Brian Zeger to Chair Judges Panel at 2015 Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition

by Suzanne Calvin

There are major changes afoot at the Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition for 2015 -- starting with the Judges Panel.  Read on!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014 Or Celeste Hart 214.443.1071
suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org celeste.hart@dallasopera.org

THE DALLAS OPERA IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE
ACCLAIMED PIANIST, ARTS ADMINISTRATOR, ADJUDICATOR AND EDUCATOR
BRIAN ZEGER
Has Been Appointed to Chair Judging of
The 2015 Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition
Now, Bigger Than Texas!
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Expanded format to Include National Applicant Pool and Finals Round Performed with The Dallas Opera Orchestra
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Conducted by Internationally Renowned
TDO Music Director Emmanuel Villaume

DALLAS, TX, AUGUST 26, 2014 -- The Dallas Opera is proud to announce the appointment of Brian Zeger as Chair of the Judges Panel for the 2015 Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition. This season’s competition will take place on Saturday, April 18, 2015 and Sunday, April 19, 2015 in the elegant setting of the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public.
On the faculty of The Juilliard School since 1993 and Artistic Director of Vocal Arts at Juilliard since 2004, Dr. Zeger is also the Executive Director of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.
As a performer, Dr. Zeger is a frequent recital partner and artistic collaborator to leading vocal artists including Deborah Voigt, Anna Netrebko, Marilyn Horne, René Pape, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Joyce DiDonato, Bryn Terfel and Susan Graham.
Dr. Zeger has lent a distinguished musical presence to a variety of recordings for EMI Classics, Delos, Naxos, New World and Koch.
A polished broadcast professional and frequent guest on the Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts, Dr. Zeger has also contributed critical essays for publications such as Opera News, Chamber Music Magazine and The Yale Review. He has participated in countless summer festivals: Ravinia, Santa Fe, Caramoor, Aldeburgh and Aspen, as well as the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival where he served as artistic director from 1993-2000. This native New Yorker has also adjudicated the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Concert Artists Guild Auditions and the Walter W. Naumberg Vocal Competition.
Judges for the expanded 27th Annual Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition will be drawn from distinguished performers and opera administrators and will also include General Director & CEO Keith Cerny, Music Director Emmanuel Villaume and newly-appointed Artistic Administrator Ian Derrer.
The Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition, historically, has been focused on singers with Texas roots or academic connections, and its many distinguished alumni include Latonia Moore, Clifton Forbis, Marjorie Owens, Weston Hurt, Steven LaBrie and Jesus Garcia.
As the competition seeks to gain even greater prominence and significance, The Dallas Opera and The Dallas Opera Guild are making two significant changes:

• First, in order to attract the most talented applicant pool, with the greatest potential, the eligibility criteria for applicants to the 2015 competition has changed. It will be open to residents of all 50 states and U.S. Territories. Competitors must be individuals aged 18 to 32 on the dates of the actual competition.

• Second, the Finals Round of the competition, which will take place on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 7:30 pm in the Winspear Opera House, will be accompanied for the first time by The Dallas Opera Orchestra, conducted by TDO’s acclaimed Music Director, Emmanuel Villaume. Up to six finalists will participate, singing two arias each.

Responding to his appointment as Chair of the Judges Panel, Dr. Zeger noted, “I am delighted to be collaborating with General Director and CEO Keith Cerny and Music Director Emmanuel Villaume on this new expanded format. We are already working to engage a distinguished panel of judges, and I know these changes will allow The Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition to reach even greater heights.”

Commented General Director & CEO Keith Cerny: “The Dallas Opera is delighted to be working with Dr. Zeger and partnering closely with The Dallas Opera Guild. Dr. Zeger brings an enviable reputation as a pianist, coach, and arts administrator, and we are honored to have him work with us to enhance the competition and to chair the judges’ panels for preliminary, semi-final, and final rounds.”

“Having known Brian Zeger for many years, I am looking forward to collaborating with him on this newly expanded competition,” said Music Director Emmanuel Villaume. “It will be a particular delight to work with TDO’s excellent orchestra to accompany the competition finalists next April.”

Dallas Opera Guild President Susan Fleming explained that “The Guild has long been proud of the annual Vocal Competition, and our members who work countless hours behind the scenes to bring the competition to life. We are pleased to be working together with General Director & CEO Keith Cerny, Maestro Emmanuel Villaume, and Brian Zeger to build on our past success and to increase the national prominence of this competition.”

Dallas Opera Guild 2015 Vocal Competition Chair Ketty Fitzgerald added, “Building on the foundation of all those who came before us, we have a unique opportunity to restructure this competition to enable it to do even more to advance the careers of the best young singers in opera. That is our ultimate goal, in taking this event to the next level.”

ABOUT THE 2015 DALLAS OPERA GUILD VOCAL COMPETITION

Potential applicants are encouraged to check TDO’s website for more information about the application process, as well as YAP Tracker. The Dallas Opera will begin accepting applications for the 2015 competition on September 15, 2014. The entry fee is $35. Applications must be submitted exclusively through YAP Tracker — no later than 11:59 p.m. on November 15, 2014. Semifinalists will be notified on January 15, 2015. Additional details regarding the changes to the competition may be found at www.dallasopera.org/vocal.

The Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House is conveniently located in the heart of the Arts District at 2403 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201.
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TEXAS INSTRUMENTS FOUNDATION, SEASON SPONSOR
FOR THE DALLAS OPERA’S “HEIGHTS OF PASSION” SEASON
The Dallas Opera Family Performances are generously supported by 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.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE DALLAS OPERA
IS CONVENIENTLY AVAILABLE ONLINE, 24/7
VISIT WWW.DALLASOPERA.ORG AND CHECK THE CALENDAR LISTINGS

Ticket Information for the 2014-2015 Dallas Opera Season

All performances are in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center unless otherwise described. Single Tickets range from $19 to $275 and Flex Subscriptions are on sale starting at $75. Family performance tickets are just $5. For more information or to make your purchase, contact The Dallas Opera Ticket Services Office at 214.443.1000 or visit us online, 24/7, at www.dallasopera.org.

THE DALLAS OPERA 2014-2015 SEASON INFORMATION
The Dallas Opera celebrates its Fifty-Eighth 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 Talks begin one hour prior to curtain, at most performances excluding FIRST NIGHT of the season.

THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
October 24, 26(m), 29, November 1, 7 and 9(m), 2014
In a single crazy, romantic day, doors will be locked and unlocked, disguised donned, kisses exchanged and innermost hearts revealed—to some of the most memorable music Mozart ever composed.
An opera in four acts first performed in Vienna on May 1, 1786
Text by Lorenzo Da Ponte after the 1784 play La folle journée, ou Le mariage de Figaro by Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais
Time: The late 18th century
Place: Aguasfrescas near Seville, Spain, the Almaviva’s country house
Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume
Stage Director: Kevin Moriarty
Production Design: John Bury*
Lighting Design: Mark McCullough
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Choreography: Joel Ferrell*
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Mirco Palazzi (Figaro) , Beate Ritter** (Susanna), Joshua Hopkins (Count Almaviva), Nicole Car** (Countess Almaviva), Emily Fons (Cherubino), Diana Montague* (Marcellina), Kevin Langan (Doctor Bartolo), Doug Jones (Don Basilio), Angela Mannino (Barbarina), Adam Lau* (Antonio) and Jon Kolbet (Don Curzio).
Production Owned by Lyric Opera of Chicago

SALOME by Richard Strauss
October 30, November 2(m), 5, 8, 2014
Once in a great while, the term “over the top” doesn’t seem nearly high enough.
An opera in one act first performed in Dresden, Germany on December 9, 1905
Hedwig Lachmann’s German translation of Oscar Wilde’s French language play
Time: During the time of Jesus Christ
Place: King Herod’s palace on the Sea of Galilee
Conductor: Evan Rogister*
Stage Director: Francesca Zambello
Original Production: Francesca Zambello
Scenic Design: Peter J. Davison*
Costume Design: Anita Yavich
Lighting Design: Mark McCullough
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Choreography: Yael Levitin*
Starring: Deborah Voigt* (Salome), Robert Brubaker (Herod), Greer Grimsley* (Jokanaan), Susan Bickley* (Herodias), Scott Quinn (Narraboth), Heather Johnson* (Herodias’Page), Bradley Garvin (First Nazarene), Grigory Soloviov* (First Soldier), Jason Grant (Second Soldier), Joseph Hu (First Jew), Jay Gardner (Second Jew), John Robert Lindsey (Third Jew), Steven Haal (Fourth Jew), Patrick Guetti* (Fifth Jew), Tyler Simpson* (Second Nazarene), NaGuanda Nobles (A Slave) and Matthew Stump* (A Cappadocian).
Production Owned by Washington National Opera

WINTER 2015 -- A RARE DALLAS OPERA DOUBLE BILL:

LA WALLY by Alfredo Catalani
January 30, February 1(m), 4 and 7, 2015
The Climactic Final Act!
First performed in Milan, Italy on January 20, 1892
Text by Luigi Illica after Wilhelmine von Hillern’s story, Die Geyer-Wally
Time: Around the year 1800
Place: The Austrian Alps
Conductor: Anthony Barrese
Stage Director: Candace Evans
Scenic Design: Robert Brill
Costume Design: David C. Woolard
Lighting Design: Christopher Akerlind
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Latonia Moore (Wally), Carl Tanner* (Giuseppe Hagenbach) and Jennifer Chung (Walter)
A Brand-New Dallas Opera Production!

With EVEREST by Joby Talbot
January 30, February 1(m), 4 and 7, 2015
A Dallas Opera World Premiere!
Text by Gene Scheer
Time: Modern Day
Place: In the Death Zone on Mount Everest
Conductor: Nicole Paiement
Stage Director: Leonard Foglia
Scenic Design: Robert Brill
Costume Design: David C. Woolard
Video Design: Elaine J. McCarthy
Lighting Design: Christopher Akerlind
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Andrew Bidlack (Rob Hall), Sasha Cooke (Jan Arnold), Kevin Burdette* (Beck Weathers) and Craig Verm* (Doug Hanson).

LA BOHÈME by Giacomo Puccini
March 13, 15(m), 18, 21, 27 and 29(m), 2015
A passionate and timeless masterpiece in a beloved period production
An opera in four acts first performed in Turin, Italy on February 1, 1896
Text by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica after Henry Murger’s novel Scènes de la vie de bohème
Time: mid-19th century
Place: The Latin Quarter of Paris, France
Conductor: Riccardo Frizza*
Stage Director: Peter Kazaras
Scenic Design: Jean-Pierre Ponnelle
Costume Design: Peter J. Hall
Lighting Design: Thomas C. Hase
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Children’s Chorus Master: Melinda Cotton
Starring: Ana Maria Martinez (Mimi), Bryan Hymel (Rodolfo), Davinia Rodriguez* (Musetta), Jonathan Beyer (Marcello), Alexander Vinogradov* (Colline), Stephen LaBrie (Schaunard) and Stefan Szkafarowsky (Benoit).
One of the Dallas Opera’s Most Popular!

IOLANTA by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
April 10, 12(m), 15 and 18, 2015
A rarely performed Tchaikovsky gem, set in Medieval Provence!
First performed in St. Petersburg, Russia on December 18, 1892
Text by Modest Tchaikovsky based on the Danish play King Rene’s Daughter by Henrik Hertz
Time: The 15th century
Place: Provence, a mountainous region in Southern France
Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume
Stage Director: Christian Räth
Scenic Design: Christian Räth
Costume Design: Susan Cox
Video Design: Elaine J. McCarthy
Lighting Design: Thomas C. Hase
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Ekaterina Scherbachenko* (Iolanta), Sergei Skorokhodov* (Count Vaudémont), Joanna Mongiardo* (Brigitta), Lauren McNeese (Laura), Tamara Mumford* (Marta), Andrei Bondarenko** (Robert, Duke of Burgandy), Mikhail Kolelishvili (Renè, King of Provence), Andrew Bidlack (Alméric), Vladislav Sulimsky** (Ibn-Hakia) and Jordan Bisch (Bertrand).
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 – Spectacular Season Kick-Off!

by Celeste Hart

A Fashion Show like no other! Gorgeous custom gowns inspired by our “Heights of Passion” season, dozens of incredible Roberto Cavalli evening wear designs, a delectable Wolfgang Puck Luncheon, all presented at the Winspear Opera House. Reservations now being taken! Continue reading →

Ailyn Perez and Stephen Costello at the Eisemann

by Suzanne Calvin

One of opera’s most talented and treasured duos returns to DFW in a Dallas Opera recital at the Eisemann Center. Read on!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014
Or Celeste Hart 214.443.1071
suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org celeste.hart@dallasopera.org

THE DALLAS OPERA IS THRILLED TO PRESENT

AILYN PÉREZ AND STEPHEN COSTELLO
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PERFORMING SELECTIONS FROM THEIR NEW CD
“LOVE DUETS” IN AN EXCLUSIVE RECITAL!
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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2014 AT 2:00 PM
AT BANK OF AMERICA THEATRE
EISEMANN CENTER, RICHARDSON, TEXAS
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$25 TICKETS NOW ON SALE AT DALLASOPERA.ORG

DALLAS, JULY 15, 2014 – The Dallas Opera is delighted to bring the hottest young couple in opera back to North Texas for a ravishing recital in a fabulous new venue for TDO: the Eisemann Center. These acclaimed American artists, soprano Ailyn Pérez (Don Giovanni) and tenor Stephen Costello (Moby-Dick) will perform selections from their newly released Warner Classics CD, Love Duets.
Ms. Pérez and Mr. Costello, who are married, have thrilled audiences across the globe, both on and off the opera stage. Now music lovers have an exciting opportunity to experience their combined artistry, up close and personal, on Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in the intimate setting of the Bank of America Theatre at the Charles W. Eisemann Center for Performing Arts and Corporate Presentations, (2351 Performance Dr, Richardson, TX 75082).
The program will include works featured on the CD from the operas La bohème, La traviata, and The Elixir of Love, as well as classic love songs from Broadway’s Carousel and Bernstein’s West Side Story. Additional romantic favorites from composers Hahn, Falla, Tosti, and Heggie will also be performed.
Ms. Pérez and Mr. Costello will be accompanied by pianist Danielle Orlando. General admission tickets, priced at just $25, are available now through the Dallas Opera Ticket Office at 214.443.1000 or online, 24/7, at www.dallasopera.org.

“It’s a great pleasure to be able to bring these two extremely popular artists back to North Texas for this romantic recital,” says Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny. “Their performances on the opera and concert stage consistently earn rave reviews and legions of fans, so there’s much to look forward to in this exclusive and intimate event.”
“The talent, chemistry and the chosen repertoire of this extraordinary duo will make for a spectacular recital—one sure to please opera lovers as well as those merely seeking an afternoon of marvelous entertainment,” adds Mr. Cerny.

“I’m excited to be singing alongside Stephen in Dallas for the first time! They have such a great audience there, and I can’t wait to share this wonderful music with them,” exclaims Ailyn Pérez.

“It’s going to be great to be back in Dallas,” says Stephen Costello. They were one of the first companies to hire me and it’s always been a pleasure to return there – especially this time with Ailyn and the wonderful Danielle Orlando.”

Ms. Pérez appeared with the Dallas Opera in 2010 as Zerlina in Don Giovanni. This latest project continues to help catapult her career. According to the Associated Press, “Perez’s lyric soprano is pure and honeyed in tone, and she deploys it with elegance and tenderness.” Hailed by the New York Times as “a beautiful woman who commands the stage” and “a major soprano,” Ailyn Pérez is increasingly in demand at the world’s leading opera houses and cultural capitals. She has won both the 15th annual Plácido Domingo Award and the 2012 Richard Tucker Award, thereby becoming the only Hispanic recipient in the award’s 35-year history. As Opera News observes, “The phrase ‘an embarrassment of riches’ might have been invented to describe the combination of talents that belong to Ailyn Pérez…who truly seems to have it all.”
Mr. Costello has frequently performed at the Dallas Opera since his debut here as Robert Dudley in 2007’s Mary Queen of Scots and his career continues to skyrocket. As the Associated Press observes, Stephen Costello is “a prodigiously gifted singer whose voice makes an immediate impact.” The Philadelphia-born tenor quickly established a reputation as a “first-class talent” (Opera News) after coming to national attention in 2007, when, at age 26, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut on the company’s season-opening night. Two years later Costello won the prestigious Richard Tucker Award, and he has since appeared at many of the world’s most important opera houses and music festivals, including London’s Royal Opera House; Covent Garden; the Deutsche Oper Berlin; the Vienna State Opera; and the Salzburg Festival. In 2010 he created the role of Greenhorn (Ishmael) in the Dallas Opera’s celebrated world-premiere production of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s Moby-Dick, prompting Opera magazine to hail him as “a tenor of ineffable sensitivity, with unfailing elegance in singing and a disconcerting ease in producing notes in head-voice.”
Danielle Orlando, pianist and master vocal coach, is enjoying an active career as an accompanist to many international opera singers as well as serving as a distinguished vocal coach and artistic consultant to many prestigious organizations throughout the musical world. She is presently the Principal Opera Coach of The Curtis Institute of Music and a Master Coach for the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. Ms. Orlando has collaborated with Luciano Pavarotti on his international voice competitions and worked extensively with Gian Carlo Menotti on the Festival Dei Due Mondi.
After debuting at number three on the United Kingdom Classical Chart in May, Love Duets had its digital release in the U.S. on June 3 and the CD release on June 10. This is the first recording together for “America’s fastest-rising husband-and-wife opera stars” (Associated Press). The new Warner Classics album has already taken London by storm, being named “Album of the Week” by the Mail on Sunday, Classic FM, and the Sunday Times, which proclaimed it “a disc that should win these hugely likeable young stars a lot of new friends.” In Tune pronounced them “opera’s most in-demand couple.”

TICKET INFORMATION

General admission tickets for the Eisemann Center recital are priced at $25 and may be purchased through the Dallas Opera website, www.dallasopera.org or by contacting the friendly customer service professionals in the Dallas Opera Ticket Office at 214-443-1000.
The Charles W. Eisemann Center for Performing Arts and Corporate Presentations is conveniently located in the Galatyn Park Urban Center in the heart of Richardson’s business and technology area. This recital will be held in the 395-seat Bank of America Theatre.
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KEY BIOS

AILYN PÉREZ (Soprano)

After singing Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with James Conlon and the Chicago Symphony at this summer’s Ravinia Festival, Pérez looks forward to making her house and role debuts next season as Desdemona in Verdi’s Otello at Houston Grand Opera and as Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen at the Metropolitan Opera. Besides headlining a new production of La traviata at Zurich Opera, in 2014-15 she will also sing Mimì in La bohème at Hamburg State Opera, and portray a pair of Donizetti heroines – Adina in L’elisir d’amore and Norina in Don Pasquale – at the Bavarian State Opera and Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu, respectively. In concert, the soprano will join her husband and frequent co-star, tenor Stephen Costello, for programs of operatic duets at Washington National Opera, Dallas Opera, and Opera Philadelphia, where they launch the company’s 40th Anniversary Season with a special gala performance in the city where they first fell in love.
Already something of a calling card for Pérez, the role of Violetta in La traviata was the vehicle for five of her operatic engagements in 2013-14. She launched the new season at the Hamburg State Opera, opposite Costello, before revisiting Verdi’s doomed heroine at Spain’s Ópera de Oviedo and the Bavarian State Opera. Pérez and Costello reunited in those roles at San Francisco Opera and London’s Royal Opera House, where Pérez had already been hailed as “an ideal Violetta” (Observer, UK). She returned to Covent Garden to undertake the title part of Massenet’s Manon in Laurent Pelly’s celebrated treatment, and to make her role debut as Liù in Puccini’s Turandot, before closing the opera season as she began it, opposite Costello in Verdi at Hamburg State Opera, this time as Gilda to his Duke in Rigoletto. She made her U.S. solo recital debut at Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, and graced a “dream team of opera singers” (New York Times) at the Richard Tucker Music Foundation gala at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall. Dubbed “America’s fastest-rising husband-and-wife opera stars” (Associated Press) and praised for their “palpable chemistry”(New York Times), Pérez and Costello teamed up for operatic duets at the “Classic FM Live” gala at London’s Royal Albert Hall, and released their Warner Classics album debut, Love Duets, which was recorded with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Patrick Summers.

STEPHEN COSTELLO (Tenor)

The 2014-15 season sees Costello return to San Francisco Opera to create the male lead in Francesca Zambello’s world premiere production of Two Women, a new opera by Marco Tutino, with Nicola Luisotti conducting. The tenor reprises his starring role in La traviata opposite Marina Rebeka’s Violetta at the Vienna State Opera and at the Met, where he also looks forward to joining Susan Graham for Susan Stroman’s new take on Lehar’s The Merry Widow under Fabio Luisi’s leadership. Other operatic highlights include his return to Houston Grand Opera to make his professional role debut as Ferrando in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, and his portrayal of the title role in Roméo et Juliette at Austin Lyric Opera. Costello rejoins his wife and frequent co-star, Ailyn Pérez, with whom he has been dubbed “the Jay-Z and Beyoncé” of opera (The Times, UK), to sing live selections from their Warner Classics debut, Love Duets, at London’s Barbican Centre with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and at Washington National Opera, Dallas Opera, San Diego Opera and Opera Philadelphia, where they launch the company’s 40th anniversary season with a special gala performance.
Last season Costello made his Washington National Opera debut with a reprise of Greenhorn in Moby-Dick, while the San Francisco Opera’s presentation of the Heggie/Scheer opera, in which the tenor made his house debut, was televised nationwide on PBS’s Great Performances and subsequently released on DVD. Other highlights of 2013-14 included Costello’s Houston Grand Opera debut as the Duke of Mantua in Verdi’s Rigoletto, in which he proved himself “one of the best lyric tenors in the business” (Theater Jones); his return to Carnegie Hall to headline Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux in concert; his Japanese debut in Falstaff at the Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto; and his return to the Vienna State Opera in two favorite Donizetti roles: Percy in Anna Bolena and Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore. L’elisir also served as the vehicle for his second Washington National Opera engagement, in which he was joined by Ailyn Pérez, opposite whom he assumed another signature role – Alfredo in Verdi’s La traviata – in productions at London’s Royal Opera House and the San Francisco Opera. Costello reunited with his wife for gala concerts at London’s Royal Albert Hall and Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, where they helped celebrate Richard Tucker’s centennial, and on their June CD release, Love Duets; recorded with Patrick Summers and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the best-selling album was immediately hailed as “a knockout” (Philadelphia Inquirer).
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EVENTS, GUESTS AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT “JULY AT THE DALLAS OPERA”
IS CONVENIENTLY AVAILABLE ONLINE, 24/7
VISIT WWW.DALLASOPERA.ORG AND CHECK THE CALENDAR LISTINGS

Ticket Information for the 2014-2015 Dallas Opera Season

All performances are in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center unless otherwise described (see above). Single Tickets range from $19 to $275 and go on sale July 14. Flex Subscriptions are on sale now, starting at $75. Family performance tickets are just $5 apiece. 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 2014-2015 SEASON INFORMATION
The Dallas Opera celebrates its Fifty-Eighth International Season in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in the Dallas Arts District. Evening performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees begin at 2:00 p.m. unless otherwise stated. English translations will be projected above the stage at every performance and assistance is available for the hearing impaired. The Joy and Ronald Mankoff Pre-Opera Talk begins one hour prior to curtain, at most performances excluding FIRST NIGHT of the season.

The 2014-2015 “Heights of Passion Season” is presented by Texas Instruments Foundation. The Dallas Opera Family Performances are generously supported by 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.

THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
October 24, 26(m), 29, November 1, 7 and 9(m), 2014
In a single crazy, romantic day, doors will be locked and unlocked, disguised donned, kisses exchanged and innermost hearts revealed—to some of the most memorable music Mozart ever composed.
An opera in four acts first performed in Vienna on May 1, 1786
Text by Lorenzo Da Ponte after the 1784 play La folle journée, ou Le mariage de Figaro by Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais
Time: The late 18th century
Place: Aguasfrescas near Seville, Spain, the Almaviva’s country house
Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume
Stage Director: Kevin Moriarty
Production Design: John Bury*
Lighting Design: Mark McCullough
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Choreography: Joel Ferrell*
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Mirco Palazzi (Figaro) , Beate Ritter** (Susanna), Joshua Hopkins (Count Almaviva), Nicole Car** (Countess Almaviva), Emily Fons (Cherubino), Diana Montague* (Marcellina), Kevin Langan (Doctor Bartolo), Doug Jones (Don Basilio), Angela Mannino (Barbarina), Adam Lau* (Antonio) and Jon Kolbet (Don Curzio).
Production Owned by Lyric Opera of Chicago

SALOME by Richard Strauss
October 30, November 2(m), 5, 8, 2014
Once in a great while, the term “over the top” doesn’t seem nearly high enough.
An opera in one act first performed in Dresden, Germany on December 9, 1905
Hedwig Lachmann’s German translation of Oscar Wilde’s French language play
Time: During the time of Jesus Christ
Place: King Herod’s palace on the Sea of Galilee
Conductor: Evan Rogister*
Stage Director: Francesca Zambello
Original Production: Francesca Zambello
Scenic Design: Peter J. Davison*
Costume Design: Anita Yavich
Lighting Design: Mark McCullough
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Choreography: Yael Levitin*
Starring: Deborah Voigt* (Salome), Robert Brubaker (Herod), Greer Grimsley* (Jokanaan), Susan Bickley* (Herodias), Scott Quinn (Narraboth), Heather Johnson* (Herodias’Page), Bradley Garvin (First Nazarene), Grigory Soloviov* (First Soldier), Jason Grant (Second Soldier), Joseph Hu (First Jew), Jay Gardner (Second Jew), John Robert Lindsey (Third Jew), Steven Haal (Fourth Jew), Patrick Guetti* (Fifth Jew), Tyler Simpson* (Second Nazarene), NaGuanda Nobles (A Slave) and Matthew Stump* (A Cappadocian).
Production Owned by Washington National Opera

A RARE DALLAS OPERA DOUBLE BILL:

LA WALLY by Alfredo Catalani
January 30, February 1(m), 4 and 7, 2015
The Climactic Final Act!
First performed in Milan, Italy on January 20, 1892
Text by Luigi Illica after Wilhelmine von Hillern’s story, Die Geyer-Wally
Time: Around the year 1800
Place: The Austrian Alps
Conductor: Anthony Barrese
Stage Director: Candace Evans
Scenic Design: TBD
Costume Design: TBD
Lighting Design: TBD
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Latonia Moore (Wally), Carl Tanner* (Giuseppe Hagenbach) and Jennifer Chung (Walter)
A Brand-New Dallas Opera Production!

With EVEREST by Joby Talbot
January 30, February 1(m), 4 and 7, 2015
A Dallas Opera World Premiere!
Text by Gene Scheer
Time: Modern Day
Place: In the Death Zone on Mount Everest
Conductor: Nicole Paiement
Stage Director: Leonard Foglia
Scenic Design: Robert Brill
Costume Design: TBD
Video Design: Elaine J. McCarthy
Lighting Design: TBD
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Andrew Bidlack (Rob Hall), Sasha Cooke (Jan Arnold), Kevin Burdette* (Beck Weathers) and Craig Verm* (Doug Hanson).

LA BOHÈME by Giacomo Puccini
March 13, 15(m), 18, 21, 27 and 29(m), 2015
A passionate and timeless masterpiece in a beloved period production
An opera in four acts first performed in Turin, Italy on February 1, 1896
Text by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica after Henry Murger’s novel Scènes de la vie de bohème
Time: mid-19th century
Place: The Latin Quarter of Paris, France
Conductor: Riccardo Frizza*
Stage Director: Peter Kazaras
Scenic Design: Jean-Pierre Ponnelle
Costume Design: Peter J. Hall
Lighting Design: Thomas C. Hase
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Children’s Chorus Master: Melinda Cotton
Starring: Ana Maria Martinez (Mimi), Bryan Hymel (Rodolfo), Davinia Rodriguez* (Musetta), Jonathan Beyer (Marcello), Alexander Vinogradov* (Colline), Stephen LaBrie (Schaunard) and Stefan Szkafarowsky (Benoit).
One of the Dallas Opera’s Most Popular!

IOLANTA by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
April 10, 12(m), 15 and 18, 2015
A rarely performed Tchaikovsky gem, set in Medieval Provence!
First performed in St. Petersburg, Russia on December 18, 1892
Text by Modest Tchaikovsky based on the Danish play King Rene’s Daughter by Henrik Hertz
Time: The 15th century
Place: Provence, a mountainous region in Southern France
Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume
Stage Director: Christian Räth
Scenic Design: TBD
Costume Design: TBD
Video Design: Elaine J. McCarthy
Lighting Design: Thomas C. Hase
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Ekaterina Scherbachenko* (Iolanta), Sergei Skorokhodov* (Count Vaudémont), Joanna Mongiardo* (Brigitta), Lauren McNeese (Laura), Tamara Mumford* (Marta), Andrei Bondarenko** (Robert, Duke of Burgandy), Mikhail Kolelishvili (Renè, King of Provence), Andrew Bidlack (Alméric), Vladislav Sulimsky** (Ibn-Hakia) and Jordan Bisch (Bertrand).
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 and the 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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Single Tickets Go On Sale July 14

by Suzanne Calvin

Although the prices on subscriptions are nearly impossible to beat, for a variety of reasons, some people prefer to buy single tickets. Let us get on your radar screen now, because when these go on sale July 14th, many of the hottest performances are likely to fill up fast.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Monday, June 30, 2014
Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014 Or Celeste Hart 214.443.1071
suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org celeste.hart@dallasopera.org

THE DALLAS OPERA IS PLEASED
TO ANNOUNCE
SINGLE TICKETS
FOR THE 2014-2015 SEASON
“HEIGHTS OF PASSION”
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PRESENTED BY TEXAS INSTRUMENTS
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GO ON SALE MONDAY, JULY 14TH
Single tickets Start at Just $19
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Family Performance Singles -- $5 apiece!

DALLAS, JUNE 30, 2014— Now is the time to prepare to scale a new summit in North Texas arts and entertainment! Single tickets for Dallas Opera’s 2014-2015 “Heights of Passion” Season, presented by Texas Instruments, and popular TDO Family Performances in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center will go on sale to the general public Monday, July 14, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.
The Dallas Opera’s hotly anticipated season consists of six operas in five outstanding productions, including a spectacular, much-anticipated world premiere! Single tickets start at the low price of $19 and may be purchased, 24/7, at www.dallasopera.org/tickets/ or by calling our friendly and helpful ticket office professionals at 214-443-1000—beginning July 14th.
Full season and Flex subscriptions are available for purchase today. Subscriptions for all five productions begin at the amazing low price of just $95! Flex subscriptions (three operas or your choosing) start at just $75 and four opera packages are available, as well.
This is one of the best chances yet to experience the consummate art form—and introduce it to the loved ones in your life! Share world-renowned singers performing with TDO’s superb orchestra and chorus under the baton of Music Director Emmanuel Villaume and prestigious guest conductors. Share the breathtaking sets and costumes, the passions, the action—and immerse yourself in some of the finest music ever composed.
Sold-out houses are becoming more common; we recommend that you plan your 2014-2015 Dallas Opera Season today by consulting the production line-up below:

• THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO, the spirited comedy by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with Italian bass Mirco Palazzi starring as the clever servant, Figaro.
(Oct. 24 – The Linda and Mitch Hart Season Opening Night Performance,
26 (m), 29, Nov. 1, 7, 9)
• SALOME by Richard Strauss featuring the TDO debuts of two phenomenal stars, soprano Deborah Voigt in the title role, and Greer Grimsley as John the Baptist. (Oct. 30, Nov. 2(m), 5, 8, 2014)
• LA WALLY by Alfredo Catalani starring soprano Latonia Moore and tenor Carl Tanner, paired with the world premiere of EVEREST the first opera by British composer Joby Talbot—working with librettist Gene Scheer (Moby-Dick). A modern-day opera, EVEREST confronts the tragic events of an ill-fated 1996 expedition on the world’s highest peak. (Jan. 30, Feb. 1(m), 4, & 7, 2015)
• LA BOHÈME, Giacomo Puccini’s passionate love story, stars Grammy award-winning Latina soprano Ana María Martínez as Mimi and tenor Bryan Hymel as Rodolfo. (Mar. 13, 15(m), 18, 21, 27, 29, 2015)
• IOLANTA by Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky is a rarely produced gem performed by a superb Russian/American ensemble and conducted by TDO Music Director Emmanuel Villaume. (Apr. 10, 12(m), 15 & 18, 2015)

“This incredible season offers a carefully conceived balance of productions, each with its own special attributes,” explains Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny. We are pleased to return to a five-production season that includes much-loved classics, opera rarities, and premieres. I’d like to personally invite both experienced aficionados and classical music newcomers to take advantage of these magnificent offerings and join us for a season of high adventure!”

The Dallas Opera kicks off the upcoming season with a brilliant domestic comedy, Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. Patrons will tap along to one of the best-known overtures in Western Music. After a series of entertaining twists and turns, the title character, Figaro, finally weds his true love. Our distinguished music director, Emmanuel Villaume, is scheduled to conduct this acclaimed 18th century masterpiece.
Next, TDO will present one of the most fascinating and controversial operas of the 20th century: Salome, Richard Strauss’ explosive, late-Romantic masterpiece set in biblical times. We are delighted to present superstar soprano Deborah Voigt and baritone Greer Grimsley in their long-awaited TDO debuts.
The Dallas Opera is particularly proud to produce another exciting world premiere, Everest, based on a harrowing true story. British composer Joby Talbot has promised an evocative and imaginative score to go with the insightful libretto by Gene Scheer. This new work will be conducted by Dallas Opera Principal Guest Conductor Nicole Paiement and staged by Leonard Foglia.
To complement the mountain theme, the Dallas Opera has paired Everest with La Wally, a love story—possibly based on real people as well—set high in the Austrian Alps. Soprano Latonia Moore, who wowed audiences in TDO’s 2012 season opener, Aida, will sing the title role. Her transcendent voice is sure to effortlessly scale the challenges of composer Alfredo Catalani’s score and she will be partnered with acclaimed tenor Carl Tanner.
La bohème, although tragic, is always a tremendous crowd-pleaser with its romantic storyline, familiar characters, and unforgettable melodies. This opera features two remarkable Latina sopranos, Ana María Martínez and Davinia Rodriguez, in starring roles in this exceptional all-star cast also headed by tenor Bryan Hymel.
We close the Dallas Opera’s “Heights of Passion” season with Tchaikovsky’s rarely performed, Iolanta, a gentle fairy tale about a young princess born blind. This gorgeous work features a superb Russian/American ensemble conducted by Maestro Villaume. Happily, love prevails—in the end.

“We hope everyone will be attracted to these extraordinary operas and rush to purchase their subscriptions now” adds Dallas Opera Marketing Director Carrie Ellen Adamian. “At the very least, mark your calendar to purchase single tickets to the productions you most desire, when they go on sale next month.”

Guest stars making highly anticipated Dallas Opera debuts this season include:

• Deborah Voigt, soprano, making her TDO debut as Salome, is an internationally revered performer. “As Salome, the inexhaustible Miss Voigt is on stage and singing throughout most of the evening. Her Salome stealthily evolves, morphing from naïve young girl into sexual predator, expanding vocally from lyric tenderness to Wagnerian power and majesty.” (Washington Times)
• Greer Grimsley, “with a deep resonance and round tones full of strength and delicate nuance – Grimsley was phenomenal,” according to the Times Picayune about Mr. Grimsley, baritone, who is starring as John the Baptist in Salome.
• Susan Bickley, mezzo-soprano, as Queen Herodias in her long-awaited company debut. The Guardian called her performances “heartstoppingly direct, seamlessly expressive, and perfectly even in tone…a marvel in every respect.”
• Nicole Car, “Car’s honeyed voice, clear expression and delightfully focused performance was used to impressive effect right from the opening scene,” (The Daily Telegraph Australia regarding her performance in Eugene Onegin). The soprano, who will make her American debut at TDO as Countess Almaviva, is already being hailed as the next Joan Sutherland.
• Carl Tanner will make his Dallas Opera debut as Hagenbach in La Wally. Uptempo Magazine proclaimed “the quality of Tanner’s voice gave a lasting impression with its vastly dynamic and resonant timber,” following the tenor’s Metropolitan Opera debut.
• Ekaterina Scherbachenko, a Russian soprano who has made Iolanta a signature role, was described by Opera magazine as “exquisitely sensitive and fine-tuned in the title role.”
• Sergei Skorokhodov, who according to The St. Petersburg Times “possesses a strong, clear voice, with an exceptionally winning upper register,” will portray Count Vaudemont in the Tchaikovsky rarity.

Returning to the Dallas Opera stage this season are many highly regarded artists:

• Mirco Palazzi According to the Associated Press, the bass-baritone showed “great spirit and comic timing” in his U.S. debut as Leporello, stealing the Dallas Opera’s 2010 production of Don Giovanni.
• Latonia Moore, “her voice was radiant, plush and sizable at its best, with gleaming top notes that broke through the chorus and orchestra,” wrote The New York Times after the soprano stepped into the role of Aida at New York’s Metropolitan Opera to cover for an ailing lead—and came out a star.
• Robert Brubaker “Brubaker sang with exceptional control over color and dynamic projection (in the role of King Herod), reveling in one of Strauss’ most intricate acting assignments,” hailed the Louisville Journal.
• Andrew Bidlack A young tenor starring in Everest was recently praised by The Dallas Morning News for his performance in TDO’s Die Tote Stadt: “a standout is Andrew Bidlack’s Albert, with a bright beautiful tenor of considerable power.”
• Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano, also starring in Everest, was praised by Opera News: “Cooke’s attractive, erotic stage presence struck plenty of sparks…but without question she also delivers the vocal goods. She possesses a firm, fruity mezzo, straight-toned in quality, which allows the listener to luxuriate in her unerring sense of pitch.”
• Bryan Hymel, “sang the leading tenor role of Rodolfo showing his high notes are easily among the best in the business. The rest of his voice is so attractive, and his presence so winning…” said the Philadelphia Inquirer on his performance in La bohème in which he is starring with TDO.
• Ana María Martínez, a Latin American soprano starring in La bohème, drew rave reviews from Opera News as “a radiantly vulnerable Mimi, consistently employing her darkly textured lyric soprano with great sensitivity to dynamics and text.”
• Davinia Rodriguez, a soprano described by The Seattle Times as “dramatically convincing and vocally resplendent,” will star as Musetta in La bohème.

The Dallas Opera Family Performances are generously supported by 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.
The Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House is conveniently located in the heart of the Arts District at 2403 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201.
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EVENTS, GUESTS AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT “JUNE AT THE DALLAS OPERA”
IS CONVENIENTLY AVAILABLE ONLINE, 24/7
VISIT WWW.DALLASOPERA.ORG AND CHECK THE CALENDAR LISTINGS

Ticket Information for the 2014-2015 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 go on sale Monday, July 14, 2014. Flex Subscriptions are on sale now, 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 2014-2015 “Heights of Passion Season” is presented by Texas Instruments. The Dallas Opera Family Performances are also generously supported by 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.

THE DALLAS OPERA 2014-2015 SEASON INFORMATION
The Dallas Opera celebrates its Fifty-Eighth International Season in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in the Dallas Arts District. Evening performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees begin at 2:00 p.m. unless otherwise stated. English translations will be projected above the stage at every performance and assistance is available for the hearing impaired. The Joy and Ronald Mankoff Pre-Opera Talk begins one hour prior to curtain, at most performances excluding FIRST NIGHT of the season.

THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
October 24, 26(m), 29, November 1, 7 and 9(m), 2014
In a single crazy, romantic day, doors will be locked and unlocked, disguised donned, kisses exchanged and innermost hearts revealed—to some of the most memorable music Mozart ever composed.
An opera in four acts first performed in Vienna on May 1, 1786
Text by Lorenzo Da Ponte after the 1784 play La folle journée, ou Le mariage de Figaro by Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais
Time: The late 18th century
Place: Aguasfrescas near Seville, Spain, the Almaviva’s country house
Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume
Stage Director: Kevin Moriarty
Production Design: John Bury*
Lighting Design: Mark McCullough
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Choreography: Joel Ferrell*
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Mirco Palazzi (Figaro) , Beate Ritter** (Susanna), Joshua Hopkins (Count Almaviva), Nicole Car** (Countess Almaviva), Emily Fons (Cherubino), Diana Montague* (Marcellina), Kevin Langan (Doctor Bartolo), Doug Jones (Don Basilio), Angela Mannino (Barbarina), Adam Lau* (Antonio) and Jon Kolbet (Don Curzio).
Production Owned by Lyric Opera of Chicago

SALOME by Richard Strauss
October 30, November 2(m), 5, 8, 2014
Once in a great while, the term “over the top” doesn’t seem nearly high enough.
An opera in one act first performed in Dresden, Germany on December 9, 1905
Hedwig Lachmann’s German translation of Oscar Wilde’s French language play
Time: During the time of Jesus Christ
Place: King Herod’s palace on the Sea of Galilee
Conductor: Evan Rogister*
Stage Director: Francesca Zambello
Original Production: Francesca Zambello
Scenic Design: Peter J. Davison*
Costume Design: Anita Yavich
Lighting Design: Mark McCullough
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Choreography: Yael Levitin*
Starring: Deborah Voigt* (Salome), Robert Brubaker (Herod), Greer Grimsley* (Jokanaan), Susan Bickley* (Herodias), Scott Quinn (Narraboth), Heather Johnson* (Herodias’Page), Bradley Garvin (First Nazarene), Grigory Soloviov* (First Soldier), Jason Grant (Second Soldier), Joseph Hu (First Jew), Jay Gardner (Second Jew), John Robert Lindsey (Third Jew), Steven Haal (Fourth Jew), Patrick Guetti* (Fifth Jew), Tyler Simpson* (Second Nazarene), NaGuanda Nobles (A Slave) and Matthew Stump* (A Cappadocian).
Production Owned by Washington National Opera

A RARE DALLAS OPERA DOUBLE BILL:

LA WALLY by Alfredo Catalani
January 30, February 1(m), 4 and 7, 2015
The Climactic Final Act!
First performed in Milan, Italy on January 20, 1892
Text by Luigi Illica after Wilhelmine von Hillern’s story, Die Geyer-Wally
Time: Around the year 1800
Place: The Austrian Alps
Conductor: Anthony Barrese
Stage Director: Candace Evans
Scenic Design: TBD
Costume Design: TBD
Lighting Design: TBD
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Latonia Moore (Wally), Carl Tanner* (Giuseppe Hagenbach) and Jennifer Chung (Walter)
A Brand-New Dallas Opera Production!

With EVEREST by Joby Talbot
January 30, February 1(m), 4 and 7, 2015
A Dallas Opera World Premiere!
Text by Gene Scheer
Time: Modern Day
Place: In the Death Zone on Mount Everest
Conductor: Nicole Paiement
Stage Director: Leonard Foglia
Scenic Design: Robert Brill
Costume Design: TBD
Video Design: Elaine J. McCarthy
Lighting Design: TBD
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Andrew Bidlack (Rob Hall), Sasha Cooke (Jan Arnold), Kevin Burdette* (Beck Weathers) and Craig Verm* (Doug Hanson).

LA BOHÈME by Giacomo Puccini
March 13, 15(m), 18, 21, 27 and 29(m), 2015
A passionate and timeless masterpiece in a beloved period production
An opera in four acts first performed in Turin, Italy on February 1, 1896
Text by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica after Henry Murger’s novel Scènes de la vie de bohème
Time: mid-19th century
Place: The Latin Quarter of Paris, France
Conductor: Riccardo Frizza*
Stage Director: Peter Kazaras
Scenic Design: Jean-Pierre Ponnelle
Costume Design: Peter J. Hall
Lighting Design: Thomas C. Hase
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Children’s Chorus Master: Melinda Cotton
Starring: Ana Maria Martinez (Mimi), Bryan Hymel (Rodolfo), Davinia Rodriguez* (Musetta), Jonathan Beyer (Marcello), Alexander Vinogradov* (Colline), Stephen LaBrie (Schaunard) and Stefan Szkafarowsky (Benoit).
One of the Dallas Opera’s Most Popular!

IOLANTA by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
April 10, 12(m), 15 and 18, 2015
A rarely performed Tchaikovsky gem, set in Medieval Provence!
First performed in St. Petersburg, Russia on December 18, 1892
Text by Modest Tchaikovsky based on the Danish play King Rene’s Daughter by Henrik Hertz
Time: The 15th century
Place: Provence, a mountainous region in Southern France
Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume
Stage Director: Christian Räth
Scenic Design: TBD
Costume Design: TBD
Video Design: Elaine J. McCarthy
Lighting Design: Thomas C. Hase
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Ekaterina Scherbachenko* (Iolanta), Sergei Skorokhodov* (Count Vaudémont), Joanna Mongiardo* (Brigitta), Lauren McNeese (Laura), Tamara Mumford* (Marta), Andrei Bondarenko** (Robert, Duke of Burgandy), Mikhail Kolelishvili (Renè, King of Provence), Andrew Bidlack (Alméric), Vladislav Sulimsky** (Ibn-Hakia) and Jordan Bisch (Bertrand).
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 and the 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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Dallas Opera Appoints Ian Derrer to Newly Created Post

by Suzanne Calvin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214-443-1014 Or Celeste Hart 214-443-1071
suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org celeste.hart@dallasopera.org

THE DALLAS OPERA ANNOUNCES
THE APPOINTMENT OF A NEW
ARTISTIC ADMINISTRATOR:
IAN DERRER
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Most Recently Served with Lyric Opera of Chicago and Santa Fe Opera; Appointment Effective Immediately

DALLAS, JUNE 25, 2014 – In the wake of Jonathan Pell’s decision to step down after thirty years of distinguished service to The Dallas Opera, General Director & CEO Keith Cerny is delighted to announce the appointment of a new Artistic Administrator, Ian Derrer.
Working closely with Dr. Cerny and Music Director Emmanuel Villaume, the Artistic Administrator will be responsible for supporting the planning and implementation of the company’s programming for future seasons. Going forward, the leadership team will also include Director of Production John Toia and Technical Director Drew Field. To ensure continuity, as previously announced, Mr. Pell will continue to serve as Artistic Advisor to the company until the end of the 2016-2017 Season.
Following a comprehensive international search—which attracted nearly fifty highly qualified applicants from the U.S., U.K., Continental Europe, Russia, the Middle East, and Australia—General Director & CEO Keith Cerny has appointed Mr.Derrer to this newly created position. Mr. Derrer joins TDO from the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
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Mr. Derrer grew up in North Carolina and, in 1996, completed a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from the Meadows School of the Arts at SMU. He then worked as a freelance Assistant Director and Stage Manager for Santa Fe Opera, The Atlanta Opera, Opera Carolina, Opera Pacific, and Washington Opera. From 1999-2005 he completed Masters Degrees in Opera Production, Voice, and Performing Arts Management from Northwestern University and Brooklyn College. During the summers of 2001-2003 he was also the Scheduling Coordinator for the International Institute of Vocal Arts in Chiari, Italy. Afterwards, he served as Rehearsal & Music Coordinator for the New York City Opera (2004-2006). Mr. Derrer also has invaluable experience in the field of orchestra and artist management. Immediately prior to joining the Dallas Opera, Ian held multiple positions at the Lyric Opera of Chicago (2006-2014), including Head of the Rehearsal Department, Rehearsal Administrator, and Director of Production, while, also, making time to serve as Rehearsal Director for Santa Fe Opera during the summer of 2012.
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Regarding the selection of Mr. Derrer, General Director & CEO Keith Cerny noted: “In the midst of a superb group of candidates, Ian really stood out. I am delighted to add him to my senior artistic team. Ian is well-known in the opera world for his wide-ranging background as a performer, stage director and administrator, as well as being equally renowned for his superb teamwork and leadership skills. With this exciting appointment, I am pleased to have completed my artistic leadership team.”

TDO’s Music Director, Emmanuel Villaume, commented, “I have known Ian for nearly ten years, and have worked with him both at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Santa Fe Opera. I have been consistently impressed with his ability to manage complex situations with diplomacy and tact; and I have developed great admiration for his knowledge of singers and their craft. I very much look forward to working with Ian in his new role.”

Mr. Derrer begins work on a part-time basis immediately and will assume a full-time position on the Dallas Opera Senior Staff, as of mid-August.

About the Dallas Opera:

More than half-a-century of artistic excellence, technical innovation and community engagement have enabled The Dallas Opera to make a major contribution to the international cultural reputation of Dallas and add significantly to the economic impact of the performing arts across North Texas. The Dallas Opera has presented a host of international stars in their American debuts, including Dame Joan Sutherland, Montserrat Caballé, Jon Vickers, and Plácido Domingo, as well as designer-director Franco Zeffirelli. A champion of new work, The Dallas Opera has presented the American premieres of five operas and additional world premieres. Most recently, the company commissioned composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer to create a tremendously successful new opera based on Herman Melville’s 19th century novel “Moby-Dick,” as well as forthcoming new operas by British composer Joby Talbot (“Everest”), Heggie and Terrence McNally (“Great Scott”), and American composer Mark Adamo, all slated to take center stage in 2015. The Dallas Opera has pioneered classical music simulcasts in North Texas at locations ranging from Klyde Warren Park to AT&T (formerly Cowboys) Stadium and continues to seek new ways to engage the entire community and bring the thrill of opera to people of all ages, educational levels and backgrounds.

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EVENTS, GUESTS AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT “JUNE AT THE DALLAS OPERA”
IS CONVENIENTLY AVAILABLE ONLINE, 24/7
VISIT WWW.DALLASOPERA.ORG AND CHECK THE CALENDAR LISTINGS

Ticket Information for the 2014-2015 Dallas Opera Season

All performances are in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center unless otherwise described. Single Tickets range from $19 to $275 and Flex Subscriptions are on sale starting at $75. Family performance tickets are just $5. For more information or to make your purchase, contact The Dallas Opera Ticket Services Office at 214.443.1000 or visit us online, 24/7, at www.dallasopera.org.

THE DALLAS OPERA 2014-2015 SEASON INFORMATION
The Dallas Opera celebrates its Fifty-Eighth 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.

THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
October 24, 26(m), 29, November 1, 7 and 9(m), 2014
In a single crazy, romantic day, doors will be locked and unlocked, disguised donned, kisses exchanged and innermost hearts revealed—to some of the most memorable music Mozart ever composed.
An opera in four acts first performed in Vienna on May 1, 1786
Text by Lorenzo Da Ponte after the 1784 play La folle journée, ou Le mariage de Figaro by Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais
Time: The late 18th century
Place: Aguasfrescas near Seville, Spain, the Almaviva’s country house
Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume
Stage Director: Kevin Moriarty
Production Design: John Bury*
Lighting Design: Mark McCullough
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Choreography: Joel Ferrell*
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Mirco Palazzi (Figaro), Beate Ritter** (Susanna), Joshua Hopkins (Count Almaviva), Nicole Car** (Countess Almaviva), Emily Fons (Cherubino), Diana Montague* (Marcellina), Kevin Langan (Doctor Bartolo), Doug Jones (Don Basilio), Angela Mannino (Barbarina), Adam Lau* (Antonio) and Jon Kolbet (Don Curzio).
Production Owned by Lyric Opera of Chicago

SALOME by Richard Strauss
October 30, November 2(m), 5, 8, 2014
Once in a great while, the term “over the top” doesn’t seem nearly high enough.
An opera in one act first performed in Dresden, Germany on December 9, 1905
Hedwig Lachmann’s German translation of Oscar Wilde’s French language play
Time: During the time of Jesus Christ
Place: King Herod’s palace on the Sea of Galilee
Conductor: Evan Rogister*
Stage Director: Francesca Zambello
Original Production: Francesca Zambello
Scenic Design: Peter J. Davison*
Costume Design: Anita Yavich
Lighting Design: Mark McCullough
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Choreography: Yael Levitin*
Starring: Deborah Voigt* (Salome), Robert Brubaker (Herod), Greer Grimsley* (Jokanaan), Susan Bickley* (Herodias), Scott Quinn (Narraboth), Heather Johnson* (Herodias’Page), Bradley Garvin (First Nazarene), Grigory Soloviov* (First Soldier), Jason Grant (Second Soldier), Joseph Hu (First Jew), Jay Gardner (Second Jew), John Robert Lindsey (Third Jew), Steven Haal (Fourth Jew), Patrick Guetti* (Fifth Jew), Tyler Simpson* (Second Nazarene), NaGuanda Nobles (A Slave) and Matthew Stump* (A Cappadocian).
Production Owned by Washington National Opera

PLEASE NOTE!

A RARE DALLAS OPERA DOUBLE BILL:

LA WALLY by Alfredo Catalani
January 30, February 1(m), 4 and 7, 2015
The Climactic Final Act!
First performed in Milan, Italy on January 20, 1892
Text by Luigi Illica after Wilhelmine von Hillern’s story, Die Geyer-Wally
Time: Around the year 1800
Place: The Austrian Alps
Conductor: Anthony Barrese
Stage Director: Candace Evans
Scenic Design: TBD
Costume Design: TBD
Lighting Design: TBD
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Latonia Moore (Wally), Carl Tanner* (Giuseppe Hagenbach) and Jennifer Chung (Walter)
A Brand-New Dallas Opera Production!

With EVEREST by Joby Talbot
January 30, February 1(m), 4 and 7, 2015
A Dallas Opera World Premiere!
Text by Gene Scheer
Time: Modern Day
Place: In the Death Zone on Mount Everest
Conductor: Nicole Paiement
Stage Director: Leonard Foglia
Scenic Design: Robert Brill
Costume Design: TBD
Video Design: Elaine J. McCarthy
Lighting Design: TBD
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Andrew Bidlack (Rob Hall), Sasha Cooke (Jan Arnold), Kevin Burdette* (Beck Weathers) and Craig Verm* (Doug Hanson).

LA BOHÈME by Giacomo Puccini
March 13, 15(m), 18, 21, 27 and 29(m), 2015
A passionate and timeless masterpiece in a beloved period production
An opera in four acts first performed in Turin, Italy on February 1, 1896
Text by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica after Henry Murger’s novel Scènes de la vie de bohème
Time: mid-19th century
Place: The Latin Quarter of Paris, France
Conductor: Riccardo Frizza*
Stage Director: Peter Kazaras
Scenic Design: Jean-Pierre Ponnelle
Costume Design: Peter J. Hall
Lighting Design: Thomas C. Hase
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Children’s Chorus Master: Melinda Cotton
Starring: Ana Maria Martinez (Mimi), Bryan Hymel (Rodolfo), Davinia Rodriguez* (Musetta), Jonathan Beyer (Marcello), Alexander Vinogradov* (Colline), Stephen LaBrie (Schaunard) and Stefan Szkafarowsky (Benoit).
One of the Dallas Opera’s Most Popular!

IOLANTA by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
April 10, 12(m), 15 and 18, 2015
A rarely performed Tchaikovsky gem, set in Medieval Provence!
First performed in St. Petersburg, Russia on December 18, 1892
Text by Modest Tchaikovsky based on the Danish play King Rene’s Daughter by Henrik Hertz
Time: The 15th century
Place: Provence, a mountainous region in Southern France
Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume
Stage Director: Christian Räth
Scenic Design: TBD
Costume Design: TBD
Video Design: Elaine J. McCarthy
Lighting Design: Thomas C. Hase
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Ekaterina Scherbachenko* (Iolanta), Sergei Skorokhodov* (Count Vaudémont), Joanna Mongiardo* (Brigitta), Lauren McNeese (Laura), Tamara Mumford* (Marta), Andrei Bondarenko** (Robert, Duke of Burgandy), Mikhail Kolelishvili (Renè, King of Provence), Andrew Bidlack (Alméric), Vladislav Sulimsky** (Ibn-Hakia) and Jordan Bisch (Bertrand).
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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Dallas Opera and San Diego Opera Announce Exciting Co-Production!

by Celeste Hart

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, June 20, 2014

Contact: Suzanne Calvin 817-995-1687
suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org
Or Edward Wilensky 619-384-7636
Edward.Wilensky@sdopera.com             

THE DALLAS OPERA AND SAN DIEGO OPERA
ARE VERY PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT
SAN DIEGO OPERA WILL
CO-PRODUCE GREAT SCOTT

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THE FIRST OPERA BY COMPOSER JAKE HEGGIE AND LIBRETTIST TERRENCE MCNALLY SINCE THEIR ACCLAIMED DEAD MAN WALKING (2000)

            SAN FRANCISCO, JUNE 20, 2014 – The Dallas Opera proudly welcomes a co-producer, San Diego Opera, to the first major project in fourteen years by critically acclaimed American composer Jake Heggie (Moby-Dick) and Tony Award-winning playwright and librettist Terrence McNally (Master Class).  Continue reading →

Give today and a matching donation will double your gift!

by Celeste Hart

IT’S A GREAT TIME TO GIVE! Just yesterday we announced that the Elsa von Seggern Foundation will MATCH ALL donations that you make by June 30 to help us reach our fundraising goals and balance the operating budget for the 2nd year in a row! We needed 358 gifts to get there.  Now we need 298.  If we keep amazing momentum going, we can get to the finish line early! We have the best Friends. Every gift matters!  www.dallasopera.org/donate  THANK YOU!

Nicole Paiement Named Principal Guest Conductor

by Suzanne Calvin

It’s fabulous--and it’s official.  The Dallas Opera has appointed Maestra Nicole Paiement as our first “Principal Guest Conductor.”  More from Jerome Weeks and the “Art and Seek” blog.

Suzanne Calvin, Director of Media and Public Relations  (photo of Ms. Paiement by Roger Steen)Nicole Paiement