Legnano staged by David Alden and conducted by Simone Young. He subsequently sang Don Jose at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and returned to Munich as Calaf in Turandot. The same year he added Manrico in Il Trovatore to his repertoire in a new production at the Theater an der Wien during the Wiener Festwochen.
Highlights of recent seasons have also included Carmen at the Metropolitan Opera and for his debut in Zurich, Don Carlos in the original French version.

American soprano Marina Costa-Jackson was born in Las Vegas but raised in Palermo, Italy (Italian, in fact, is her first language). She sings the role of Adalgisa, the “other woman,” who Pollione has fallen deeply in love with, despite his lengthy relationship with Norma.
The New York Times praised Ms. Costa-Jackson for being dramatically and musically alluring…notable for her burnished timbre and subtle phrasing.” Others wrote about her “dramatic, burnished voice and subtle acting.”
Last season she made her professional debut as Musetta with Michigan Opera Theatre in La Bohème, debuted the role of Leonora in Il Trovatore in Hong Kong, and covered the role of Amelia in Simon Boccanegra at the Metropolitan Opera. Ms. Costa-Jackson also sang Verdi’s Requiem with Teatro Municipal de Santiago, and Fiora in L’amore dei Tre Re with the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, where she graduated in May 2016. She also performed in concert with Dmitri Hvorostovsky in Minsk, with Andrea Bocelli in Madison Square Garden, debuted as one of the Costa-Jackson trio of opera-singing sisters in the International Festival “Palaces of St. Petersburg” concerts, and at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall.
Engagements this season include her debut with Opera de Paris as Micaela in Carmen, a return to the Metropolitan Opera as Mimì in La Bohème (cover), followed by Mimì at Opera Köln and with the Welsh National Opera.

American bass Christian Van Horn, acclaimed for his “sturdy voice and commanding presence…” (Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times) will portray Oroveso, Norma’s father and the leader of his clan. Mithra Mastropierro makes her TDO debut as Clotide, Norma’s confidante, and the role of Pollione’s friend, Flavio, will be sung by Charles Karanja (the Phyllis A. McCasland and Thomas H. McCasland, Jr. Young Artist).

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

“Keith Cerny and I are excited to program works that patrons have longed to experience just as much as we do. My energies are devoted to sharing this most relevant and revealing of art forms with North Texas and all the world,” comments Maestro Villaume.
“Norma is one of the most demanding soprano roles in the repertoire, but Elza has shown herself equal to the challenges. This opera truly represents what Bellini was capable of, as a composer at the peak of his powers, in its astonishing array of musical moods, duets, solo arias and ensembles. Audiences in Dallas have waited decades to hear this work; I am confident they will walk out of the Winspear Opera House satisfied that NORMA was well worth the wait!”

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NORMA is based on Norma, ou L’infanticide (“Norma, or, The Infanticide”) a play by Alexandre Soumet. The opera was first performed at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala the day after Christmas in 1831 to open Carnival Season, and got a “cold shoulder” from the opening night audience.
“Fiasco, fiasco, solemn fiasco” Bellini wrote afterwards. However, the audience indifference didn’t last, soon NORMA became one of the most popular operas of the 19th century, best known for the Act One soprano aria “Casta Diva.”
In the 20th century, the role became a showpiece for the very best and most courageous sopranos, including Rosa Raisa, Rosa Ponselle, Maria Callas, Dame Joan Sutherland, Montserrat Caballé, Shirley Verrett, Beverly Sills, Grace Bumbry, Renata Scotto, Jane Eaglen and Cecilia Bartoli.

Stage director Nic Muni makes his company debut in this period production. Mr. Muni served as artistic director of the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. His productions have graced the stages of San Francisco Opera, New York City Opera, Canadian Opera Company (Toronto), Houston Grand Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Prague National Opera, and The Kurt Weill International Festival, among others.
Set and Costume Design is by renowned opera, Broadway and Off-Broadway designer John Conklin. Lighting design is by internationally acclaimed designer Thomas C. Hase. Wig and make-up design is by Stephanie Williams.
As always, the renowned Dallas Opera Chorus will be prepared for the performances by Dallas Opera Chorus Master Alexander Rom.

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

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

2016-2017 SEASON SPONSOR
The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family

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PHOTO BY MAXINE HELFMAN

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

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

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

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

TICKET INFORMATION FOR THE 2016-2017 DALLAS OPERA SEASON
All performances are in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center unless otherwise indicated. Single Tickets range from $19 to $275. Flex Subscriptions (three-performances of your choice) begin at $75. Family performance tickets are just $5. For more information or to make your purchase, contact The Dallas Opera Ticket Office at 214.443.1000 or visit us online, 24/7, at www.dallasopera.org.

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

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

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

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

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

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Dallas Opera’s Free Simulcast This Saturday – “Madame Butterfly” at The Star in Frisco!

by Suzanne Calvin

Hui He w. Sorrow by Karen Almond (2)

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                                                                                     Photo Credit: Karen Almond, Dallas Opera
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014 Or Celeste Hart 214-443-1071
suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org celeste.hart@dallasopera.org

THE STARS WILL ALIGN IN FRISCO AS
THE DALLAS OPERA PRESENTS
FREE SIMULCAST #15
MADAME BUTTERFLY
by GIACOMO PUCCINI
SATURDAY, MARCH 18, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Simulcast Live in High Definition from
The Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House in Dallas to
THE STAR IN FRISCO
Nine Cowboys Way, Frisco, TX
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Starring Soprano Hui He and Tenor Gianluca Terranova
Donato Renzetti Conducts, Staged by Director John Copley
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With Generous Support from Founding Sponsor
THE DALLAS FOUNDATION

Additional Support from
The University of North Texas – New College in Frisco
Register for Free Tickets at dallasopera.org/simulcast
or call 214-443-1000

WALK UPS WELCOME!

DALLAS, TX. MARCH 16, 2017 -- North Texas’ newest entertainment district and Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters, The Star in Frisco, is the location for a FREE Dallas Opera Simulcast this weekend, the fifteenth in the company’s history.
A critically acclaimed production of MADAME BUTTERFLY by Giacomo Puccini will be presented live this coming Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. from the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas.
The Madame Butterfly Simulcast is generously sponsored by The Dallas Foundation.
The program begins at 6:00 p.m. hosted by KLUV Radio’s Jody Dean and The Dallas Opera’s Education Program Senior Manager Kristian Roberts. Activities include the Family Fun Zone 5:00-7:00 p.m., trivia, behind-the-scenes interviews, and a WB Classics presentation of Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd in “What’s Opera, Doc?” considered one of the cleverest and most popular animated cartoons of all time.
The curtain goes up on the opera performance at 7:30 p.m.
With poignant melodies, memorable characters and a heart-wrenching storyline, Madame Butterfly has captivated audiences and dampened handkerchiefs for more than a hundred years. Loosely based on true events in Nagasaki, Japan, the unforgettable opera tells the tale of a young, naïve Japanese woman, Cio-Cio-San (soprano Hui He), blinded by her love for a callous American naval officer (tenor Gianluca Terranova). Lucas Meachem stars as Sharpless and Manuela Custer as Suzuki, with David Cangelosi as Goro and Reginald Smith, Jr. as The Bonze.
“The Dallas Foundation has been proud to serve as the Founding Sponsor of The Dallas Opera’s simulcasts at AT&T Stadium since 2012, helping to provide families throughout our community the chance to experience world-class opera in this unique and relaxed setting,” remarked Mary M. Jalonick, President and CEO of The Dallas Foundation. “This year’s simulcast performance at The Star in Frisco, will offer audiences an opportunity to enjoy one of the most well-known operas in one of our area’s newest event venues.”
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“We are extremely grateful to The Dallas Foundation for its generous and sustained support of these programs,” said Keith Cerny, the Kern Wildenthal General Director and CEO of The Dallas Opera. “Bringing the splendor and magic of opera to as broad an audience as possible is one of my primary goals as head of The Dallas Opera. These free public presentations are a great vehicle to introduce newcomers to this incredible art form, as well as other opera patrons who enjoy seeing performances in a relaxed setting. TDO’s simulcasts have reached more than 70,000 patrons since the program began in 2010.”

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The Star in Frisco, Texas is located at Nine Cowboys Way, Frisco, TX 75034. Tickets and parking are free. Register online at www.dallasopera.org/simulcast or call 214-443-1000. The public is encouraged to arrive early to secure their spot and pick up their tickets. This is an outdoor venue and patrons should bring their own low-rise lawn chairs or blankets. Parking is free and concessions will be available on site.
The Dallas Opera extends special thanks to the Gene and Jerry Jones Family.
Winner of multiple international awards, conductor Donato Renzetti has earned critical acclaim from around the globe. George Loomis of The New York Times wrote that the Maestro “conducted a warm, expansive performance,” of a recent production of Tosca (Puccini) for Rome Opera.
This Dallas Opera production, staged by legendary British director John Copley, has already scored with classical music critics, who wrote:

“…it was a thriller…there were chills-down-the-back singing…Repeat performances are highly recommended.” – Scott Cantrell, The Dallas Morning News

“The Chinese soprano is one of the most famous interpreters of Butterfly today. Her Asian ancestry and look only add dramatic character to the role of the Japanese woman. The regal resonance of (Hui He’s) voice largely fills the hall of the opera house with forceful but never forced high notes.” — Sidonie Sawyer, The Huffington Post
“The cast is uniformly excellent…The orchestra was wonderful…Overall, this is a Butterfly that is not to be missed.” — Gregory Sullivan Isaacs, Theater Jones
“Hui He gave us a Butterfly for the ages…through her acting, but even more through her glorious, astonishing voice.” — J. Robin Coffelt, Texas Classical Review
MADAME BUTTERFLY is performed in Italian with projected English translations. This production, which originated at San Francisco Opera, received generous support from Texas Instruments Foundation and James R. and Carole Erwin.
SEASON SPONSOR
The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family

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

FOR HIGH-RESOLUTION PHOTOGRAPHS
Contact Suzanne Calvin, Director of Media and PR at suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org
Or Celeste Hart, Communications Manager at celeste.hart@dallasopera.org
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The Dallas Opera Family Performances are generously supported by
Texas Instruments and the Betty and Steve Suellentrop
Educational Outreach Fund

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

TICKET INFORMATION FOR THE 2016-2017 DALLAS OPERA SEASON
All performances are in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center unless otherwise indicated. Single Tickets range from $19 to $275. Full Subscriptions (five opera productions) begin at $95; Flex Subscriptions (three-performances of your choice) begin at $75. Family performance tickets are just $5. For more information or to make your purchase, contact The Dallas Opera Ticket Services Office at 214.443.1000 or visit us online, 24/7, at www.dallasopera.org.

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

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

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

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

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

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Audition Notice! Supernumeraries (Extras) Needed for Norma

by Celeste Hart

Perform on the magnificent Winspear Opera House stage with stars from around the world!

OPEN CALL FOR SUPERNUMERARIES

(EXTRAS) For the Grand Italian Opera NORMA by Bellini

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Seeking Men – Women – Children

THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 7:30 p.m. at

The Dallas Opera Rehearsal Center

(Karayanis Rehearsal Production Center)

4301 S. Fitzhugh, Dallas, 75210

Respond by March 22 by emailing supers@dallasopera.org

DALLAS, MARCH 15, 2017 – The Dallas Opera announces a fantastic opportunity for actors (no singing required) to appear in its upcoming production of the grand Italian opera NORMA by Vincenzo Bellini. All supernumeraries will be paid a stipend and receive free tickets to a dress rehearsal of Norma.

The production opens on Friday, April 21 for five performances in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center ending on May 7, 2017. Supernumeraries must be able to participate in all five performances, as well as a modified rehearsal schedule. 

Specifically, the company is seeking several men with “acting chops” to portray the following:

  • Roman Soldiers
  • Celtic Warriors
  • Druids

Also needed are young women to portray the roles of Priestesses requiring acting ability and grace as the role requires some movement including kneeling/rising.

The company is also casting children who look 4-6 years-old; ideally boys who look like twins. They will appear in several scenes and acting ability is required. 

Those wishing to participate can attend an open call on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at The Dallas Opera Rehearsal Center located adjacent to Fair Park (Follow to Gate 12) at 4301 S. Fitzhugh, Dallas, TX  75210 (parking lot entrance off Gaisford St.).

Those wanting to audition, even those who have previously signed-up to be Dallas Opera supernumeraries, must email name and contact information to supers@dallasopera.org by March 22, 2017.

 

Vlogging Around Dallas with Lucas Meachem

by Matt Becher

Lucas

Lucas Meachem has been busy in Dallas—at rehearsals for Madame Butterfly in the role of Sharpless, singing for the Women’s Board Founder’s Award Luncheon, and exploring all the Metroplex has to offer. We spoke with Lucas about life after a Grammy, social media for working artists, and the best eats around the city:

Congratulations on your Grammy! Has your life and approach to your art changed since your recent win? 

As an artist, I don’t feel any different now than before my Grammy win. However, the experience of winning the award was surreal, as I got to give the acceptance speech at the Premiere Ceremony in Los Angeles. But I don’t feel like my artistry, my singing, or my career is in any way altered. It is an achievement that exceeds any dream of mine. And it brings me some serious props when non-opera people hear I won a Grammy.

Any tips for other artists hoping to take your same path?

In terms of getting to where I am in my career, I would say two things:

Put yourself out there for every opportunity, even if you feel like you aren’t the best candidate for the job. So much of this job is being at the right place and time, and much of it isn’t up to you. By pursuing many opportunities at the early stages of your career, you maximize your chances of being heard by the people who will one day hire you.

Second, don’t sacrifice who you are. This comes to sticking to your gut when deciding on a job but also when you are on stage. We are always creating characters that differ from ourselves but every role you do has to have a little bit of you in it. This means take a personal experience that relates to the general feeling of the character, and channel that for your scene. Whether it’s loss, happiness, misery, etc., we’ve all experienced on some level those feelings. It makes you bring a real person into play.

You’re a consistent presence on social media (@lucasmeachem on Twitter and Instagram), posting photos, blogs and vlogs, and status updates. Do you consider a strong online following to be important to your career as an opera singer?

Nowadays, it is imperative. Social media allows opera singers to bring the audience into their daily life—what goes on behind the curtain. It’s an exciting life and sometimes I take it for granted, so there is a challenge to decide what in my daily life is appealing to an outsider. All in all, I just like to have fun!

I am thankful for the outpouring of respect, support, and kindness from my fans. They are the fans I’ve garnered through such a large social media presence and I don’t want to sound cheesy, but I do it all for you!

If I’m being honest, my wife is my social media guru. She comes up with amazing ideas, executes them and provides an outside perspective. She speaks to me about her concept of content versus presentation. I supply the content and she creates the presentation.

Your wife (Irina Meachem) is in your same field and accompanied your recent performance at our Founder’s Award Luncheon. How does the dynamic between the two of you play into your performances, and has it changed at all?

As well as being a social media guru, my wife is a pianist. Every time I perform with her, I get butterflies in my stomach. Not from any performing nerves, just the excitement of her. That being said, we do have to balance our professionalism with our personal feelings. I get caught up in either my music-making or my love for her, and at times it’s hard to blend them both.

Most of all, unlike any colleague I’ve ever worked with, performing with my wife has made both of us grow as better people. I am a spontaneous performer and she is very straight-laced. She has taught me to plan my performances better and I bring her out of the shell with all of my crazy in-the-moment ideas. We constantly inspire each other and bring out the best.

You’ve been out and about in Dallas during your time here. Any favorite local restaurants or spots that you’ve stumbled across during your stay?

Farmer’s Market. Mudhen. V-Eats. Spiral Diner. HG Sply Co. That one restaurant. Arboretum.

Dallas is awesome! I love venturing out into new cities. Some of my favorite things are Spiral Diner’s buffalo chicken nachos, V-Eats vegan brisket and Mutts veggie burger. Can you tell I like my vegetables? The Farmer’s Market is beautiful, the Arboretum is stunning and LOOK cinema is pretty dope. Next up is Fort Worth’s museums, Medieval Times, and finally Six Flags!

Madame Butterfly opens this Friday, March 10th and runs through the 26th. Click here for tickets and information, and be sure to follow Lucas and The Dallas Opera on social media for more updates and behind the scenes photos!