THE DALLAS OPERA IS PROUD TO PRESENT Puccini’s Final Masterpiece TURANDOT

by Megan Meister

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014 Or Megan Meister 214.443.1071
suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org megan.meister@dallasopera.org

THE DALLAS OPERA IS PROUD TO PRESENT
GIACOMO PUCCINI’S FINAL MASTERPIECE
TURANDOT
LIBRETTO BY GIUSEPPE ADAMI AND RENATO SIMONI,
BASED ON THE CARLO GOZZI FABLE
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STARRING AMERICAN SOPRANO LISE LINDSTROM IN HER DALLAS OPERA DEBUT AS PRINCESS TURANDOT,
ITALIAN TENOR ANTONELLO PALOMBI AS CALAF, KOREAN SOPRANO HEI-KYUNG HONG AS LIÙ,
AND AMERICAN BASS CHRISTIAN VAN HORN
IN HIS DALLAS OPERA DEBUT AS TIMUR
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CONDUCTED BY MAESTRO MARCO ZAMBELLI
STAGED BY DIRECTOR GARNETT BRUCE
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OPENING NIGHT: FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2013 AT 7:30 PM
WITH ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCES
April 7(m), 10, 13, 19, 21(m)
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PRODUCTION UNDERWRITERS:
TACA
THE AMY AND VERNON FAULCONER PERFORMANCE,
APRIL 5, 2013
THE ROSEMARY AND ROGER ENRICO FOUNDATION PERFORMANCE, APRIL 19, 2013
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SEASON PRESENTING SPONSOR,
TEXAS INSTRUMENTS FOUNDATION

DALLAS, TX, MARCH 14, 2013 – The Dallas Opera is tremendously proud to present Giacomo Puccini’s breathtakingly beautiful 20th century masterpiece, TURANDOT, this sad and powerful opera was Puccini final work. TURANDOT opens on Friday, April 5, 2013 (The Amy and Vernon Faulconer Performance) in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in the Dallas Arts District, underwritten in part by TACA.
TURANDOT will star American soprano Lise Lindstrom, making her Dallas Opera debut as Princess Turandot. Ms. Lindstrom made a splash singing this role in her debuts at both La Scala and New York’s Metropolitan Opera. The New York Times wrote: “The youthful shimmer of her singing was balanced by a rich emotional maturity.” Critics found her “dramatically alluring and vocally impressive, winning enthusiastic ovations from the audience.”
Earlier this season, Ms. Lindstrom appeared with Arena di Verona, les Chorégies d’Orange, and Theater Wiesbaden in the same signature role.
Ms. Lindstrom has also been earning critical acclaim for her believable depiction of Richard Strauss’ passionately possessed heroine, Salome. The Opera Critic wrote: “Lise Lindstrom is a Salome to be reckoned with. Here’s a soprano with a model figure and the ideal deportment to depict Strauss’ teenage princess. Not only has she the capacity to soar over the composer’s most intense orchestration with ease and beauty, but she manages to maintain seemingly endless stamina throughout -- and includes a compellingly seductive dance for good measure. It was gratifying to see the well-earned reception at her solo curtain.”
At the center of this quest for Ms. Lindstrom’s heart and hand is Italian tenor Antonello Palombi as Prince Calaf. Earlier this season, Mr. Palombi appeared in TDO’s production of Aïda prompting Theater Jones’ Gregory Sullivan Issacs to write “He has a solid tenor voice with baritone overtones and a secure top. In a role where many tenors bellow from start to finish, Palombi actually sings the dynamics that Verdi wrote in the score. Verdi asks for soft high notes, an anathema for most tenors capable of singing the role, but Palombi did a fine job with floating some lovely pianissimos, only rarely resorting to falsetto. He was especially effective in this effort in the last scene.”
Beloved Korean soprano Hei-Kyung Hong returns to the Dallas Opera stage as the ever-loyal Liù. Miss Hong was last heard here in the title role of Jules Massenet’s Manon (2001) after previously singing the role of Mimì in the company’s sold-out 1999 production of La bohème. She has appeared onstage at the Metropolitan Opera in nearly 350 performances over the past 25 years; most recently as Violetta in La traviata (also for Washington Opera, to rave reviews), as Juliette in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, and as Micaëla in Carmen.
James Jorden of The New York Post wrote earlier this year that “her lyric soprano remains fresh and delicate, soaring to high C’s and D’s” while Classical Voice reviewer Truman C. Wang exclaimed, “There can be no doubt about the sheer vocal thrills delivered by the fine international cast, led by the incomparable Liù of Korean soprano Hei-Kyung Hong. In her two poignantly sung arias, ‘Signore ascolta’ and ‘Tu che di gel sei cinta,’ Ms. Hong offered an object lesson on legato singing and stylish phrasing that made the last of Puccini’s Little Girls seem almost heroic. No one today in my experience sings this role better.”
American bass-baritone Christian Van Horn sings the role of Calaf’s father, Timur, the exiled Tartar King. Praised by Richard Sheinin in Mercury News for a voice as “solid as oak, but supple and capable of sad, tipsy humor,” Mr. Van Horn previously triumphed in a host of roles for using “his booming bass voice to tender effect” (William V. Madison, Opera News).
Baritone Jonathan Beyer, tenor Joseph Hu and tenor Daniel Montenegro will sing the roles of Ping, Pang and Pong, respectively.
“Mr. Beyer,” reports The Washington Post, “has the luxury of a robust, handsome voice, and promising years ahead.” A 2006 national finalist at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and winner of the 2007 Marion Anderson Competition,
Mr. Beyer struck gold this year, winning a George London Foundation Award, the Musical Fund Society Career Advancement Award, and the American Prize in Vocal Performance and in Art Song (to name a few). He made his unusual Dallas Opera debut off-stage—in the Orchestra Terrace—as the Voice of Captain Gardiner in the world premiere production of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s Moby-Dick (2010).
Joseph Hu has appeared in numerous Dallas Opera productions, most recently as The First Jew in Salome (2008). After making his 1995 debut as Benvolio, he went on to appear in nineteen additional TDO productions to date, including notable roles in The Tales of Hoffmann, Madame Butterfly and Pagliacci (2005); Fidelio (2002), Nabucco (2006) and Macbeth (2007).
Daniel Montenegro will be making his company debut as Pong. Mr. Montenegro is a former Adler Fellow with San Francisco Opera where he performed such roles as Rustighello in Lucrezia Borgia, Remendado in Carmen and Pong in Turandot. Jason Victor Serinus of the San Francisco Classical Voice made note of Mr. Montenegro’s beautiful singing, adding, “If the first-year Adler Fellow, who previously displayed his bel canto excellence as Nemorino in the Merola program, develops more body in the voice, he has a promising future ahead.”
The second production of the “Pursuits of Passion” Season, supported by The Texas Instruments Foundation, is a revival of a stunningly beautiful Dallas Opera production of Giacomo Puccini’s final masterpiece, TURANDOT, designed by Allen Charles Klein and last performed by the Dallas Opera in 2003.
Conducted by Maestro Marco Zambelli and staged by Garnett Bruce, who has staged extraordinarily popular revivals of La bohème and Madame Butterfly for TDO as well as our 2011 season opener, Lucia di Lammermoor with Elena Mosuc.

Sung in Italian, with English language translations projected above the stage, TURANDOT can be experienced at one of five additional performances on April 7(m), 10, 13, 19 (The Rosemary and Roger Enrico Foundation Performance) & 21(m), 2013.

Puccini’s unfinished masterpiece was first performed in 1926 (conducted by Arturo Toscanini) after a talented colleague, Franco Alfano, used the composer’s own notes and outlines to complete the opera. On opening night, Toscanini did not perform Alfano’s ending. Unexpectedly, the conductor laid down his baton right after Liù’s final scene and addressed the audience, saying, “Here the Maestro died.”

Turandot is based upon a fable about a barbarian prince who comes to a splendid city (in this case, Beijing, China). There, he is reunited with his long-lost father and a faithful servant. He also encounters a cold but beautiful woman, the Princess Turandot, and decides to embark upon his greatest challenge—winning her heart and hand at the risk of his own life! This intriguing “battle of the sexes” also revolves around questions of family loyalty, faithfulness to duty, openness to emotion, and honesty with oneself.

Lighting design for this production will be by Marie Barrett, with wig and make-up designs by David Zimmerman.
Chorus preparation will be by Dallas Opera Chorus Master Alexander Rom and Children’s Chorus Master Melinda Cotton.

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Single tickets for the remaining mainstage productions of the Dallas Opera’s “Pursuits of Passion” Season are on sale now, starting at just $19, through the Dallas Opera Ticket Services Office at 214.443.1000 or online at www.dallasopera.org. Student Rush best-available tickets can be purchased at the lobby box office for $25 (one per valid Student I.D.) ninety minutes prior to each performance.
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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. Single Tickets for TURANDOT, THE ASPERN PAPERS and family performances are on sale now. Tickets for the mainstage productions start for a new low price of $19! 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 SPRING 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.

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 Montenegro* (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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