July at the Dallas Opera

by Suzanne Calvin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Contact: Suzanne Calvin
214-443-1014/suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org

TDO’S CASUAL SUMMER EVENTS SERIES
“BARITONES & BEACHBALLS” SIGNALS
A SIZZLING JULY AT THE DALLAS OPERA
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“Pretty Woman” at Studio Movie Grill
And an Exploration of the Journey of Tristan & Isolde
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Series brought to you by FRIENDS OF THE DALLAS OPERA
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DALLAS, JUNE 15, 2011 – The Dallas Opera doesn’t want you “sweating-out” our exciting events for the month of July. TDO’s casual summer events series, BARITONES & BEACHBALLS, brought to you by “Friends of the Dallas Opera” is a no-cost or low-cost series that includes intriguing panel discussions related to our upcoming season; special networking and social events; enticing tastings and cool, casual movie nights in partnership with Dallas Film Society.  Most of these events are free; the tastings require a nominal fee to cover costs. More details in the calendar below. Please note that RSVPs are recommended for all events. Go to dallasopera.org/rsvp or call the RSVP hotline at 214.443.1044.

Calendar of Events

1.) Monday, July 11, 2011
Movie Screening in partnership with the Dallas Film Society: “Pretty Woman,” starring Julia Roberts and 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

2.) 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, 214.443.1000

3.) 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

4.) 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. Also on hand will be the head of UNT’s outstanding opera program and one of our most popular lecturers, Dr. Stephen Dubberly, as he leads us through the musical joys and messages contained within The Magic Flute.
Time: 4:00-6:00 PM
Location: Campisi’s Egyptian Lounge
5610 E. Mockingbird Lane
Dallas, TX 75206
Cost: $25 per person. RSVPs required, 214.443.1000

AND…COMING IN AUGUST…

1.) 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.

2.) 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: 214.443.1000.

3.) 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.

4.) 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: 214.443.1000.

EVENTS AND GUESTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT “JULY AT THE DALLAS OPERA”
IS CONVENIENTLY AVAILABLE ONLINE, 24/7
VISIT WWW.DALLASOPERA.ORG AND CHECK THE CALENDAR LISTINGS

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214.443.1014 or suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org

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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), Erik Nelson Werner (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. A special thanks to Mrs. William W. Winspear and the Elsa von Seggern Foundation for their continuing support.

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