NOT Too Cool for School

by Suzanne Calvin

It’s the official roll-out of the company’s education programs for this summer and the following school year. Read it and wish you were ten again:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Contact: Suzanne Calvin
214-443-1014/suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org

THE DALLAS OPERA IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE
The 2012-2013 Education Programs
SERVING NORTH TEXAS STUDENTS AGE 5 TO ADULT
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PRESENTED BY TEXAS INSTRUMENTS,
THE TEXAS INSTRUMENTS FOUNDATION,
AND THE PEROT FOUNDATION
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NEW AND EXPANDED PARTNERSHIPS WITH SMU AND UNT
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OPTIONS INCLUDE TOURING OPERAS, AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMMING, SUMMER CAMP SESSIONS, AND
BEHIND-THE-SCENES ACCESS
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SUMMER REGISTRATION BEGINS TODAY!

DALLAS, MARCH 21, 2012 – The Dallas Opera is proud to announce the company’s Educational Programs for the 2012-2013 Season, presented by Texas Instruments, The Texas Instruments Foundation, and The Perot Foundation.
After doubling the number of students served in Fiscal 2012 to approximately 23,500 students (compared to the previous year), the Dallas Opera continues to make inroads into the community through touring operas, budget-conscious family programming, and both new and expanded partnerships with local University music programs at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts and the College of Music at the University of North Texas.

“Educating the next generation of classical music and opera patrons isn’t an option—it’s a welcome responsibility that must be met” explains Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny. “The Dallas Opera and other arts organizations have long realized that many children are not being adequately exposed to the classical arts either at home or in school. These art forms help young people connect with their past as well as embrace their options for the future, and increase our collective understanding of what it means to be human.”
Adds Mr. Cerny, “Few things are more likely to stunt our development and stifle our creative impulses than a life lived without generous exposure to the arts.”

Dallas Opera Educational Programs for the upcoming fiscal year include both summer programming and school year programs. Registration for summer sessions begins today with a deadline of May 1, 2012. Registration for the fall the spring sessions will begin on September 5, 2012 and close on October 1, 2012.
For additional information, go to http://www.dallasopera.org/learn/students/
or call the Dallas Opera at 214.443.1000 and ask for Education.

“We’ve left behind the era of ‘one-size-fits-all’ arts programs,” explains Dallas Opera CMO/Director of Community Outreach Jennifer Schuder. “We are committed to addressing the needs of an increasingly diverse student population, from those who may be encountering classical music and theater for the very first time to those who have already decided to pursue a career in opera.”

TDO AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMS:

1. SUMMER campTDO™ (for Grades 3-8)
Explore the world of JACK AND THE BEANSTALK at campTDO! Join the Dallas Opera for a three-hour interactive workshop that gives students firsthand experience in creating an opera production. Working under the guidance of TDO teaching artists, each campTDO session will conclude with a fully staged performance of JACK, featuring TDO teaching artists.

CampTDO sessions can accommodate up to 200 students, including groups from different Afterschool Providers. All campTDO sessions are at the Karayanis Rehearsal/Production Center located outside Fair Park at Gate 12. Eight sessions are offered during the months of June and July.

This program is FREE to Afterschool Providers.

2. FALL/SPRING TDOinaSuitcase™ (for Grades 3-6)
The world of John Davies’ operatic version of the fairy tale JACK AND THE BEANSTALK comes to the classroom as part of TDO’s expanded TDOinaSuitcase. Day One is an interactive visual arts and musical activities program; Day Two is a charming performance of JACK AND THE BEANSTALK. Both parts of this program are designed to be executed in a convenient cafeteria, library or auditorium.

Available in select weeks from September 2012 through May 2013, this program is FREE to Afterschool Providers. Registration begins September 5, 2012.

Performances of JACK AND THE BEANSTALK presented in artistic collaboration with Dallas Children’s Theater.

STUDENT PERFORMANCE PROGRAMS:

1. TDO Student Matinees (for Grades 4-8)
The chandelier will float up to the ceiling and the lights will dim, as students settle into their seats for a fully staged performance of Georges Bizet’s DOCTOR MIRACLE, live at the Winspear Opera House. This one-act opera is a comedic gem that ensures true love will prevail through the making of an omelet. Students will experience a fully staged opera, featuring the Dallas Opera Orchestra and a cast of exceptional young singers from the graduate programs of the SMU Vocal Department and the UNT Opera Program.

TDO Student Matinees are supported by TEKS-aligned curriculum materials and comprehensive teacher training.

Cost: $4.00 per ticket. Tickets are assigned in the order of request. Registration begins September 5, 2012; deadline October 1, 2012. Payment Deadline: December 12, 2012.

2. TDO2go™ Touring Opera (for Grades 4-8)
Ideal for student groups of all sizes, from 100 to a thousand; our touring opera brings a fully staged production of Georges Bizet’s DOCTOR MIRACLE to your school cafeteria, gym, or auditorium. Schools provide a 15’ x 20’ performance space with a tuned piano. This 45-minute, one-act opera is a comedic gem that ensures that true love prevails through the making of an omelet. DOCTOR MIRACLE is the perfect student introduction to opera, and it features exciting young singers from the graduate programs of the SMU Vocal Department and the UNT Opera Program.

TDO2go performances are supported by TEKS-aligned curriculum materials and comprehensive teacher training.

Performed during select weeks, October 2012 through May 2013 at 10:30 a.m.

Cost: $100 per performance, public schools
$500 per performance, private schools

Registration begins September 5, 2012 and ends October 1, 2012. Tour bookings for TDO2go are assigned in the order they are requested.

OPERA EXPERIENCE PROGRAMS:

1. TDOSneakPeek™ (for Grades 6-College)
This program allows area middle school, high school, and college music teachers to introduce their students to opera, while observing the artistic process at a working Final Dress rehearsal of a main stage TDO production.

TDOSneakPeek is supported by TEKS-aligned curriculum materials and comprehensive teacher training. Tickets are FREE, yet limited, and will be assigned in the order requested. Registration begins September 5, 2012; deadline October 1, 2012.

2. TDOSightlines™ (for Grades 6-College)
Due to the configuration of the Winspear Opera House, there are several areas of the performance hall that have partial (or restricted) views of the stage. Through the TDOSightlines Program, these seats are offered—FREE of charge—to area middle, high school, and college music teachers and their students. Upcoming performances include: AIDA, TURANDOT, DOCTOR MIRACLE, the TDO Family Concert, and THE ASPERN PAPERS.

Seating is limited and will be allocated in the order of requests received. Registration begins September 5, 2012 and ends October 1, 2012.

3. AccessTDO™ (for Grades 9-College)
Can you imagine yourself as an opera star? Or perhaps leading the orchestra? Are imaginative sets and costumes more tailored to your skills? AccessTDO is designed for students now studying music or preparing for a career in the performing arts. Students are given the opportunity to experience firsthand what it takes to put an opera onstage, by observing working rehearsals and interacting with internationally acclaimed artists, designers, and other members of the production team. Area high school and college music and drama teachers are invited to bring their students to a series of four events between October 2012 and April 2013. Each session will begin with an informative, 45-minute interactive discussion followed by the chance to observe an hour of a working mainstage rehearsal—and whatever ensues!

Space is limited to 350 students per event. Group reservations can be made by a certified teacher; students can also make reservations on an individual basis for one or all four events. Requests will be processed in the order in which they are received.

The AccessTDO program is supported by TEKS-aligned curriculum materials and comprehensive teacher training. Registration begins September 5, 2012 and ends October 1, 2012. AccessTDO is FREE.

4. Student Rush/Student OPERAtunities Program (for Grades 9-College)
Experience Grand Opera on a tuition-friendly budget. If you are a fulltime student, under the age of 35, there are two great ways to get a great deal on TDO tickets:

The TDO Student Rush program allows qualifying students to purchase best-available seats at the box office, beginning 90 minutes prior to each performance. Present a valid student I.D. in order to purchase a balcony seat ($15-25) or best-available orchestra seat ($50).

You can also sign-up to receive occasional emails when best-available seats are available for advance purchase through the TDO Student OPERAtunities program. Exact seat locations will not be assigned until 24 hours prior to the performance and will be available for pick up at Will Call. Quantities are limited and advance student tickets may not be available for all Dallas Opera performances.
$15 – Best Available Balcony Seats (Opening Night and Midweek)
$25 – Best Available Balcony Seats (Sunday Matinees and Saturdays)
$50 – Best Available Orchestra Seats (all performances)

TDO offers comprehensive, TEKS-aligned curriculum encompassing five subjects: music, social studies, math, language arts and visual arts. The Dallas Opera presents two training sessions each school year (in the fall) to brief teachers participating in our programs on the lessons and materials we make available, to better prepare their students for their opera experience.

FREE training sessions will be held in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center. They will conclude with a tour of the facility. Participating teachers will also receive a free voucher for four tickets to any performance of TDO’s Family Programming during the 2012-2013 Season.

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DALLAS OPERA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS PARTNERS

Underwriters
($40,000 and up)
The Perot Foundation
Texas Instruments
Texas Instruments Foundation

Sponsors
($15,000 and up)
David M. Crowley Foundation
Hunt Oil Company
JPMorgan Chase Foundation
Kimberly-Clark Corporation
Lockheed Martin
The Priddy Foundation

Partners
($7,000 and up)
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, L.L.P.
Baker Botts, L.L.P.
Alice E. and Joseph C. Blewett Foundation
The Boeing Company Charitable Trust
ExxonMobil Corporation
The Rosewood Foundation

Friends
($500 and up)
Theodore and Beulah Beasley Foundation
Credit Suisse
Diagnostic Assessment Services
Fannie and Stephen Kahn Charitable Foundation
Mary Potishman Lard Trust
Garland D. Rhoads Foundation
Harold Simmons Foundation

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Single tickets for the remaining 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.

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THE DALLAS OPERA GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGES
THE TEXAS INSTRUMENTS FOUNDATION,
PRESENTER OF THE 2011-2012 SEASON

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT “MARCH AT THE DALLAS OPERA”
IS CONVENIENTLY AVAILABLE ONLINE, 24/7
VISIT WWW.DALLASOPERA.ORG AND CHECK THE CALENDAR LISTINGS

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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. FLEX subscriptions (three outstanding main- stage performances) begin at just $75. Single tickets start at just $25. For additional 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 SPRING 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. Student Rush tickets are available at the box office 90 minutes prior to each performance, valid student ID’s required.

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*
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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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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