Dallas Opera and Dallas Holocaust Museum explore Korngold

by Suzanne Calvin

It’s a panel discussion next week that shouldn’t be missed! The Dallas Opera and Dallas Holocaust Museum are the proud partners of what promises to be an extraordinary panel discussion on the life, the work and the legacy of exiled twentieth-century composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold. Details follow.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014
Suzanne.Calvin@dallasopera.org

THE DALLAS OPERA AND
THE DALLAS HOLOCAUST MUSEUM
ARE PROUD TO PRESENT
KORNGOLD, THE LOST COMPOSER?
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A Timely Panel Discussion Regarding the Life and Work of Exiled 20th Century Composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold

With a Musical Performance by
Morgan Smith and Angela Turner Wilson
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Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.
The Aaron Family Jewish Community Center
Zale Auditorium
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Admission $5
rsvp@dallasholocaustmuseum.org
Purchase at dallasopera.org/Korngold

DALLAS, FEBRUARY 20, 2014 – The Dallas Opera and Dallas Holocaust Museum are the proud partners of what promises to be an extraordinary panel discussion on the life, the work and the legacy of exiled twentieth-century composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold, who went from Viennese “wunderkind” to one of the founding fathers of the “Great American Film Score,” when the Nazi conquest of Europe made it impossible for him to return home.
“Korngold, the Lost Composer?” is a discussion designed to uncover the inner life and dangerous times of the former child prodigy (often compared to Mozart); the forced exodus of composers, musicians and other artists whose work was labeled “degenerate” by the Nazis, as well as those hounded and oppressed by the regime for the unpardonable “crime” of being Jewish. This enlightening discussion, slated to take place on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. in Zale Auditorium, The Aaron Family Jewish Community Center located at 7900 Northaven Rd., Dallas, TX 75230, features an all-star lineup:

• Cantor Richard Cohn, Temple Emanu-El
• Dr. Timothy Jackson, Professor of Music Theory, the University of North Texas
• Barton Weiss, Associate Professor of Film/Video, University of Texas at Arlington and Founder of “3 Stars Jewish Cinema”
• Keith Cerny, General Director and CEO of The Dallas Opera

The panel will consider the impact of the Nazi threat on classical music in both Europe and Hollywood, as well as the tremendous loss of life and talent in the Holocaust which echoes down to the present day.
Admission is just $5 per person (cash only at the door, advance purchase available at dallasopera.org/Korngold), parking is free and reservations are recommended at rsvp@dallasholocaustmuseum.org.
This one-time-only discussion is designed to prepare North Texas audiences for the Dallas Opera’s upcoming production of Korngold’s rarely performed 1920 masterpiece, DIE TOTE STADT (“The Dead City”) opening for the first of five performances on March 21, 2014 in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center.
Starring Jay Hunter Morris, Ann Petersen in her American debut, and Morgan Smith, this Mikael Melbye production originally created for Royal Danish Opera is the tale of one man’s dark obsession with the woman he loved and lost, a la Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo. It has never before been performed in Texas.
Carefully chosen selections from the opera will be performed by baritone Morgan Smith (Starbuck in Moby-Dick) and soprano Angela Turner Wilson in one of the added highlights of this remarkable and inspiring evening.

ABOUT DALLAS HOLOCAUST MUSEUM:

The Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance is committed to teaching the moral and ethical response to prejudice, hatred and indifference for the benefit of all humanity. The Museum’s education programs have had a profound effect on people of all ages. In 2013, 57,000 visitors toured the Museum and many wrote, emailed or posted notes that their lives had been transformed by the experience. Through its exhibits and programs, they learn about the humiliating discrimination, deep-rooted hatred and the near annihilation of the Jewish people and the systematic enslavement of others.

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EVENTS, GUESTS AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

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The Dallas Opera’s 2013-2014 “By Love Transformed” Season
Is Sponsored by Texas Instruments Foundation

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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 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
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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.

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