Dallas Opera’s National Anthem Competition

by Suzanne Calvin

Now’s your chance to sing in front of a crowd at AT&T Stadium!

Just in time for the 200th Anniversary of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” The Dallas Opera is thrilled to announce a brand-new competition designed to encourage the inner opera diva – or divo – in you! The “Oh, Say, Can You Sing?” National Anthem Competition™ offers men, women and children the opportunity to compete – via YouTube submissions – for the unique chance to bring down the house at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

The winner, who must be available on Friday, April 11, 2014, will make a live appearance at the stadium to sing the national anthem – a cappella – prior to that evening’s performance of Rossini’s 1816 masterpiece, The Barber of Seville at 7:30 p.m.

Children above the age of nine (with the consent of a parent or guardian) are permitted to compete but must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times.

Gargle and read on!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014 Celeste Hart 214.443.1072

suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org celeste.hart@dallasopera.org

THE DALLAS OPERA PRESENTS

A COMPETITION OF EPIC PROPORTIONS

The “Oh, Say, Can You Sing?”

National Anthem Competition™

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WINNER TO SING ANTHEM BEFORE A CROWD OF THOUSANDS

AT AT&T STADIUM APRIL 11, 2014

FOR THE DALLAS OPERA’S “BARBER” SIMULCAST!

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YouTube Submissions Accepted

Now through March 28, 2014

Voting (one person, one vote)

March 31 through the April 6

Additional Information at dallasopera.org/simulcast

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TDO STADIUM SIMULCAST PRESENTED BY:

THE DALLAS FOUNDATION

WITH ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FROM THE

CARL B. AND FLORENCE E. KING FOUNDATION

2013-2014 SEASON SUPPORT FROM

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS FOUNDATION

DALLAS, MARCH 11, 2014 – Just in time for the 200th Anniversary of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” The Dallas Opera is thrilled to announce a brand-new competition designed to encourage the inner opera diva – or divo – in you! The “Oh, Say, Can You Sing?” National Anthem Competition™ offers men, women and children the opportunity to compete – via YouTube submissions – for the unique chance to bring down the house at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

The winner, who must be available on Friday, April 11, 2014, will make a live appearance at the stadium to sing the national anthem – a cappella – prior to that evening’s performance of Rossini’s 1816 masterpiece, The Barber of Seville at 7:30 p.m.

Children above the age of nine (with the consent of a parent or guardian) are permitted to compete but must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times.

WHO CAN ENTER:

Any singer above the age of nine (minors, with the consent of a parent or guardian), male or female, who can be present at AT&T Stadium in Arlington the evening of April 11, 2014 to sing before a live audience. Knowledge of the U.S. National Anthem is mandatory.

HOW TO ENTER:

Create a video of yourself or someone else singing the national anthem without music (a cappella) and post it to YouTube or Vimeo. Then, go to dallasopera.org/simulcast and grant the Dallas Opera permission to share it internally and, potentially, with the general public for voting purposes.

WHEN TO ENTER:

Submissions for the “Oh, Say Can You Sing?” National Anthem Competition must be submitted to dallasopera.org/simulcast by March 28th. Finalists will be selected by the Dallas Opera Senior Staff and professional music educators. The winner will be chosen by popular vote (one vote per person) ending at 11:50 p.m. on April 6, 2014 and announced by Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny on WFAA Television’s “News 8 Midday” on April 9th.

WHERE TO ENTER:

Once your YouTube, Vimeo or online audition is posted, apply by filling out the form at dallasopera.org/simulcast. Please include the competitor’s complete name, address, telephone number, and date of birth (so we get the basic things right when we announce you as the WINNER!) Be prepared to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” amplified but without accompaniment (a cappella) on the evening of Friday, April 11, 2014 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX.

The Dallas Opera’s April 11th AT&T Stadium Simulcast of The Barber of Seville is presented by The Dallas Foundation with additional support from the Carl B. and Florence E. King Foundation.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m., followed at 7:00 with the world’s largest screening of the Warner Brothers Classics cartoon “Rabbit of Seville,” a 1950 Chuck Jones masterpiece starring Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd. One lucky and talented singer will regale the simulcast audience on the gigantic stadium screens with an amplified, unaccompanied performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

The Dallas Opera’s Barber, produced with generous support from TACA, will star Dallas Opera favorite Nathan Gunn in the title role, with acclaimed mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard (courtesy of The Charron and Peter Denker Rising Stars Endowment Fund) as Rosina, lyric tenor Alek Shrader as love-struck Count Almaviva, the inimitable Donato DiStefano as Dr. Bartolo and Turkish bass Burak Bilgili as Don Basilio in this all-star ensemble cast.

Free general admission tickets for the April 11th AT&T Stadium Simulcast (with a convenient print-at-home option) can be obtained through the Dallas Opera website at www.dallasopera.org/simulcast.

“It’s been a personal goal of mine to engage remarkable world-class artists to create an unforgettable entertainment experience for people from all walks of life,” commented Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny, “and nothing does this better than opera—a spectacular art form made even more so when viewed on the largest high-definition screens in the country.

“The Dallas Opera is deeply honored that The Dallas Foundation is presenting this event for a third consecutive year and we are equally grateful for the generosity of the Jones Family, who encouraged this extraordinary collaboration with the Cowboys organization from the moment we made our dream known to them.

“I am also very pleased that the Carl B. and Florence E. King Foundation is providing additional support for this year’s stadium simulcast and I hope that the centralized location of AT&T Stadium will—once again—prove to be an irresistible magnet,” Mr. Cerny added.

“With free parking, a classic cartoon and a wonderful new singing competition, a wear-what-you-want dress code, world-class performances, on-screen English language supertitles and plenty of available concessions—this night will continue to redefine 21st century opera as a genuinely exciting and user-friendly entertainment experience.”

And what could be more “user friendly” than Gioachino Rossini’s wildest and most popular romp? Disguises and false identities abound as men—young and old—vie for the hand of the beautiful Rosina in one of the funniest and most frenetic operas ever composed!

The winner will be announced Wednesday, April 9th on WFAA Television’s noon-hour program, “News 8 Midday.”

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Single tickets for The Dallas Opera’s 2013-2014 Season start at just $19 and are available by visiting www.dallasopera.org or by consulting with TDO’s ticket office professionals at 214-443-1000.

EVENTS, GUESTS AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT “MARCH AT THE DALLAS OPERA”

IS CONVENIENTLY AVAILABLE ONLINE, 24/7

VISIT WWW.DALLASOPERA.ORG AND CHECK THE CALENDAR LISTINGS

OR VISIT WWW.DALLASOPERA.ORG/EVENTS

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 suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org

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: Mardi Byers*(Marie/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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