The Dallas Opera Presents: Baritones & Beachballs

by Megan Meister

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Contact: Suzanne Calvin (214.443.1014/suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org)

Or Megan Meister (214.443.1071/megan.meister@dallasopera.org)

                                                               

THE DALLAS OPERA PRESENTS

BARITONES & BEACHBALLS

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POPULAR CASUAL SUMMER EVENTS SERIES

READY FOR RE-LAUNCH ON JUNE 5, 2012

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BROUGHT TO YOU BY FRIENDS OF THE DALLAS OPERA

Special Thanks to Dallas Film Society, Scardello Artisan Cheese Shop, WRR 101.1 FM, Komali Contemporary Mexican Cuisine, & Central Market

            DALLAS, MAY 8, 2012 – The Dallas Opera is happy to offer this year’s highly anticipated, casual summer events series, BARITONES & BEACHBALLS, brought to you by Friends of the Dallas Opera.  One of our most popular offerings, this series is designed to keep the summer entertainment fun for everyone.  Every event is either no-cost or low-cost, and the series includes timely, topical lectures hosted by WRR 101.1 FM Host Kurt Rongey, special networking and social events, enticing tastings and cool, casual movie nights at Studio Movie Grill’s Royal location—in partnership with Dallas Film Society.

Most of these events are absolutely free, although food events require a nominal fee in order to cover costs.  The 2012 “Baritones & Beachballs” Series kicks-off on Tuesday, June 5th at 6:30 PM at the Dee & Charles Wyly Theatre, 6th Floor Patron Lounge (2400 Flora Street, Dallas 75201) with a Discussion on Verdi’s Aida in partnership with WRR, Classical 101.1 FM, for a lively, in-depth discussion each month about the music of the operas in the “Pursuits of Passion” Season and how it relates to the other masterpieces created by the composers.

Other highlights include the “Cheesy Opera Happy Hour” Series conducted in partnership with Scardello Artisan Cheese Shop (3511 Oak Lawn, Dallas 75219).  Cheese Monger and owner Rich Rogers will take us on a journey through each opera during the months of June, July and August.  “Wine Wednesdays” will take us to Chef/Owner Abraham Salum’s restaurant Komali (4152 Cole Ave Dallas, 75204) where we will be whisked away to Egypt, Beijing and Lake Como with Chef Salum’s hand-picked wines.  “Movie Night”  each month will be held at the Studio Movie Grill (Royal Location, 11170 N. Central Expressway) with a free movie screening in partnership with Dallas Film Society.

New to Baritones and Beachballs will be our monthly “Cooking@theOpera” class in partnership with Central Market Plano.  Each month TDO will bring a guest chef out to teach you how to prepare foods related to each of the operas part of our “Pursuits of Passion” 2012/2013 Season.  This is one class you won’t want to miss!

 

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THE BARITONES & BEACHBALLS SUMMER PASS

We’ve packaged the hottest ticket in town to guarantee your seat for these unique, fun-filled experiences.

 Cheese Board

TDO in partnership with Scardello Artisan Cheese will bring you the “Cheesy Opera Happy Hour”.  Mix and mingle with fellow opera lovers as you nosh on selections hand-picked by shop owner and Cheese Monger Rich Rogers specifically chosen for their connection to the opera of the month.  Individual Happy Hour’s: $15 per person for each event. Cheese Board Summer Pass:  $35 per person for 3 events (one event per month, June, July and August)  Ticket prices include cheese tasting and 2 glasses of wine chosen to complement the cheese.

Wine Flight

Looking to expand your wine knowledge?  This is the summer ticket for you!  Join TDO and Executive Chef Abraham Salum of Komali Contemporary Mexican Cuisine to sip, swirl and savor your way to a greater understanding of the nectar of the gods!  Chef will also create unique small bites, some exclusively for these tastings, to complement the wine variety inspired by the opera of the month.  Individual Tasting Events: $20 per person for each event.  Wine Flight Summer Pass: $50 per person for 3 events (one event per month – June, July and August)  Ticket prices include sampling 2-3 wines & the small bites plate

The Baritone & Beachballs Foodies Summer Pass

Guarantee your seat for all 6 food and wine events and save.  The “Baritone & Beachballs Foodies Summer Pass” reserves your space for each of these one-of-a-kind fun filled learning experiences.  Individual food & wine events: $15-20 per person.  The “Baritone & Beachballs Foodies Summer Pass”: $80 per person for all 6 food & wine events, a savings of 20%.

More details in the calendar below.  Please note that RSVPs are recommended for all events.  RSVP online at: http://www.dallasopera.org/RSVP or call the RSVP hotline at 214.443.1000.

Dates, times and locations may be subject to change.  For the most up-to-date information, visit www.dallasopera.org/events.

 

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2012 Calendar of Events

“Baritones & Beachballs”

The Dallas Opera’s Summer Events Series

Brought to you by Friends of the Dallas Opera

 

1.) Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Lecture Series in partnership with WRR 101.1 FM.  “AIDA” Join the Dallas Opera’s General Director & CEO Keith Cerny, Dr. Stephen Dubberly, and WRR 101.1 FM’s Kurt Rongey for a lively, in-depth discussion about AIDA and the music of the Giuseppe Verdi.  See how AIDA fits into the upcoming TDO “Pursuits of Passion” Season and why this opera has stood the test of time.

Time: 6:30 PM

Location:  The Dee & Charles Wyly Theatre

6th Floor Patron Lounge

2400 Flora Street

Dallas, TX 75201

Cost: FREE.  RSVPs recommended, 214.443.1000.

2.) Monday, June 11, 2012

TDO movie pick for June is “To Be Announced”.  It will be set around our opening opera of the 2012/2013 “Pursuits of Passions” Season AIDA.  Our summer movie screenings are in partnership with Dallas Film Society.

Time: 7:00 PM

Location:  Studio Movie Grill (Royal Ln. Location)

11170 N. Central Expressway

Dallas, TX 75243

Cost: FREE.  RSVPs required seating is limited, 214.443.1000.

3.) Tuesday, June 12, 2012

“Cheesy Opera Happy Hour” in partnership with Scardello Artisan Cheese: Savor wine and nosh on cheese selections hand-picked by Cheese Monger and owner Rich Rogers specifically chosen to pair with Verdi’s AIDA.

Time: 6:30 PM

Location:  Scardello Artisan Cheese Shop

3511 Oak Lawn

Dallas, TX 75219

Cost: $15 per person.  Reservations recommended, tasting is limited to 40 people, 214.443.1000.

4.) Wednesday, June 13, 2012

“Wine Wednesday” in partnership with Komali: “AIDA-Themed” Wine tasting. Join us on the patio -- weather permitting -- for a casual wine tasting. Chef/Owner Abraham Salum will hand-pick wines using the setting of Verdi’s AIDA as the inspiration. Sip, swirl, Savor! Small bites will be provided to enjoy with the wine.

Time: 6:30 PM

Location:  Komali Contemporary Mexican Cuisine

4152 Cole Ave, Suite 106

Dallas, TX 75204

Cost: $20 per person.  Reservations recommended, tasting is limited, 214.443.1000.

5.) Friday, June 15, 2012

“Late Night in the Arts District” Dallas Museum of Art: Verdi’s AIDA

Join TDO as they tour the DMA’s African collections and the special exhibition, Souvenir: A 19th-Century Carved Tusk from the Loango Coast of Africa with Roz Walker.  Along with this tour enjoy a lively lecture by Dr. Stephen Dubberly, excerpt performances of Verdi’s AIDA will be in focus, this is event is one not to be missed!

Time: 7:00 PM

Location:  Dallas Museum of Art

1717 North Harwood

Dallas, TX 75201

Cost: FREE for DMA Members. FREE with regular museum admission $10.

6.) Thursday, June 21, 2012

“Cooking@theOpera” The Dallas Opera goes to Central Market Plano for an interactive cooking demonstration based on the opera AIDA.  Get a sense of the food that creates the cultural backdrop for this Verdi masterpiece.  Enjoy food samples from a Surprise Guest Chef that you won’t want to miss!

Time: 7:00 PM

Location:  Central Market Plano

320 Coit Rd.

Plano, TX 75075

Featured Chef:  To Be Announced

Cost: $25.  RSVPs Advanced Purchase Required, 214.443.1000.

7.) Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Lecture Series in partnership with WRR 101.1 FM.  “TURANDOT” Join the Dallas Opera’s General Director & CEO Keith Cerny, Dr. Stephen Dubberly, and WRR 101.1 FM’s Kurt Rongey for a lively, in-depth discussion about TURANDOT and the music of Puccini.  See how TURANDOT fits into the upcoming “Pursuits of Passion” Season and why the music of TURANDOT is used in movies and advertising all over the world.

Time: 6:30 PM

Location:  The Margot & Bill Winspear Opera House

2403 Flora Street

Dallas,TX75201

Cost: FREE.  RSVPs recommended, 214.443.1000.

8.) Monday, July 16, 2012

TDO movie pick for July is “To Be Announced”.  It will be a TURNADOT-themed movie screening in partnership with the Dallas Film Society.

Time: 7:00 PM

Location:  Studio Movie Grill (Royal Ln. Location)

11170 N. Central Expressway

Dallas, TX 75243

Cost: FREE.  RSVPs required seating is limited, 214.443.1000.

9.) Tuesday, July 17, 2012

“Cheesy  Opera Happy Hour” in partnership with Scardello Artisan Cheese: Savor wine and nosh on cheese selections hand-picked by Cheese Monger and owner Rich Rogers specifically chosen to pair with Puccini’s TURANDOT.

Time: 6:30 PM

Location:  Scardello Artisan Cheese Shop

3511 Oak Lawn

Dallas, TX 75219

Cost: $15.  Reservations recommended, tasting is limited to 40 people, 214.443.1000.

10.) Wednesday, July 18, 2012

“Wine Wednesday” in partnership with Komali: “TURANDOT-Themed” Wine tasting. Join us on the patio -- weather permitting -- for a casual wine tasting. Chef/Owner Abraham Salum will hand-pick wines using Puccini’s TURANDOT as inspiration.  Sip, swirl, Savor! Small bites will be provided to enjoy with the wine.

Time: 6:30 PM

Location:  Komali Contemporary Mexican Cuisine

4152 Cole Ave, Suite 106

Dallas, TX 75204

Cost: $20 per person.  Reservations recommended, tasting is limited, 214.443.1000.

11.) Friday, July 20, 2012

“Late Night in the Arts District” The Trammel & Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art

The Crow Collection will guide us on a tour that helps us explorer the world of Puccini’s Opera TURANDOT.  Along with the guided tour, Dr. Stephen Dubberly will be on hand to talk about the music of Puccini’s TURANDOT, this is an event not to be missed!

Time: 7:00 PM

Location:  The Trammel and Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art

2010 Flora Street

Dallas, TX 75201

Cost: FREE

12.) Thursday, July 26, 2012

“Cooking@theOpera” Join the Dallas Opera at Central Market Plano for an interactive cooking demonstration based on the opera TURANDOT.  Get a sense of the food that creates the cultural backdrop for this Puccini masterpiece.  Enjoy food samples from a Special Guest David McMillan of Screen Door, a modern southern kitchen.

Time: 7:00 PM

Location:  Central Market Plano

320 Coit Rd.

Plano, TX 75075

Featured Chef: David McMillan

Cost: $25.  RSVP Advanced Purchase Required, 214.443.1000.

13.) Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Lecture Series in partnership with WRR 101.1 FM.  “THE ASPERN PAPERS” Join the Dallas Opera’s General Director & CEO Keith Cerny, Dr. Stephen Dubberly, and WRR 101.1 FM’s Kurt Rongey for a lively, in-depth discussion of THE ASPERN PAPERS and the music of Dominic Argento.  Get a better understanding of this American Opera as we approach the 25th Anniversary of the World Premiere at TDO.

Time: 6:30 PM

Location:  The Margot & Bill Winspear Opera House

2403 Flora Street

Dallas,TX75201

Cost: FREE.  RSVPs recommended, 214.443.1000.

14.) Monday, August 13, 2012

The movie “The Aspern Papers” from 2010 is a modern adaptation of the novella by Henry James. This will transport us into the world that composer Dominick Argento was so intrigued with when writing his opera THE ASPERN PAPERS.  Enjoy this looked at this enchanting place and time.  This screen is in partnership with Dallas Film Society:

Time: 7:00 PM

Location:  Studio Movie Grill (Royal Ln. Location)

11170 N. Central Expressway

Dallas, TX 75243

Cost: FREE.  RSVPs required seating is limited, 214.443.1000.

15.) Tuesday, August 14, 2012

“Cheesy Opera Happy Hour” in partnership with Scardello Artisan Cheese: Savor wine and nosh on cheese selections hand-picked by Cheese Monger and owner Rich Rogers specifically chosen to pair with Argento’s THE ASPERN PAPERS.

Time: 6:30 PM

Location:  Scardello Artisan Cheese Shop

3511 Oak Lawn

Dallas, TX 75219

Cost: $15.  Reservations recommended, tasting is limited to 40 people, 214.443.1000.

16.) Wednesday, August 15, 2012

“Wine Wednesday” in partnership with Komali: “THE ASPERN PAPERS-Themed” Wine tasting. Join us on the patio -- weather permitting -- for a casual wine tasting. Chef/Owner Abraham Salum will hand-pick wines using Dominic Argento’s THE ASPERN PAPERS as the inspiration. Sip, swirl, Savor! Small bites will be provided to enjoy with the wine.

Time: 6:30 PM

Location:  Komali Contemporary Mexican Cuisine

4152 Cole Ave, Suite 106

Dallas, TX 75204

Cost: $20 per person.  Reservations recommended, tasting is limited, 214.443.1000.

17.) Friday, August 17, 2012

“Late Night in the Arts District” Nasher Sculpture Center: Argento’s THE ASPERN PAPERS Join TDO with lively lecture by Dr. Stephen Dubberly, with excerpt performance from THE ASPERN PAPERS as well as an art tour at the Nasher Sculpture Center, these are events not to be missed!

Time: 6:00 PM

Location:  Nasher Sculpture Center

2001 Flora Street

Dallas, TX 75201

Cost: FREE

18.) Thursday, August 23, 2012

“Cooking@theOpera” Join the Dallas Opera at Central Market Plano for an interactive cooking demonstration based on the opera THE ASPERN PAPERS.  Get a sense of the food that creates the cultural backdrop for this Argento masterpiece.  Enjoy food samples from a Special Guest Executive Chef Abraham Salum of Salum & Komali Contemporary Mexican Cuisine

Time: 7:00 PM

Location:  Central Market Plano

320 Coit Rd.

Plano, TX 75075

Featured Chef: Abraham Salum

Cost: $25.  RSVPs Advanced Purchase Required, 214.443.1000.

EVENTS AND GUESTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

 

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT “BARITONES & BEACHBALLS AT THE DALLAS OPERA”

IS CONVENIENTLY AVAILABLE ONLINE, 24/7

VISIT WWW.DALLASOPERA.ORG AND CHECK THE CALENDAR LISTINGS

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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:

 

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Ticket Information for the 2012-2013 Dallas Opera Season

  

            All performances are in the new Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center. Subscriptions start at just $75 and are on sale now.  For more information, contact The Dallas Opera Ticket Services Office at 214.443.1000 or visit us online at www.dallasopera.org.

THE DALLAS OPERA 2012-2013 SEASON INFORMATION

The Dallas Opera celebrates its Fifty-SixthInternational Season in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in downtown Dallas. Evening performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees will begin at 2:00 p.m.   English translations will be projected above the stage at every performance.  Assistance is available for the hearing impaired.

AIDA by Giuseppe Verdi

October 26, 28(m), 31, November 3, 9, 11(m), 2012

Verdi’s Complex and Intimate Love Story Set in Spectacular Ancient Egypt!

An opera in four acts first performed at Khedivial Opera House, Cairo on December 24, 1871.

Text by Antonio Ghislanzoni, based on a scenario written by French Egyptologist Auguste Mariette.

Time: Old Kingdom

Place: Egypt

Conductor: Graeme Jenkins

Stage Director: John Copley

Costume Design: Peter J. Hall

Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Starring: Latonia Moore (Aida), Antonello Palombi (Radames), Nadia Krasteva* (Amneris), Lester Lynch (Amonasro), Orlin Anastassov* (Ramfis), Ben Wager (The King of Egypt), Jonathan Yarrington* (Messenger), and NaGuanda Nobles* (Priestess).

TURANDOT by Giacomo Puccini

April 5, 7(m), 10, 13, 19 & 21(m), 2013

Puccini’s Last Masterpiece—Riddled with Passionate Romance and Unforgettable Music!

An opera in three acts first performed in Milan at La Scala, April 25, 1926

Text by Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni, based on Carlo Gozzi’s fable, Turandot.

Time: Legendary times

Place: Peking, China

Conductor: Marco Zambelli

Stage Director: Garnett Bruce

Production Design: Allen Charles Klein

Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Starring: Lise Lindstrom* (Princess Turandot), Antonello Palombi (Calaf), Hei-Kyung Hong (Liu), Christian Van Horn* (Timur), Jonathan Beyer (Ping), Joseph Hu (Pang), Daniel Montenegrio* (Pong), Ryan Kuster* (A Mandarin), Steven Haal (Emperor Altoum).

THE ASPERN PAPERS by Dominick Argento

April 12, 14(m), 17, 20, 28(m), 2013

The Games People Play—Both Young and Old—To Achieve Their Twisted Desires!

An opera in two acts first performed in Dallas, November 19, 1988.

Text by Dominick Argento, based on Henry James novel.

Time: Legendary

Place: Venice, Italy

Conductor: Graeme Jenkins

Stage Director: Tim Albery

Scenic Design: Andrew Lieberman*

Costume Design: Constance Hoffman*

Lighting Design: Thomas Hase

Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman

Assistant Director: Michael Mori

Starring: Susan Graham* (Tina), Nathan Gunn (The Lodger), Joseph Kaiser* (Aspern), Dean Peterson (Barelli), Sasha Cooke* (Sonia), Eric Jordan* (A painter), Jennifer Youngs* (Olimpia).

*DallasOpera 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.  The T. Boone Pickens YMCA, Smartwater and Stephen Pyles Restaurant--supporting partners.  A special thanks to Mrs. William W. Winspear and the Elsa von Seggern Foundation for their continuing support.

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