Looking for the lowdown on the Dallas Opera’s upcoming presentation of “Death and the Powers”? The Global Interactive Simulcast? Wild lobby displays and cool apps?
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014
THE DALLAS OPERA PRESENTS
TOD MACHOVER’S THRILLING SCI-FI OPERA
DEATH AND THE POWERS
Only the Fourth Set of Performances, Worldwide!
CUTTING EDGE, CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED,
2012 PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST WITH A LIBRETTO BY ROBERT PINSKY
ORIGINALLY DIRECTED BY TONY AWARD WINNER DIANE PAULUS
CONDUCTED BY MAESTRA NICOLE PAIEMENT
DIRECTED BY ANDREW EGGERT IN HIS TDO DEBUT
PRODUCTION DESIGN BY MINORITY REPORT’S ALEX MCDOWELL
CHOREOGRAPHY BY KAROLE ARMITAGE
FOUR PERFORMANCES ONLY!
FEBRUARY 12, 14, 15 & 16, 2014
IN THE MARGOT AND BILL WINSPEAR OPERA HOUSE
AT THE AT&T PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
DEATH AND THE POWERS IS SUPPORTED IN PART BY:
MARGOT AND ROSS PEROT/THE PEROT FOUNDATION
THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS
AND THE AARON COPLAND FUND FOR MUSIC
GLOBAL INTERACTIVE SIMULCAST PRODUCED BY TOD MACHOVER,
KEITH CERNY, BOB ELLIS, MIT MEDIA LAB AND THE DALLAS OPERA
DALLAS, JANUARY 14, 2014 – The Dallas Opera is proud to present the second production in the 2013-2014 “By Love Transformed” Season: DEATH AND THE POWERS (The Robots’ Opera) by acclaimed American composer and inventor Tod Machover of the MIT Media Lab with a libretto by former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, one of America’s greatest living poets.
This production, the Southwest Regional Premiere and only the fourth set of performances, worldwide, will open on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center with subsequent performances in this exclusive engagement scheduled on February 14, 15 and 16.
The February 16th matinee performance will also be simulcast to ten locations in the U.S. and abroad to create the world’s first global interactive simulcast on two continents.
“Bringing this unique and groundbreaking opera to North Texas has been an important goal for me since first encountering the work in Chicago,” explains Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny. “TDO’s extraordinarily talented artistic, production and technical teams are eagerly anticipating working hand-in-hand with their counterparts from MIT to give this work new life—not only onstage in Dallas but for simulcast audiences across the globe.
“I am also thrilled to welcome back two individuals who made the Dallas Opera’s new production of Peter Maxwell Davies’ The Lighthouse such a huge success in 2012: conductor Nicole Paiement and baritone Robert Orth in his role debut as Simon Powers.”
DEATH AND THE POWERS, praised by Lawrence A. Johnson of Chicago Classical Review as “envelope-pushing, thought-provoking and brilliantly executed,” received its 2010 world premiere at Opera Monte-Carlo’s Salle Garnier. The production, created and developed at the MIT Media Lab where Machover heads the Opera of the Future Group, earned additional rave reviews in Boston and Chicago before being named a 2012 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Music. Described by The Wall Street Journal as a work filled with “passionate intensity, full-bodied arias in a post-organic world,” Death and the Powers blends Machover’s artistic and technological expertise to create an inventive score filled with arching melodic lines, richly nuanced textures and propulsive rhythms.
The libretto for Death and the Powers came from a story by Randy Weiner and Pinsky. The original production was directed by Tony Award Winner Diane Paulus, who is renowned for her talent in delivering adventurous productions with audience appeal, as in her recent revivals of HAIR, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, and Pippin on Broadway. Director and dramaturg Andrew Eggert, a mainstay of Chicago Opera Theater and the Associate Director of Death and the Powers’ Monte-Carlo world premiere, will stage the work in Dallas in his company debut.
Other members of the original artistic team returning for the Dallas production include choreographer Karole Armitage and production designer Alex McDowell, who is best known as the creative director of films such as Man of Steel, Minority Report and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Characterized by Opera magazine as, “A grand, rich, deeply serious new opera,” Death and the Powers tells the story of Simon Powers, a successful and powerful business man, who wishes to perpetuate his existence beyond the decay of his natural being. Nearing the end of his life, Powers seizes his one chance for immortality by downloading his consciousness into his environment, creating a living version of his mind and spirit, called “The System.” His family, friends and associates must decide what this means, whether or not Simon is actually alive, how it affects them and—most importantly—whether they, too, should follow.
Highly praised for his interpretations in contemporary opera roles, baritone Robert Orth (Moby-Dick, The Lighthouse) joins the Dallas cast of Death and the Powers in the leading role of Simon Powers. Mezzo-soprano Patricia Risley, who sang the role of Wellgunde in our 2002 Götterdammerung, returns to the Dallas Opera stage as Evvy, Simon’s third wife; soprano Joélle Harvey reprises her role as Miranda (she sang Barbarina in TDO’s 2008 production of The Marriage of Figaro) and tenor Hal Cazalet makes his Dallas Opera debut as Nicholas, Simon’s research assistant and adopted son.
Rounding out the cast are the delegates: countertenor Frank Kelley as The United Way, baritone David Kravitz as The United Nations and bass Tom McNichols as The Administration.
This Dallas Opera production will mark the return of renowned contemporary music specialist and conductor Nicole Paiement, who made her Dallas Opera debut at the helm of Peter Maxwell Davies’ haunting—and daunting—1980 opera, The Lighthouse, garnered special praise for her work on the project. As Artistic Director of Opera Parallèle (OP), a professional San Francisco-based company dedicated to contemporary opera, and the BluePrint Project—a new music series sponsored by the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Maestra Paiement has commissioned new works, recorded extensively and conducted a host of new productions, as well as West Coast, American and world premieres.
The Dallas Opera production of Death and the Powers, supported in part by Margot and Ross Perot/The Perot Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, features an animatronic stage, a surround sound system with hundreds of speakers, nine semi-autonomous singing robots and an over-sized, specially designed-and-constructed chandelier that emulates the human voice and responds to physical touch.
Simon Powers exits the stage and enters a soundproof booth in the orchestra pit, where sensors are attached to his body. These sensors translate his voice, breath, and physical gestures to the chandelier and a trio of three-sided, robotic walls, each weighing two tons. “The System” comes to life with sound, light and movement reflecting Simon’s thoughts, feelings, memories and desires as he attempts to entice his loved ones to join him in his altered state of existence.
In writing about Tod Machover for Opera News, Philip Kennicott references Machover’s use of The System as [one] possibly drawing in part from “[John Cage’s] sense that the world itself is a kind of music – that listening can connect us to something deeper than notes on the page or sounds of an instrument – is lurking somewhere in the background.” Kennicott goes on to say that “Machover describes his ongoing musical project as an effort to connect that encompassing all-and-everything sense of the world as music into music made with traditional means, into opera, into the opera house and its time-tested tools for making dramas live onstage…[He] confounds expectations [with] music of rare emotional depth.”
Costumes are by David C. Woolard, lighting design by Don Holder, sound design by Chris Full, with wig and make-up supervision by David Zimmerman.
Special Lobby Exhibits for “Death and the Powers”
In celebration of the critically acclaimed and technologically sophisticated “Robots’ Opera,” Death and the Powers, by Tod Machover at the Dallas Opera, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science will feature participating teams from the 2014 FIRST LEGO® League Championship to demonstrate robotics with audiences before each performance, February 12-16. Audiences will have an opportunity to see the robots in action and discuss how each were developed with students. The Perot Museum is the North Texas affiliate for FIRST LEGO® League—a regional engineering competition that challenges students to use their creativity and technical knowledge to create robots designed to solve real-world problems.
By Elena Jessop and Tod Machover
(Demonstrated in the Winspear Lobby prior to each performance)
The original Sensor Chair was developed by Tod Machover and his group at the MIT Media Lab for the Media/Medium project with magicians Penn and Teller, and subsequently used as a centerpiece for Machover’s interactive Brain Opera that premiered at the inaugural Lincoln Center Festival and was subsequently installed at Vienna’s Haus der Musik from 2000-2012.
Tod Machover and Elena Jessop developed a brand-new Sensor Chair to accompany the presentations of Death and the Powers at The Dallas Opera. Available to try in the lobby of the Winspear Opera House or alternatively at the Perot Museum, this New Sensor Chair allows everyone to interactively explore the sonic world of the opera. When sitting in the chair, everyday expressive movements -- small, delicate gestures, sharp and energetic thrusts of the hand, or smooth caresses of the surrounding space – allow activation, exploration and shaping of a rich sound environment. In addition, trying the New Sensor Chair provides insight into the use of the body as a subtle, powerful and innovative instrument. The special software written for this version of the Chair is part of Elena Jessop’s doctoral work at the MIT Media Lab, where she is working on new strategies and techniques for recognizing, analyzing, interpreting and extending human expressive movement.
DALLAS OPERA’S FEB. 16TH GLOBAL INTERACTIVE SIMULCAST
MADE POSSIBLE BY GENEROUS SUPPORT FROM
JANE BERNSTEIN AND BOB ELLIS
FRANKLIN AND CATHERINE JOHNSON
KEITH AND JENNIFER CERNY
On February 16, 2014, audience members participating remotely in at least eight locations in the U.S. and Europe will be able to take advantage of live, enhanced streaming and dedicated onsite interactive moments made accessible via a specially designed, downloadable app created by the MIT Media Lab. During strategically choreographed segments throughout the opera, remote audiences will have an opportunity to participate in the live performance at The Dallas Opera, as well as to virtually experience Simon Powers’ life in “The System” through site-specific audio, video and multimedia content. Images from Simon’s memory, news headlines, stock trading data and other matters that occupy his mind will be flashed onto mobile devices either concurrently or in waves reaching certain devices at varying times. Additionally, HD cameras placed throughout the set and upon various electronic props will provide a “robot’s eye-view” of the opera as well as a view of the multiple layers of information Simon Powers might be seeing or thinking from within The System. Some remote viewers receive a physical, pulsating buzz on their device while others experience a touch-sensitive glowing light resembling an element in the plot. The added media content will provide remote audiences with a unique perspective of the opera and bring the sounds and sights in Dallas – literally – “within reach” providing an innovative, intriguing complement to the live experience taking place on stage.
Another unique embellishment involves “The Moody Foundation Chandelier” – a computer-controlled, transformable, LED-enhanced chandelier which is a central architectural and design element of the Winspear Opera House. Using the mobile app created for the Death and the Powers simulcast, remote audience members can affect The Moody Foundation Chandelier’s illumination, shape and motion in real time during significant moments in the opera by sending commands through their mobile devices. The audience seated in the Dallas opera house will feel the presence of others watching the opera around the world as they witness the chandelier’s dramatic changes.
Produced by Tod Machover, Keith Cerny, Bob Ellis, the MIT Media Lab and the Dallas Opera, the Global Interactive Simulcast is the latest development in a strategic approach to expanding the Dallas Opera’s community footprint and raising its international profile. Beginning with the Dallas Opera’s first simulcast at Annette Strauss Square in 2010 and proceeding to venues such as AT&T Stadium (home of the Dallas Cowboys) and Klyde Warren Park, the company has exposed tens of thousands of new patrons to the art form in a relatively short period of time.
Another key element of the company’s new strategy under the guidance of Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny has been to initiate a wide ranging set of artistic collaborations with organizations such as the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, the Dallas Theater Center, MIT Media Lab, Dallas Children’s Theater, Southern Methodist University, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and Dallas Farmer’s Market. All of these initiatives have helped to challenge outdated public perceptions of the art form and have taken opera “off its pedestal” to seek out the next generation of audiences.
To actively participate in this interactive simulcast, audience members at each site will download the specially created app -- entitled Powers Live -- which has been designed to work on any smartphone or tablet supporting Apple iOS 6 and 7 and Android 4.0 and higher.
Available through the Apple iOS App Store and Google Play, Powers Live was designed and implemented at the MIT Media Lab by graduate students Peter Torpey and Ben Bloomberg, under Tod Machover’s direction. Powers Live will be available for download beginning February 1, 2014.
“The System” may soon be taking control of a tablet or cellphone near you.
Tod Machover, called “America’s most wired composer” by The Los Angeles Times, is recognized as one of the most innovative composers of his generation, and celebrated for inventing new technologies for music. Machover studied with Elliott Carter and Roger Sessions at The Juilliard School and was the first Director of Musical Research at Pierre Boulez’s IRCAM in Paris. He is the Muriel R. Cooper Professor of Music and Media at the MIT Media Lab (Cambridge USA) and Director of its Opera of the Future Group. Since 2006, Machover has also been Visiting Professor of Composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Machover is especially known for his visionary operas, including VALIS (based on Philip K. Dick’s sci-fi classic and commissioned by the Centre Pompidou in Paris); Brain Opera (which invites the audience to collaborate live and online); Skellig (based on David Almond’s award-winning novel and premiered at the Sage Gateshead in 2008); and the “robotic” Death and the Powers which premiered in Monaco (at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo under the patronage of Prince Albert II), Boston and Chicago during the 2010/2011 season.
On March 1, 2014, the Perth International Arts Festival premieres Machover’s Between the Desert and the Deep Blue Sea: A Symphony for Perth as the festival finale. The third (after Toronto and Edinburgh) in a growing series of “collaborative city symphonies,” Machover has invited people of all ages and backgrounds to work with him – using specially designed online tools – to create a musical portrait of the place where they live. The Perth Symphony will be performed by the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Carolyn Kuan. And launching March 27, 2014 at the Le Laboratoire in Paris, in collaboration with the Media Lab and Dalai Lama Center at MIT, Machover’s Vocal Vibrations combines a multilayered, surround-sound vocal fantasia with an interactive, meditative singing experience to explore new ways that the human voice can influence mental and physical health. The project runs in Paris through the summer and will move to the Le Lab in Cambridge, MA in October 2014.
Tod Machover’s compositions have been commissioned and performed by many of the world’s most prestigious ensembles and soloists, including Opera America, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Ensemble InterContemporain, Ensemble Modern, BBC Scottish Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Pops, Houston Grand Opera, Bunkamura (Tokyo), Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Carnegie Hall, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, Ars Electronica, Casa da Musica (Porto), American Composers Orchestra, Tokyo String Quartet, Kronos Quartet, Ying Quartet, Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell, Kim Kashkashian, Matt Haimovitz, and many more. His work has been awarded numerous prizes and honors, among others from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Fromm and Koussevitzky Foundations, the National Endowment for the Arts, the German Culture Ministry, and the French Culture Ministry, which named him a Chevalier de l’Order des Arts et des Lettres. In 2010 he received the Arts Prize from the World Technology Network (CNN/Time Inc.), the Raymond Kurzweil Prize for Music and Technology and was Finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Music. He was the first recipient of the Arts Advocacy Award from the Kennedy Center’s National Committee of the Performing Arts in September 2013.
Tod Machover is renowned for designing new technologies for music performance and creation, such as Hyperinstruments, “smart” performance systems that extend expression for virtuosi, from Yo-Yo Ma to Prince, as well as for the general public. The popular videogames Guitar Hero and Rock Band grew out of Machover’s Lab. His Hyperscore software—which allows anyone to compose original music using lines and colors—has enabled children around the world to have their music performed by major orchestras, chamber music ensembles, and rock bands.
Tod Machover’s music is published by Boosey & Hawkes and Ricordi Editions, and has been recorded on the Bridge, Oxingale, Erato, Albany and New World labels. Much of his music is also available via iTunes.
Librettist Robert Pinsky is an American poet, essayist, literary critic, and translator. From 1997 to 2000, he served as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. During his tenure, Pinsky founded the Favorite Poem Project (favoritepoem.org), in which thousands of Americans shared their favorite poems.
Pinsky is the author of nineteen books. His newest is an anthology for poets called Singing School: Learning to Write (and Read) Poetry by Studying with the Masters. Other recent works are his Selected Poems and PoemJazz, a CD with Grammy-winning pianist Laurence Hobgood. His landmark, best-selling translation of The Inferno of Dante received the Los Angeles Times Book Award in poetry. His volume of poetry The Figured Wheel: New and Collected Poems 1966-1996 was a Pulitzer Prize nominee and received the Lenore Marshall Award. Last spring, the Shakespeare Theatre Company performed Pinsky’s newly commissioned adaptation and translation of Friedrich Schiller’s Wallenstein.
Robert Pinsky teaches in the graduate writing program at Boston University. He is the winner of the PEN/Voelcker Award, the William Carlos Williams Prize, and the Theodore M. Roethke Memorial Poetry Award. He is the only member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters to have appeared on The Simpsons and The Colbert Report.
Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny has worked closely with Tod Machover, MIT and leading opera companies in the U.S., U.K. and continental Europe to add these new interactive and creative elements to an already outstanding twenty-first century masterpiece.
Since being appointed The Dallas Opera’s General Director and CEO in 2010, Cerny has expanded the company’s programming to include – side by side with productions of beloved opera classics -- more contemporary operas and high-profile commissions by many of the world’s leading opera composers including Jake Heggie, Joby Talbot and Mark Adamo. With degrees in both music and physics, Cerny is tremendously enthusiastic about incorporating the use of technology in live performance such as TDO’s acclaimed production of Tristan und Isolde in 2011, and in using technology to bring opera to a diverse audience through simulcasts in public spaces and sports facilities
Keith Cerny entered the University of California of Berkeley at the age of 15, where he was the youngest full-time undergraduate, graduating at the age of 20 with degrees in Music and Physics, both with highest honors. While a student, he also worked as a programmer for the Samuel Silver Space Sciences Laboratory and the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory.
Following graduation from Berkeley, Cerny won a Fulbright scholarship to the U.K. where he studied at the English National Opera and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and free-lanced extensively as an opera coach, accompanist, and conductor. During this period, he was also awarded the prestigious Alfred Hertz Memorial Fellowship in piano performance from the University of California.
He received an MBA from Harvard Business School, with honors, in 1991. While at Harvard, Cerny regularly accompanied students in the studio of Mark Pearson, then-Chair of the Voice Department of the New England Conservatory. Following graduation he joined the management consultant McKinsey & Co, where he began to specialize in telecommunications. In 1998, Cerny joined Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), one the world’s leading strategy and systems integration firms, where he became a Partner in Communications and High-technology. In his consulting career, Keith worked extensively with wireless and wireline telecom firms in the US and Latin America, in both core telecom and internet businesses.
Cerny was hired by the Board of the San Francisco Opera in 2004 as Executive Director (COO) and CFO to lead a turnaround of the company, following an institution-threatening downturn prior to his arrival. Among his many projects at the San Francisco Opera was a companywide implementation of Tessitura, the industry-standard CRM system for performing arts. In 1998, Keith became the CEO of sheetmusicplus.com, the largest online retailer of sheet music.
He has worked extensively for various opera companies in the US and UK. His past pro bono consulting activities include work for English National Opera, San Francisco Opera, Opera America, Washington National Opera, Atlanta Opera, Spoleto Festival USA, Los Angeles Opera, and Houston Grand Opera. In 2011, he was elected to the Board of Directors of Opera America, where Mr. Cerny also serves as Chair of the Strategy Committee.
Mr. Cerny holds a Ph.D. in econometrics and development policy from the Open University in the U.K.
Simulcast Executive Producer Bob Ellis has continued a lifelong interest in opera as a board member of San Francisco Opera and of the contemporary opera company, Opera Parallèle. Ellis is also an active advisor, investor and director of Internet companies. He was a principal of xoom.com, which completed an IPO in 1999 and later merged with NBC’s Internet properties. He founded Compact Publishing, an early digital publisher, which was sold to the Learning Company in 1995, served as the CEO of eNature, which was sold to the National Wildlife Federation and founded Bonjour Paris, a travel destination site still operating there. Many years ago he was a Vice President of Time-Life Inc. and a correspondent for TIME Magazine.
Conductor Nicole Paiement, who made her Dallas Opera debut conducting Peter Maxwell Davies’ The Lighthouse in 2012, is the Artistic Director of Opera Parallèle (OP), a professional company in San Francisco, dedicated to contemporary opera. With the company, Paiement has conducted many new productions including the World premiere of the commissioned chamber version of John Harbison’s The Great Gatsby, the West Coast premiere of John Rea’s re-orchestration of Berg’s Wozzeck, Osvaldo Golijov’s Ainadamar and the commission of Dante De Silva’s opera Gesualdo, Prince of Madness – presented as a graphic opera.
Upcoming projects include the American premiere of Adam Gorb’s opera Anya 17, Francis Poulenc’s Les mamelles de Tirésias and Kurt Weill’s Mahagonny Songspiel. Paiement is an active guest conductor, specializing in contemporary music. She has premiered and commissioned numerous works from composers around the world and recorded extensively.
Paiement is the Artistic Director of the BluePrint Project – a new music series sponsored by the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. With this music series, she has commissioned, premiered and recorded works from many living American composers. Paiement is also the Director of Ensembles at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she conducts the orchestra and opera productions.
DEATH AND THE POWERS by Tod Machover
February 12, 14, 15 & 16(m), 2014
Global Interactive Simulcast – Sunday, February 16, 2014,
2:00 PM Central Time
An opera in one act with libretto 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
Original Stage Director: Diane Paulus
Stage Director: Andrew Eggert
Production Design: Alex McDowell
Choreography: Karole Armitage
Costume Design: David C. Woolard
Lighting Design: Don Holder
Sound Design: Chris Full
Wig & Make-up Supervisor: David Zimmerman
Starring: Robert Orth (Simon Powers), Joélle Harvey (Miranda), Patricia Risley (Evvy), Hal Cazalet (Nicholas), Frank Kelley (The United Way),
David Kravitz (The United Nations), Tom McNichols (The Administration).
Single tickets and Flex Subscriptions for The Dallas Opera’s 2013-2014 Season are available by visiting www.dallasopera.org or by calling 214-443-1000.
EVENTS, GUESTS AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT “JANUARY 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, Director Media & Public Relations
214.443.1014 or email@example.com
The Dallas Opera’s 2013-2014 “By Love Transformed” Season
Is Sponsored by Texas Instruments Foundation
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
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 unless otherwise described. Single Tickets range from $19 to $275 and Flex Subscriptions are on sale starting at $75. Family performance tickets are just $5. 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 SPRING SEASON INFORMATION
The Dallas Opera celebrates its Fifty-Seventh International 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 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. The Joy and Ronald Mankoff Pre-Opera Talk begins one hour prior to curtain at most performances.
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.
Libretto 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
Original Direction: Diane Paulus*
Stage Director: Andrew Eggert*
Production Design: Alex McDowell*
Costume Design: David C. Woolard*
Lighting Design: Donald Holder
Sound Design: Chris Full*
Choreography: Karole Armitage*
Wig & make-up Supervision: David Zimmerman
Starring: Robert Orth (Simon Powers), Joélle Harvey (Miranda), Patricia Risley(Evvy), Hal Cazalet*(Nicholas), 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: Gary Marder
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
The Dallas Opera is supported, in part, by funds from: Texas Instruments Foundation, TACA, City of Dallas, Office of Cultural Affairs; 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 the Elsa von Seggern Foundation for its continuing support.