Cast of THE LIGHTHOUSE Announced

by Suzanne Calvin

Yes, it’s really happening: the thrilling theatrical collaboration with the Dallas Theater Center that is (or will be) THE LIGHTHOUSE by Peter Maxwell Davies. The next major announcement has been made and now we know who will be singing the roles.  Pick your flavor: here’s the story from “Broadway World,” “Operagasm,” and “The Flash List“…Keep scrolling for the official release.

MEDIA RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Contact: Suzanne Calvin
214-443-1014/suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org

THE DALLAS OPERA IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE
THE LIGHTHOUSE Cast
AN OPERA BY PETER MAXWELL DAVIES
Tenor Andrew Bidlack, Officer 1/Sandy
Baritone Robert Orth, Officer 2/Blazes
Bass Daniel Sumegi, Officer 3/Arthur/Voice of the Cards
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OPENING NIGHT: FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2012 AT 7:30 PM
With Additional Performances
MARCH 17 & 18, 2012
THE DEE AND CHARLES WYLY THEATRE
At the AT&T Performing Arts Center
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WITH SUPPORT FROM JESSIE AND CHARLES PRICE

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FROM MR. & MRS. EDWARD W. ROSE III
CORPORATE SPONSOR, AMERICAN EXPRESS

DALLAS, OCTOBER 4, 2011 – The Dallas Opera is extremely proud to announce the exciting cast of the inaugural presentation in the new Dallas Opera Chamber Opera Series: THE LIGHTHOUSE, opening in March 2012, in collaboration with the Dallas Theater Center.
Tenor Andrew Bidlack, who possesses a “bright, ping-y voice” (New York Post) will make his Dallas Opera debut in the dual roles of Officer 1 and Sandy.
Distinctive baritone Robert Orth, first heard on the Dallas Opera stage in the role of Mr. Stubb in 2010 world premiere-production of Moby-Dick, will be singing the roles of Officer 2 and Blazes. Orth’s singing has been described as “immediately gripping (it) set the tone for the rest of an outstanding performance” (Review Vancouver).
Completing the cast is Bass Daniel Sumegi singing the roles of Officer 3, Arthur and Voice of the Cards. “Sumegi has a big, commanding voice and wields it with great skill…transforming his character into someone much larger than life, someone who convinces you that he has really seen God” (Washington Times). Sumegi last performed with the Dallas Opera in 2003 as Timur in Puccini’s Turandot.
This new production, with support from Jessie and Charles Price (additional support from Mr. and Mrs. Edward W. Rose III and corporate sponsor, American Express) will open on Friday, March 16, 2012 at 7:30 PM in the Dallas Opera’s first-ever performance in the high-tech Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre that serves as home to the Dallas Theater Center.
The work will be staged by the acclaimed artistic director of the DTC, Kevin Moriarty, in his opera debut, and conducted by the renowned Nicole Paiement, Artistic Director of Ensemble Parallèle (founded by Paiement in 1994 and dedicated to contemporary chamber opera and multidisciplinary projects) and the BluePrint Project, a San Francisco-based new music series, sponsored by the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Scenic design for THE LIGHTHOUSE is by Tony Award nominee Beowulf Boritt, winner of a 2007 Obie Award for Sustained Excellence in Scenic Design. Creating costumes for this 1980 masterwork by British composer Peter Maxwell Davies will be the task of Claudia Stephens in her Dallas Opera debut. Lighting design is by Tyler Micoleau in his company debut, with wig and make-up design by Stephanie Williams.
Jonathan Pell, Artistic Director of the Dallas Opera had this to say about the cast he has put together for this extraordinary opera, “Since there are only three singers in The Lighthouse, and they portray different characters in the prologue and the opera itself, it was essential that we find three brilliant singing actors who could not only give voice to this challenging music, but could also bring the various characters to life in the intimate environs of the Wyly Theater.
“Robert Orth and Daniel Sumegi are as well known for their acting skills as for their wonderful voices, and both have sung with the Dallas Opera in the past. Andrew Bidlack, a recent graduate of the young artist program at the San Francisco Opera, will be making his TDO debut in this production, but has impressed me enormously in a variety of roles at other companies. He embodies the perfect combination of youthful innocence and a strong, lyric tenor that Peter Maxwell Davies’ score requires.”
“The three of them, under Nicole Paiement’s baton and Kevin Moriarty’s stage direction, should make a compelling trio in this intense, theatrical opera.”

The Lighthouse is based on actual events. The story begins with a Prologue set in the Edinburgh Court of Enquiry. The remainder of the 90-minute opera occurs on a remote, wind-swept island (at what is here called “Fladda Isle Lighthouse”), where a trio of lighthouse keepers vanished without a trace. The plot of this chamber opera serves up the supernatural and the psychological, in equal measures, yet leaves the mystery at its core, unresolved.
From the composer’s notes on the opera:

The original inspiration of this work came from reading Craig Mair’s book on the Stevenson family of Edinburgh. This family, apart from producing the famous author Robert Louis Stevenson, produced several generations of lighthouse and harbour engineers. In December 1900 the lighthouse and harbour supply ship “Hesperus” based in Stromness, Orkney, went on its routine tour of duty to the Flannan Isles light in the Outer Hebrides. The lighthouse was empty – all three beds and the table looked as if they had been left in a hurry, and the lamp, though out, was in perfect working order, but the men had disappeared into thin air.

There have been many speculations as to how and why the three keepers disappeared. This opera does not offer a solution to the mystery, but indicates what might be possible under the tense circumstances of three men being marooned in a storm-bound lighthouse long after the time they expected to be relieved.

Performances of THE LIGHTHOUSE will take place in the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre at the AT&T Performing Arts Center (located directly across the street from the Winspear Opera House) on Friday, March 16, 2012 at 7:30 PM; Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 7:30 PM; and on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 2:00 PM.
Tickets will be available to Dallas Opera Season Subscribers, followed by Dallas Theater Center Subscribers and the general public. Further details and exact ticket prices will be announced at a later time.
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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, 24/7 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 mainstage performance.

THE LIGHTHOUSE: KEY BIOS

ANDREW BIDLACK * (Officer 1/Sandy)

Tenor Andrew Bidlack, a recent graduate of San Francisco Opera’s prestigious Adler Fellowship, begins the 2010-2011 Season with his New York City Opera debut as Baron Lummer in Strauss’ Intermezzo, followed by his return to Florida Grand Opera as Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni). In concert, he performed Bach’s Christmas Oratorio at Carnegie Hall, followed by Gomatz in Mozart’s Zaide with Musica Angelica. Recent engagements include Count Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia) at Florida Grand Opera, covers of Emilio (Partenope) at New York City Opera and performances of the tenor solo in Carmina Burana with The South Dakota Symphony. In July he made his South American debut as Oronte (Alcina) with Teatro Municipal de Santiago in Chile.
A frequent interpreter of new works by some of today’s most significant composers, Mr. Bidlack sang Ishmael in a workshop production of Jake Heggie’s latest opera Moby-Dick with the San Francisco Opera and headed to Wolf Trap this season to sing Tancredi in a workshop production of John Musto’s new opera The Inspector.
Selected by Florida Grand Opera, Mr. Bidlack is the recipient of the 2009-2010 Gilbert Artist Award, given to a former Young Artist who is returning to sing a role in a mainstage production. Next season, he is engaged to sing at Lyric Opera of Chicago.

ROBERT ORTH (Officer 2/Blazes)

Robert Orth is a leading baritone with major opera companies including those in New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, Toronto, Vancouver, Washington, D.C., Houston, Seattle, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Miami, Portland, Indianapolis, Cleveland, and Denver. He was named “Artist of the Year” by both New York City Opera and Seattle Opera. New York City Opera also gave him the Christopher Keene Award for new and unusual repertoire. He has appeared as soloist with the symphony orchestras of Chicago, Cleveland, Milwaukee, Seattle, Denver, Indianapolis, Phoenix and Washington, D.C., in repertoire ranging from Brahms’ Requiem to Broadway pops to his most repeated symphonic piece, Carmina Burana.
Performing new American operas has brought Mr. Orth great pleasure and acclaim. He was John Buchanan, Jr., in Lee Hoiby’s Summer and Smoke (based on the Tennessee Williams play), which was broadcast nationally on Public Television. At the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, he was Count Almaviva in the premiere of Rosina. In Milwaukee he was Fantomas in Stanley Silverman’s Hotel for Criminals. He played the Lodger in Dominic Argento’s The Aspern Papers in its East Coast premiere at the Kennedy Center; and he was the Lecturer in Argento’s one-man opera A Waterbird Talk in Chicago. Also in Chicago, he sang the central role of the Father in Hugo Weissgall’s Six Characters in Search of an Author in its second professional production. He created the title role in the world premiere of Harvey Milk by Stewart Wallace and Michael Korie in Houston, New York and San Francisco. In 1997 he portrayed Frank Lloyd Wright in Shining Brow, a new opera by Daron Aric Hagen, based on the life of the great American architect. In 2000 he played Owen Hart in San Francisco in the world premiere of Dead Man Walking, with music by Jake Heggie and libretto by Terrence McNally. In 2001 he premiered Michael John LaChiusa’s Lovers and Friends (Chatauqua Variations) in Chicago. In 2002 he premiered Garrison Keillor’s new opera Mr. and Mrs. Olson in St. Paul. In 2004 he was Mr. Parkis in the premiere of Jake Heggie’s The End of the Affair. That same year he first portrayed Richard Nixon in John Adams’ Nixon in China in St. Louis, and subsequently in Portland, Chicago, Cincinnati, Denver, Vancouver and Toronto. In 2007 he was Uncle John in the world premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath, and Capt. Compson in Midnight Angel by David Carlson. In 2008 he premiered Sinners in San Jose, a song cycle written for him by Craig Bohmler and Marion Adler. That fall he was LBJ in Dallas in the world premier of Steven Stucky and Gene Scheer’s August 4, 1964. He was Albert Godby in the world premiere of Andre Previn’s Brief Encounter in 2009. And in 2010, he created the role of Mr. Stubb in the world premiere of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s Moby-Dick.
His recordings include The Telephone by Giancarlo Menotti, Nixon in China, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Harvey Milk, Dead Man Walking, Hansel and Gretel, Shining Brow, The Grapes of Wrath and Brief Encounter.

DANIEL SUMEGI (Officer 3/Arthur/Voices of Cards)
Since his U.S. debut in 1991, bass Daniel Sumegi already has already built an impressive career. With over 85 roles in his repertoire, he has sung at the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera,
Covent Garden and the Paris Opera, as well as with major opera companies across the United States, Europe, Asia, South America and his native Australia.
Recent engagements include the Ring Cycle (Seattle Opera) and Der Fliegende Holländer (State Opera of South Australia), Götterdämmerung (New National Theater, Tokyo), a return to the Metropolitan Opera to cover Daland in Der Fliegende Holländer, and his first time as Wotan and the Wanderer, serving as cover for Los Angeles Opera’s Ring Cycle. 2010/11 season had Sumegi appearing in Salome (Washington National Opera), Rigoletto (Los Angeles Opera), Götterdämmerung (Opera du Rhin, Strassbourg) and San Francisco Opera’s Ring Cycle.

NICOLE PAIEMENT * (Conductor)

Conductor Nicole Paiement has been the Artistic Director of Ensemble Parallèle (EP) since its foundation in 1994 – a professional ensemble, dedicated to contemporary chamber opera and interdisciplinary projects. With this Ensemble, Paiement has recorded many world premieres performances, commissioned many new works from composers of various countries, and toured in various countries including Australia and Korea. The Ensemble’s most recent projects have included the world premiere of Lou Harrison’s Young Caesar, the west coast premiere of John Rea’s re-orchestration of Berg’s Wozzeck and the San Francisco premiere of Philip Glass’ opera Orphée, Paiement is presently working on the world-premiere performance of the chamber version of John Harbison’s The Great Gatsby, as well as a commissioned opera by composer Dante De Silva. In collaboration with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Arts, she will conduct Ensemble Parallèle in a new adaptation of Virgil Thomson’s Four Saints in Three Acts this summer.
Paiement is also the Artistic Director of the BluePrint Project – a series focused on building new music for the city of San Francisco. Over the years, BluePrint has collaborated with various organizations in the San Francisco Bay area. These have included the Pacific Rim Festival, Asian Art Museum, Other Mind Festival and the International Women Composers Festival.
Additionally, Paiement serves as director of Ensembles at the University of California, Santa Cruz and as the Artistic Director of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music New Music Ensemble.
Maestro Paiement is an active guest conductor. She made her 2004 Korean conducting debut in the world premiere of Chan-Hae Lee’s opera Back to the Origins and Nicola Le Fanu’s Old Woman of Beare. She has committed her talents to a variety of interdisciplinary projects, collaborating with dancers and media artists, both in America and abroad.

This chamber opera will mark only the second time in the 54-year-history of the Dallas Opera that a woman conductor has been on the podium. Our first female conductor was Sarah Caldwell in 1974 performances of Ambroise Thomas’ Mignon.

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KEVIN MORIARTY * (Stage Director)

Kevin Moriarty joined the Dallas Theater Center in September 2007 as the theater’s sixth artistic director. His recent positions include Artistic Director of the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, NY; Head of the M.F.A Directing Program for the Brown University/Trinity Rep Consortium; and Associate Director at Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, RI.
At the Hangar, Moriarty directed world premiere productions of Bach at Leipzig by Itamar Moses; Indoor/Outdoor by Kenny Finkle; Rough Magic by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa; Bleeding Kansas by Kathryn Walat; and Fixed by Scott Organ. He has also directed Hangar mainstage productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Bloodline: The Childrenof Argos, The Sound of Music, Hello Dolly!, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
At Trinity Rep, Moriarty’s productions as a director included The Merry Wives of Windsor (Elliot Norton Award, Best Director, 2004); Nickel and Dimed; Indoor/Outdoor; Richard II; Richard III; A Delicate Balance; and A Christmas Carol. Moriarty has directed plays and musicals regionally and in New York City, including: Jesus Christ Superstar starring Sebastian Bach and Carl Anderson (National Tour; McCoy/ Rigby, Nederlander, Really Useful Group, 2002-05); The God Committee by Mark St. Germain (Lambs Theatre); A Christmas Carol starring Stacy Keach (Cutler Majestic Theatre); Betrayal
(Syracuse Stage); Romeo and Juliet (Lincoln Center Institute); Guys and Dolls (Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre); Jekyll and Hyde and The Secret Garden (Theatreworks/USA). Moriarty was born in Rensselaer, Indiana and spent his childhood in the rural Midwest.
Upon graduating from college with a Music Education degree in 1989, he worked as a public school music teacher at La Crescent High School in Minnesota for three years before attending the Trinity Repertory Conservatory. He later worked as an actor, an assistant director for Michael Mayer on Broadway, a teaching artist at middle schools in New York City, and as a visiting instructor and guest director at Wagner College. Moriarty is a member of the Drama League Director Project’s Advisory Council, the recipient of a Drama League Directors Project directing fellowship, a member of the Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab, and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.

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BEOWULF BORITT * (Scenic Design)

A frequent artistic collaborator of the Dallas Theater Center’s Kevin Moriarty, his work for the DTC includes designs for It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Superman, Give it Up!, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Who’s Tommy. On Broadway, Mr. Boritt has designed Sondheim On Sondheim, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, LoveMusik, Rock of Ages, The Two and Only. Off-Broadway, his scenic designs have wowed audiences to more than 50 shows, including The Scottsboro Boys, The Last Five Years, The Toxic Avenger, Sleepwalk with Me, Saint Lucy’s Eyes, Hank Williams: Lost Highway, and Miss Julie. He has also designed for the Public, MTC, 2nd Stage, MCC, The New Group, Pearl Theatre, American Place, and Keen Co, as well as the 2007 and 2008 Ringling Brothers Circus. Mr. Boritt’s numerous awards and accolades include an Obie, Audelco and Barrymore, in addition to a Tony Award nomination, two Lortel nominations and three Drama Desk nominations.

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CLAUDIA STEPHENS * (Costume Design)

Associate Professor of Costume Design at SMU’s Meadows School of the arts, Claudia Stephens moved to Dallas in 1997 from her base in New York City, where she successfully designed for opera, theater and dance. During her 30 years as a costume designer, Ms. Stephens has created costume designs for more than 140 productions in both the U.S. and abroad. Her students are currently working in the costume industry in NYC, LA, Chicago, Texas, Florida, Idaho and Oklahoma. In New York City, her designs have been seen at Lincoln Center, Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, Playwrights Horizons, Dance Theatre Workshop, Primary Stages, Classic Stage Company, and Soho Repertory Theatre, to name a few.
On Broadway (including tours), Ms. Stephens has worked with Stephen Sondheim, Ann Hould-Ward and Cleo Laine, Into The Woods Nat’l Tour; James Lapine , Ann Hould-Ward and Stephen Bogardus , Falsettos ; Bernadette Peters, Martin Short, Neil Simon and Santo Loquasto, The Goodbye Girl; Neil Simon, Alan Alda , Kate Burton and Santo Loquasto , Jake’s Women; Gene Saks, Kevin Spacey, Mercedes Ruhl and Santo Loquasto , Lost in Yonkers: William Ivey Long, Phillip Bosco and Victor Garber, Lend Me A Tenor.
Elsewhere in the U.S., her opera and theatre designs have been seen at Portland Opera, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Utah Shakespearean Festival, St. Louis Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, Cleveland Playhouse, Denver Center Theater, Merrimack Theater, Triad Theatre, etc.
A member of Big Dance Theatre Dance Company since 1995, her costume designs for dance have leapt across stages in NYC, the United States and Europe.
Recently, Ms. Stephens designed Before Night Falls for Ft. Worth Opera with director David Gately and scene designer Riccardo Hernandez (May 2010) and the 2008 southwest premiere of the opera Angels in America, also directed by David Gately with the Fort Worth Opera; Comme Toujours Here I Stand, with Big Dance Theatre, which premiered in Lyon France, April 2009; A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the opening of the Charles & Dee Wyly Theater, fall, 2009; Dividing The Estate, also at the Wyly Theater, opening March 2011.
Miss Stephens holds a BFA in Theatre from the University of Texas at Austin and an MFA in Costume Design from Carnegie Mellon University.

*Dallas Opera debut

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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 are on-sale, starting at just $25. 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*
Starring: (in order of vocal appearance:) Andrew Bidlack* (Officer 1/Sandy), Robert Orth (Officer 2/Blazes), and Daniel Sumegi (Officer 3/Arthur/Voice of the Cards).

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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