Family Subscriptions for the Dallas Opera Family Programming on Sale Saturday, June 1st

by Megan Meister

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, May 30, 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 PLEASED TO OFFER
FAMILY SUBSCRIPTIONS
For TDO Family Programming
Going on Sale Saturday, June 1st
Presented by
Texas Instruments, Inc.
With Additional Support from Lockheed Martin

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Family Subscriptions Available for Just $12 Apiece!
Four People Can Enjoy Quality Family Time and
Three Family Performances for Less Than $50!

            DALLAS, MAY 30, 2013 – The Dallas Opera is happy to be able to offer months of family-friendly programming designed to introduce young ones to the joys of opera—while captivating the entire family!  TDO will present our popular production of a one-act opera by John Davies based on the familiar fairy tale, JACK AND THE BEANSTALK.  This tongue-in-cheek opera (featuring music by Sir Arthur Sullivan of “Gilbert & Sullivan” fame) will be performed twice next season: on Saturday, October 26, 2013 and Saturday, April 5, 2014 starting at 2:00 p.m.

            This timeless children’s classic has been brought to life by Dallas Opera Production Designer Tommy Bourgeois.  Dallas Children’s Theater’s Education Director Nancy Schaeffer staged the work for the Dallas Opera and Mary Dibbern, Music Director for the Dallas Opera’s Education and Family Programs, both narrates and accompanies young singers (from the graduate-level voice and opera programs at SMU and UNT) on the piano.

However, there’s more to these afternoons than a charming performance:

Beginning at 12:30 p.m., the lobby of the Margot & Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center will open to patrons for the latest installments of TDO’s Kids Book Club, as well as a host of hands-on arts and music-related activities.  And afterwards, cast members will assemble in the lobby to chat with children and sign autographs.

            On Sunday, November 3, 2013 and Saturday, February 1, 2014 join the Dallas Opera as we host an afternoon of fun-filled activities, including crafts, costumes and an instrument “petting zoo,” starting at 12:30 p.m. and culminating in the Dallas Opera Family Concert at 2:00 p.m.   This Winspear Opera House Concert will be a parade of opera’s greatest hits, including well-known works by Mozart, Argento, Floyd, Offenbach, Gounod, and Delibes.  It’s a great opportunity to hear classical works from many eras and cultures in a wide variety of styles.  You’ll be surprised to discover how many of these arias and overtures you already recognize, know and love!

COMING SOON, the Dallas Opera will unveil a brand-new production of Gaetano Donizetti’s 1832 comedy, THE ELIXIR OF LOVE, a hilarious, fully-staged one-act opera about a young man who hopes to win the heart of his true love, with the help of one Doctor Dulcamara and his mysterious potion!  Thrills abound in this fifty-minute condensed opera on Saturday, November 9, 2013 and Saturday, April 12, 2014; curtain time, 2:00 p.m.

The Dallas Opera will host a fun-filled afternoon of free arts-related activities beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the Winspear lobby.  Don’t miss out on this delightful (and perfectly priced) program!

Family Subscriptions—consisting of three tickets, one for each of these performances—go on sale on Saturday, June 1st at 10:00 a.m. for just $12 apiece!

Exercise your option to select your preferred performance dates and buy online, 24/7, at dallasopera.org or call 214.443.1000.  What better chance to introduce the extraordinary music, the magic, and the incredible excitement of opera to your children, grand-children or loved ones?

The Dallas Opera Educational/Family Series is presented through the continuing generosity of Texas Instruments, Inc., and Lockheed Martin.

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            Subscriptions for the four mainstage productions of the Dallas Opera’s 2013-2014 “By Love Transformed” Season are on sale now, starting at just $76, through the Dallas Opera Ticket Services OfficeCall our friendly staff at 214.443.1000.  If you prefer, you may also purchase conveniently online at dallasopera.org.

Next season’s line-up ranges from popular classics to opera’s cutting-edge:

 CARMEN by Georges Bizet (October 25-November 10, 2013)
DEATH AND THE POWERS by Tod Machover (February 12-16, 2014)
DIE TOTE STADT by Erich Wolfgang Korngold (March 21-April 6, 2014)
And THE BARBER OF SEVILLE by Gioachino Rossini (March 28-April 13, 2014)

            Single tickets for all mainstage productions will go on sale July 8th at 10 a.m.!

            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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EVENTS, GUESTS AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT “MAY 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’s 2013-2014 “By Love Transformed” Season
Is Coming Soon to an Opera House Near You!

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 2013-2014 Dallas Opera Season

  

            All performances are in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center.  Subscriptions are now on sale to the general public, starting at just $76.  Single Tickets starting at $19 and Flex Subscriptions will be going on sale Monday, July 8.  Family performances are $5 (Family Performance Subs are $12 for three family performances) and will also go on sale June 1.  For more information or to make your purchase, contact The Dallas Opera Ticket Services Office at 214.443.1000 or visit us online, 24/7, at www.dallasopera.org.

THE DALLAS OPERA 2013-2014 SEASON INFORMATION

The Dallas Opera celebrates its Fifty-SeventhInternational Season in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in the Dallas Arts District. Evening performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees will begin at 2:00 p.m. unless otherwise stated.  English translations will be projected above the stage at every performance and assistance is available for the hearing impaired.

CARMEN by Georges Bizet
October 25, 27(m), 30, November 2, 8 & 10(m), 2013
The most irresistible bad girl in opera—How can you possibly say “non”?
An opera in four acts first performed in Paris on March 3, 1875
Text by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy based on the novella by Prosper Mérimée
Time: 19th century
Place: Seville, Spain
Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume
Stage Director: Bliss Hebert
Scenic Design: Jean-Pierre Ponnelle
Costume Design: Werner Iverke
Lighting Design: Thomas Hase
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Children’s Chorus Master: Melinda Cotten
Starring: Clémentine Margaine**(Carmen), Brandon Jovanovich (Don José Oct. 25, 27, 30), Bruno Ribeiro* (Don José Nov. 2, 8, 10), Mary Dunleavy (Micaëla), Dwayne Croft (Escamillo), Danielle Pastin*(Frasquita), Audrey Babcock*(Mercédès), Kyle Albertson*(Zuniga), Steven LaBrie (Le Dancaïre), Victor Ryan Robertson (Remendado), John David Boehr*(Moralès).

DEATH AND THE POWERS by Tod Machover
February 12, 14, 15 & 16(m), 2014
Science fiction and poignant family drama combine in a major regional premiere!
An opera in one act first performed in Monte Carlo, Monaco at the Salle Garnier on September 24, 2010.
Text by Robert Pinsky, based on a story by Pinsky and Randy Weiner
Time: Unknown time in the future
Place: Earth, the home of billionaire Simon Powers
Conductor: Nicole Paiement
Stage Director: Diane Paulus*
Associate Director: Andrew Eggert*
Scenic Design: Alex McDowell*
Costume Design: David Woolard*
Lighting Design: Don Holder
Choreography: Karole Armitage*
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Starring: Robert Orth (Simon Powers/Robot One), Joélle Harvey (Miranda/Robot Four), Patricia Risley(Evvy/Robot Three), Hal Cazalet*(Nicholas/Robot Two), Frank Kelley*(The United Way), David Kravitz*(The United Nations), Tom McNichols*(The Administration).

DIE TOTE STADT (“THE DEAD CITY”) by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
March 21, 23(m), 26, 29 and April 6(m), 2014
The Hitchcock-like tale of one man’s dark obsession with the woman he loved and lost.
An opera in three acts first performed in Hamburg & Cologne, Germany on December 4, 1920
Text by Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Paul Schott based on a novel by Georges Rodenbach, Bruges la morte
Time: End of the 19th century
Place: The city of Bruges in northwestern Belgium
Conductor: Sebastian Lang-Lessing*
Stage Director: Mikael Melbye
Scenic Design: Mikael Melbye*
Costume Design: Dierdre Clancy*
Video Design: Wendall Harrington*
Lighting Design: Mark McCullough
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Choreography: Matthew Ferraro*
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Anne Petersen**(Marietta) , Jay Hunter Morris (Paul), Morgan Smith (Fritz), Weston Hurt (Frank), Katherine Tier*(Brigitta), Andrew Bidlack (Albert), Jan Lund**(Victorin), Jennifer Chung (Juliette), Angela Turner Wilson (Lucienne).

THE BARBER OF SEVILLE by Gioachino Rossini
March 28, 30(m), April 2, 5, 11 & 13(m), 2014
Figaro, a scheming barber and jack-of-all-trades plots to release a headstrong girl from her gilded cage!
An opera in two acts first performed in Rome on February 20, 1816
Text by Pierre-Augustin de Beaumarchais, from his comedy Le Barbier de Séville
Time: 18th century
Place: Seville, Spain
Conductor: Giuliano Carella*
Stage Director: Herb Kellner
Original Production: John Copley
Scenic Design: John Conklin
Costume Design: Michael Stennet
Lighting Design: TBD
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Nathan Gunn (Figaro), Isabel Leonard*(Rosina), Alek Shrader*(Count Almaviva), Donato DiStefano (Dr. Bartolo), Burak Bilgili*(Don Basilio), Nathan De’Shon Myers (Fiorello), Christian Teague*(Ambrogio).

DALLAS OPERA FAMILY PERFORMANCES
Jack and the Beanstalk: October 26, 2013 and April 5, 2014
Family Concerts: November 3, 2013 and February 1, 2014
The Elixir of Love: November 9, 2013 and April 12, 2014

* 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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