The Dallas Opera’s 21st Century Wall of Honor

by Megan Meister

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Contact: Suzanne Calvin

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

                                                               

THE DALLAS OPERA IS PROUD TO RECOGNIZE

THE REMARKABLE GENEROSITY OF

SEVEN INDIVIDUALS AND INSTITUTIONS ON

THE DALLAS OPERA’S

21st CENTURY

WALL OF HONOR

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HONORING THOSE WHO HAVE MADE MULTI-MILLON DOLLAR COMMITMENTS TO TDO IN THE 21ST CENTURY, CONTRIBUTING TO

THE ARTISTIC AND FINANCIAL STRENGTH OF THE DALLAS OPERA

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SEPTEMBER 28, 2011 AT 6:00 PM

THE WEST LOBBY OF THE MARGOT AND BILL WINSPEAR

OPERA HOUSE AT THE AT&T PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

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ANONYMOUS

PHYLLIS AND TOM MCCASLAND

MRS. EUGENE MCDERMOTT

MARGOT AND ROSS PEROT/THE PEROT FOUNDATION

JAMES R. SEITZ, JR.

ELSA VON SEGGERN FOUNDATION

MARGOT AND BILL WINSPEAR

 
DALLAS, SEPTEMBER 28, 2011 – The Dallas Opera is proud to honor seven of our most generous individual donors and foundations from the past decade, with the unveiling of the Dallas Opera’s 21st Century Wall of Honor, located in the West Lobby of the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House.

The new Wall of Honor acknowledges those exceptional individuals and foundations that have given multi-million dollar gifts to the Dallas Opera in the 21st century and made tremendous contributions to both the artistic and financial strengths of the company.  The honorees (listed in alphabetical order) are:

ANONYMOUS

PHYLLIS AND TOM MCCASLAND

MRS. EUGENE MCDERMOTT

MARGOT AND ROSS PEROT/THE PEROT FOUNDATION

JAMES R. SEITZ, JR.

ELSA VON SEGGERN FOUNDATION

MARGOT AND BILL WINSPEAR

             “The Dallas Opera is extremely fortunate to be the beneficiary of some of the most respected and visionary philanthropists in North Texas,” says Dallas Opera Chairman Dr. Kern Wildenthal.  “Their past generosity has defined the Dallas cultural landscape and their gifts to TDO in the 21st century have helped this company to weather the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.

“Together, these people have created a model of cultural and civic leadership that will endure for generations to come.”

“We are enormously grateful to each of these benefactors and foundations that have made the Dallas Opera a part of their 21st century mission,” says Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny.  “They have demonstrated a generosity of spirit that elevates gift-giving to an art form all its own, and I am proud to be able to share with patrons and visitors to the Winspear Opera House how much this company has benefited from their extraordinary giving, as well as their formidable expertise.”

The Dallas Opera is grateful to the AT&T Performing Arts Center for making space available for the display, and for managing the construction associated with this project.

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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.

Full Season Subscriptions are still available, beginning at just $76 for all four productions.  Subscribers will have the first chance to purchase tickets for the limited engagement of The Lighthouse by Peter Maxwell Davies, inaugurating the Dallas Opera’s new chamber opera series next spring.  The work will be produced in collaboration with the Dallas Theater Center and will mark the opera debut of director Kevin Moriarty, Artistic Director of the DTC, who will stage this new production of a work that originally premiered in 1980.

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.

Don’t miss the Linda and Mitch Hart Season Opening Night Performance!

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 THE DALLAS OPERA GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGES

THE TEXAS INSTRUMENTS FOUNDATION,

PRESENTER OF THE 2011-2012 SEASON

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT “SEPTEMBER 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-FifthInternational 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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