Getting More Family-Friendly

by Suzanne Calvin

And sparking some great collaborations in the process. See the release below.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Contact: Suzanne Calvin

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

                                                               

THE DALLAS OPERA ANNOUNCES

MORE FAMILY-FRIENDLY

INITIATIVES FOR 2011-2012!

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NEW TDO FAMILY PERFORMANCES!

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH SMU, UNT,

AND DALLAS CHILDREN’S THEATER!

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TDO FAMILY CONCERT@THE WINSPEAR!

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NEW “PARENTS GUIDE TO THE SEASON”

AVAILABLE ONLINE 24/7

            DALLAS, AUGUST 23, 2011 – The Dallas Opera is extremely pleased to announce a host of new family-friendly initiatives and special musical events designed to encourage patrons of all ages to experience the thrills, the laughter and the joys of opera!

Upcoming program highlights, all of which can be accessed through a single web page, http://www.dallasopera.org/family/, include (but are not limited to):

  • DOCTOR MIRACLE, a hilarious, one-act comic opera by Georges Bizet, sung in English and suitable for the entire family.  Performances run just under an hour (without intermission) and audience members are free to leave the performance as needed.  Tickets are just $12 per person and will go on sale to the public September 12

 

A love-struck young man wants to marry the mayor’s daughter.  In order to win her hand, he must disguise himself, first, as a servant who concocts a “poisonous” omelet—and then as the doctor called in to save the day!  Will true love triumph in the end, with or without bicarbonate of soda?  Find out by attending one of four performances, featuring future opera stars from the Southern Methodist University Vocal Department and the University of North Texas Opera Program

DOCTOR MIRACLE also marks the first creative partnership between the Dallas Opera and Dallas Children’s Theater, where the work will be performed with a rousing piano accompaniment! 

PERFORMANCE DATES

Friday, October 7, 2011

Friday, October 14, 2011

Friday, January 27, 2012

Friday, February 3, 2012

All performances begin at 7:30 PM at Dallas Children’s Theater, Rosewood Center for Family Arts, located at 5938 Skillman, Dallas, 75231.  Tickets may be purchased through the Dallas Opera’s Ticket Services Office at 214.443.1000 or online at http://www.dallasopera.org/family/performances/2011-2012/drmiracle/.

            Dallas Children’s Theater Executive Artistic Director Robyn Flatt believes now more than ever, groups must work together to advance the arts, as a whole, in our community.  She says, “We’re very pleased that through this partnership with the Dallas Opera, our family-friendly space at Rosewood Center is going to be where many youngsters and their parents are introduced to the beauty of opera.  And we’re so honored to have the opportunity to showcase excerpts from the very popular play, Madeline’s Christmas, in the AT&T Performing Arts Center.

            “It’s going to be a meaningful experience for us all.”

  • Please note: In celebration of “Art in October,” the Dallas Opera is instituting very special, discount pricing for one matinee performance of DOCTOR MIRACLE on Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 2:00 PM in the Winspear Opera House!  Tickets for the $5 Family Matinee will be available, beginning September 12th, at 214.443.1000 or at the door.

 

  • DALLAS OPERA FAMILY CONCERT @ THE WINSPEAR OPERA HOUSE.  It may appear self-explanatory, but there’s more here than meets the eye!  Join the Dallas Opera in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at AT&T Performing Arts Center at noon on Saturday, November 12th for an afternoon of fun.

 

The lobby opens at noon for free family activities that include face-painting, crafts, hands-on opera creation and more. 

At 1:30 PM, Dallas Children’s Theater will present a half-hour preview of excerpts from their upcoming production of Madeline’s Christmas, marking the welcome return of everybody’s favorite little girl from Paris in merry, musical new escapades! 

Lobby activities resume from 2:00 PM until 3:00 PM, at which time parents and children will be invited to take their seats inside the Margaret McDermott Performance Hall for our $5 Family Concert!  The superb Dallas Opera Orchestra, conducted by the highly regarded Maestro Anthony Barrese, will be joined by a high-voltage trio of North Texas favorites:  acclaimed soprano Ava Pine, Dallas Opera Resident Young Artist Aaron Blake, and mezzo-soprano Sasha Cook.  Music selections will include many of your all-time favorites from classic Saturday morning cartoons!

TDO Subscribers are eligible to receive up to four tickets as part of their TDO Experience by requesting them online at www.dallasopera.org/myTDO.  Non-subscribers can purchase their five-dollar concert tickets in advance online at http://www.dallasopera.org/family/performances/2011-2012/familyconcert/ or by contacting the Dallas Opera Ticket Services Office at 214.443.1000.  Patrons may also purchase tickets at the door on the day of the performance.

  • PARENT’S GUIDE TO THE DALLAS OPERA SEASON.  While the Dallas Opera believes everyone, from every walk-of-life, should have access to great opera—not every opera is a perfect fit for your family.  Some operas contain adult themes better suited to a mature audience.  To help you determine which operas are appropriate for the ones you love, TDO has compiled an easy-to-download Parent’s Guide to the Dallas Opera Season, located online at http://www.dallasopera.org/family/season/2011-2012/.  The guide contains plot overviews, ratings and other specifics to help parents make an informed judgment.

 

  • We also provide the answers to our most frequently asked questions in TDO’S GUIDE TO BRINGING CHILDREN TO THE OPERA, which can be accessed, day or night, at http://www.dallasopera.org/family/bringingkids/.   Little things it often helps to know, before you go.

 

            “We want every child to have the chance to fall in love with opera,” explains Dallas Opera Chief Marketing Officer and Director of Community Outreach Jennifer Schuder.  “However, because that first impression often stays with a youngster for life; we want to do everything possible to ensure that your kid—or grandkid’s—initial experience with The Dallas Opera is positive, awe-inspiring, and smooth.

            “We strive to provide the same great experience for our young patrons’ parents or guardians,” Miss Schuder adds, “who may worry about whether their children will enjoy the performance.  If experience is any guide, kids click with the bigger-than-life drama, actions, and emotions of this art form, while the music simply sweeps them off their seats!”

About DCT

Rated by TIME magazine as one of the top five theaters in the nation performing for youth, Dallas Children’s Theater features paid professional actors performing for an annual audience of 250,000 young people and their families through nine mainstage productions, a national touring company, and an arts-in-education program.  As the only major organization in Dallas focusing solely on youth and family theater, DCT builds bridges of understanding between generations and cultures, instilling an early appreciation of literature, art and the performing arts in tomorrow’s artists and patrons.

THE DALLAS OPERA GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGES

THE TEXAS INSTRUMENTS FOUNDATION,

PRESENTER OF THE 2011-2012 SEASON

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT “AUGUST AT THE DALLAS OPERA”

IS CONVENIENTLY AVAILABLE ONLINE, 24/7

VISIT WWW.DALLASOPERA.ORG AND CHECK THE CALENDAR LISTINGS

For high-resolution, digital photographs suitable for print

To arrange an interview

Or for additional information

Please contact Suzanne Calvin, Manager/Director Media & PR

214.443.1014 or suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org

THE DALLAS OPERA WISHES TO EXPRESS ITS GRATITUDE TO OUR EXCLUSIVE PARTNERS:

 

AMERICAN AIRLINES – OFFICIAL AIRLINE OF THE DALLAS OPERA

LEXUS – OFFICIAL VEHICLE OF THE DALLAS OPERA

CARTIER – OFFICIAL JEWELER & WATCHMAKER OF THE DALLAS OPERA

ROSEWOOD CRESCENT HOTEL – OFFICIAL HOTEL OF THE DALLAS OPERA

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.  Season subscriptions start at just $76, FLEX subscriptions (three performances) begin at $75—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. Principal cast members and events may be subject to change.  All ticket sales are final.

 

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. With the exception of Tristan & Isolde, evening performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees will begin at 2:00 p.m.  Tristan’s evening performances will start at 7:00 p.m. and matinees at 2:00 p.m.  Performances of The Lighthouse (new chamber opera series) will take place in the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre located directly across the street from the Winspear in the AT&T Performing Arts Center.   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: Graeme Jenkins

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).

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!  And a special curtain time: 7:00 p.m.!

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*

 

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), Mark McCrory (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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3 Responses to Getting More Family-Friendly

David says: July 21, 2014 at 8:55 pm

Giving up on TWILIGHT that close to the end was partly pure osreniners I’d been reading it at the bookstore in between bouts of looking for books more along my tastes because I was curious about all the hype was about. Then I went home for the holidays and the sister had it, so I could achieve my goal of finishing the damn thing despite wanting to poke my eyes out. The sister & I got into some minuscule sibling row about something and she was all Well, I’m not going to let you read my TWILIGHT book [despite the fact that she hadn't quite liked it either!] when I was almost at the end, and I was all Fine. I’m not sure my brain could take much more of it anyway! . She offered it back when we got over our tiff, but by then I really couldn’t make myself get through the prom scene. *shudder*. And yes, the sister & I were both in our 20s during that row I wasn’t planning on touching the 50 SHADES trilogy with a 10-foot pole [the words "Twilight fanfiction" didn't exactly inspire great confidence], but then my friend sidled up to me at the ultracentrifuge [we're science doctoral students] one day and we had the following conversation:Friend: Guess what I read this weekend.Me: Please tell me it wasn’t 50 SHADES OF GREY.Friend: Actually, it was the whole trilogy Me: *facepalm*Friend: and I really need someone to talk it over with. Will you please read it if I lend you my copies?? You’re European; the idea of kinky sex doesn’t faze you. *puppy-dog look*Me: *caving like a cheap suitcase* Fine, hand them over. If this fares as well as the last time I picked up a book because of the hype [i.e. TWILIGHT], I’m so going to regret this (~1000 pages later, I did indeed regret it. But I got through it by sheer force of will!) Admittedly, I don’t read that many books/series that make me want to pull out my hear, though I have read a fair number I’m ambivalent about. Maya Banks’s KGI series comes to mind: I wasn’t a fan of the first book, but I’ve read them all. I should get this compulsion checked out

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