June at the Dallas Opera

by Megan Meister

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

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

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

OUR CASUAL SUMMER EVENTS SERIES,

“BARITONES & BEACHBALLS” IS SOARING FOR

JUNE AT THE DALLAS OPERA

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            DALLAS, MAY 9, 2012 – The Dallas Opera is ready to make your summer one to remember as the temperatures start to heat up, beginning with this month’s edition of our casual summer events series, BARITONES & BEACHBALLS, brought to you by The Friends of the Dallas Opera.  Every event is either no-cost or low-cost, and the series includes timely discussions connected to our upcoming “Pursuits of Passion” Season.

            Our kickoff event of the summer on Tuesday, June 5 at 6:30 p.m. will be a timely lecture in partnership with WRR 101.1 FM on our first opera of the season, AIDA.  Dr. Stephen Dubberly will join TDO’s General Director & CEO Keith Cerny, and WRR 101.1 FM’s Kurt Rongey for this lively, in-depth discussion on one of Giuseppe Verdi’s timeless masterpieces, AIDA.  Other highlights for the month of June include special networking and social events, tempting tastings and cool, casual movie night in partnership with Dallas Film Society.

June also brings two great children activities to the month with a performance of Georges Bizet’s DOCTOR MIRACLE at the Dallas Children’s Theater on Sunday, June 10th at 3:00 p.m. and new to TDO campTDOcampTDO explores the world of John Davies’ operatic version of JACK AND THE BEANSTALK. Join the Dallas Opera for a 3-hour interactive discussion that gives campers a first-hand account of what it takes to create an opera production on Friday, June 22, 2012 starting at 9:00 a.m.

Most of these events are free (as in “absolutely, positively free!”).  However, tastings and Family Programming require a nominal fee to cover our costs.  More details in the calendar below or visit us at dallasopera.org/events.  Please note that RSVPs are recommended for all events.  Go to dallasopera.org/rsvp or call the RSVP hotline at 214.443.1000 to reserve your seat now.

 

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.) Saturday, June 9, 2012

“Inside the Dallas Opera” is our monthly Radio program on WRR 101.1 FM that takes you the listener backstage and behind-the-scenes for a look at timely issues and upcoming productions.  Hosted by TDOs Suzanne Calvin.

Time:   TBD

Location: WRR 101.1FM

3.) Sunday, June 10, 2012

“DOCTOR MIRACLE” by Bizet A hilarious, fully-staged one-act opera about a young man’s quest to marry his true love, the mayor’s daughter. He must disguise himself as a servant who makes a “poison” omelet, and as a doctor who saves the family — all for the sake of true love. Will the happy couple get married? Join TDO and find out.

Time: 3:00 PM

Location: Dallas Children’s Theater

5938 Skillman

Dallas, TX 75231

Cost: $5, 214.443.1000 or visit us at www.dallasopera.org/family

4.) Monday, June 11, 2012

The movie “Aida” from 1953 starring Sophia Loren as Aida (famous Soprano Renata Tebaldi singing the role of Aida) will get you ready for the opening opera of our “Pursuits of Passion” Season Verdi’s AIDA.  This movie screening in partnership with Dallas Film Society will transport you to this exotic land.

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.

5.) 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.

6.) 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.

7.) 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, these are events 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.

8.) Tuesday, June 19, 2012

“Brownbags@theopera” Join us in Sammons Park at the AT&T Performing Arts Center for a noontime recital featuring tenor Jonathan Yarrington making his Dallas Opera debut in Verdi AIDA this fall.

Time:   12:00 PM

Location:         Sammons Park

2403 Flora Street

Dallas, TX 75201

Cost:    Free

9.) Thursday, June 21, 2012

“Cooking@theOpera” The Dallas Opera goes to Central Market Plano for an extra-long 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.

10.) Friday, June 22, 2012

“CampTDO”  Explore the world of John Davies’ operatic version of Jack and the Beanstalk at campTDO. Join the Dallas Opera for a 3-hour interactive discussion that gives campers a first-hand account of what it takes to create an opera production. Under the guidance of TDO teaching artists, campers will have a behind-the-scenes experience of what it takes to perform live opera. Each campTDO session will conclude with a fully-staged performance of Jack and the Beanstalk performed by TDO teaching artists.
Time:   9:00 AM

Location:         Karayanis Rehearsal Center

4301 S. Fitzhugh

Dallas, TX 75210

Cost: $25 per child, $20-TDO season subscribers
Buy on-line at: dallasopera.org/family/camptdo/ or call 214.443.1000.

EVENTS AND GUESTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

 

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT “JUNE 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:

 

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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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