JULY BLAZES AT THE DALLAS OPERA!

by Megan Meister

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Monday, June 4, 2012

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

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

 

TDO’S CASUAL SUMMER EVENTS SERIES

“BARITONES & BEACHBALLS” PRESENTED BY

THE FRIENDS OF THE DALLAS OPERA

  JULY BLAZES AT

THE DALLAS OPERA!

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            DALLAS, JUNE 4, 2012 – The Dallas Opera promises a sparkler of a summer, with TDO’s BARITONES & BEACHBALLS, brought to you by The Friends of the Dallas Opera.  All events are either no-cost or low-cost, and the casual events series includes timely discussions designed to heighten your enjoyment of our upcoming 2012-2013 “Pursuits of Passion” Season.

            Throughout the month of July, the Dallas Opera will turn our attention to Puccini’s final, unfinished masterpiece, TURANDOT.  We’ll kick things off with an amazing lecture, conducted in partnership with WRR 101.1 FM and featuring the popular Dr. Stephen Dubberly, head of the University of North Texas Opera Program; TDO’s General Director & CEO Keith Cerny, and WRR 101.1 FM’s Kurt Rongey on Tuesday, July 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Nancy B. Hamon Hall of the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center. 

            Other highlights for the month of July include a “Cheesy Opera Happy Hour” in partnership with Scardello Artisan Cheese Shop and “Cooking@theOpera” in partnership with Central Market Plano where Executive Chef David McMillan of Screen Door will take us on a culinary journey inspired by Puccini’s TURANDOT.

July also brings two terrific, kid-friendly activities with a performance of Georges Bizet’s DOCTOR MIRACLE at the Dallas Children’s Theater on Sunday, July 29th at 3:00 p.m. and campTDO which allows your child the experience to explore the world of John Davies’ operatic version of JACK AND THE BEANSTALK.  Join the Dallas Opera for a 3-hour interactive discussion that gives young campers first-hand experience in what it takes to create an opera production.  Mark your calendar for campTDO, Friday, July 27, 2012 starting at 9:00 a.m.  Call 214.443.1000 for additional information or to reserve your child’s spot.

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/summer.  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, 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.

2.) Saturday, July 14, 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.) Monday, July 16, 2012

TDO movie pick for July is “The Turandot Project”.  See what it takes for director Zhang Yimou and conductor Zubin Mehta to take their TURANDOT to China and what goes on behind the scenes.  This movie screening 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.

4.) 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.

5.) 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.

6.) 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, making 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

7.) Tuesday, July 24, 2012

“Brownbags@theopera” Join us in Sammons Park at the AT&T Performing Arts Center for a noontime recital featuring Jennifer Youngs who will be making her TDO Debut in Dominick Argento’s THE ASPERN PAPERS.

Time:   12:00 PM

Location:         Sammons Park

2403 Flora Street

Dallas, TX 75201

Cost:    Free

8.) 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.

9.) Friday, July 27, 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 helps campers learn what it takes to create an opera production. Under the guidance of TDO teaching artists, campers also will be treated to a behind-the-scenes musical theater experience. 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.

10.) Sunday, July 29, 2012

DOCTOR MIRACLE by Georges Bizet.  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 triumph over all? Join TDO to 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

 

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

For high-resolution, digital photographs suitable for print

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 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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