Baritones & Beachballs: The 2011 Edition

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The Dallas Opera’s casual summer events series is back for the hot weather months; thank you for asking!  And if FREE sounded good in 2010, it sounds even better in 2011.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Contact: Suzanne Calvin

214-443-1014/suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org

                                                               

THE DALLAS OPERA PRESENTS

BARITONES & BEACHBALLS

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POPULAR CASUAL SUMMER EVENTS SERIES

READY FOR RE-LAUNCH ON JUNE 13, 2011

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BROUGHT TO YOU BY FRIENDS OF THE DALLAS OPERA

Special Thanks to Dallas Film Society, Screen Door, WRR,

Bavarian Grill Plano and Campisi’s Egyptian Lounge

DALLAS, MAY 26, 2011 – The Dallas Opera is delighted to offer this year’s warmly anticipated, casual summer events series, BARITONES & BEACHBALLS, brought to you by Friends of the Dallas Opera.  One of our most popular offerings, this series is designed to keep the summer entertainment quotient rising faster than the heat index!  Every event is either no-cost or low-cost, and the series includes timely, topical lectures hosted by WRR Radio Host and Operations Manager Kurt Rongey, special networking and social events, tantalizing tastings and cool, casualmovie nights at Studio Movie Grill’s Royal location—in partnership with Dallas Film Society.

Most of these events are absolutely free, although tastings require a nominal fee in order to cover costs.

The 2011 “Baritones & Beachballs” Series kicks-off on Monday, June 13th at 7:30 PM at the Studio Movie Grill (Royal Location, 11170 N. Central Expressway) with a free movie screening in partnership with Dallas Film Society. 

The theme?  The Magic Flute

In this case, renowned British actor/director Kenneth Branagh is the magician behind the cine-magic, along with James Conlon conducting the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.  Watch for soprano Lyubov Petrova (our Juliet in last season’s Romeo & Juliet) as an ultimately tragic Queen of the Night!

Other highlights include the “Eat. Drink. Learn.” Series conducted at top area restaurants, TDO Happy Hours in partnership with Screen Door (located in One Arts Plaza) and an outstanding summer lecture series, conducted in partnership with WRR, Classical 101.1 FM Radio, relating upcoming operas in the “Tragic Obsessions” Season to timeless themes and timely social issues.

More details in the calendar below.  Please note that RSVPs are recommended for all events.  Go to rsvp@dallasopera.org or call the RSVP hotline at 214.443.1044.  Dates, times and locations may be subject to change.  For the most up-to-date information, visit www.dallasopera.org/events.

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2011 Calendar of Events

“Baritones & Beachballs”

The Dallas Opera’s Summer Events Series

Brought to you by Friends of the Dallas Opera

1.) Monday, June 13, 2011

The Magic Flute-Themed Night at the Movies”

To celebrate The Dallas Opera’s 2011 Season Finale, Mozart’s The Magic Flute, we’ll stage a surprising and magical night of cinema, in partnership with Dallas Film Society.

Time: 7:30 PM

Location: Studio Movie Grill (Royal Location)

     11170 N. Central Expressway

     Dallas, TX 75243

Cost: FREE.  RSVPs recommended, 214.443.1044.

 

2.) Tuesday, June 14, 2011

TDO Happy Hour in partnership with Screen Door: Lucia di Lammermoor Scotch tasting.  Get your plaid on and have a fling!

Time: 5:30-7:30 PM

Location:  Screen Door

                 One Arts Plaza, 1722 Routh St. #132

                 Dallas, TX 75201

Cost: $10-$15.  RSVPs recommended.

 

3.) Thursday, June 16, 2011

Discussion Series in partnership with WRR 101.1 FM.  “Katya Kabanova and La traviata: Sex, Guilt and the Diva.”  Special Guest, Dr. Kevin Salfen of SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, moderated by Kurt Rongey of Classical 101.1 FM.

Time: 6:30 PM

Location:  Nancy B. Hamon Hall, the Winspear Opera House

                 AT&T Performing Arts Center

                 2403 Flora Street

                 Dallas, TX 75201

Cost: FREE.  RSVPs recommended, 214.443.1044.

4.) Saturday, June 18, 2011

“Eat. Drink. Learn.” Series debut with Tristan & Isolde-themed culinary delights, German-style!  Bring a Wagnerian appetite for fun, food and opera!

Time: 4:00-6:00 PM

Location: Bavarian Grill Plano

                221 West Parker Road

                Plano, TX 75023

Cost: $40 per person.  RSVPs required, 214.443.1044.

 

5.) Monday, July 11, 2011

La traviata-themed movie screening in partnership with Dallas Film Society: “Pretty Woman” starring Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, and a pair of elegant box seats at San Francisco Opera!

Time: 7:30 PM

Location:  Studio Movie Grill (Royal Location)

                 11170 N. Central Expressway

                 Dallas, TX 25243

Cost: FREE.  RSVPs recommended, 214.443.1044.

6.) Tuesday, July 12, 2011

TDO Happy Hour in partnership with Screen Door: a Lucia di Lammermoor-themed Italian wine tasting.  Donizetti, get it?  Enjoy stimulating company and the sun-kissed warmth of Italian wines. 

Time: 5:30-7:30 PM

Location:  Screen Door

                 One Arts Plaza, 1722 Routh St. #132

                 Dallas, TX 75201

Cost: $10-$15.  RSVPs recommended, 214.443.1044.

 

7.) Thursday, July 14, 2011

Dallas Opera discussion “Wagner’s Aims and the Pan-European Roots of Tristan & Isolde.” Why this ancient myth moved from Celtic mythology to French, German and even Slavic versions of the tale and how it changed to accommodate the morals and literary tastes of each society that embraced it.  Special guests, Dr. Robert Scott Dupree, Co-Director, Program in Comparative Literary Traditions, the University of Dallas and Dr. Margaret Notley, a Professor of Music History from UNT’s College of Music.

Time: 6:30 PM

Location: Nancy B. Hamon Hall, the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House

                2403 Flora Street

                Dallas, TX 75201

Cost: FREE.  RSVPs recommended, 214.443.1044.

8.) Sunday, July 17, 2011

“Eat. Drink. Learn.” Series focusing on Mozart’s zany masterpiece, The Magic Flute!

Join The Dallas Opera at a legendary local restaurant that combines Texas tradition with a touch of the exotic.

Time: 4:00-6:00 PM

Location: Campisi’s Egyptian Lounge

                 5610 E. Mockingbird Lane

                 Dallas, TX 75206

Cost: $25 per person.  RSVPs required, 214.443.1044.

9.) Monday, August 15, 2011

Movie Screening in partnership with Dallas Film Society: Tristan + Isolde starring Sophia Myles and James Franco.  Based on the Celtic tale that inspired Wagner’s masterpiece, this saga of doomed love and betrayal overflows with intrigue, sensuality and heart-break.

Time: 7:30 PM

Location:  Studio Movie Grill

                 11170 N. Central Expressway

                 Dallas, TX 75243

Cost: FREE.  RSVPs recommended, 214.443.1044.

10.) Tuesday, August 16, 2011

TDO Happy Hour in Partnership with Screen Door!  Chill out at this fun-filled Vodka tasting, celebrating our upcoming revival of Katya Kabanova, set in rural Russia.  All comers welcome!  It’s your chance to network and get your pre-season opera buzz!

Time: 5:30-7:30 PM

Location:  Screen Door

                 One Arts Plaza

                 1722 Routh St., #132

                 Dallas, TX 75201

Cost: $10-$15 per person.  RSVPs recommended, 214.443.1044.

11.) Thursday, August 18, 2011

“In-laws from Hell: Family Dynamics and Opera”

Tied to our upcoming productions of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor and Mozart’s The Magic Flute, this Dallas Opera discussion features Dr. Kevin Salfen, a Professor of Music History from SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts and Dallas-area Clinical Psychologist Dr. Neil Ravella.  Moderated by WRR Operations Manager and on-air personality Kurt Rongey.

Time: 6:30 PM

Location:  Nancy B. Hamon Hall, the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House

                 2403 Flora Street

                 Dallas, TX 75201

Cost: FREE.  RSVPs recommended, 214.443.1044.

11.) Sunday, August 21, 2011

“Eat. Drink. Learn.” Series

Join the Dallas Opera for a walk on the west side of the Metroplex as we wrap up our summer series with a La traviata-themed soirée featuring spectacular French food and Italian wines in one of Ft. Worth’s most charming restaurants.

Time: 4:00-6:00 PM

Location: Saint Emilion

                3617 W. Seventh Street

                Ft. Worth, TX 76107

Cost: $50 per person.  RSVPs required, 214.443.1044.

EVENTS AND GUESTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

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Ticket Information for the 2011-2012 Dallas Opera Season

  

            All performances are in the acoustically acclaimed Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center.  Subscriptions start at just $85 and are on sale now.  Single tickets go on sale in September.  For more information, contact the friendly staff at The Dallas Opera Ticket Services Office at 214.443.1000 or visit us online at www.dallasopera.org.

 

 

THE DALLAS OPERA 2011-2012 SEASON INFORMATION

The Dallas Opera celebrates its Fifty-Fifth International Season in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in downtown Dallas. Evening performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees will begin at 2:00 p.m.   English translations will be projected above the stage at every performance.  Assistance is available for the hearing impaired.

LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR by Gaetano Donizetti

Dead Men DO Wear Plaid!

October 21, 23(m), 26 & 29, and November 6(m), 2011

An opera in three acts first performed at Teatro San Carlo, Naples on September 26, 1835.

Text by Salvatore Cammarano, based on Sir Walter Scott’s novel, The Bride of Lammermoor.

Time: Around 1700

Place: Scotland

Conductor: Riccardo Frizza

Stage Director: Garnett Bruce

Costume Design: Peter J. Hall

Lighting Design: Marie Barrett

Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Fight Choreographer: Bill Lengfelder

Starring: Elena Mosuc* (Lucia Ashton), Bryan Hymel* (Sir Edgardo di Ravenwood), Luca Grassi** (Lord Enrico Ashton), Jordan Bisch* (Raimondo Bidebent), Scott Quinn (Normanno), Aaron Blake (Lord Arturo Bucklaw), and Cynthia Hanna* (Alisa).

 KATYA KABANOVA by Leoš Janá?ek

October 28, 30(m), November 2, 5 & 13(m), 2011

Romance Reigns in Rural Russia!

An opera in three acts first performed in Brno, October 23, 1921.

Text by Cervinka, based on Ostrovsky’s “The Storm.”

Time: Around 1860

Place: The little town of Kalinov on the banks of the Volga River

Conductor: Graeme Jenkins

Stage Director: David Alden

Scenic Design: Charles Edwards

Costume Design: John Morrell

Lighting Designer: Adam Silverman*

Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Starring: Patricia Racette (Katerina Kabanova), Susan Bickley* (Marfa Kabanova), Roger Honeywell* (Boris Grigoryevich), Anthony Dean Griffey* (Tikhon), John Tessier* (Vanya Kudrjas), Sasha Cooke* (Varvara), Andrew Shore (Dikoy), Ann McMahon Quintero* (Glasha), and Aaron Blake (A Passerby)

 

TRISTAN & ISOLDE by Richard Wagner

February 16, 19(m), 22 & 25, 2012

A Special Opera-in-Concert, with projections by Moby-Dick’s Elaine McCarthy!

Ancient Myths, Modern Cine-Magic!

An opera in two acts first performed in Munich, June 10, 1865.

Text by Richard Wagner, based on an ancient Celtic and Icelandic legend.

Time: Legendary

Place: A ship at sea; outside King Marke’s palace, Cornwall; Tristan’s castle at Kareol

Conductor: Graeme Jenkins

Stage Director: Christian Räth

Video Design: Elaine McCarthy

Lighting Design: Alan Burrett

Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Starring: Jeanne-Michele Charbonnet (Isolde), Clifton Forbis (Tristan), Elizabeth Bishop (Brangäne), Jukka Rasilainen** (Kurvenal), Kristinn Sigmundsson* (King Marke), Scott Quinn (Melot), and Aaron Blake (A Young Sailor/A Shepherd).

THE LIGHTHOUSE by Peter Maxwell Davies

Inaugural production of the Dallas Opera Chamber Series

Presented in collaboration with the Dallas Theater Center

In the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre at the AT&T Performing Arts Center

March 16, 17 & 18(m), 2012

A chilling supernatural and psychological thriller!

Time: December 1900

Place: Edinburgh Court of Enquiry, Fladda Isle Lighthouse off the Scottish coast

Conductor: Nicole Paiement*

Stage Director: Kevin Moriarty* (opera directorial debut)

Scenic Design: Beowulf Boritt*

Costume Design: Claudia Stephens*

Cast to be announced.

 

LA TRAVIATA by Giuseppe Verdi

April 13, 15(m), 18, 21, 27 & 29(m), 2012

Let’s Party Like It’s 1849!

An opera in three acts first performed in Venice at Teatro La Fenice, March 6, 1853

Text by Francesco Maria Piave, based on Alexandre Dumas’ play, La dame aux camélias

Time: 19th century

Place: Paris

Conductor: Marco Guidarini

Stage Director: Bliss Hebert

Production Design: Allen Charles Klein

Lighting Design: Thomas Hase

Choreographer: Rosa Mercedes*

Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Starring: Myrtò Papatanasiu** (Violetta Valéry), James Valenti (Alfredo Germont), Laurent Naouri* (Giorgio Germont), Amanda Crider* (Flora Bervoix), Timothy Mix* (Baron Douphol), Tom Corbeil* (Marchese D’Obigny), Ethan Herschenfeld* (Doctor Grenvil), and Susan Nicely (Annina).

 

THE MAGIC FLUTE by W.A. Mozart

April 20, 22(m), 25, 28, May 4 & 6(m), 2012

Hearts Tested, Tried and True!

An opera in two acts first performed in Vienna, September 30, 1791.

Text by Emanuel Schikaneder.

Time: Legendary

Place: Mythological Egypt

Conductor: Graeme Jenkins

Production: August Everding

Stage Director: Matthew Lata

Scenic Design: Jörg Zimmermann*

Costume Design: Renate Kalanke*

Lighting Design: Duane Schuler

Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Children’s Chorus Master: Melinda Cotten

Starring: Ava Pine (Pamina), Shawn Mathey* (Tamina), Patrick Carfizzi (Papageno), L’ubica Vargicová* (The Queen of the Night), Raymond Aceto (Sarastro), Kevin Langan (The Speaker), David Cangelosi (Monostatos), Angela Mannino* (Papagena), Caitlin Lynch* (First Lady), Lauren McNeese* (Second Lady), Maya Lahyani* (Third Lady), Aaron Blake (First Man in Armour) and Darren K. Stokes* (Second Man in Armour).

* Dallas Opera Debut

** American Debut

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The Dallas Opera is supported, in part, by funds from:  City of Dallas, Office of Cultural Affairs; TACA; 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.  Cartier is the official jeweler and watchmaker of The Dallas Opera.  Rosewood Crescent Hotel is the official hotel of The Dallas Opera.  Advertising support from The Dallas Morning News.  Supporting Partners: The T. Boone Pickens YMCA, Smartwater and Stephen Pyles Restaurant.  A special thanks to Mrs. William W. Winspear and the Elsa von Seggern Foundation for their continuing support.

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