November at the Dallas Opera

by Suzanne Calvin

No turkeys here-just great music and good fun! See all the reasons to make the Dallas Opera a bigger part of your family life this November. Keep scrolling…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014 Or Megan Meister 214.443.1071
suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org megan.meister@dallasopera.org

NOVEMBER BRINGS THE FAMILY TOGETHER
AT THE DALLAS OPERA!
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FINAL PERFORMANCES OF VERDI’S AÏDA
WILL ALSO TAKE CENTERSTAGE

DALLAS, OCTOBER 2, 2012 – The Dallas Opera is wild about families during the month of November. Join us on Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. for TDO’s Family Concert featuring mezzo-soprano Amanda Crider, baritone David Pershall, Maestro Christian Capocaccio and the Dallas Opera Orchestra in the splendid Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at AT&T Performing Arts Center.
Tickets are on sale now at the ridiculously low price of $5 apiece! FREE lobby activities will begin at 12:30 p.m. and everyone is cordially invited to take part. Following lots of hands-on fun, you and your family members will take your seats for a delightful concert of some of opera’s greatest hits—a matinee filled with arias and overtures you’re sure to know and love!

Saturday, November 10, 2012 brings us back to the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at AT&T Performing Arts Center for the oh-so-charming, family-friendly opera DOCTOR MIRACLE. There will be two performances of this zany, gently romantic, one-act operetta about love and omelettes at 10:30 a.m. and at 2:00 p.m. with lobby activities between performances at 12:30 p.m. Contact the Dallas Opera at 214.443.1000 or purchase online at dallasopera.org. $5 tickets will also be available at the door prior to each performance.

Come November, there will be just three performances remaining of Verdi’s brilliant and beloved AÏDA: Saturday, November 3rd at 7:30 p.m., Friday, November 9th at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 11th at 2:00 p.m. You won’t want to miss this opera with Texas-born soprano Latonia Moore singing the title role, fresh from her acclaimed Metropolitan Opera debut earlier this year. As Dallas Opera Artistic Director Jonathan Pell has said “patrons will have a chance to fall in love with AÏDA like never before.”
Subscriptions for the mainstage productions of the Dallas Opera’s “Pursuits of Passion” Season are on sale now, starting at just $75, through the Dallas Opera Ticket Services Office at 214.443.1000 or online at www.dallasopera.org. Single tickets begin at a new low price of $19. Student Rush best-available tickets can be purchased at the lobby box office for as little as $15 (one per valid Student I.D.) ninety minutes prior to each Dallas Opera performance.

November Calendar of Events

1.) Thursday, November 1, 2012
“A Toast to Graeme Jenkins” The Women’s Board of the Dallas Opera invites you to celebrate 20 years of leadership from Maestro Graeme Jenkins, the Mrs. Eugene McDermott Music Director, beginning his farewell season with The Dallas Opera. Wine and hors d’oeuvres, Business Attire
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Hamon Hall, Winspear Opera House
2403 Flora Street
Dallas, TX 75201
Cost: $75 per person, RSVP: 214.443.1049

2.) Saturday, November 3, 2012
JACK & THE BEANSTALK at Timberglen Branch Dallas Public Library
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Timberglen Branch Library
18505 Midway Road
Dallas, TX 75287
Cost: Free, open to the public, dallasopera.org/RSVP to receive an event reminder

3.) Saturday, November 3, 2012
“A?DA: Saturday Night Performance”
The pursuit of passion leads to divided loyalties in the ancient capital of Memphis, where Aïda, an Ethiopian princess enslaved by conquering Egyptians, struggles to reconcile her love of country with her searing desire for the heroic captain, Radames. Complicating matters, the Egyptian princess Amneris carries a fiery torch for the same military commander, whose love for the alluring “slave girl” (sung by the acclaimed Latonia Moore) could cost him his honor — or his life! An international ensemble cast will breathe new life into Verdi’s enormously popular drama. Call for tickets now!
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Winspear Opera House
2403 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201
Cost: Single tickets start at $19 online. Subscriptions start at $75 for all three productions. Call 214.443.1000 or visit us online at dallasopera.org/tickets

4.) Sunday, November 4, 2012
“Family Concert with Mezzo-Soprano Amanda Crider, Baritone David Pershall, Maestro Christian Capocaccio and the Dallas Opera Orchestra”
A parade of opera’s greatest hits. From Mozart to Puccini and Bizet to TDO favorite Jake Heggie, we’ll have something for opera fans of all ages including fun family friendly activities prior to the performance that will be free and open to the public.
Time: 12:30 PM Lobby Activities
2:00 PM Performance Begins
Location: Winspear Opera House
2403 Flora Street
Dallas, TX 75201
Cost: $5 Performance. Lobby activities Free, open to the public
Call 214.443.1000 or visit us online at dallasopera.org/tickets

5.) Wednesday, November 7, 2012
“Brownbags@theopera” Join us in Sammons Park at the AT&T Performing Arts Center for a free noontime recital featuring Hannah Rigg, a rising star of the opera world, performing a variety of musical selections. This enjoyable program is being brought to you by CultureMap Dallas. Bring lunch or purchase from one of the many area food trucks; tables and chairs provided.
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: Sammons Park
2403 Flora Street
Dallas, TX 75201
Cost: FREE

6.) Thursday, November 8, 2012
Cabaret@TDO featuring Rod Gilfry
A thank-you concert for all full (3-performance) Dallas Opera Season Subscribers, “Cabaret@TDO featuring Rod Gilfry” will feature a Dallas Opera favorite Gilfry performing in the intimacy of the Winspear Opera House.
COST: FREE, for full (3-performance) season subscribers only.
SEATING IS LIMITED, Subscribers may reserve their tickets at dallasopera.org/mytdo or call 214.443.1000.
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Winspear Opera House
2403 Flora Street
Dallas, TX 75201

7.) Friday, November 9, 2012
“A?DA: Friday Night Performance”
The pursuit of passion leads to divided loyalties in the ancient capital of Memphis, where Aïda, an Ethiopian princess enslaved by conquering Egyptians, struggles to reconcile her love of country with her searing desire for the heroic captain, Radames. Complicating matters, the Egyptian princess Amneris carries a fiery torch for the same military commander, whose love for the alluring “slave girl” (sung by the acclaimed Latonia Moore) could cost him his honor — or his life! An international ensemble cast will breathe new life into Verdi’s enormously popular drama. Call for tickets now!
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Winspear Opera House
2403 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201
Cost: Single tickets start at $19 online. Subscriptions start at $75 for all three productions. Call 214.443.1000 or visit us online at dallasopera.org/tickets

8.) Saturday, November 10, 2012
“DOCTOR MIRACLE” $5 Family Matinee
Dallas Opera presents DOCTOR MIRACLE by Georges Bizet Sung in English. Part of our family friendly programming this 1-act comedic opera is presented in partnership with the SMU & UNT Vocal Department.
Time: 10:30am Performance I
12:30pm Lobby activities
2:00pm Performance II
Cost: $5
Location: Winspear Opera House
2403 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201
Call 214.443.1000 or visit us online at dallasopera.org/tickets

9.) Saturday, November 10, 2012
“Inside the Dallas Opera” 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.
Time: TBD (after the Saturday afternoon opera)
Listen: WRR 101.1 FM

10.) Saturday, November 10, 2012
“Music & Masterpieces”
This ambitious experimental partnership combining great music and the visual arts will be launched on Saturday, November 10th at 2:00 p.m. at the DMA’s Horchow Auditorium with a special program devoted to the exhibition Posters of Paris: Toulouse-Lautrec and His Contemporaries. French-Canadian soprano Nathalie Paulin will perform in a recital accompanied by Michael Heaston, Head of the Music Staff at TDO.
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Dallas Museum of Art
1717 North Harwood
Dallas, TX 75201
Cost: FREE with RSVP dallasopera.org/RSVP

11.) Sunday, November 11, 2012
“A?DA: Sunday Matinee II”
The pursuit of passion leads to divided loyalties in the ancient capital of Memphis, where Aïda, an Ethiopian princess enslaved by conquering Egyptians, struggles to reconcile her love of country with her searing desire for the heroic captain, Radames. Complicating matters, the Egyptian princess Amneris carries a fiery torch for the same military commander, whose love for the alluring “slave girl” (sung by the acclaimed Latonia Moore) could cost him his honor — or his life! An international ensemble cast will breathe new life into Verdi’s enormously popular drama. Call for tickets now!
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Winspear Opera House
2403 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201
Cost: Single tickets start at $19 online. Subscriptions start at $75 for all three productions. Call 214.443.1000 or visit us online at dallasopera.org/tickets

12.) Wednesday, November 14, 2012
SINGLE TICKETS GO ON SALE
TURANDOT & THE ASPERN PAPERS single tickets will be priced, starting at $19, and may be purchased conveniently online, 24/7, at dallasopera.org or by contacting the friendly staff at the Dallas Opera Ticket Services Office at 214.443.1000.

EVENTS, GUESTS AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE
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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT “OCTOBER AT THE DALLAS OPERA”
IS CONVENIENTLY AVAILABLE ONLINE, 24/7
VISIT WWW.DALLASOPERA.ORG AND CHECK THE CALENDAR LISTINGS

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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:

AMERICAN AIRLINES – OFFICIAL AIRLINE OF THE DALLAS OPERA
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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. Single Tickets for AÏDA and family performances go on sale September 10th. 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.

AÏDA by Giuseppe Verdi
October 26 –The Linda and Mitch Hart Season Opening Night Performance
Starring Latonia Moore, The Charron and Peter Denker Rising Star for 2012!
October 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: Garnett Bruce
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
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Susan Graham* (Tina), Alexandra Deshorties (Julianna Bordereau), 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. 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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