August at the Dallas Opera

by Suzanne Calvin

 

By August, even those who love the summer heat are getting a bit weary.  We understand and have put together a series of casual, don’t even think about dressing up, indoor events designed to perk you up and get your blood pumping in anticipation of the upcoming “Pursuits of Passion” Season.  Details in the release below:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, June 28, 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

AUGUST INSPIRES
(MOSTLY) INDOOR FUN
AT THE DALLAS OPERA!
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DALLAS, JUNE 28, 2012 – The Dallas Opera is offering you a break from the relentless summer heat through TDO’s BARITONES & BEACHBALLS program, brought to you by The Friends of the Dallas Opera. All B & B events are either no-cost or low-cost, and the mostly indoor casual events series includes timely discussions designed to heighten your enjoyment and understanding of our upcoming 2012-2013 “Pursuits of Passion” Season, presented for the second consecutive year by Texas Instruments Foundation.
During the month of August, we will focus our attention on the 25th anniversary of the Dallas Opera world premiere of Dominick Argento’s THE ASPERN PAPERS. The month will kick off with an edge-of-your-seat discussion, in partnership with WRR 101.1 FM and featuring the popular Dr. Stephen Dubberly, head of the University of North Texas Opera Program, and TDO’s General Director & CEO Keith Cerny hosted by WRR 101.1 FM’s Kurt Rongey. The conversation will take place on Tuesday, August 7th 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; it’s free, and the public is encouraged to attend.
Other highlights for the month of August include a “Wine Wednesday” in partnership with Komali Contemporary Mexican Cuisine and “Cooking@theOpera” at Central Market Plano where Executive Chef Abraham Salum of Komali Contemporary Mexican Cuisine and Salum will take us on a culinary journey inspired by Argento’s gripping and darkly atmospheric opera, THE ASPERN PAPERS, set in Lake Como, Italy.
Most of these events are free (as in “absolutely, positively free!”). However, tastings require a nominal fee to cover our costs. View more details in the calendar below or visit us, 24/7, 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, 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, Artistic Director Jonathan Pell and Dr. Stephen Dubberly for a lively, in-depth discussion of THE ASPERN PAPERS and the music of Dominick Argento. Get a better understanding of this riveting American Opera as we approach the 25th Anniversary of its Dallas Opera world premiere.
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: The Margot & Bill Winspear Opera House
2403 Flora Street
Dallas, TX 75201
Cost: FREE. RSVPs recommended, 214.443.1000.

2.) Saturday, August 11, 2012
“Inside the Dallas Opera” is our monthly program that takes you, the listener, backstage and behind-the-scenes for a look at timely issues and upcoming productions, hosted by Suzanne Calvin. This month, explore our final opera of the “Pursuits of Passion” Season: Dominick Argento’s THE ASPERN PAPERS, getting an all-new production next season!
Time: TBD
Location: WRR 101.1 FM

3.) Monday, August 13, 2012
The movie “The Aspern Papers” released in 2010 is a modern adaptation of the gripping novella by Henry James. Be transported into the secretive world and the compelling personalities that captured the imagination of composer Dominick Argento and inspired his 1988 opera, THE ASPERN PAPERS. 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, August 14, 2012
“Cheesy Opera Happy Hour” in partnership with Scardello Artisan Cheese: Savor fine wine and nosh on superb cheese selections hand-picked by Cheese Monger and owner Rich Rogers to pair with Dominick Argento’s opera, 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.

5.) 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 glass or two. Chef/Owner Abraham Salum will hand-pick wines using Dominick Argento’s THE ASPERN PAPERS as his inspiration. Sip, swirl, Savor! Small bites will be provided to complement the wines.
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, August 17, 2012
“’Til Midnight at the Nasher” Nasher Sculpture Center: Dominick Argento’s 1988 opera THE ASPERN PAPERS. Join TDO for a lively lecture by Dr. Stephen Dubberly and a performance of excerpts from THE ASPERN PAPERS, followed by a special tour of the Nasher Sculpture Center. A rare cultural opportunity at an unbeatable price! Museum open until midnight.
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Nasher Sculpture Center
2001 Flora Street
Dallas, TX 75201
Cost: FREE

7.) Tuesday, August 19, 2012
“Brownbags@theopera” Join us in Sammons Park at the AT&T Performing Arts Center for a free noontime recital featuring a rising star of the opera world in a variety of musical selections. Bring lunch or purchase from one of the many food trucks, tables and chairs provided.
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: Sammons Park
2403 Flora Street
Dallas, TX 75201
Cost: Free

8.) Thursday, August 23, 2012
“Cooking@theOpera” Join the Dallas Opera at Central Market Plano for an interactive cooking demonstration based on the 20th century American opera, THE ASPERN PAPERS. Get a sense of the food that creates the cultural backdrop for this Argento masterpiece and enjoy delectable creations by a very 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 “JULY 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’s 2012-2013 “Pursuits of Passion Season”
Is Presented by Texas Instruments Foundation

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-Sixth International 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 a Henry James novella.
Time: Legendary
Place: Lake Como, 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).

* 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. 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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