Family Programming Trio – Next 3 Weekends

by Suzanne Calvin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Contact: Suzanne Calvin
214-443-1014/suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org

A Reminder: Three Weekends of Fabulous
Family Programming at The Dallas Opera!
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DOCTOR MIRACLE
$5 FAMILY PERFORMANCE,
Sunday, October 30th 2:00 p.m.
At the Margot & Bill Winspear Opera House
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DOCTOR MIRACLE performed at NorthPark Center
Saturday, November 5th 2:00 p.m.
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THE DALLAS OPERA FAMILY CONCERT
With Aaron Blake, Ava Pine,
Sasha Cooke, and Maestro Anthony Barrese
Saturday, November 12th 3:00 p.m.
At the Margot & Bill Winspear Opera House

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DALLAS, OCTOBER 27, 2011 – The Dallas Opera is thrilled to present three consecutive weekends of family-friendly programming designed to give young audiences and their families a delicious entrée into the world of opera. TDO will present a Family Matinee performance of Georges Bizet’s zany, gently romantic, one-act operetta about love and omelettes, DOCTOR MIRACLE, at the Margot & Bill Winspear Opera House located at 2403 Flora Street, Dallas 75201 on Sunday, October 30, 2:00 PM. Tickets are family budget-priced at $5 apiece! Contact the Dallas Opera at 214.443.1000 or purchase online at dallasopera.org. Tickets will also be available at the door prior to each performance.
DOCTOR MIRACLE will also be making a stop at NorthPark Center for a FREE performance on Saturday, November 5th at 2:00 PM, presented in partnership with NorthParkCenter and the SMU Vocal Department. The opera will be performed live in Dillard’s Court at NorthPark Center, located on Level One.

On Saturday, November 12th the Dallas Opera will host a fun-filled afternoon of arts-related activities starting at 12:00 p.m. and concluding with the Dallas Opera Family Concert at 3:00 PM featuring three acclaimed young singers with Dallas bonafides: the Dallas Opera’s current Resident Young Artist, Aaron Blake, Soprano Ava Pine (who will star in our upcoming production of The Magic Flute) and Mezzo-Soprano Sasha Cooke. These rising stars and the Dallas Opera Orchestra will perform under the baton of Maestro Anthony Barrese, former Assistant Conductor for the Dallas Opera.
The orchestra will be performing classic overtures from Rossini’s Semiramide and Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, in addition to the lovely “Meditation from Thais” with violin soloist Jing Wang, Concertmaster and First Violin for the Dallas Opera.
Among the selections: Ms. Pine will perform an aria from Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore (“The Elixir of Love”), “Prendi per me sei libero”, and Mr. Blake will sing “Una furtive lagrima” from that same opera. Ms. Cooke will regale us with “Non so più” from Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro. Rounding out the afternoon, the singers will thrill us with the trio from Rossini’s Le Comte Ory, “A la faveur de cette nuit obscure”.

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!
Don’t miss out on this fantastic (and fantastically priced) program! Just $5 per ticket (Buy on-line, 24/7, at dallasopera.org or call 214.443.1000. First 4 tickets FREE for ALL TDO subscribers.) in order to introduce the extraordinary music, the magic, and the incredible excitement of opera to your children, grand-children or loved ones!

The Dallas Opera Educational/Family Series is presented by Texas Instruments, Inc., and made possible by grants from The David M. Crowley Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rosewood Foundation, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

DOCTOR MIRACLE was composed for a competition when Georges Bizet (world-renowned for his operas Carmen and The Pearl Fishers) was just eighteen years old. A youthful vitality permeates this story, set in 19th century Padua, Italy, in the home of the Mayor, his wife Veronica, and his love-struck daughter, Laurette. She’s enamored of the ever-resourceful Silvio, an army captain, who dons one disguise after another to infiltrate the household, in order to win the hand of the girl he adores. Sound simple? Guess again!

Part of the Dallas Opera’s new Family Series, presented by Texas Instruments Inc. and made possible by grants from the David M. Crowley Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rosewood Foundation, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.
The SMU cast of DOCTOR MIRACLE features soprano Julie Marx as Laurette, soprano Julie Ann Dieltz as Veronica, baritone Njabulo Mthimkhulu as The Mayor, and tenor Zach Hess in the triple role of Silvio/Pasquin/Doctor Miracle.
The singers have been coached by (and will be accompanied by) Music Director and pianist Julian Reed.
The classic storybook set and costumes were designed by Production Designer Tommy Bourgeois.
These performances feature a brand-new English translation by Dr. James Hampton, Artistic Services Manager, who has also staged the work for the Dallas Opera.
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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 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.
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“DOCTOR MIRACLE” KEY BIOS:

JULIAN REED (Music Director)
Julian Reed has enjoyed a fulfilling career in a variety of roles in many opera companies over the past thirty years. Mr. Reed has a great body of experience as a Pianist, Vocal Coach, Chorus Master, and Conductor. He has rejoined the Dallas Opera. He is also a faculty member with L.E.S.I.V.A. (Land of Enchantment Summer Institute of Vocal Arts). Mr. Reed has held resident positions at the Dallas Opera, Lyric Opera of Dallas, Niedersaechsishe Staatsoper Hannover, Austin Lyric Opera, and in the past five seasons, was Chorus Master, Principal Coach / Pianist, and Music Director of the Marion Roose Pullin Resident Artist Program at the Arizona Opera.
Mr. Reed has served as a guest artist in companies such as the Seattle Opera, the Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center, Portland Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Opera Memphis, and others. Julian Reed worked primarily as a vocal coach and rehearsal pianist at the Hannover State Opera, and occasionally served as rehearsal conductor. In addition, Mr. Reed was a featured artist on the company’s “Marshnersaal” recital series. During his tenure, Mr. Reed prepared “gala abends” with famed artists such as Dame Gwyneth Jones, Carol Neblett, Anna Tomova-Sintow, Sherrill Milnes, Kurt Moll, Kurt Rydll, Giuseppe Taddei, and others. While in Hannover, Mr. Reed was responsible for twenty four to twenty six different productions per season. As a conductor, Julian Reed has conducted performances of Il barbiere di Siviglia, La bohème, Carmen, La Cenerentola, La Grande-Duchesse de Gerolstein, The Merry Widow, Madama Butterfly, The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance, Ruddigore, Rigoletto, La traviata, and The Magic Flute. Julian Reed apprenticed at the San Francisco Opera in the Merola Program in two different seasons, where he was a winner of the Otto Guth Memorial Award for coaching. As a result, Mr. Reed also toured through twenty seven states with the Western Opera Theater.

JAMES HAMPTON (Stage Director)
James Hampton has received critical acclaim as both a stage director and singer. The Washington Post applauded his “pungent”, “tightly paced” direction of Ned Rorem’s opera Our Town at The Catholic University of America. For The University of Texas at Austin, he has directed productions of Handel’s Rinaldo, Orff’s Antigone, Robert Ward’s Roman Fever, and numerous opera scenes evenings. He has directed Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor and Menotti’s The Medium for East Carolina University. On stage, he has been praised for his “mellifluous tenor” (The Towson Times) and “flair for comedy” (The Washington Post). He has been a soloist with the Metro Opera Project, The Texas Early Music Project, The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Austin, Cockpit in Court Summer Theater, The Johns Hopkins Chorale, and the Handel Choir of Baltimore. Ensemble credits include the Washington Opera, Baltimore Opera, Washington Concert Opera and the Deutsch Oper Berlin. James received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The University of Texas at Austin and is the Artistic Services Manager for The Dallas Opera.

TOMMY BOURGEOIS (Production Designer)
Tommy Bourgeois has been associated with The Dallas Opera for over 25 years. He has been an integral part of our Costume Shop and is the Head of the Properties Department. Mr. Bourgeois has designed costumes and scenery for Ballet Austin, including Romeo and Juliette, The Nut Cracker and an original production of Taming of the Shrew commissioned by the Kennedy Center. Other costume designs include Six Flags over Texas’ Christmas Show, Jazz land in New Orleans and Dixie Stamped in Tennessee. In addition to designing costumes for various theatres in Dallas, Tommy served as Master Carpenter and Costumer for the Lyric Opera Of Dallas for 4 years from 1986- 1989. He is currently the set designer for the Order of the Alamo Coronation that takes place in San Antonio every spring during Fiesta. Tommy earned a MA in Theatre Design and Dramatic Criticism at Southwest Texas University and went on to earn an MFA at Southern Methodist University where he studied with Bill and Jean Eckhart. In New York, Mr. Bourgeois was the assistant to Beni Montressor on ballets and operas in New York, NY and abroad and worked in the Fashion industry for Joseph Abboud and Emanuel Ungaro.
“DOCTOR MIRACLE” CAST BIOS:

JULIE MARX (Laurette)
Soprano Julie Marx is in her second year at Southern Methodist University pursuing a Master’s in vocal performance. She received her Bachelor’s of Music degree from Rice University in May of 2010. Most recently she was seen as Zerlina in Don Giovanni in Weimar, Germany at the Lyric Opera Studio Weimar and as Cupid in Orpheus in the Underworld at SMU (February 2010). Other roles include Despina (Così fan tutte) and Gheradino (Gianni Schicchi). In 2011, Julie won the Encouragement Award at the Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition and won third place in the scholarship division of the National Opera Association vocal competition. Upcoming engagements include Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro at Southern Methodist University.

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JULIE ANN DIELTZ (Veronica)
Lyric Soprano Julie Ann Dieltz began her opera career during her undergraduate work at The University of South Dakota. While there, she performed in numerous scenes and full productions, including performances as Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi and Geraldine in A Hand of Bridge. She then transferred to and graduated from Abilene Christian University, singing the mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors. Her most recent role was as Magda Sorel in The Consul at ACU. In addition to her work with the Dallas Opera’s TDO2go and Student Performances @ the Winspear, Julie is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance at Southern Methodist University and performing with the SMU Opera Department in scene productions and Le nozze di Figaro.

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NJABULO MTHIMKHULU (The Mayor)
Njabulo Mthimkhulu makes his TDO2Go and Student Performances @ the Winspear debut with these performances. He has sung Marullo in Rigoletto and de Bretigny in Manon with the Cape Town Opera and was a soloist for Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Missa Cellensis, Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Schubert Mass in G. His repertoire includes the title role in Don Giovanni, the Count in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Rambaldo in La Rondine. He made his European debut in Sweden as Jean in Boesman’s Julie. Upcoming engagements include the Count in Le Nozze di Figaro with Southern Methodist University. Mr. Mthimkhulu is currently working on his Artist Diploma at Southern Methodist University.

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ZACH HESS (Silvio/Pasquin/Doctor Miracle)
Zachary Hess has been described as “marvelous” by the Nashville Scene and “outstanding” by the Nashville Parent. Mr. Hess’ roles in Doctor Miracle will mark his debut with TDO2Go. Mr. Hess was most recently seen in Opera Avanti’s scenes program, singing Faust in Boito’s Mefistofele and Tom Rakewell in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress. Other roles include Alfredo in La traviata with Repertory Opera Theater of Washington, DC, Tamino in The Magic Flute, Captain Tarnitz in The Student Prince for Nashville Opera, and Anthony Hope in Sweeney Todd with Tennessee Repertory Theatre. Mr. Hess was also a member of the Mary Ragland Young Artist Program at Nashville Opera. On the concert stage, Mr. Hess has sung the tenor solo in Theodore Dubois’ The Seven Last Words of Christ in Harrisonburg, Virginia, as well as the tenor solo in Mozart’s “Coronation” Mass with the Masterworks Chorus of the Shenandoah Valley.

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“FAMILY CONCERT” KEY BIOS:
ANTHONY BARRESE (Conductor)
Anthony Barrese has earned accolades as both a composer and a conductor. He is the recipient of the 2007 Georg Solti Foundation U.S. award for young conductors. His original works have won numerous awards, and he is regularly engaged by opera companies in North America and Italy. Currently Mr. Barrese works as a freelance composer and conductor. He has led several productions with Sarasota Opera (Lakmé, Le nozze di Figaro, Hansel and Gretel), and with Opera Southwest (Le nozze di Figaro, Die Fledermaus, La cenerentola) where he is Artistic Director and Principal Conductor. He was the Assistant Conductor of the Dallas Opera in 2006-2007 and returned there as Guest Conductor for a production of Tosca in 2008. In November 2008 Mr. Barrese conducted a new production of Turandot in Ascoli Piceno’s historic Teatro Ventidio Basso, with a cast that included Nicola Martinucci as Calaf. He also made his French debut conducting Turandot at the Opéra de Massy. In recent seasons Mr. Barrese made debuts with Boston Lyric Opera (Don Giovanni), Mercury Opera, Edmonton (Il tabarro) and DePaul Opera Theater (Ned Rorem’s Our Town). Mr. Barrese is the recipient of numerous composition awards including a N.E.C. Contemporary Ensemble Composition Competition Award for his Madrigale a 3 voci femminili, and two B.M.I. Student Composers Awards. As a musicologist, Mr. Barrese rediscovered, prepared, and edited the critical edition of Franco Faccio’s opera Amleto, in conjunction with Casa Ricordi. He made his operatic conducting debut in Milan with La bohème and recorded Roberto Andreoni’s quattro luci sul lago with ”I Solisti della Scala” (a chamber group made up of the first chair musicians of the La Scala Philharmonic) for broadcast on Italian National Radio (RAI 3). Among his 2010-11 performances Mr. Barrese will conduct L’italiana in Algeri with Opera Southwest, and will return to Sarsota Opera for Don Giovanni.

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AARON BLAKE (Tenor)
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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AVA PINE (Soprano)
Soprano Ava Pine is rapidly establishing herself as an artist to watch. In works ranging from Baroque to Contemporary, Ava has been recognized for both her rewarding vocalism and strong commitment to character. A frequent interpreter of early music, Ms. Pine is an acclaimed performer of Handel, including the roles of Romilda in Xerxes, Morgana in Alcina and Melissa in Amadigi di Gaula. Equally at home with new music, she made her European debut with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, singing the role of The Angel in the operatic setting of Angels in America, presented by the Barbican. Recent roles include Adina in L’elisir d’amore with Fort Worth Opera, Norina in Don Pasquale with Opera New Jersey, Josephine in HMS Pinafore with Kansas City Lyric Opera, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte with Florentine Opera, and Serpina in La serva padrona with Vestfold Spillene in Norway. In addition, Ava has sung with opera companies, symphonies and early music ensembles across the United States, notably Dallas Opera, National Symphony Orchestra, Boston Baroque, the Dallas Symphony, the Fort Worth Symphony, Arizona Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Concert Royal, the Austin Symphony, Texas Camerata, the Dallas Bach Society and the famed choir of men and boys at St. Thomas Episcopal Fifth Avenue. During the 2010-2011 season, Ava returns to the Fort Worth Symphony for a baroque festival, returns to Florentine Opera as Blanca in the world premier of Rio de Sangre by Don Davis, performs holiday concerts in a return to the Dallas Symphony, debuts with Michigan Opera Theatre as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, and will have role debuts as Juliette in Romeo et Juliette with the Dallas Opera, and Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare with the Fort Worth Opera. Ava appears as Cleopatra on the recent world premier recording release of Johann Hasse’s Marc’Antonio e Cleopatra, recorded with Ars Lyrica of Houston and available on the Dorian label.

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SASHA COOKE (Mezzo-Soprano)
Sasha Cooke is a fast-rising star of opera and concerts. This season Ms. Cooke sang at the Metropolitan Opera in the role of Kitty Oppenheimer in the New York premiere of John Adams’ Doctor Atomic and with English National Opera in her European debut. She also sang Handel’s Messiah with the Oratorio Society of New York at Carnegie Hall, Bernstein’s Opening Prayer with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under Marin Alsop. Ms. Cooke won First Prize in the 2007 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and holds the Lindemann Vocal Chair of YCA. She is a member of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program of the Metropolitan Opera. She has performed with the Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv, Marlboro Music Festival, Wolf Trap Opera Company, the New York Festival of Song, the Bard Music Festival, the Baltimore Symphony, and at the Marilyn Horne Foundation’s 2007 Gala at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall. Ms. Cooke received her Bachelor’s Degree from Rice University and her Master’s Degree from The Juilliard School. She has also attended Music Academy of the West, the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Institute, and Central City Opera’s and Seattle Opera’s young artist programs.

EVENTS AND GUEST ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

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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), Stephen Gadd** (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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