Michael Fabiano in Recital, January 22, Dallas City Performance Hall

by Suzanne Calvin

Fabiano Hands

 

 

The Dallas Opera Proudly Presents

ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST EXCITING TENORS

MICHAEL FABIANO

IN AN EXCLUSIVE RECITAL

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 22, 2017, 2:00 P.M.

DALLAS CITY PERFORMANCE HALL

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THE ROBERT E. AND JEAN ANN TITUS

ART SONG RECITAL SERIES

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TICKETS $15 and $25

 

            DALLAS, TX, NOVEMBER 28, 2016 – The Robert E. and Jean Ann Titus Art Song Recital Series will feature the magnetic tenor, Michael Fabiano, in an exclusive recital produced by The Dallas Opera. The performance will take place on Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. in Dallas City Performance Hall (a 749-seat venue located at 2520 Flora Street—across the street from the Winspear Opera House—in the Arts District, Dallas, TX 75201). Additional support for the 2017 recital is provided by Rebecca and Michael Baker. Tickets are now on sale for $15 and $25 and may be purchased at www.dallasopera.org/recital or by contacting the friendly professionals in The Dallas Opera Ticket/Patron Services Office at 214.443.1000.

            “Michael Fabiano is one of the most captivating tenors of our day and we are proud to bring this stellar performer to North Texas,” stated Dallas Opera’s Keith Cerny, the Kern Wildenthal General Director and CEO.

            “The Titus family recognizes the importance of presenting uniquely talented singers to our community to enrich our artistic experiences. We are so grateful for their generous support of these important recitals, which offer an intimate setting to appreciate these tremendous talents. This is the fourth in the series which has included tenor Ian Bostridge in 2014, Matthew Polenzani in 2015, and legendary mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade last January,” Cerny added.

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            Mr. Fabiano is considered one of the greatest tenors in the world today. He recently made his critically-acclaimed debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden where The Sunday Times, U.K. described that he held audiences “spellbound.” He is the first singer ever to be awarded the prestigious Beverly Sills Artist Award and the Richard Tucker Award in the same year, 2014. A member of the Metropolitan Opera Guild Artists’ Council, Mr. Fabiano has graced many of the world’s most important stages and venues, and performed in many of the leading opera houses. He has recorded extensively, despite his demanding stage schedule, and his role debuts are becoming legendary.

            Mr. Fabiano “is increasingly one of the great operatic tenors of our day, diving into both familiar and off-beat repertoire and delivering it with fluency and ringing power. In the absence of an opera house stage, sets or costumes, Fabiano simply conjured up a world of theatrical intensity and let it fly,” according to Joshua Kosman of the San Francisco Chronicle regarding a recent concert.

            “I’ve raved before about Michael Fabiano,” wrote critic Anne Midgette of The Washington Post earlier this month, “but I don’t know that I’ve ever heard him sing with the clarity and power he brought to the role of Jean (John the Baptist) on Sunday, his sound heroic and translucent, with no evident strain, culminating in a show-stopping performance of his aria.”

            The Titus Recital will include works by composers Franz Liszt, Henri Duparc, Giacomo Puccini, and Amy Beach, and is a wonderful opportunity to experience this acclaimed 32-year-old star, up close.

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            Through the generosity of the Titus Family, ticket prices are $15 or $25. Seating is reserved and tickets will be held at Will Call.  $10 Student Tickets are also available with a current Student I.D.  Tickets may be purchased through The Dallas Opera Ticket Services Office (214.443.1000) or online, 24/7, at www.dallasopera.org/recital/.

 

            “We are thrilled with the caliber of artists that the opera has brought to Dallas for this concert series. Michael Fabiano proves to be another outstanding choice and we are eagerly anticipating this upcoming event. The Dallas Opera continues to uphold its commitment to bring the greatest singers of our time to North Texas audiences—we are so excited to be a part of it!” said Dallas Opera Board Member Sarah Titus.


MICHAEL FABIANO:
BIOGRAPHY

Of Michael Fabiano’s debut as Lensky in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin at the Royal Opera House, The Sunday Times in London wrote: “I can’t think of a Lensky at Covent Garden who has held the audience so spellbound in 40 years of Onegin-going… a glorious debut.” In the 2016/17 season, Mr. Fabiano made his debuts with the Royal Danish Opera in the Verdi Requiem, and at Houston Grand Opera in the title role of Gounod’s Faust. Fabiano returned to the San Francisco Symphony for a program of Italian masterworks, and sang the role of Jean in Massenet’s rarely performed Hérodiade with Washington Concert Opera. Mr. Fabiano returns to the Metropolitan Opera for performances as Rodolfo in La bohème and Alfredo in La traviata, will be the guest soloist for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Grand Finals Concert, and perform in the Met’s 50th Anniversary Gala at Lincoln Center. In addition, he sings his first Don José in Carmen at Festival Aix-en-Provence, and will perform a recital tour which will take him to seven cities in North America, including The Dallas Opera.

Last season, he added four new roles to his repertoire: Rodolfo in Luisa Miller, which he performed to open the San Francisco Opera season, Lensky in Eugene Onegin, which marked Mr. Fabiano’s Royal Opera debut, the title role in Don Carlo, at San Francisco Opera, and Jacopo in I due Foscari, in concert performances at the Teatro Real. He starred as Rodolfo in a new production of La bohème at the Opernhaus Zurich and performed the Duke in a new production of Rigoletto at the Opéra National de Paris – Opéra Bastille. Mr. Fabiano was also a guest artist on the Opera Gala at the Festival Napa Valley.

During the 2014/15 season, Mr. Fabiano returned to the San Francisco Opera and the Metropolitan Opera for performances as Rodolfo in La bohème, and debuted at Opera Australia in the title role in a new production of Faust; a role he also sang to great acclaim at the Opéra National de Paris – Opéra Bastille, and the Dutch National Opera. He created a sensation at the Metropolitan Opera when he performed Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, replacing an ailing colleague on seven hours’ notice and opened the Glyndebourne Festival starring in the title role of Donizetti’s rarely-performed Poliuto in the first professionally staged production in the history of the United Kingdom. Mr. Fabiano sang Rodolfo in a special concert performance of La bohème from Maschpark, Hannover, which was televised live throughout Germany over NDR.de, sang at the Richard Tucker Gala at Lincoln Center, and was featured in the Italian-Americans documentary, both of which aired on PBS. Additional performances include the Columbus Day Parade in New York City, and special Christmas Concerts with the Montreal Symphony under the direction of Kent Nagano.

Mr. Fabiano has performed at many of the world’s leading opera houses, a list that includes: the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Teatro Real, Opéra National de Paris, Dutch National Opera, La Scala, Asociacíon Bilbaina de Amigos de la Ópera, Dresden Semperoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin, English National Opera, and the Teatro San Carlo. In addition, he has graced concert stages with some of the world’s most acclaimed orchestras such as the Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, and the Vienna Symphony.

Mr. Fabiano also can be seen and heard on numerous recordings for prestigious labels including the “Prologue” to Shostakovich’s Orango with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the direction of Esa-Pekka Salonen on Deutsche Grammophon. On DVD he performs the title role of Donizetti’s Poliuto and Alfredo in La traviata, both from the Glyndebourne Festival on Opus Arte, Cassio in Otello from the Metropolitan Opera on Decca, and Gennaro in Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia from the San Francisco Opera on EuroArts and Naxos of America.

Mr. Fabiano is the recipient of Australia’s prestigious Helpmann Award in the “Best Male Performance in an Opera” category, for his portrayal of the title role in Gounod’s Faust with Opera Australia.

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Texas Instruments and the Betty and Steve Suellentrop

Educational Outreach Fund.

 

TDO Family Performances are a part of the

Perot Foundation Education and Community Outreach Programs

 

TICKET INFORMATION FOR THE 2016-2017 DALLAS OPERA SEASON

All performances are in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center unless otherwise indicated.  Single Tickets range from $19 to $275. Full Subscriptions (five opera productions) begin at $95; Flex Subscriptions (three-performances of your choice) begin 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 2016-2017 FALL SEASON INFORMATION

The Dallas Opera celebrates its Sixtieth 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 will begin one hour prior to curtain, at most performances excluding FIRST NIGHT of the season.

 

MADAME BUTTERFLY By Giacomo Puccini

March 10, 12(m), 15, 18, 24, & 26(m), 2017

The must see, heart-wrenching Italian opera!

Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa & Luigi Illica

Time: 1904

Place: Nagasaki, Japan

Conductor: Donato Renzetti

Stage Director: John Copley

Set Designer: Michael Yeargan

Costume Designer: Anita Yavich

Lighting Designer: Duane Schuler

Wig & Make-up Designer: TBD

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Starring: Hui He* (Cio-Cio-San), Gianluca Terranova* (B.F. Pinkerton), Manuela Custer (Suzuki), Lucas Meachem* (Sharpless), David Cangelosi (Goro), Reginald Smith, Jr.* (The Bonze), Will Hughes (Prince Yamadori), Mark McCrory (Imperial Commissioner), Samuel P.J. Lopez (Registrar), Angela Turner Wilson (Kate Pinkerton), Sorrow (TBD)

A classic, period production (new to Dallas) from the San Francisco Opera!

 

THE TURN OF THE SCREW By Benjamin Britten

March 17, 19(m), 22, 25, 2017

A dark and gripping tale!

Libretto by Myfanwy Piper

Time: 1950s

Place: Bly, an English country house

Conductor: Nicole Paiement

Original Production: Jonathan Kent

Stage Director: Francesca Gilpin*

Set Designer: Paul Brown

Costume Designer: Paul Brown

Lighting Designer: TBD

Wig and Make-up Designer: TBD

Starring: William Burden (Prologue/Peter Quint), Emma Bell* (Governess), Oliver Nathanielsz* (Miles), Ashley Emerson* (Flora), Dolora Zajick* (Mrs. Grose), Alexandra LoBianco* (Miss Jessel)

An acclaimed production from Glyndebourne!

 

NORMA By Vincenzo Bellini

April 21, 23(m), 26, 29, May 7(m), 2017

A thrilling and suspenseful masterpiece!

Libretto by Felice Romani

Time: 50 B.C.

Place: Roman-occupied Gaul

Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume

Stage Director: Nic Muni

Set Designer: John Conklin

Costume Designer: John Conklin

Lighting Designer: Thomas Hase

Wig & Make-up Designer: TBD

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Starring: Elza van den Heever (Norma), Marina Costa Jackson* (Adalgisa), Yonghoon Lee* (Pollione), Christian Van Horn (Oroveso), Mithra Mastropierro* (Clotilde), Charles Karanja (Flavio)

An atmospheric production from Cincinnati Opera!

 

 

* 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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Winners Announced at the 28th Annual Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition

by Suzanne Calvin

AND THE WINNERS ARE… 

Talented Young Singers Awarded

$18,500 in Cash Prizes

At the 28th Annual

“Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition”

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Mezzo-Soprano Virginie Verrez

Takes Top Prize and $10,000 Cash!

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Second Place ($5,000) Goes to Tenor Kang Wang

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Third Place ($2,500) Awarded to Baritone Sol Jin

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The “People’s Choice Award” (An Additional $1,000)

Goes to Kang Wang

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Honorees John and Linda Gage Recognized for their Dedication and Support of The Dallas Opera and The Dallas Opera Guild

DALLAS, APRIL 30, 2016 – After two days of intense competition by some of the most talented young singers in the country, the winners of the 28th Annual Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition were announced late this evening from the stage of the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center:

  • The $10,00 First Prize, presented by Dallas Opera Guild 2016 Co-Presidents Jana and Mac Irwin in memory of Bessylee Penland, went to French mezzo-soprano Virginie Verrez
  • The $5,000 Second Place Prize, presented by 2015 and 2016 Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition Chair Ketty Fitzgerald, went to Australian-Chinese tenor Kang Wang
  • The Third Place Prize of $2,500 was presented by Patsy and Bob Brooks, the Chairs-Elect for the 2017 Vocal Competition, to Korean baritone Sol Jin
  • The $1,000 “People’s Choice Award,” presented by Katherine and Michael Phillips (underwriters of the popular award) to tenor Kang Wang

A total of 336 applicants from 39 states applied to compete in this year’s competition, from which 20 semi-finalists were chosen.  These singers competed yesterday, Friday, April 29 for the coveted position of finalist.  That group consisted of Polish bass Daniel Miroslaw, soprano Alexandra Loutsion and bass Adam Lau, in addition to Mr. Jin, Mr. Wang, and Ms. Verrez.

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L-R: Virginie Verrez, Alexandra Loutsion, Sol Jin, Kang Wang, Adam Lau, Daniel Miroslaw (Photo by: Karen Almond)

 

“What stood out to me from the beginning of this competition,” explained Kern Wildenthal Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny (a member of the judges panel), “was the extraordinarily high level of candidates we attracted this year, and the phenomenal singing and acting talent each of these young men and women brought to the Winspear Stage.  These are polished performers with great futures in their chosen field.”

The six finalists performed earlier this evening in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center with The Dallas Opera Orchestra under the baton of acclaimed Dallas Opera Music Director Emmanuel Villaume.

 As Co-Presidents of the Dallas Opera Guild, Jana and I count it such a privilege to participate in this nationally significant competition and are ecstatic for today’s winners,” said Dallas Opera Guild Co-President Mac Irwin. “We congratulate all of those who took part in this highly competitive event.  The talent exhibited this weekend was truly remarkable. Our hope is that the prize money, accolades and awards will greatly assist these young, dedicated singers as they continue to strive for successful careers as performers.”

 Third Place winner Sol Jin was recently selected by Opera News as one of the magazine’s “25 Rising Stars.”  He made his opera debut two years ago with Long Island Opera Company, singing the role of Germont in their production of La traviata.  He has a degree from Yonsei University and earned his Master’s from The Manhattan School of Music.  He is a 2016 winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and will join Houston Grand Opera as a Studio Artist next season.

In the Finals Round, Mr. Jin performed “Avant de quitter ces lieux” from Gounod’s Faust, followed by “Sacra la scelta” from Verdi’s Luisa Miller.

Second Place winner (and winner of the 2016 “People’s Choice Award”) Kang Wang is in his first year of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.  Previously, he was a member of the opera studio at Theater Basel in Switzerland and performed at the International Vocal Arts Institute in Virginia; the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England; and the Queensland Conservatorium at Griffith University in Australia where he earned a Master of Music Studies in Opera.

In tonight’s Finals Round, Mr. Wang charmed the audience with renditions of “Fra poco a me ricovero” from Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor and “Che gelida manina” from Puccini’s La bohème.

First Place winner Virginie Verrez, a member of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, made her Metropolitan Opera stage debut as the Madrigalist in a new production of Manon Lescaut and will return to the Met as Stéphano in a new production of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette under the baton of Maestro Emmanuel Villaume.  Last season, Ms. Verrez portrayed Clytemnestre in the Met/Juilliard production of Gluck’s Iphigenie en Aulide, as well as Cherubino in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro; she was also a 2015 prize winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.  In 2014, Virginie Verrez sang Lola in Cavalleria rusticana with Avignon Opera and Mercédès in Bizet’s Carmen for Wolf Trap Opera.

During yesterday’s Semi-Finals, accompanied by pianist Adam Nielsen, Ms. Verrez performed “Deh, per questo istante solo” from Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito and “Dieux puissants…Jupiter lance la foudre” (a selection repeated during tonight’s Finals Round with The Dallas Opera Orchestra) from Gluck’s Iphigénie en Aulide.  She also thrilled the Winspear Opera House audience this evening with her rendition of Handel’s “Stà nell’Ircana pietrosa tana” from Alcina.

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THE 2016 FINALISTS FOR THE DALLAS OPERA GUILD VOCAL COMPETITION

Sol Jin, baritone, 29, winner, Licia Albanese, Gerda Lissner, Merola, HGO Studio

Adam Lau, bass, age 31, winner of George London Competition, Merola Opera Program

Alexandra Loutsion, soprano, age 32, AZ Opera, Wolf Trap, Central City, Pittsburgh Opera

Daniel Miroslaw, bass, age 29, Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts at The Juilliard School

Virginie Verrez, mezzo-soprano, 26, winner, Met Opera Nat. Council Auditions

Kang Wang, tenor, age 27, Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Program

The event also featured special guest, Show Boat’s Alyson Cambridge (Julie La Verne) as Mistress of Ceremonies. Later, she dazzled patrons at the Post-Competition Celebration by performing selections from her recording Until Now, a new release of jazz and crossover hits.

Judges for the 2016 Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition:

Brian Zeger, Chair
Executive Director for the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program of the Metropolitan Opera and Artistic Director of Juilliard’s Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts

Keith Cerny
Kern Wildenthal General Director and CEO of The Dallas Opera

Emmanuel Villaume
Mrs. Eugene McDermott Music Director, The Dallas Opera

Ian Derrer
Artistic Administrator, The Dallas Opera

Alain Lanceron
President, Warner Classics

Aidan Lang
General Director, Seattle Opera 

David Lomeli
Assistant Artistic Administrator and Special Projects, The Dallas Opera

Lenore Rosenberg
Associate Artistic Administrator, The Metropolitan Opera

Diane Zola
Director of Artistic Administration, Houston Grand Opera

The “People’s Choice” award was determined by the audience, a category now in its seventeenth consecutive year that allows for participation by attendees who vote for their favorite singer.

CONTRIBUTORS TO THE 2016 COMPETITION INCLUDE:

KATHERINE AND MICHAEL PHILLIPS

ENIKA AND RICHARD SCHULZE

KEITH AND JENNIFER CERNY

PATTI AND JOHN CODY

KETTY FITZGERALD

AND MRS. R.V. REGE

ROBERT AND MARTHA ALLDAY

BILL AND ELAINE BLAYLOCK

PATRICIA C. AND ROBERT J. BROOKS

SUSAN G. FLEMING, Ph.D.

SUSAN AND MARK GEYER

ROBERT S. HENDLER AND MS. KATHLEEN MULDOON

JOLIE AND BART HUMPHREY

JANA AND MAC IRWIN

ELIZABETH AND JEFF ISROFF

KYLE F. KERR

MARIGNY LANIER AND ROBERT MARIS

 

UNDERWRITERS OF THE 2016 COMPETITION INCLUDE:

AT&T PERFORMING ARTS CENTER & STAFF

SHARON BIRD STUPP

MCALISTER’S DELI

TOM MCGURREN PHOTOGRAPHY

KATHERINE & MICHAEL PHILLIPS

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For additional information about the 28th Annual Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition or any upcoming Dallas Opera Guild programs and special events, please contact The Dallas Opera Guild at 214-443-1040.

 

For interviews or high-resolution, digital photographs suitable for print

Please contact Suzanne Calvin, Director of Media and Public Relations

214.443.1014 or suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org

Or Celeste Hart, Communications Manager

214-443-1071 or celeste.hart@dallasopera.org

 

Ticket Information for the 2015-2016 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.  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.

SMU’s Barbara Hill-Moore leads a public conversation about “Race, the Arts and Performance” this Saturday

by Suzanne Calvin

Ensemble-SmallerSMU Meadows School of the Arts, in partnership with ignite/artsdallas, is presenting an important conversation tomorrow (Saturday, April 30th) regarding “Race, the Arts and Performance,” moderated by Professor Barbara Hill-Moore. Guests will include several of the stars of The Dallas Opera’s current production of SHOW BOAT, Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny, and a representative of Dallas Black Dance Theatre. This very special event is free and begins at 12:30 p.m. in Choral Hall, Room 1180 at the Meadows School on the SMU campus.

For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/347499395373741/

The Dallas Opera Gives Back with 12 Days of Kindness!

by Celeste Hart

“12 DAYS OF KINDNESS CAMPAIGN”

TDO’S NEW AMERICAN OPERA BECOMING SANTA CLAUS

INSPIRES INITIATIVE TO BENEFIT LOCAL NON-PROFITS

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EFFORTS PROMOTED ON SOCIAL MEDIA SITES TO ENCOURAGE FOLLOWER PARTICIPATION

DALLAS, NOVEMBER 16, 2015 -- The Dallas Opera is taking inspiration from the message in its world premiere of the holiday opera BECOMING SANTA CLAUS and partnering with area non-profits in a “12 DAYS OF KINDNESS CAMPAIGN” promoted through its social media outlets. The company has identified several non-profit organizations for which it will encourage support through creating exposure, coordinating donations, and other special activities in the spirit of giving back. The campaign will begin on November 21, 2015 with efforts occurring through December 4, 2015. The applicable social media outlets are The Dallas Opera’s facebook, Twitter and Instagram sites.

BECOMING SANTA CLAUS is an original new work by American composer Mark Adamo (Little Women), brimming with the true spirit of the holidays! It’s the third production of the “Seeking the Human Element” Season, opening on Friday, December 4, 2015 at
7:30 p.m. in the Winspear Opera House, with additional performances December 6, 9, and 12, 2015. 
BECOMING SANTA CLAUS promises to be a visually spectacular, musically unforgettable world premiere that tells the tale of a young spoiled Prince who learns the lesson of the most treasured gift of all.

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The first day will benefit the North Texas Food Bank for which The Dallas Opera staff is asking readers to bring three canned items or one jar of peanut butter to the Family Performance at the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House on Saturday, November 21, 2015. A free ticket will be provided for the donation to that day’s production of Rossini and Company at 2:00 p.m. Donations will also be accepted at the Winspear Opera House lobby on November 21, 22 and 23, 2015. The North Texas Food Bank provides access to 170,000 meals for hungry children, seniors and families through a network of more than 1,000 programs and 262 partner agencies. For more information please visit www.ntfb.org.

The second day, November 23, The Dallas Opera Guild and staff will be baking cookies for the SoupMobile for distribution to the homeless. The organization is a faith-based non-profit that serves the homeless by providing more than 20,000 sandwiches and 30,000 cookies every month, and shelter for those in need. For more information please visit www.soupmobile.org.

The third day, November 24, will benefit the Children’s Heath and Children’s Medical Center, Plano and Dallas campuses. The Dallas Opera has created a unique coloring book with a BECOMING SANTA CLAUS theme. Children at the hospitals will be given a free Becoming Santa Claus Coloring Book and crayons with the hope that spirits will be brightened as they enjoy their gift. The coloring book was designed by students from six different area high schools and printed by The Dallas Opera to be donated to the children. The coloring book was made possible by The Moody Foundation, with additional support from Q Roberts Trucking and Childrens Medical Center Foundation.

The fourth day, November 25 is a drive for the SPCA of Texas for which The Dallas Opera will collect dog and cat treats and toys for the organization. A box will be set up in the Winspear Opera House lobby where donations may be dropped off. The mission of the SPCA of Texas is to provide every animal exceptional care and a loving home. For more information please visit www.spca.org.

The fifth day, November 26, Thanksgiving Day, is a day The Dallas Opera is accepting tags for its social media sites for followers to post for what they are thankful. It will be a wonderful opportunity to express thanks for the many blessings our participants would like to share with the hopes of creating an inspiring day of gratefulness. The Dallas Opera’s facebook, twitter and Instagram sites will be dedicated to this initiative.

The sixth day, November 27, is a drive benefiting the Genesis Women’s Shelter led by The Women’s Board of The Dallas Opera. A collection box will be located in the Winspear Opera House lobby for donations of toiletries, new socks and undergarments for boys, girls and women. Genesis Women’s Shelter is committed to preventing violence by raising the level of community awareness regarding the pervasiveness and effects of domestic violence. For more information please visit www.genesisshelter.org.

 The seventh day, November 28 is a designated Hug Drive Day. The Dallas Opera will encourage readers to give someone or a favorite furry friend a hug as an act of kindness. Participants can photograph their special hug and tag us on their post.

 The eighth day, November 30, is a “Shop for Dallas Animal Services and Adoption Center” day. Commonly known as “Cyber Monday”, our Day of Kindness encourages donors to shop online through Dallas Animal Services Amazon Wish List. To participate please visit
www.amazon.com/gp/registry/giftlist/1X05HA4VYRQT7/ref=topnav_lists_2. Dallas Animal Services and Adoption Center encourages responsible pet ownership through adoption, spay/neuter, public education and outreach, and ordinance enforcement. For more information please visit www.dallasanimalservices.org.

 The ninth day, December 1, is a coat and new sock drive for Crossroads Community Services whereby donors may bring the garments to a collection box in the Winspear Opera House lobby. Donations will be accepted December 1-6, 2015. Crossroads Community Services physically and economically nurtures our community’s low-income families by providing tangible support through nutritious food, clothing and supportive education.

The tenth day, December 2, The Dallas Opera staff will visit C. C. Young Senior Living • Senior Care to spread some cheer by singing holiday carols to residents. Our social media followers are encouraged to partake in a volunteer activity in which they believe.

The Dallas Opera will post photos of the caroling on its sites. C.C. Young is dedicated to helping seniors enjoy an active, fulfilling lifestyle and providing personalized care and support.  

The eleventh day, December 3, The Dallas Opera staff will strive to help the environment by having a trash and recycle pick-up day at White Rock Lake coordinated through the organization For the Love of the Lake. Staff and interested patrons will meet at the Pavilion at Flagpole Hill, then divide into groups to clean up five key areas around the lake. Followers are invited to join the activity by meeting at 3:00 p.m. For the Love of the Lake (FTLOTL) is dedicated to the enhancement and preservation of White Rock Lake Park as an urban oasis. FTLOTL accomplishes this through spruce-up activities, tree planting events, and raising money for an “all-inclusive” playground. For the Love of the Lake needs your help to make this dream come true. The world has Mother Nature, children need you. For more information please visit www.WhiteRockLake.org.

The twelfth day, December 4, begins a Toys for Tots drive. The Dallas Opera will collect toys in the Winspear Opera House lobby December 4-12, 2015. The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community. Patrons who have purchased tickets to Becoming Santa Claus and donate a toy for the drive will receive a free cup of hot chocolate donated by Wolfgang Puck Catering, while supplies last. For more information please visit www.dfwtoysfortots.org.

The Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House is located at 2403 Flora Street, Dallas, in the Arts District.

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FOR HIGH-RESOLUTION PHOTOGRAPHS

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Or Celeste Hart, Communications Manager at celeste.hart@dallasopera.org

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TEXAS INSTRUMENTS, 2015-2016 SEASON SPONSOR FOR THE DALLAS OPERA’S “SEEKING THE HUMAN ELEMENT” SEASON

 

Ticket Information for the 2015-2016 Dallas Opera Season

All performances are in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center unless otherwise indicated.  Single Tickets range from $19 to $275.  Full Subscriptions start at $99, Flex Subscriptions (three-performances of your choice) begin 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.

AUDITION NOTICE! Looking for a Few Good Men and Mezzos!

by Celeste Hart

THE DALLAS OPERA IS  STILL LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD MEN 
And MEZZO-SOPRANOS TO SERVE AS MEMBERS OF TDO’S AUXILIARY CHORUS 
FOR 2015-16

DALLAS, TX, August 12, 2015 – The Dallas Opera is pleased to invite talented local singing artists to audition for the company’s Auxiliary Chorus for the 2015-2016 Season.  This a wonderful opportunity to perform onstage in a paid, professional ensemble before a live audience in the magnificent Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center!

Singers are needed for both a mainstage production as well as a unique concert stage opportunity:

SHOW BOAT

Open auditions for African-American singers in all voice categories—especially mezzo-sopranos and tenors—who seek positions in the company’s choral ensemble for the 2015-2016 season production of SHOW BOAT, with music by Jerome Kern and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. TDO is presenting the Francesca Zambello production of SHOW BOAT, conducted by Dallas Opera Music Director Emmanuel Villaume with Alexander Rom, chorus master.

There are six performances of SHOW BOAT scheduled for April 15, 17, 20, 23, 29 & May 1, 2016. Music and staging rehearsals for the African-American choral ensemble will immediately precede the performance period and will begin in January 2016.

SYMPHONY NO. 13 in B flat minor, “BABI YAR” by Dmitri Shostakovich

Open auditions for baritones and basses seeking chorus positions in The Dallas Opera/AT&T Performing Arts Center presentation of SYMPHONY NO. 13 by Dmitri Shostakovich (sung in Russian) to be presented in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center on Sunday, April 24, 2016. Rehearsals will begin in January 2016. This one-time Classical Criterion Series performance will feature The Dallas Opera Orchestra conducted by Music Director Emmanuel Villaume with Alexander Rom, chorus master.

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HOW TO AUDITION:

Please contact chorusauditions@dallasopera.org, or call 214-443-1087 to request an audition time on one of the following dates:

Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 2:00-5:00 PM.

Location: Auditions will be held at the Karayanis Rehearsal Production Center in The Orchestra Room. Please arrive at least 15-20 minutes prior to your scheduled time. Warm-up rooms will be available to use on a first come, first served basis.

Karayanis Rehearsal Production Center

4301 South Fitzhugh Avenue

Dallas, TX 75210

Audition Requirements for new or Auxiliary Choristers:

Applicants must have two memorized selections to offer, including one aria or art song in English and one in another language, preferably Italian, French, German, or Russian. You may also be asked to sight-read or perform a rhythm exercise. An accompanist will be provided, but will not be available to rehearse with you prior to your audition. Applicants must provide legible hard copies of their selections in the correct key for the pianist. Applicants are required to prove that they have legal permission to work in the United States of America.

Rehearsals:

Rehearsals begin in August 2015 and continue through the end of The Dallas Opera season in the spring. There are occasional weekend-day rehearsals and matinee performances; however, rehearsals are generally conducted in the evening.

TDO is a signatory to a collective bargaining agreement with the American Guild of Musical Artists.

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FIRST SIGHT FASHION SHOW – STUNNING STYLES IN STORE!

by Celeste Hart

FIRST SIGHT FASHION SHOW AND LUNCHEON 

SEASON KICK-OFF EVENT!
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NORTHPARK CENTER
PRESENTING SPONSOR
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MULBERRY BOUTIQUE FASHION SHOW
DELICIOUS GOURMET LUNCHEON
OPERA-INSPIRED FASHION SHOW

PHOTO ID: 2014 OPERA-INSPIRED GOWN BY MICHAEL FAIRCLOTH; PHOTO BY KRISTINA BOWMAN

          DALLAS, JUNE 17, 2015 –There will almost be as much couture candy to see in the audience as there will be on the runway as Dallas fashionistas gather at FIRST SIGHT FASHION SHOW AND LUNCHEON, The Dallas Opera’s fantastic 2015-2016 Season kick-off event! The C. Vincent Prothro Lobby in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House will be transformed into a fashion venue complete with runway and Dallas’ most glamorous models donning designs. Featured will be the latest from British luxury brand Mulberry, for which a boutique opened this year at NorthPark Center. The extravagant event is chaired by Ellen and Don Winspear with Honorary chairs Mrs. Micki Rawlings and The Honorable Michael S. Rawlings; Mrs. Rawlings is also the luncheon chair.         

          Gown by Michael Faircloth (SM)(532x800)FIRST SIGHT FASHION SHOW AND LUNCHEON will be held on Thursday, October 29, 2015, 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. RSC Productions will coordinate the fashion show which will  feature approximately 50 gorgeous garments, and Wolfgang Puck, known for its delectable culinary offerings, will cater the occasion. Tables start at $10,000 and individual tickets are $250.00. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit: http://dallasopera.org/support/special-events/first-night/

          British luxury brand Mulberry was founded in 1971 in Somerset, England. Globally recognized for its signature natural leathers and English design influences, Mulberry has Design Headquarters in London, and two flagship factories in Somerset, close to the ancient city of Bath. More than half of Mulberry’s leather bags are made in England, brought to life by the skilled hands of 600 local craftsmen and craftswomen working in The Rookery and The Willows. Inspired by the cool of the city and the craft of the English countryside, Mulberry’s iconic bags are created from the finest leathers, made to be beautifully functional and enduringly stylish. The Mulberry Dallas boutique is located at NorthPark Center.                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
          “NorthPark Center is thrilled to once again be the official shopping center sponsor of the First Sight Fashion Show and Luncheon, which celebrates the artistry of fashion design in reflection with the incomparable Dallas Opera and its exciting performance line up,” said Director of Marketing and Public Relations of NorthPark Center, Victoria Snee.

         Five custom pieces—each a representation of an opera produced this season and created by five internationally renowned Dallas-based designers—will also be shown, in what has become a tradition at FIRST SIGHT.  Rhonda Sargent Chambers of RSC Show Productions selected style-makers known for their innovative approach to fashion. The designers selected are: Geoffrey Henning (Great Scott); Khanh Nguyen for Nha Khan (Tosca); Edo Popken (Becoming Santa Claus); Elizabeth Anyaa (Manon); Michael Faircloth (Show Boat). Each will draw inspiration from the opera for which they were selected, from The Dallas Opera’s incredible 2015-2016 Season, to craft a custom piece, donating their time and materials for FIRST SIGHT.

          “The magnificence of FIRST SIGHT Fashion Show and the opening FIRST NIGHT Gala…I am as enamored and awestruck by the brilliance of The Dallas Opera organization! With elegance and style, this is the event of the year! And I am so honored to partner with them again for a memorable fashion show with Mulberry,” exclaimed Ms. Chambers.

            Geoffrey Henning, who is Canadian by birth and has lived and been educated around the world, now calls Dallas “home”. Mr. Henning is currently the Division Vice President of Women’s Design and Fashion for JCPenney. He is an accomplished fashion designer and offers a custom line for private clients. He is also a renowned fashion illustrator whose work has been published in Toronto life Fashion, Domino, Flare, Italian Vogue, British ELLE and many other international fashion magazines. He is on the Board of Governors of Parsons School of Design and holds dearly this connection to guide and inspire design students. His affiliation as a patron to many fashion organizations including DIFFA, Texas Next Top Designer and Fashion Incubator, allows him to give back to both the industry and its patrons. He has received the following awards: DIFFA Lifetime Achievement Award, DIFFA Legend, D Magazine “People to Know” and Modern Luxury “Man of Style”.

          Khanh Nguyen, Fashion Designer, is the award-winning Creative Director and Designer of her own label, Nha Khanh, consisting of designs that focus on modern glamour, inspired by art, architecture, and most importantly, nature. The designs are ethereal, meticulously constructed, and host an ease about them that allows for an effortless sensibility. The company offers seasonal “advanced contemporary” ready-to-wear, a custom Atelier collection, which hosts one-of-a-kind and custom pieces, as well as a bridal line. The Nha Khanh mission is to empower a woman with inner-strength through her clothing with a focus on “elegance with a modern edge.”                      

           Edo Popken is a Swiss International Designer known for his limited-edition dress shirts, colorful fashion approach, love for detail and eco-friendly and ethically correct craftsmanship. Edo Popken started his catalog and online store in 2009 in order to cover the increasing demand from the United States and its international clientele spread all over the world. Today he is heavily investing in the research and launch of his first brick & mortar store in the United States in Dallas. His Dallas Flagship store is also the U.S. headquarters of Edo Popken Switzerland, LLC and includes housing the Operations and Fulfillment for his remote shopping channels. 

          Textile and Fashion Artist Elizabeth Anyaa creates timeless, ethereal, sensual, contemporary textiles that are exquisitely organic, and spectacular to observe. Her textiles are used to create ‘wearable art’ treasures for the individual, wall hangings, household furnishings and sculptures for public areas, the home, and work space. Her three-dimensional textiles have an ease and dramatic visual impact. Each piece is unique and involves artistry and skills in formation, draping and coloration. According to Ms. Anyaa, these are pieces to admire, treasure and pass on.

          Over the past three decades, Michael Faircloth has become a leader in the arts and fashion communities in Dallas. He has donated his time and couture designs to benefit numerous charities in Texas, including The Dallas Opera’s FIRST SIGHT. He received national attention in 2001 for his design of Laura Bush’s red Inaugural gown, which is now a permanent installation in The Smithsonian Museum. The same year, he received the Dallas Fashion Award from the Fashion Group International, at the Dallas Market Center. Mr. Faircloth received the Distinguished Alumni Award from The University of North Texas in 2003 for career achievements, and his numerous contributions to the school and design programs. Starting in 2013, he established an in-house mentoring program, which promotes and encourages young aspiring fashion designers to build and maintain their own businesses.

          Jeffrey Horn, Event Architect/CEO of Triad Event Solutions, will design FIRST SIGHT together with Larry Leathers.

          “This FIRST NIGHT World Premiere is a perfect celebration of all that is autumn in Texas! Roll out the green turf, Homecoming Mums, and strike up the band for a FIRST NIGHT like no other!” Mr. Horn remarked enthusiastically.

Mr. Leathers who is also enjoying collaborating on the event noted, “The Dallas Opera is the jewel in the crown of our international city. What an honor to participate again in the design for the celebration of another exciting season of this cherished Dallas institution. Mark your calendar now. This is not to be missed.”  

          The Winspear Opera house is located at 2403 Flora Street, Dallas, TX, 75201.

          For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit:

http://dallasopera.org/support/special-events/first-night/.

 

QUICK FACTS

FIRST SIGHT Fashion Show and Luncheon

NorthPark Center Presenting Sponsor

Thursday, October 29, 2015; 11:00 am to 1:30 pm

Chairs -- Ellen and Don Winspear

Honorary Chairs -- Mrs. Micki Rawlings and The Honorable Michael S. Rawlings

Fashion Show Producer and Chair – Rhonda Sargent Chambers

Luncheon Chair – Mrs. Micki Rawlings

Event Architect – Jeffrey Horn

Event Designer – Larry Leathers

Winspear Opera House Lobby

Cost: Tables start at $10,000. Individual tickets for $250.00

Featuring: Fashion Show by Mulberry Boutique at NorthPark Center; Unveiling of Opera-Inspired Designs

All proceeds benefit the Dallas Opera

 

FIRST NIGHT – Presenting Sponsor Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management 

Pre-Performance Dinner

Friday, October 30, 2015; 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Chairs -- Ellen and Don Winspear

Honorary Chairs -- Mrs. Micki Rawlings and The Honorable Michael S. Rawlings

Dinner Chairs Anne and Steven Stodghill

Sammons Park in front of the Winspear Opera House – Tent

Cost: Tables starting at $25,000. Individual tickets for $1,000.00 (All Dinner tickets include After Party ticket)

(Opening night Opera performance tickets sold separately)

Featuring: Three-course gourmet dinner and “red carpet” arrival (Dessert at the After Party)

Black Tie

All proceeds benefit The Dallas Opera

 

After Party

Friday, October 30, 2015; 11:00 pm to 1:30 am

Chairs -- Ellen and Don Winspear

Honorary Chairs -- Mrs. Micki Rawlings and The Honorable Michael S. Rawlings

Sammons Park in front of the Winspear Opera House -- Tent

Featuring: DJ Lucy Wrubel, Wolfgang Puck Sweet & Savory, Open Bar

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS, 2015-2016 SEASON SPONSOR FOR THE DALLAS OPERA’S “SEEKING THE HUMAN ELEMENT” SEASON

Ticket Information for the 2015-2016 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 will be available July 15.  Full and Flex Subscriptions are on sale now starting at $75.  Family performance tickets (available June 1) 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 2015-2016 FALL SEASON INFORMATION

The Dallas Opera celebrates its Fifty-Ninth 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 will begin one hour prior to curtain, at most performances excluding FIRST NIGHT of the season.

 

GREAT SCOTT by Jake Heggie

October 30, November 1(m), 4, 7 & 15(m), 2015

A Thrilling Dallas Opera World Premiere!

Libretto by Terrence McNally*

Time: Present Day

Place: A Major American City

Conductor: Patrick Summers

Stage Director: Jack O’Brien*

Production Design: Bob Crowley

Costume Design: Bob Crowley

Lighting Design: Brian MacDevitt*

Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Starring: Joyce DiDonato* (Arden Scott), Ailyn Pérez (Tatyana Bakst), Frederica von Stade (Mrs. Edward “Winnie” Flato), Nathan Gunn (Sid Taylor), Anthony Roth Costanzo* (Roane Heckle), Kevin Burdette (Eric Gold), Michael Mayes* (Wendell Swan).

A Brand-New Dallas Opera Production!

 

TOSCA by Giacomo Puccini

November 6, 8(m), 11, 14, 20 & 22(m), 2015

A passionate and timeless masterpiece in a beloved period production

An opera in three acts first performed in Rome, Italy on January 14, 1900

Text by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa after Victorien Sardou’s 1887 French-language play, La Tosca

Time: Early 19th century

Place: Locations in and around the City of Rome

Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume

Stage Director: Ellen Douglas Schlaefer*

Production Design: Ulisse Santicchi

Lighting Design: Marie Barrett

Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Children’s Chorus Master: TBA

Starring: Emily Magee (Floria Tosca), Giancarlo Monsalve* (Mario Cavaradossi), Raymond Aceto (Baron Scarpia), William Ferguson (Spoletta), Dale Travis* (A Sacristan) and Ryan Kuster (Angelotti).

One of The Dallas Opera’s Most Popular!

 

BECOMING SANTA CLAUS by Mark Adamo

December 4, 6(m), 9 & 12, 2015

An Eagerly Awaited Dallas Opera World Premiere!

Libretto by the composer, Mark Adamo.

Time: Where time divides into “before” and “after”

Place: An Elven kingdom in the far, far north

Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume

Stage Director: Paul Curran

Production Design: Gary McCann*

Video Design: Elaine J. McCarthy

Lighting Design: Paul Hackenmueller*

Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Starring: Jennifer Rivera* (Queen Sophine), Juan José de León (Prince Claus), Matt Boehler* (Donkey)

Another New Dallas Opera Production

 

* 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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FIRST SIGHT/FIRST NIGHT CO-CHAIRS ANNOUNCED!

by Celeste Hart

The Dallas Opera is Proud to Announce

THE APPOINTMENT OF CO-CHAIRS ELLEN AND DON WINSPEAR

 FOR FIRST SIGHT/FIRST NIGHT

EXCITING KICK-OFF EVENTS FOR TDO’S 2015-2016 SEASON!

“Seeking the Human Element”

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DALLAS, JUNE 2, 2015 – The Dallas Opera is thrilled to announce the Co-Chairs for the eagerly anticipated 2015-2016 FIRST SIGHT/FIRST NIGHT events: Ellen and Don Winspear; Honorary Co-Chairs are Mrs. Micki Rawlings and The Honorable Michael S. Rawlings.

The Dallas Opera’s 2015-2016 Season “Seeking the Human Element” kicks off on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. with the exhilarating FIRST SIGHT Fashion Show and Luncheon, NorthPark Center presenting sponsor. This fantastic event features five custom styles inspired by the season’s operas, created by internationally renowned designers from Dallas, as well as fashions by British designer Mulberry.

Don and Ellen Winspear 1  web(321x400)

The excitement continues with the elegant events of FIRST NIGHT, presenting sponsor Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management. The Pre-Performance Dinner will be held on Friday, October 30, 2015 in Sammons Park in front of the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center.  Patrons will enjoy celebrity treatment with a red-carpet arrival that begins at 5:30 p.m. which also features models showing the opera-inspired designs revealed at FIRST SIGHT. 

A delectable, three-course gourmet dinner prepared by Wolfgang Puck Catering begins at 6:00 p.m. in a lovely, adorned party
tent on the lawn. It precedes the much awaited Linda and Mitch Hart Season Opening Night Performance of the world premiere of Great Scott by Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally at 8:00 p.m. (note the unusual curtain time). The fun and festivities continue at the FIRST NIGHT After Party immediately following the performance, with popular DJ Lucy Wrubel rockin’ the tunes to get patrons groovin’ on the dance floor.

“We are thrilled to Co-Chair FIRST SIGHT and FIRST NIGHT and to represent such a stellar organization. The Dallas Opera continues to bring exceptional arts and entertainment to North Texas and the world premiere of Great Scott is a perfect production to kick-off a spectacular season! We invite everyone to take part in these fantastic events and share in the magnificence that this company brings to our community and the world stage!” said Mrs. Winspear.

“Ellen and I invite everyone to our season opening, regardless of whether you are a first-time or long-time lover of opera! This company is creating magic, not just with its phenomenal opera productions, but with its outreach efforts like the simulcasts, family and education programs that reach thousands. Come join in all the festivities and experience the excitement while supporting this great arts organization!” added Mr. Winspear.

“We couldn’t be more delighted to have Ellen and Don Winspear at the helm of FIRST SIGHT/FIRST NIGHT!” said Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny. “Their passion for our organization and willingness to share their extraordinary talents will ensure an outstanding opening for our bold upcoming season! The generosity of the Winspear family has contributed greatly to The Dallas Opera’s ongoing growth and viability and we are truly grateful for their leadership!”

 

Ellen Winspear is a native of Dallas who graduated from the Hockaday School.  Following her undergraduate degree at Texas Christian University, she completed her graduate education at Southern Methodist University as a Certified Academic Language Therapist. She has many interests ranging from the arts and animals to education. She either has served or currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Dallas Opera, the Dallas Zoo, the Annette Simmons School of Education at SMU and the Dallas Film Society. She has been married to Don for nearly 35 years and they have two sons. Their older son serves in the United States Army at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, where he lives with his wife.  The younger graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy and is a maritime engineer in Lafayette, Louisiana.

 

Donald Winspear is president of Crescent Research, Inc., a full service market research company headquartered in Dallas, Texas.  Crescent conducts strategic marketing research for a variety of different companies across multiple industry sectors, including many Fortune 100 companies. He is currently on the Board of The Dallas Opera having previously served as Chairman of the Board of Directors.  He also serves on TDO’s Executive Committee and Finance Committee.  Mr. Winspear has also served as a committee member on the Board of Directors of The Dallas Opera Foundation.  He has served on the Board of Directors for the AT&T Performing Arts Center and currently serves on both the Executive Committee and Programming Committee.  Mr. Winspear has lectured at both the undergraduate and graduate levels at area universities on the topics of marketing research and entrepreneurialism.

In addition to his role at Crescent Research, he is active with the Boy Scouts of America and a former Scoutmaster of Troop 577.  Mr. Winspear has also held a number of leadership roles with his church, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Dallas, including the Board of Directors of the church foundation.  

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The Winspear Opera house is located at 2403 Flora Street, Dallas, TX, 75201.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit:

http://dallasopera.org/support/special-events/first-night/.

 

QUICK FACTS

FIRST SIGHT Fashion Show and Luncheon

NorthPark Center Presenting Sponsor

Thursday, October 29, 2015; 11:00 am to 1:30 pm

Co-Chairs -- Ellen and Don Winspear

Honorary Chairs -- Mrs. Micki Rawlings and The Honorable Michael S. Rawlings

Fashion Show Producer and Chair – Rhonda Sargent Chambers

Luncheon Chair – Mrs. Micki Rawlings

Event Architect – Jeffrey Horn

Event Designer – Larry Leathers

Winspear Opera House Lobby

Cost: Tables start at $10,000. Individual tickets for $250.00

Featuring: Fashion Show by Mulberry Boutique at NorthPark Center; Unveiling of Opera-Inspired Designs

All proceeds benefit the Dallas Opera

 

FIRST NIGHT – Presenting Sponsor Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management

Pre-Performance Dinner

Friday, October 30, 2015; 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Co-Chairs -- Ellen and Don Winspear

Honorary Chairs -- Mrs. Micki Rawlings and The Honorable Michael S. Rawlings

Dinner Chairs Anne and Steven Stodghill

Sammons Park in front of the Winspear Opera House – Tent

Cost: Tables starting at $25,000. Individual tickets for $1,000.00 (All Dinner tickets include After Party ticket)

(Opening night Opera performance tickets sold separately)

Featuring: Three-course gourmet dinner and “red carpet” arrival (Dessert at the After Party)

Black Tie

All proceeds benefit The Dallas Opera

 

After Party

Friday, October 30, 2015; 11:00 pm to 1:30 am

Co-Chairs -- Ellen and Don Winspear

Honorary Chairs -- Mrs. Micki Rawlings and The Honorable Michael S. Rawlings

Sammons Park in front of the Winspear Opera House -- Tent

Featuring: DJ Lucy Wrubel, Wolfgang Puck Sweet & Savory, Open Bar

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TEXAS INSTRUMENTS, 2015-2016 SEASON SPONSOR FOR THE DALLAS OPERA’S “SEEKING THE HUMAN ELEMENT” SEASON 

Ticket Information for the 2015-2016 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 will be available July 15.  Full and Flex Subscriptions are on sale now starting at $75.  Family performance tickets (available June 1) 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 2015-2016 FALL SEASON INFORMATION

The Dallas Opera celebrates its Fifty-Ninth 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 will begin one hour prior to curtain, at most performances excluding FIRST NIGHT of the season.

 

GREAT SCOTT by Jake Heggie

October 30, November 1(m), 4, 7 & 15(m), 2015

A Thrilling Dallas Opera World Premiere!

Libretto by Terrence McNally*

Time: Present Day

Place: A Major American City

Conductor: Patrick Summers

Stage Director: Jack O’Brien*

Production Design: Bob Crowley

Lighting Design: Brian MacDevitt*

Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Starring: Joyce DiDonato* (Arden Scott), Ailyn Pérez (Tatyana Bakst), Frederica von Stade (Mrs. Edward “Winnie” Flato), Nathan Gunn (Sid Taylor), Anthony Roth Costanzo* (Roane Heckle), Kevin Burdette (Eric Gold), Michael Mayes* (Wendell Swan).

A Brand-New Dallas Opera Production!

 

TOSCA by Giacomo Puccini

November 6, 8(m), 11, 14, 20 & 22(m), 2015

A passionate and timeless masterpiece in a beloved period production

An opera in three acts first performed in Rome, Italy on January 14, 1900

Text by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa after Victorien Sardou’s 1887 French-language play, La Tosca

Time: Early 19th century

Place: Locations in and around the City of Rome

Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume

Stage Director: Ellen Douglas Schlaefer*

Production Design: Ulisse Santicchi

Lighting Design: Marie Barrett

Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Children’s Chorus Master: TBA

Starring: Emily Magee (Floria Tosca), Giancarlo Monsalve* (Mario Cavaradossi), Raymond Aceto (Baron Scarpia), William Ferguson (Spoletta), Dale Travis* (A Sacristan) and Ryan Kuster (Angelotti).

One of The Dallas Opera’s Most Popular!

 

BECOMING SANTA CLAUS by Mark Adamo

December 4, 6(m), 9 & 12, 2015

An Eagerly Awaited Dallas Opera World Premiere!

Libretto by the composer, Mark Adamo.

Time: Where time divides into “before” and “after”

Place: An Elven kingdom in the far, far north

Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume

Stage Director: Paul Curran

Production Design: Gary McCann*

Video Design: Elaine J. McCarthy

Lighting Design: Paul Hackenmueller*

Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Starring: Jennifer Rivera* (Queen Sophine), Juan José de León (Prince Claus), Matt Boehler* (Donkey)

Another New Dallas Opera Production

 

* Dallas Opera Debut

** American Debut

Tickets On Sale Now $5 – Family Performances!

by Celeste Hart

The Dallas Opera Family Series 

With Generous Support from Presenting Sponsor

Texas Instruments

 And the Betty and Steve Suellentrop

Educational Outreach Fund

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Part of “The Perot Foundation Education and Community Outreach Programs”

With additional support from Lockheed Martin

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CONDUCTED BY MAESTRO PETER MANNING

 

“THE BILLY GOATS GRUFF”

Sunday, July 26, 2015, 2:00 p.m.

Dallas Children’s Theater

Mary Dibbern, accompanist

 

Saturday, April 16, 2016, 2:00 p.m.

Margot & Bill Winspear Opera House

AT&T Performing Arts Center

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“ROSSINI AND COMPANY”

A DALLAS OPERA FAMILY CONCERT

FEATURING THE DALLAS OPERA ORCHESTRA

Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, 2:00 p.m. and

Sunday, March 13, 2016, 2:00 p.m.

Margot & Bill Winspear Opera House

 

“BASTIEN AND BASTIENNE” by W.A. Mozart

$5 FAMILY PERFORMANCE

FEATURING THE DALLAS OPERA ORCHESTRA

Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, 2:00 p.m. and

Saturday, Mar. 5, 2016, 2:00 p.m.

Margot & Bill Winspear Opera House

 

DALLAS, MAY 29, 2015 –   Put those computers, tablets, and smart phones aside and take advantage of budget-minded, live, kid-friendly performances offered by The Dallas Opera (TDO) in our upcoming season!

The always popular Dallas Opera Family Performance Series is proudly presented by Texas Instruments, and made possible with additional generous support from the Betty and Steve Suellentrop Educational Outreach Fund and Lockheed Martin.

Budget-minded Family Performance subscriptions become available to the public on Monday, June 1 for just $12 – for all three performances.  Call the patron service specialists at The Dallas Opera Ticket Office, 214-443-1000, or purchase online at your convenience at dallasopera.org/family.

 

THE BILLY GOATS GRUFF is an adaptation of the popular folk tale by John Davies, based on scenes from operas by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Gaetano Donizetti, and Gioachino Rossini. Incorporated into each lively performance are key messages for students, including the importance of attending school regularly and the need to be kind.

The performances will take place on Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Dallas Children’s Theater (located at 5938 Skillman, Dallas – to attend this special performance, $5 single tickets are available through The Dallas Opera.  This DCT performance is not included in the TDO Family Performance Series subscription).

THE BILLY GOATS GRUFF will be performed a second time on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. in the Margot & Bill Winspear Opera House (located at 2403 Flora Street, Dallas 75201).  Both performances will be sung in English, accompanied by collaborative pianist and Music Director of TDO Education and Family Programs, Mary Dibbern.

goat-rgb - Copy (686x800)There are two casts for THE BILLY GOATS GRUFF, featuring soprano Agostina Migoni and mezzo-soprano Brandi Estwick in the role of Lucy; mezzo-sopranos Laura Gastinel and Farah Padamsee in the role of Ernesto; tenors Christopher Leach and Martin Clark, Jr. in the role of Dandini; as well as bass Travis McGuire and baritone Malcolm Payne, Jr. in the role of Osmin.

Prior to the April 16th performance, The Dallas Opera will offer a host of hands-on crafts and activities.  These will take place in the C. Vincent Prothro Lobby of the Margot & Bill Winspear Opera House in the AT&T Performing Arts Center which will open at 12:30 p.m.

Single tickets for this event are on sale June 1st for just $5 apiece!  Three-performance subscriptions for Winspear Opera House performances are just $12!

 

The FAMILY CONCERT: “ROSSINI AND COMPANY” is a parade of Gioachino Rossini’s greatest hits including a wide variety of arias and overtures by this 19th century Italian composer. Patrons may be surprised at just how many pieces they already know and love and this event is sure to be enjoyed by fans of all ages.  Featuring The Dallas Opera Orchestra and led by the acclaimed British conductor and violinist, Maestro Peter Manning, Guest Conductor and Concertmaster for The Dallas Opera, these concert performances will be presented on Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.

Prior to the concert The C. Vincent Prothro Lobby of the Margot & Bill Winspear Opera House in the AT&T Performing Arts Center will open at 12:30 p.m. for a host of hands-on crafts and activities for children, followed by the performance at 2:00 p.m.

Rossini and CoJust $5 per ticket!  $12 per subscription!  Buy Family Performance Series tickets online, 24/7, beginning June 1st at dallasopera.org or call 214.443.1000.  What better chance to introduce the extraordinary music, the magic, and the incredible excitement of live theater and opera to your children, grandchildren or loved ones!

“One of the most exciting developments
during my five years in Dallas” explains General Director and CEO Keith Cerny, “has been our ability to expand our education and community outreach efforts to reach tens of thousands of people across North Texas. It has also enabled the Dallas Opera to invite newcomers – particularly children and families – to experience the richness, color and excitement of opera as it was meant to be experienced, in the magnificent Winspear Opera House.

“Thanks to our generous underwriters, this company is touching lives in a profound new way,” Cerny adds, “and reaching people who never knew that opera is easily accessible and highly entertaining.”

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BASTIEN AND BASTIENNE is a charming, short, fully-staged comic opera composed by a very, very young Mozart (he was only twelve!).  It centers on a lad and lassie with remarkably similar names who fall in love but are separated – at least briefly – by worldly enticements.  Bastienne, a shepherdess, believes her boyfriend, Bastien, has fallen for a girl he met in the big city.  Colas, the local magician, listens as Bastienne pours out her broken heart.  Could he possibly have something “up his sleeve” that will bring this loving couple back together?  The one-act opera was meant to serve as a gentle parody of the 18th century pastoral works that were then all the rage onstage.

Bastien and BastienneThe renowned Peter Manning will conduct The Dallas Opera Orchestra in this delightful 1768 opera, which stars sopranos Alissa Roca and Anna Valcour sharing the role of Bastienne, and tenors Charles Karanja and Christopher Oglesby in separate casts as her beloved Bastien.  The opera also features bass-baritones Mason Jarboe and Langelihle Mngxati as Colas, a magician of some wisdom and questionable skills.

Although the first verified public performance didn’t take place until 1890, classical music audiences may recognize
the opening of the Overture, which uses the same theme as the much-later Symphony No. 3 “Eroica” by Beethoven.  Because of the unlikelihood that Beethoven ever saw this unpublished piece, it’s thought that both composers took the theme from another unknown composition.

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The set and costumes for THE BILLY GOATS GRUFF and BASTIEN AND BASTIENNE were designed by TDO Properties Designer and Costume Design Consultant Tommy Bourgeois.

Nancy Schaeffer of Dallas Children’s Theater staged THE BILLY GOATS GRUFF for The Dallas Opera.

 

Save on all three productions by purchasing your three-pack subscription in advance for just $12!  Single tickets go on sale for $5 apiece, beginning June 1, 2015. 

ARTISTIC/PRODUCTION KEY BIOS:

PETER MANNING – (Conductor – Dallas Opera Family Performances)

British conductor and violinist Peter Manning is Guest Conductor and Concertmaster with The Dallas Opera, Concertmaster of the Royal Opera House and Artistic Director & Conductor of the Manning Camerata.  Mr. Manning’s conducting career also includes work with the Royal Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, the Edsberg Chamber Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Odense Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra and the Soloists of The Royal Opera House.  He was appointed Professor of New Work at Edinburgh University and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2013. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Royal Northern College of Music as well as an honorary member of the Royal College of Music.  Mr. Manning is internationally known as one of Britain’s finest musicians. His schedule includes tours to France, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Scandinavia, the Far East, the USA, South America and Russia and appearances in many major venues. Peter is the recipient of the German Recording Industry’s Schallplattenpreis.  Peter attended Chetham’s School of Music and studied at the Royal Northern College of Music with Yossi Zivoni and with Josef Gingold and Nathan Milstein at Indiana University. In 1983 he was appointed leader of the London Philharmonic Orchestra by Georg Solti. He was leader of the internationally renowned Britten Quartet 1986–96 and led the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1997–99 and helped to reposition the orchestra.  He left the RPO when he was appointed as Concertmaster of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.  In 2005 he set up his own arts think-tank/ orchestra called, Manning Camerata, in an effort to create a wider dialogue around the arts in the UK and Europe. From its first concert event, his orchestra has worked throughout Europe delivering a catalogue of firsts: producing and giving the first opera in Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in association with Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney to the first ever performance under the Pyramid of the Louvre in Paris. Manning also brought opera, chamber music, film realizations and the fusing of the creative arts—with music at the center—to the Chapel of Knights Hospitaller in Rome.  The orchestra has been involved in Climate Change 500, an initiative for governments, and was invited to create soundscapes for MASTER PIECE, the UK’s largest arts fair, attracting 40,000 patrons to the Chelsea Royal Hospital before opening a new residency series for development in Oxford.  Peter Manning accepted an invitation to serve as Music Director for St. Paul’s annual charity event with Maggies Centres where he will conduct Dame Ann Murray and Pumeza with Helena Bonham Carter, Rory Bremner and Adele in front of an audience of 2500 people, including royalty, in December.  Peter Manning is now well known as a conductor and has guided The BBCSO, The Odense Symphony Orchestra, The RPO, and The Krasnoyarsk Philharmonic from the podium.  He served as artistic director of Sweden’s oldest established chamber orchestra, Musica Vitae, for three successful seasons, winning back for them a national radio contract.  Sir Colin Davis and Sir Charles Mackerras were mentors in his conducting development.  Closer to home, Mr. Manning has experience in developing national companies and was asked to become the first Joint Professor between Glasgow’s Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the University of Edinburgh; the idea being to populate the Edinburgh fringe with new work based on arts collaborations including dance, improvisation, film and technology while simultaneously evolving new media platforms.  His festival called “Oxygen” experienced a second successful year in Edinburgh and currently is developing strong partnerships in Scotland and elsewhere to promote Scottish arts.  Peter Manning recently recorded Mahler’s Fourth Symphony in the Glasgow concert hall with students from the RCS, due to be released on the Nimbus label next fall.  He was also the subject of an award-winning 2010 documentary entitled, Manning the Baton, an intimate look at his work with the musicians of Musica Vitae.  This season has seen Manning conduct for the ‘Concerto for the Commonwealth’ with Nicola Benedetti alongside invitations to conduct at Sadlers Wells for Sergei Polunin and other stars at a major Gala.  Peter also was invited by the City of Antwerp to conduct an official commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of composer Richard Strauss.  He is passionate advocate for UK Arts and is a board member of the National Campaign for the Arts.  Peter Manning has led projects to bring younger people to opera with his ground-breaking format approach to delivering German Opera to the state school sector; collaborating with theatre director Rachel Grunwald to great acclaim. Peter is also working with the Mayor of London’s open space called, The Scoop, to widen access.  He is published by Universal Edition in Vienna and Schott in London.  His arrangement of the Tippett Quartets for Orchestra will be published next fall by Schott, in accordance with the wishes of the Tippett Estate.

 

MARY DIBBERN (Music Director of Education and Family Programs)

American pianist Mary Dibbern joined the Music Staff of The Dallas Opera as Music Director for Education and Family Programs in June 2012. She is an internationally known specialist in the field of vocal coaching, recital accompaniment, recordings, University level master classes, Young Artists Programs, television and radio appearances in Europe, the United States and Asia. Dibbern was graduated summa cum laude from SMU with a Master of Music in accompaniment under the direction of Maestro Paul Vellucci. She then moved to Paris to work with the great French musicians Nadia Boulanger and Pierre Bernac. She resided in France from 1978 to 2009, where she was guest coach for the Opéra National de Paris (Bastille), and the operas of Nice, Bordeaux, Lyons, Toulouse, Dijon, Châtelet, the Opéra-Comique, the Festival de Radio France-Montpellier and in Europe at the Théâtre Municipal de Lausanne, the Círculo Portuense de Opera, the Lithuanian National Opera (Vilnius), the Latvian National Opera (Riga) and at the Shanghai Opera House where she was in charge of musical and language preparation for the first French-language productions. In the US, she was guest coach at Seattle Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Kentucky Opera, Opera Memphis and Hawai’i Opera Theatre. She was Head of Music at Minnesota Opera for three seasons, where she collaborated closely with composer Kevin Puts and librettist Mark Campbell on their world premiere “Silent Night” which subsequently won the Pulitzer Prize for Music 2012. Mary Dibbern is the author of seven books on French music published by Pendragon Press and is the Editorial Consultant for Musik Fabrik’s publications of works by French composer Jacques Leguerney She is a recording artist for Harmonia Mundi France, Claves and Maguelone.

 

TOMMY BOURGEOIS (Production Designer)

Tommy Bourgeois has been associated with The Dallas Opera for over 25 years.  He has been an integral part of the Costume Shop and is the Head of the Properties Department.  Mr. Bourgeois has designed costumes and scenery for Ballet Austin, including Romeo and Juliette, The Nut Cracker and an original production of Taming of the Shrew commissioned by the Kennedy Center.  Other costume designs include Six Flags over Texas’ Christmas Show, Jazz land in New Orleans and Dixie Stamped in Tennessee. In addition to designing costumes for various theatres in Dallas, he served as Master Carpenter and Costumer for the Lyric Opera of Dallas for four years.  He is currently the set designer for the Order of the Alamo Coronation that takes place in San Antonio every spring during Fiesta.  Mr. Bourgeois earned a MA in Theatre Design and Dramatic Criticism at Southwest Texas University and went on to earn an MFA at Southern Methodist University where he studied with Bill and Jean Eckhart.  In New York, he was the assistant to Beni Montressor on ballets and operas in New York, NY and abroad and worked in the Fashion industry for Joseph Abboud and Emanuel Ungaro.

 

NANCY SCHAEFFER (Stage Director – The Billy Goats Gruff)

Nancy Schaeffer has served Dallas Children’s Theater since its founding in 1984, first as a teacher and actor and now as Director of all Education Programs and outreach activities. A graduate of Western Kentucky University, Ms. Schaeffer has directed numerous DCT productions including Junie B. Jones…; How I Became a Pirate; don’t u luv me?; Madeline’s Christmas; EAT (It’s Not About Food); Goodnight Moon; The Secret Life of Girls; Stuart Little; If You Give a Mouse a Cookie; The Island of the Skog; Honk!; Babe, the Sheep-Pig; Jack & the Giant Beanstalk; The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; Bunnicula; Lyle the Crocodile; Miss Nelson is Missing (1999 &2010); Miss Nelson is Back!; If You Give a Moose a Muffin and If You Give a Pig a Party (both of which she adapted for the stage); and twelve productions of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!  Ms. Schaeffer also directed DCT’s highly successful touring production of The Stinky Cheeseman and Other Fair(l)y (Stoopid) Tales which toured the US and then traveled to Shanghai, China playing at the 2006 Shanghai International Children’s Culture and Arts Expo. As Education Director, Ms. Schaeffer oversees numerous programs including: DCT Academy, which offers year-round classes to more than 1,800 young people, ages 3 through 18; Curtains Up On Reading, an in-school residency program that integrates drama, literature, language arts, social studies, and history; After School and Summer Drama Classes that benefit “at-risk” youth through eight after-school satellite arts programs, and DCT’s Teen Scene, which nurtures the theater audiences and professionals of tomorrow by opening communication between teens, theater professionals and the community at large. 

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IS CONVENIENTLY AVAILABLE ONLINE, 24/7.  VISIT WWW.DALLASOPERA.ORG

 

FOR HIGH-RESOLUTION PHOTOGRAPHS

Contact Suzanne Calvin, Director of Media and PR at suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org

Or Celeste Hart, Communications Manager at celeste.hart@dallasopera.org

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TEXAS INSTRUMENTS, 2015-2016 SEASON SPONSOR FOR THE DALLAS OPERA’S “SEEKING THE HUMAN ELEMENT” SEASON

Ticket Information for the 2015-2016 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 will be available July 15.  Full and Flex Subscriptions are on sale now starting at $75.  Family performance tickets (available June 1) 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 2015-2016 FALL SEASON INFORMATION

The Dallas Opera celebrates its Fifty-Ninth 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 will begin one hour prior to curtain, at most performances excluding FIRST NIGHT of the season.

GREAT SCOTT by Jake Heggie

October 30, November 1(m), 4, 7 & 15(m), 2015

A Thrilling Dallas Opera World Premiere!

Libretto by Terrence McNally*

Time: Present Day

Place: A Major American City

Conductor: Patrick Summers

Stage Director: Jack O’Brien*

Production Design: Bob Crowley

Lighting Design: Brian MacDevitt*

Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Starring: Joyce DiDonato* (Arden Scott), Ailyn Pérez (Tatyana Bakst), Frederica von Stade (Mrs. Edward “Winnie” Flato), Nathan Gunn (Sid Taylor), Anthony Roth Costanzo* (Roane Heckle), Kevin Burdette (Eric Gold), Garrett Sorenson* (Anthony Candolino) and Michael Mayes* (Wendell Swan)

A Brand-New Dallas Opera Production!

 

TOSCA by Giacomo Puccini

November 6, 8(m), 11, 14, 20 & 22(m), 2015

A passionate and timeless masterpiece in a beloved period production

An opera in three acts first performed in Rome, Italy on January 14, 1900

Text by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa after Victorien Sardou’s 1887 French-language play, La Tosca

Time: Early 19th century

Place: Locations in and around the City of Rome

Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume

Stage Director: Ellen Douglas Schlaefer*

Production Design: Ulisse Santicchi

Lighting Design: Marie Barrett

Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Children’s Chorus Master: TBA

Starring: Emily Magee (Floria Tosca), Giancarlo Monsalve* (Mario Cavaradossi), Raymond Aceto (Baron Scarpia), William Ferguson (Spoletta), Dale Travis* (A Sacristan) and Ryan Kuster (Angelotti)

One of The Dallas Opera’s Most Popular!

 

BECOMING SANTA CLAUS by Mark Adamo

December 4, 6(m), 9 & 12, 2015

An Eagerly Awaited Dallas Opera World Premiere!

Libretto by the composer, Mark Adamo

Time: Where time divides into “before” and “after”

Place: An Elven kingdom in the far, far north

Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume

Stage Director: Paul Curran

Production Design: Gary McCann*

Video Design: Elaine J. McCarthy

Lighting Design: Paul Hackenmueller*

Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Starring: Jennifer Rivera* (Queen Sophine), Juan José de León (Prince Claus), Matt Boehler* (Donkey)

Another New Dallas Opera Production

 

* 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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Two Extraordinary Events for Soluna Festival!

by Celeste Hart

The Dallas Opera is Proud to Present Two Magnificent Musical Programs at the DMA’s Horchow Auditorium for this Year’s Soluna Festival

2014 Marilyn Horne Song Competition Winners Recital
Featuring Michelle Bradley (Soprano) and Michael Gaertner (Pianist)
Sunday, May 17th at 2:00 p.m.

 The Robert E. and Jean Ann Titus Art Song Recital Series In Partnership with the Music Academy of the West, Santa Barbara, California

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And “Vienna in the Age of Opulence” with American Baritone Craig Verm for
“Music & Masterpieces”
Saturday, May 23rd at 2:00 p.m.

 In Partnership with the Dallas Museum of Art

DALLAS, TX, MAY 14, 2015 – The Dallas Opera is proud to present two exceptional musical programs during this year’s inaugural Soluna International Music & Arts Festival (presented by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra). 

The first, in partnership with Santa Barbara’s renowned Music Academy of the West, gives lovers of vocal music the chance to hear the winners of the annual Marilyn Horne Song Competition as an added dimension of the popular Robert E. and Jean Ann Titus Art Song Recital Series. The Music Academy of the West is one the nation’s premier summer training programs for gifted young classical musicians.

The 2014 competition champions, soprano Michelle Bradley and pianist Michael Gaertner will perform this Sunday afternoon (May 17, 2015) at 2:00 p.m. in Horchow Auditorium at the Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood Street, Dallas, TX 75201.

General Admission tickets are on sale for $10 for this one-time-only event. They may be purchased through the Dallas Opera Patron Services Office at 214.443.1000 or, at the door.

Scott Reed, President of the Music Academy of the West affirms the remarkable possibilities of such a partnership: “We are thrilled to join hands with Keith Cerny and The Dallas Opera in order to create new opportunities for the extraordinary young talents identified through the Marilyn Horne Song Competition.”         

The Music Academy of the West was founded in 1947 by a group of visionary Southern California arts patrons and musicians. 

Famed American mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne, known for her extraordinary range and vocal flexibility and regarded as one of the 20th century’s great champions of lesser-known works (including Vivaldi’s Orlando furioso, which received its American premiere at the Dallas Opera in 1980, starring Ms. Horne), is an academy alumnus herself.  She has served as Director of the Voice Program for The Music Academy of the West since 1997.

The song competition named in her honor regularly attracts industry insiders eager for a glimpse of up-and-coming talent.

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The following Saturday, May 23, 2015, acclaimed American baritone Craig Verm (Everest) will command centerstage in the Horchow Auditorium at the DMA, as he presents a lushly romantic portrait of a long vanished world, “Music & Masterpieces: Vienna in the Age of Opulence,” with songs by Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss and Erich Wolfgang Korngold. 

These songs and arias of love, longing and loss pair beautifully with the Dallas Museum of Art’s dazzling exhibition of “Modern Opulence in Vienna: The Wittgenstein Vitrine” located in the conservation gallery.  The recital will be followed by a docent-led tour.

“Music & Masterpieces” is a popular, ongoing series presented by The Dallas Opera in partnership with the Dallas Museum of Art.  Admission to the Horchow Auditorium performance at 2:00 p.m. is FREE; however, seating is limited.  Secure your seat online today at dallasopera.org/rsvp.

SUBSCRIPTIONS FOR THE DALLAS OPERA’S 2015-2016 SEASON ARE ON SALE NOW!  FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT DALLAS OPERA PATRON SERVICES AT

214.443.1000 OR VISIT US 24/7 AT www.dallasopera.org.

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EVENTS, GUESTS AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

 

For high-resolution, digital photographs suitable for print or to arrange an interview

Please contact Suzanne Calvin, Director of Media and Public Relations

214.443.1014 or suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org

 

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS, 2014-2015 SEASON SPONSOR

FOR THE DALLAS OPERA’S “HEIGHTS OF PASSION” SEASON

All performances are in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center unless otherwise described.  Full and Flex Subscriptions are now 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 2015-2016 FALL SEASON INFORMATION

The Dallas Opera celebrates its Fifty-Ninth 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 will begin one hour prior to curtain, at most performances excluding FIRST NIGHT of the season.

GREAT SCOTT by Jake Heggie

October 30, November 1(m), 4, 7 & 15(m), 2015

A Dallas Opera World Premiere!

Libretto by Terrence McNally*

Time: Present Day

Place: A Major American City

Conductor: Patrick Summers

Stage Director: Jack O’Brien*

Production Design: Bob Crowley

Lighting Design: TBA

Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Starring: Joyce DiDonato* (Arden Scott), Ailyn Pérez (Tatyana Bakst), Frederica von Stade (Mrs. Edward “Winnie” Flato), Nathan Gunn (Sid Taylor), Anthony Roth Costanzo* (Roane Heckle), Kevin Burdette (Eric Gold), Garrett Sorenson* (Anthony Candolino) and Michael Mayes* (Wendell Swan).

A Brand-New Dallas Opera Production!

 

TOSCA by Giacomo Puccini

November 6, 8(m), 11, 14, 20 & 22(m), 2015

A passionate and timeless masterpiece in a beloved period production

An opera in three acts first performed in Rome, Italy on January 14, 1900

Text by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa after Victorien Sardou’s 1887 French-language play, La Tosca

Time: Early 19th century

Place: Locations in and around the City of Rome

Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume

Stage Director: Ellen Douglas Schlaefer*

Production Design: Ulisse Santicchi

Lighting Design: TBA

Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Children’s Chorus Master: TBA

Starring: Emily Magee (Floria Tosca), Giancarlo Monsalve* (Mario Cavaradossi), Raymond Aceto (Baron Scarpia), William Ferguson (Spoletta), Dale Travis* (A Sacristan) and Ryan Kuster (Angelotti).

One of The Dallas Opera’s Most Popular!

 

BECOMING SANTA CLAUS by Mark Adamo

December 4, 6(m), 9 & 12, 2015

Another Dallas Opera World Premiere!

Libretto by the composer, Mark Adamo.

Time: Where time itself was divided into “before” and “after”

Place: An Elven kingdom in the far, far north

Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume

Stage Director: Paul Curran

Production Design: Gary McCann*

Video Design: Elaine J. McCarthy

Lighting Design: TBA

Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Starring: Jennifer Rivera* (Queen Sophine), Juan José de León (Prince Nicky), Matt Boehler* (Donkey)

Another New Dallas Opera Production

 

* 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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And the Winners of the Vocal Competition Are…

by Celeste Hart

The 27th Annual

“Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition”

Awards $18,500 in Cash Prizes!

Second-Year Ryan Opera Center Baritone Anthony Clark Evans

Takes Top Prize and $10,000 Cash!

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Second Place ($5,000) and the “People’s Choice Award” (Additional $1,000) Goes to Mezzo-Soprano J’nai Bridges

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Third Place ($2,500) Awarded to

Mezzo-Soprano Sarah Mesko

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Expanded Competition Honored Enika and Richard Schulze for their Leadership and Generous Support of The Dallas Opera, The Dallas Opera Guild, and Other Worthy Causes

DALLAS, APRIL 19, 2015 – Eighteen semi-finalists, selected from an extraordinary group of 362 applicants from all parts of the country, competed this past weekend for significant cash prizes (totaling $18,500) and the opportunity to perform onstage live with The Dallas Opera Orchestra under the baton of acclaimed Dallas Opera Music Director Emmanuel Villaume.

The Finals Round of the 27th Annual Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition concluded late tonight—Sunday, April 19th—in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center with the announcement of the winners:

  • The $10,00 First Prize, presented by Dallas Opera Guild President Susan Fleming in memory of Bessylee Penland, went to baritone Anthony Clark Evans
  • The $5,000 Second Place Prize, presented by Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition Chair Ketty Fitzgerald, went to mezzo-soprano J’nai Bridges
  • The Third Place Prize of $2,500, presented by incoming Dallas Opera Guild Board Presidents Mac and Jana Irwin, went to mezzo-soprano Sarah Mesko
  • The $1,000 “People’s Choice Award,” presented by Dallas Opera Guild Treasurer Holly Mayer, went to mezzo J’nai Bridges

Baritone Anthony Clark Evans, a native of Kentucky now in his second year at the Ryan Opera Center in Chicago, emerged as a Grand Finals winner of the 2012 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions while working as a car salesman.  Subsequently, the extraordinary young singer earned the top prizes in the 2013 Gerda Lissner Vocal Competition and the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation Competition, as well as a 2014 Sullivan Award, an award from the American Opera Society and a Sara Tucker Study Grant. 

Mr. Evans, who studied at Murray State University, recently debuted at the Ravinia Festival and with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.  Last season at Lyric Opera of Chicago, this thrilling young baritone debuted in Otello, leading to additional roles in Madama Butterfly, La traviata and Rusalka, as well as Capriccio and Tosca during the 2014-15 Season.

He wooed the Dallas audience during yesterday’s semi-finals with his initial offering, Zurga’s aria, “L’orage s’est calmé” from Act III of Georges Bizet’s Les pêcheurs de perles (“The Pearl Fishers”) followed by “Si può?  Si può?” – Tonio’s dramatic entrance in Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci.

During tonight’s Finals Round, Mr. Evans held the audience spellbound with his rendition of “O du, mein holder Abendstern” from Wagner’s Tannhäuser; a spirited reprise of Tonio’s emotional aria sparked a hugely enthusiastic audience response.  He performed both arias with The Dallas Opera Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Emmanuel Villaume, who also served on the judges’ panel.

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Mezzo-soprano J’nai Bridges, winner of both the Second Place Prize and the “People’s Choice Award,” is a recent graduate of the Ryan Opera Center and has been selected as the 2015 U.S. representative to the Cardiff Singer of the World Competition.  Her recent roles at Lyric Opera of Chicago include Inez in Il trovatore and the role of Vlasta in Weinberg’s The Passenger (not to mention “The Second City Guide to the Opera”).

During Saturday’s semi-finals, Ms. Bridges dazzled the audience with richly voiced renditions of “O ma lyre immortelle” from Gounod’s Sapho and the famous Habanera, “L’amour est un oiseau rebelle,” from Bizet’s Carmen.

During this evening’s Finals Round, Ms. Bridges gave masterful performances of the aria from Sapho followed by The Composer’s aria: “Sein wir wieder gut” from the prologue to Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss.

Mezzo-soprano Sarah Mesko, who joined the Metropolitan Opera roster this season covering the role of Malcolm in the new production of La donna del lago, will make her Glimmerglass debut this summer in Vivaldi’s Catone in Utica.  She will also appear in baroque concerts with Ars Lyrica in Houston.  This graduate of Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program is a George London Award winner and a national finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. 

For the Semi-Final Round, Ms. Mesko began with “Mura felici” from Rossini’s La donna del lago followed by an electrifying “Adieu, fière cite” from Berlioz’ Les Troyens.

During tonight’s finals, Ms. Mesko excited the audience with her powerful “Crude furie degl’orridi abissi” from Handel’s Xerxes before regaling the house with a welcome encore of “Adieu, fière cite.”

All agreed that the level of competition was extremely high in this year’s newly expanded national competition.  Other changes included the orchestral accompaniment in the Finals Round as well as the addition of supertitles to enable even the most casual music lover to catch every nuance and enjoy every word.               

This free, spring musical event has become a favorite among opera aficionados and vocal music lovers across North Texas.  This year’s competition honored longtime Dallas Opera and Dallas Opera Guild supporters Enika and Richard Schulze for their exceptional leadership and generous support of the performing arts (and many other note-worthy causes).

FINALISTS FOR THE 2015 DALLAS OPERA GUILD VOCAL COMPETITION

John Brancy, baritone, graduate of The Juilliard School

J’nai Bridges, mezzo-soprano, Ryan Opera Center (Lyric Opera of Chicago)

Jungwon Choi, soprano, Chambre Professionnelle des Directeurs d’Opera Special Prize

Anthony Clark Evans, baritone, winner, Metropolitan Opera Nat. Council Auditions

Sarah Mesko, mezzo-soprano, graduate, Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program

Elizabeth Sutphen, soprano, The Juilliard School

For additional information about the 27th Annual Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition or any upcoming Dallas Opera Guild programs and special events, please contact The Dallas Opera Guild at 214-443-1040.

Judges for the 2015 Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition:

Brian Zeger, Chair
Artistic Director of Juilliard’s Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts and Executive Director for the  Lindemann Young Artist Development Program of the Metropolitan Opera 

Keith Cerny
General Director and CEO of The Dallas Opera 

Emmanuel Villaume
Music Director, The Dallas Opera

Ian Derrer
Artistic Administrator, The Dallas Opera 

Jonathan Friend
Artistic Administrator, The Metropolitan Opera

Gregory Henkel
Director of Artistic and Music Planning, San Francisco Opera

Andreas Melinat
Director of Artistic Administration, Lyric Opera of Chicago 

Joshua Winograde
Senior Director of Artistic Planning, Los Angeles Opera

 “The Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition offered much-needed career and financial support at a crucial time in my life,” says Jennifer Black (First Prize, People’s Choice award, 2001).  “I had just completed my studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio, as well as my first summer with San Francisco’s Merola Opera Program, and was on my way to The Yale School of Music.

“The chance to participate in this competition was a real ‘vote of confidence’ that encouraged me to continue on this path I had chosen.”

UNDERWRITERS OF THE 2015 COMPETITION: 

AT&T PERFORMING ARTS CENTER & STAFF

CENTRAL MARKET

HODGE PRINTING COMPANY

THE SAXTON GROUP/MCALLISTER’S DELI

TOM MCGURREN

KATHERINE & MICHAEL PHILLIPS

 

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