LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR Opening Oct. 21 at TDO

by Suzanne Calvin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Contact: Suzanne Calvin
214-443-1014/suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org

THE DALLAS OPERA IS PROUD TO PRESENT
THE COMPANY’S BLAZING 2011-2012 SEASON OPENER:
GAETANO DONIZETTI’S BEL CANTO MASTERPIECE
LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR
LIBRETTO BY SALVATORE CAMMARANO
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STARRING ROMANIAN SOPRANO ELENA MOSUC IN HER DALLAS DEBUT AS LUCIA, TENOR BRYAN HYMEL IN HIS COMPANY DEBUT AS EDGARDO, AND ITALIAN BARITONE LUCA GRASSI IN HIS AMERICAN DEBUT AS LORD ASHTON
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CONDUCTED BY MUSIC DIRECTOR GRAEME JENKINS
STAGED BY DIRECTOR GARNETT BRUCE
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OPENING NIGHT: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2011 AT 7:30 PM
WITH ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCES
Oct. 23(m), 26, 29, Nov. 6(m)
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SEASON OPENING NIGHT PERFORMANCE OF LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR, WITH ENDOWED SUPPORT FROM LINDA AND MITCH HART
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DELOITTE, PRESENTING SPONSOR,
“FIRST NIGHT” DINNER & FESTIVITIES

Featuring Red-Carpet Arrivals, Pre-and-Post-Performance Festivities,
And a free, public “Plazacast@theCenter” in partnership with the
AT&T Performing Arts Center!

DALLAS, SEPTEMBER 21, 2011 – The Dallas Opera is extraordinarily proud to present the first production of the 2011-2012 “Tragic Obsessions” Season: Gaetano Donizetti’s passionate bel canto opera, LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR, opening Friday, October 21, 2011 in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Downtown Dallas.
The Linda and Mitch Hart Season Opening Night Performance will begin at 7:30 PM; it will be preceded by FIRST NIGHT red carpet arrivals and fashions (beginning at 6:00 PM) and a lively pre-performance reception in Hamon Hall.
The performance itself will be followed by a late-evening, black-tie dinner hosted by Blaine Nelson of Deloitte, presenting sponsor for the FIRST NIGHT dinner and festivities.
Subsequent performances of LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR are scheduled for October 23(m), 26, 29, November 6(m), 2011. Full season subscriptions are still available, beginning at just $76, and single tickets start at $25. Contact the Dallas Opera Ticket Services Office at 214.443.1000 or purchase online, 24/7, at dallasopera.org.

“We’ve assembled a remarkable group of artists from around the world to bring this bel canto masterpiece to life,” says Dallas Opera Artistic Director Jonathan Pell. “They are as passionate about this music and repertoire as anyone working in opera today, and I know that these performances will be unforgettable.
“Romanian soprano, Elena Mosuc, undoubtedly one of the world’s foremost interpreters of Lucia singing now, is partnered by Bryan Hymel, one of America’s most exciting young tenors, and both are making their Dallas Opera debuts. We also have the privilege of introducing Italian baritone Luca Grassi, already acclaimed across Europe, in his American debut. This production promises to be one of the highlights of the season.”

Based on epic 19th century Scottish romance by Sir Walter Scott, this 1835 masterpiece is filled with glorious bel canto music (a style that requires extraordinary vocal virtuosity) and contains two of the most famous scenes in opera.
LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR marks the first TDO project for director Garnett Bruce since his spectacularly well-received revival of Francesca Zambello’s luminous production of Madame Butterfly, the grand finale of our 2009-2010 Inaugural Season in the Winspear Opera House.
LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR will be conducted by acclaimed Mrs. Eugene McDermott Music Director Graeme Jenkins, who drew tremendous praise for the work that brought our 2010-2011 Season to a close: Modest Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov. According to Classical Music Critic Scott Cantrell of The Dallas Morning News, it was “a triumph for any opera house, anywhere.”
“Marshaled with authority and the greatest sensitivity by Music Director Graeme Jenkins,” he added, “the orchestra played gloriously.”

Opening night also promises to be an unforgettable opportunity for music and theater lovers from throughout North Texas for another reason: in partnership with AT&T Performing Arts Center and under the guidance of Dallas Opera General Director & CEO Keith Cerny, TDO will present a free, live simulcast of the evening’s performance in Sammons Park (located directly in front of the Winspear). The simulcast will come complete with English language subtitles—so no advance preparation is needed—in this one-night-only Plazacast@theCenter.

“The moment I arrived in Dallas just over a year ago, I began working on a series of partnerships designed to address several important goals. These included raising our profile among opera-goers worldwide; finding more innovative ways to produce and stage 20th and 21st century opera; improving our already high standards of musical and theatrical artistry; developing a stronger spirit of collaboration, including exciting commissions and productions; and engaging the greater Dallas community—both inside and outside the traditional opera house,” explains General Director and CEO Keith Cerny.
“Simulcasts, like the upcoming ‘Plazacast at the Center,’ put opera out on the streets and right in the middle of the cultural conversation.”

Once again, all seating is free (bring your own blanket) and will be on a first come, first served basis. Free bottled water will be provided by Smartwater. Patrons are welcome to take advantage of nearby dining and carry-out options or to bring their own picnic baskets and dine al fresco on the grounds!
Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and we respectfully request that attendees leave their pets at home.

Romanian soprano Elena Mosuc will make her much-anticipated company debut in the title role of Lucia Ashton. Mosuc’s voice has been described by Horst Koegler of Opera News as “a voice of immaculate purity rather than of sultry sexuality. She handles her coloratura with wonderful ease and fine lilt, and she approached the top notes without the least sign of strain.”
This Dallas Opera revival also stars American Tenor Bryan Hymel, a native of New Orleans praised by James M. Keller from the Santa Fe New Mexican for giving “the most satisfying performance” in Santa Fe Opera’s recent production of FAUST. “(His) voice is high-placed yet full in body, exciting in its visceral punch.” Mr. Hymel will sing the role of Lucia’s love and the rightful heir, Sir Edgardo di Ravenswood.
Baritone Luca Grassi will sing the role of Lucia’s brother, the Machiavellian Lord Enrico Ashton, in his American debut. Mr. Grassi has been described by Elena Haberman as wielding “a beautiful, lyrical baritone, perfect for Bellini’s fine cantabile in the arias.”
Singing the role of Raimondo Bidebent is bass Jordan Bisch, who will be making his Dallas Opera debut in this production. Steve Smith of the New York Times recently praised his “robust sound.”
Texas-born tenor Scott Quinn, former TDO Resident Young Artist, is back in Dallas preparing for the role of Normanno. Mr. Quinn gave a notable performance in the Dallas Opera’s 2009 production of Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux, prompting DFW Renaissance Classical Music Critic Dean Cassella to write: “From his first note he sounded to me like Pavarotti, a true lyric tenor with a sweet, soulful voice.”
Tenor Aaron Blake, the current TDO Resident Young Artist, will sing the role of the doomed Lord Arturo Bucklaw. Applauded by Bay Area critic Susan Steinberg for his “masterful acting ability;” she went on to write that “(Blake) displayed a voice of tender sweetness, virile strength, and overwhelming emotional conviction.”
Mezzo-soprano, Cynthia Hanna will be making her company debut in the role of Lucia’s companion, Alisa. Robert Coleman of Opera News wrote: “Cynthia Hanna looked lovely and sang beautifully…her mezzo warming ensemble passages.”

Scenic design for this Dallas Opera revival is by Henry Bardon, with costumes designed by the late, legendary Peter J. Hall.
Lighting design will be by Marie Barrett, with wig and make-up designs for LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR by David Zimmerman.
Fight choreography by Bill Lengfelder.
Chorus preparation will be by Dallas Opera Chorus Master Alexander Rom.

Parking onsite will be available in the Lexus Red Parking beneath the Winspear Opera House and the Lexus Silver Parking adjacent to the Wyly Theatre. Should those reach capacity, additional paid parking is available at nearby One Arts Plaza and in several surface lots. Prices range from $5 to $25 per vehicle.
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Based on an epic 19th century Scottish romance by Sir Walter Scott (“The Bride of Lammermoor”) and containing several of the most thrilling moments in all of opera, LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR propels us into a world where women are reluctant pawns in a dynastic quest for powerful family alliances. Tricked by her brother into giving up the man she loves, Lucia submits to his choice of a husband, with tragic consequences for all.
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Single tickets for the four mainstage productions of the Dallas Opera’s “Tragic Obsessions” Season are on sale now, starting at just $25, through the Dallas Opera Ticket Services Office at 214.443.1000 or online at www.dallasopera.org. Student Rush best-available tickets can be purchased at the lobby box office for $25 (one per valid Student I.D.) ninety minutes prior to each performance.
Tickets for the Dallas Opera’s 2011 Opening Night Celebration, FIRST NIGHT, are available through Dallas Opera Special Events Manager Morgan Vaughn at morgan.vaughn@dallasopera.org.

LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR KEY BIOS:

GRAEME JENKINS (Conductor)
London, England

The Dallas Opera’s Mrs. Margaret McDermott Music Director, Graeme Jenkins, has conducted more than 160 productions of over one hundred different operas including Billy Budd and Jen?fa (Vienna State Opera); Così fan tutte (English National Opera); Baz Luhrmann’s La bohème and DieMeistersinger (Australia); The Cunning Little Vixen and Fromthe House of the Dead (Berlin); Le nozze di Figaro for Theater an der Wien in Vienna; Simon Boccanegra,Der Fliegende Holländer and Il re pastore (Amsterdam); La clemenza di Tito (Copenhagen) and numerous production with The Dallas Opera including the Ring cycle, Macbeth, Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte, The Magic Flute, and company premieres of Billy Budd, Nabucco,Wozzeck, Katya Kabanova, Mary Queen of Scots and Rodelinda. He has also conducted world premieres of works by Tobias Picker (Thérèse Raquin at The Dallas Opera) and Stephen Oliver’s Timon of Athens (English National Opera). Concert engagements have included the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Danish Opera Orchestra, the Utah Symphony Orchestra, the Galicia Symphony Orchestra of Spain and the Monte Carlo Philharmonic. In addition to conducting our Spring 2011 production of Boris Godunov, Jenkins ended the season with Billy Budd in Vienna (with Neil Schicoff) and Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci with José Cura. Mr. Jenkins also made his concert debuts in Ottawa and Iceland.

GARNETT BRUCE (Stage Director)
Washington, D.C.

Garnett Bruce returns to The Dallas Opera for this production of Lucia di Lammermoor, after staging Madama Butterfly in the inaugural season of The Winspear Opera House. Mr. Bruce stages Turandot for the opening of the San Francisco Opera’s 2011/2012 season as well as for the inaugural production for the Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s Kaufmann Performing Arts Center. After this production of Lucia, he directs The Rake’s Progress for Peabody Opera Theater, Don Pasquale for Opera Memphis, and his production of La Cenerentola for Madison Opera. Last season he directed La traviata for Austin Lyric Opera and Madison Opera, and continued his Da Ponte Cycle with Don Giovanni for Opera Omaha and continued his work as teacher and director at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University with a double bill of Poulenc’s Les mamelles de Tiresias and Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortileges. Mr. Bruce’s body of work includes engagements with companies across the country such as Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, San Diego Opera, Washington National Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Cincinnati Opera and Utah Symphony & Opera and his European opera debut staging Turandot for the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples. He was the Artistic Adviser and Principal Stage Director for Opera Omaha from 2008-2011. In addition to his work at Peabody, Garnett Bruce serves on the faculty of the Aspen Music Festival & School’s Opera Theater Center and on the Board of Directors for FBN Productions (Opera for Kids).

LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR CAST BIOS:

ELENA MOSUC * (Lucia di Lammermoor)
Soprano — Ia?i, Romania

Elena Mosuc is making her Dallas Opera debut in the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor. She won first prize at the Munich International Music Competition and has been named an Officer of the Arts — the highest honor awarded a musician in Romania. She regularly appears with companies throughout Europe including Zurich, Berlin, Vienna, Paris, Milan, and London. Her roles with the Zurich opera include the Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Gilda (Rigoletto), and the title roles in Lucia di Lammermoor, La traviata, Maria Stuarda, and Luisa Miller. She made her Metropolitan Opera debut last season as Olympia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann. Other roles include Micaëla (Carmen) at the Verona Arena, Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos) in Genoa and all four heroines in Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the State Opera of Hamburg. DVD performances include Musetta in La bohème, Gilda in Rigoletto, Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte and Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos. Her audio recordings include Mahler’s Second Symphony with The London Symphony, Lehar’s Schön ist die Welt with the Munich Radio Orchestra and several solo recordings. Upcoming engagements include the title roles in Luisa Miller (La Scala) and Lucrezia Borgia (Brussels) and Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos (Salzburg Festival).

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BRYAN HYMEL * (Sir Edgardo di Ravenwood)
Tenor — New Orleans, Louisiana

Debut artist Bryan Hymel was the top prize winner in the 2009 Gerda Lissner Foundation Competition and first prize winner in the 2008 Licia Albanese/Puccini Foundation Competition. Mr. Hymel recently made his debut at Teatro alla Scala in Milan as Don José in Carmen. He reprised that role for a filmed version of Carmen in 3D with the Royal Opera, Covent Garden that was broadcast around the world. Other European appearances include Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly for the English National Opera, Cavaradossi in Tosca for the Opéra National de Bordeaux, Arturo in I Puritani with the Greek National Opera, and Énée in Les Troyens with The Netherlands Opera. He has also sung Pinkerton with the Canadian Opera Company and Palm Beach Opera. Elsewhere in the United States, he has appeared in the title role of Faust with Santa Fe Opera and Opera Birmingham, as the Duke in Rigoletto and Tamino in Die Zauberflöte for Opera Grand Rapids, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi with New Orleans Opera, and the Prince in Rusalka with Boston Lyric Opera. Upcoming engagements include Rusalka (Royal Opera, Covent Garden), Rodolfo in La bohéme (Glyndebourne Tour) and the title role of Faust (Baltimore).

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LUCA GRASSI ** (Lord Enrico Ashton)
Baritone — San Marino Republic

The Dallas Opera is pleased to present Luca Grassi in his American operatic debut. Mr. Grassi won the City of Rome competition and made his debut there as Germont in La traviata. He appeared at the reopening of the Gran teatro La Fenice in Venice as Germont in La traviata. Other roles include the title roles in Don Giovanni for Opera Giocosa di Savona and Le nozze di Figaro for Opera Hong Kong; Marcello in La bohéme (Glyndebourne Touring Opera, Modena, Piacenza, Cagliari and the Grand Théâtre de Genève); Silvio in Pagliacci and Sharpless in Madama Butterfly for Teatro Comunale in Bologna; and Amonasro in Aïda for Teatro Regio in Turin and in Pisa and Trento. He has also sung Sharpless for the Scottish Opera in Glasgow, Deutsche Opera Berlin and the Teatro dell-Opera in Rome. He has been a regular guest at the Festival della Valle d’Itria where he has sung the title roles in Massenet’s Werther (Baritone version) and Piccini’s Roland as well as Saint-Bris in Les Huguenots. Upcoming engagements include Renato in Un ballo in maschera; Ezio in Attila in St. Gallen, La traviata in Leipzig, Florence and Montreal; and Carmen in Las Palmas.

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JORDAN BISCH * (Raimondo Bidebent)
Bass — Vancouver, Washington

Jordan Bisch makes his Dallas Opera debut with these performances. He was the winner of the Richard Tucker Career Grant in both 2006 and 2009 and a Grand Finals Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. He is a graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Program and has appeared with the company in productions of Roméo et Juliette, Parsifal, and Idomeneo and recently on their tour to Japan. He created the roles of Daedalus/Father in Seattle Opera’s world premiere of Daron Hagen’s Amelia. He made his European debut in Switzerland as Paolo in Simon Boccanegra. His San Francisco opera debut was as Angelotti in Tosca, and he has sung the Second Armored Man in Die Zauberflöte for Los Angeles Opera and the Théâtre du Capitol in Toulouse. For Florida Grand Opera, he has sung Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor. Upcoming engagements include the King in Aïda for the Metropolitan Opera.

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SCOTT QUINN (Normano)
Tenor — Marshall, Texas

Scott Quinn was one of the winners in the 2008 Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition and was our Young Artist in Residence for the ’08-’09 and ’09-’10 Seasons. Scott has most recently been part of San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program and will join the Houston Grand Opera Studio after these performances of Lucia. Mr. Quinn was nominated for a Richard Tucker Career Grant and was a winner in the Palm Beach Opera Competition. His Dallas Opera roles include Rodrigo in Otello, Lord Cecil in Roberto Devereux and Parpignol in La bohème and Tybalt in our Student Matinée performances of Roméo et Juliette. Scott was also the cover for the role of Greenhorn in the world premiere of Moby-Dick. As an HGO Studio Artist, Scott will sing the role of Gastone in La traviata and cover the roles of Alfredo in La traviata and Leicester in Maria Stuarda.

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AARON BLAKE (Lord Arturo Bucklaw)
Tenor — Palos Verdes, California

Returning for a second season as The Dallas Opera’s Young Artist in Residence, Aaron Blake made his company debut as Hervey in Anna Bolena. Other Dallas Opera roles include Tybalt in Roméo et Juliette, and Roméo in the school performance matinees of that opera. For the Utah Symphony and Opera, he has sung El Remendado in Carmen and Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi and was the Tenor soloist for Handel’s Messiah. Santa Fe Opera audiences have seen him as Evandre in Gluck’s Alceste. His repertoire includes Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Belfiore in La finta giardiniera, Sam Kaplan in Street Scene, Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore and Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni. He was the recipient of a Bagby Career Grant from the Bagby Foundation for the Musical Arts. Mr. Blake created the role of Brian in Nico Muhly’s opera Two Boys, in a workshop performance for the Metropolitan Opera. Upcoming engagements include Fenton in Verdi’s Falstaff with Utah Opera and the title role of Mozart’s Idomeneo with Opera San Jose.

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CYNTHIA HANNA * (Alisa)
Mezzo-Soprano — Charleston, South Carolina

Cynthia Hanna makes her debut with The Dallas Opera as Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor. She made her international debut as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly at the Savonlinna Festival and recently sang Maddalena in Rigoletto alongside Placido Domingo in the title role at Beijing’s Reignwood Theater. Other recent performances include the Page in Salome (Washington National Opera), Meg Page in Falstaff (Utah Opera), and both Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte and Suzuki in Madama Butterfly (Opera North). While a Domingo Cafritz Young Artist at Washington National Opera, she sang Mercedes in Carmen and Dryade in Ariadne auf Naxos. On the concert stage, she has joined the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for Handel’s Messiah; Utah Symphony Orchestra for Debussy’s La demoiselle elue, Mozart’s Requiem, and Bernstein’s Mass; and the National Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players for Brahms’ Zwei Gesänge. Upcoming engagements include Idamante in Idomeneo with Florentine Opera and Emilia in Otello with Sarasota Opera.

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EVENTS AND GUEST ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

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PRESENTER OF THE 2011-2012 SEASON
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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. 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), Mary Phillips (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 this autumn.

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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