Marilyn Horne Competition Winners to Perform in Dallas

by Celeste Hart

The Dallas Opera, in Partnership with the Music Academy of the West, is Proud to Announce the Expansion of the Robert E. and Jean Ann Titus Art Song Recital Series

 

TDO will present the winners of the prestigious

Marilyn Horne Song Competition in recital

 

2014 Winners Michelle Bradley (soprano) and Michael Gaertner (pianist) will perform in Dallas on May 17, 2015

            DALLAS, TX, DECEMBER 18, 2014 – The Dallas Opera is delighted to announce a partnership with the Music Academy of the West located in Santa Barbara, California, that will allow patrons from across North Texas to experience the artistry of 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 landmark gift of the Titus Family that created this program, dedicated to the advancement of art song in American cultural life, will continue to enable The Dallas Opera to present recitals featuring established, world-class performers (such as renowned British tenor Ian Bostridge) representing this rarified field.  Beginning in 2015, the series will be expanded to include an annual recital to showcase the previous year’s Marilyn Horne Competition winners. 

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

Tickets will go on sale in early 2015 for this special one-time-only event and will be on a “first come, first served” basis. They may be purchased through the Dallas Opera Patron Services Office at 214.443.1000.

 

            “Building on the remarkable generosity of the Titus Family,” explains Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny, “this rewarding partnership allows us to expand the reach and influence of TDO’s art song series, making Dallas one of a mere handful of American cities committed to spreading the excitement about this unique and tremendously important art form.”

            “It’s gratifying to be able to make such an announcement, even as we prepare for the next Titus Art Song Recital in January, starring the remarkable American tenor Matthew Polenzani and his esteemed accompanist, Julius Drake, in their eagerly anticipated Texas debuts,” added Mr. Cerny.

 

            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, including the legendary soprano Lotte Lehmann and the famed conductor Otto Klemperer.

One of the most popular events of the summer season at the Music Academy, the Marilyn Horne Song Competition (formerly known as the Marilyn Horne Foundation Vocal Competition) is a showcase for Academy singers and vocal pianists. Top awards are given to the Academy singer and vocal pianist who demonstrate excellence in the performance of song repertoire as well as a unique gift for audience communication.

Previous winners of the competition have included baritone John Brancy and pianist Mario Antonio Marra (2013); soprano Tracy Cox and pianist Maureen Zoltek (2012); soprano Karen Vuong and pianist Saule Tlenchiyeva (2011); soprano Megan Hart and pianist Sun Ha “Sunny” Yoon (2010); mezzo-soprano Ronnita Miller, tenor Jeffrey Hill, and pianist Lio Kuokman (2009); soprano Simone Osborne, baritone Edward Parks, and pianist In-Sun Suh (2008); soprano Nadine Sierra and pianist Karen Kyung-Eun Na (2007); Santa Barbara’s own Evan Hughes (2006); soprano Elaine Alvarez, mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, and pianist Tamara Sanikidze (2005); mezzo-soprano Daniela Lehner and pianist Marie-Ève Scarfone (2004); mezzo-soprano Megan Latham and pianist Carol Wong (2003); mezzo-soprano Deborah Domanski and pianist Jerome Tan (2002); tenor Ramon Diggs and pianist Nino Sanikidze (2001); baritone Nicolai Janitzky, mezzo-soprano Liesel Fedkenheuer, and pianists Ji Young Lee and Spencer Myer (2000).

The competition regularly attracts industry insiders eager for a glimpse of up-and-coming talent.

 

ARTIST BIOS:

 

Michelle Bradley, 31, born in Versailles, Kentucky, is a graduate of Kentucky State and Bowling Green State universities. She currently resides in Houston, Texas, where she studies with Lois Alba. The recipient of a Houston Ebony Opera Guild Encouragement Award, Ms. Bradley won the Lois Alba Aria Competition in 2011. In December 2013, she placed third and received the Audience Choice Award at the Palm Springs Opera Guild of the Desert Vocal Competition.

 

Michael Gaertner, 24, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, recently graduated from the University of Michigan with a master’s degree in collaborative piano. He earned a bachelor’s degree in piano performance, with a collaborative emphasis, at Ithaca College, where he received the Mary Hayes North Piano Competition Award. Mr. Gaertner has attended the Brevard Music Center and the Aspen Music Festival and School. He has performed in masterclasses for Aviram Reichert, Timothy Hester, Irene Gubrud, Eric Owens, and Sasha Cooke, and his teachers have included Jennifer Hayghe, Charis Dimaras, Kenneth Merrill, and Martin Katz.

 

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Dallas Opera Wants to Take YOU Higher

by Suzanne Calvin

The supers, or non-singing extras, that performed the duties of deckhands in our 2010 world premiere production of “Moby-Dick” have been immortalized in scads of photos in books and publications around the world.  You could be next.  Read on.

Media Alert

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Friday, December 5, 2014

Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014                            Or Celeste Hart 214.443.1071

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

 

Scale Unimaginable Heights!

Explore New Experiences!

Make History as Part of the Original Cast

Of a Dallas Opera World Premiere!

EVEREST

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TDO Seeking Supers with Serious Climbing Skills

No Theatrical Experience Necessary

No Singing Required!

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Apply Online at https://secure.dallasopera.org/supers/

 

            DALLAS, TX, DECEMBER 5, 2014 – The Dallas Opera is putting out a call for men and women of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds—with actual climbing experience—to join the original cast of the world premiere production of Joby Talbot and Gene Scheer’s EVEREST, opening January 30, 2015 for the first of four performances in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center.

            Like the Moby-Dick world premiere in 2010, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.  The Dallas Opera is seeking individuals who are unafraid of heights and comfortable working in a harness.  They may be called upon to dangle 30 feet in the air for as long as fifteen minutes at a time.

            For additional information about the job of opera supernumeraries (or, “supers”) go to http://dallasopera.org/about/employment/seasonal/.

            To sign-up, fill out the form at https://secure.dallasopera.org/supers/ and you will be contacted by a member of our artistic/production team.

            Rehearsals for the supernumeraries will begin in early January.  The position comes with modest compensation and complimentary tickets; not to mention, lifelong “bragging rights.”

            Do not delay!  Explore this extraordinary opportunity today!

 

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On the slopes of Mount Everest, luck and the weather can turn with equal ferocity and swiftness, and dreams die even for the most valiant of men.  British composer Joby Talbot’s first opera—EVEREST—a Dallas Opera world premiere with a libretto by Gene Scheer (Moby-Dick)—confronts the tragic events surrounding an ill-fated Everest expedition with a cast that includes tenor Andrew Bidlack and mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, as well as bass Kevin Burdette and baritone Craig Verm in their company debuts. 

This much-anticipated Dallas Opera world premiere will be conducted by contemporary music specialist and Dallas Opera Principal Guest Conductor Nicole Paiement and staged by director Leonard Foglia (Moby-Dick) with stunning projections by Elaine J. McCarthy (Moby-Dick, Tristan & Isolde) to carry us to the one of the highest, most awe-inspiring, and dangerous places on earth.

 

Performances of this unique double bill (LA WALLY, Act IV sung in Italian, followed by EVEREST sung in English, with English language supertitles projected above the stage) will take place in the magnificent Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House on January 30, February 1 ( 2:00 matinee), 4 & 7, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. 

These One Acts will be separated by an intermission. 

 

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            Single tickets for the remaining mainstage productions of the Dallas Opera’s “Heights of Passion” Season—including the world premiere production of Joby Talbot and Gene Scheer’s EVEREST—are on sale now, starting at just $19, through the Dallas Opera Ticket Services Office at 214.443.1000 or online at www.dallasopera.org.  Student Rush best-available tickets can be purchased at the lobby box office for as little as $25 (one per valid Student I.D.) ninety minutes prior to each performance.

 

EVENTS, GUESTS AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT “DECEMBER AT THE DALLAS OPERA”

IS CONVENIENTLY AVAILABLE ONLINE, 24/7

VISIT WWW.DALLASOPERA.ORG AND CHECK THE CALENDAR LISTINGS

 

For high-resolution, digital photographs suitable for print

To arrange an interview

Or for additional information

Please contact Suzanne Calvin, Director 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

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 Spring 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.

 

 

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!

 

 Paired 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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Dallas Opera Receives Major NEA Grant for EVEREST

by Celeste Hart

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014      suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org         
Or Celeste Hart 214.443.1071     celeste.hart@dallasopera.org

The Dallas Opera is the Proud Recipient Of a $50,000 Art Works Grant
from the National Endowment for the Arts

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Supporting the January 2015 World Premiere Production of
Joby Talbot and Gene Scheer’s 
EVEREST

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One of 919 Non-profit Organizations in the U.S. Receiving Grant Monies Totaling $26.6 Million

            DALLAS, TX, DECEMBER 2, 2014 – The Dallas Opera is pleased to announce that it is one of 919 non-profit organizations, nationwide, to be honored with an NEA Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

            The awards were announced earlier today in Washington by NEA Chairman Jane Chu, who explained that “the arts foster value, connection, creativity and innovation for the American people.  These recommended grants demonstrate those attributes and affirm that the arts are part of our everyday lives.”

            The Dallas Opera’s award will go to support the upcoming world premiere production of Joby Talbot and Gene Scheer’s EVEREST, opening January 30, 2015 for the first of four performances in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center.

            “We are happy to be named a recipient of an NEA Art Works grant,” says Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny, “and happier still that the value of this project—the first of three Dallas Opera world premieres in calendar 2015— has been recognized at the national level.  TDO is committed to new works and dedicated to fostering new opportunities for the most talented composers, librettists, designers and directors of our time.  EVEREST allows us to pursue both these worthy goals, while creating timely and relevant entertainment options for music lovers from across North Texas.”

            Art Works grants also support public engagement with art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the enhanced livability of communities through the arts.  The NEA received nearly 1,500 eligible applications this year and awarded grants totaling $26.6 million.

            For a complete listing of projects, visit the NEA website at arts.gov.

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            Single tickets for the remaining mainstage productions of the Dallas Opera’s “Heights of Passion” Season—including the world premiere production of Joby Talbot and Gene Scheer’s EVEREST—are on sale now, starting at just $19, through the Dallas Opera Ticket Services Office at 214.443.1000 or online at www.dallasopera.org.  Student Rush best-available tickets can be purchased at the lobby box office for as little as $25 (one per valid Student I.D.) ninety minutes prior to each performance.        

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 EVENTS, GUESTS AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT “DECEMBER AT THE DALLAS OPERA”

IS CONVENIENTLY AVAILABLE ONLINE, 24/7

VISIT WWW.DALLASOPERA.ORG AND CHECK THE CALENDAR LISTINGS

 

For high-resolution, digital photographs suitable for print

To arrange an interview

Or for additional information

Please contact Suzanne Calvin, Director of Media and Public Relations

214.443.1014 or suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org

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TEXAS INSTRUMENTS, 2014-2015 SEASON SPONSOR

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

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE DALLAS OPERA

IS CONVENIENTLY AVAILABLE ONLINE, 24/7

VISIT WWW.DALLASOPERA.ORG AND CHECK THE CALENDAR LISTINGS

Tenor Matthew Polenzani in First Texas Engagement at TDO

by Suzanne Calvin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friday, November 14, 2014
Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014 Or Celeste Hart 214.443.1071
suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org celeste.hart@dallasopera.org

Mark Your Calendars!
The Dallas Opera Presents
TENOR MATTHEW POLENZANI
IN AN EXCLUSIVE RECITAL
WITH ACCLAIMED PIANIST JULIUS DRAKE
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SUNDAY, JANUARY 11, 2015
2:00 P.M. AT CARUTH AUDITORIUM
ON THE CAMPUS OF SMU
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THE ROBERT E. AND JEAN ANN TITUS
ART SONG RECITAL SERIES
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$25 GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS

DALLAS, TX, NOVEMBER 14, 2014 – The Dallas Opera, in the latest installment of The Robert E. and Jean Ann Titus Art Song Recital Series, will present the phenomenal American tenor, Matthew Polenzani, in an exclusive, one-time-only recital on the afternoon of Sunday, January 11, 2015 at Southern Methodist University’s popular Caruth Auditorium (an intimate 490-seat venue located in the Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop, Dallas, TX 75205). The two o’clock recital will also feature the exciting and accomplished playing of Mr. Polenzani’s frequent recording partner, pianist Julius Drake.
Their collaboration evokes the “golden age” of recitalists, unafraid to blend and emote as the musical phrase strikes them. Their acclaimed collaboration at Wigmore Hall is available on CD. Furthermore, their recent CD celebrating the music of Franz Liszt prompted Tim Ashley of The Guardian (U.K.) to write: “This stupendous disc, issued ahead of the Liszt bicentenary next year, marks the start of Hyperion’s survey of his complete songs, still a grey area for many despite past attempts by major artists such as Brigitte Fassbaender and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau to rehabilitate them…in musico-dramatic terms, the originals are often vastly preferable to the revisions, and tenor Matthew Polenzani and pianist Julius Drake opt for the first versions of the Petrarch Sonnets and the Lieder aus Schiller’s Wilhelm Tell interwoven with shorter pieces, familiar or otherwise. Most of Liszt’s songs are big statements, usually described as virtuoso. But as with so much of his music, their difficulty in performance is to be found in their emotional and expressive extremes. The challenges are more than met here, with Polenzani doing things in songs such as ‘Der Fischerknabe’ or ‘Pace Non Trovo’ that you never thought possible for a human voice, while Drake’s intensity is total and unswerving.”

Matthew Polenzani has been astounding audiences at New York’s Metropolitan Opera and around the world in recent years with his expressive musicality and passionate performances, prompting Opera News to write: “Few singers today command the sheer beauty of timbre and dynamic control of Matthew Polenzani.” John von Rhein, longtime critic for The Chicago Tribune praised his “striking performance whose beauty of tone, elegance of line and gravitas of manner remind us that there are few finer Mozart singers around.” The New York Times’ Anthony Tommasini noted: “A born lyric tenor, he has been branching into heavier repertory that requires vocal heft and carrying power…honeyed sound, melting pianissimos…sublime.” Added Wall Street Journal Classical Music Critic Heidi Waleson, “He was all about passion, and you felt it.”

This recital marks Polenzani’s hotly anticipated Texas debut.

“Beginning with an outstanding recital by British tenor Ian Bostridge last January,” says Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny, “the Titus Art Song Recital Series has already accomplished the first of several goals—making new converts to this most personal of musical art forms. It is a particular thrill to be able to invite Matthew Polenzani to make his first appearance in Dallas, where music lovers have eagerly awaited their chance to hear him in person.
“After witnessing Polenzani’s exceptional artistry at Covent Garden last season, where he performed the role of Des Grieux in Massenet’s Manon under the baton of Dallas Opera Music Director Emmanuel Villaume,” Cerny added, “I longed to share that experience with dedicated music lovers here in Texas.
“There is nothing quite so exciting as a world-class singer in his prime, performing with refinement, passion and conviction!”

The program (subject to alteration) will open with Beethoven’s “Adelaide,” Op. 46, based on an early German poem of the Romantic Era about an unattainable woman, and continue with songs by Franz Liszt; Five Popular Greek Melodies, a song cycle by Maurice Ravel; Three Melodies by Erik Satie and Samuel Barber’s Hermit Songs, Op. 29, based on Irish poems from the Middle Ages translated by 20th century literary luminaries including W.H. Auden, Chester Kallman, Seán Ó’Faoláin and Howard Mumford Jones.
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Seating is limited but through the generosity of the Titus Family, all tickets are just $25. Seating is general admission; there are no reserved seats. This recital series was created just last year to showcase well-established artists in programs dedicated to preserving the fine art of “art song.”

At the time, Dallas Opera Executive Committee Member Sarah Titus explained, the series “was created by our family to honor my parents’ lifetime commitment to the arts in Dallas, as well as their history of giving to the Dallas Opera. My parents’ commitment to the organization dates back to its inception in the late 1950s.
“This particular art form has been a lifelong passion of my mother’s, so, endowing an annual recital featuring world-class artists and accompanists seemed a natural fit.
“Speaking for the entire family, we are excited to be bringing this glorious music to Dallas audiences; and we commend Keith Cerny’s responsible leadership of—and vision for—the Dallas Opera.”

Tickets go on sale Thursday, November 20th at 10:00 a.m. and may be purchased either online at www.dallasopera.org or by contacting the friendly professionals in the Dallas Opera Ticket/Patron Services Office at 214.443.1000.

MATTHEW POLENZANI, BIOGRAPHY:

One of the most gifted and distinguished lyric tenors of his generation, Matthew Polenzani has been praised for the artistic versatility and fresh lyricism that he brings to concert and operatic appearances on leading international stages. Mr. Polenzani’s 14/15 season opens with his return to the Royal Opera House in London for Idomeneo, followed by productions of Les contes d’Hoffmann, led by James Levine at the Metropolitan in New York. He will sing Nemorino and Tamino in L’Elisir d’Amore andDie Zauberflöte at Bayerische Staatsoper along with his debut at the Opernhaus Zurich, in La Traviata. On the concert platform, he appears in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Chicago Symphony conducted by Riccardo Muti, he sings the Verdi Requiem at La Scala, under the baton of Riccardo Chailly, and sings a New Year’s concert with Maria Agresta at Teatro La Fenice, Venezia, conducted by Daniel Harding. He will also tour the States for a series of Recitals with pianist Julius Drake, with whom he will also perform in Recital at London’s Wigmore Hall, and will sing Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin accompanied by pianist Ken Noda with Parlance Chamber Concerts.
The 13/14 season saw Mr. Polenzani’s return to the Metropolitan Opera in Mozart’s Cosìfan tutte, and in Verdi’s Rigoletto. He was Massenet’s Des Grieux in Laurent Pelly’s production of Manon at the Royal Opera Covent Garden, and he was Tito in David McVicar’s production of La Clemenza di Tito at Lyric Opera of Chicago. The tenor made his debut at the Deutsche Oper Berlin as Berlioz’s Faust, and then returned to the Bayerische Staatsoper forI Capuleti e i Montecchi.
Among the many highlights from recent Metropolitan Opera seasons are the premieres of Bartlett Sher’s production of L’elisir d’amore, which opened the 2012 season, and David McVicar’s production of Maria Stuarda (issued on DVD by Erato), Willy Decker’s production of La traviata, Julie Taymor’s legendary Die Zauberflöte (DVD available from the Metropolitan Opera), Jürgen Flimm’s production of Salome and revivals of Don Pasquale(issued on DVD by Deutsche Grammophon), Don Giovanni, Roméo et Juliette, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Cosìfan tutte, Falstaff, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (DVD also available from Deutsche Grammophon)and L’Italiana in Algeri. To date, he has sung over 300 performances at the Met, many conducted by his musical mentor James Levine. In other American theaters, appearances include Werther, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, La traviata, Roméo et Juliette and Die Entführung aus dem Serail with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Die Entführung and Il barbiere di Siviglia for San Francisco Opera, andDie Zauberflöte with James Conlon at Los Angeles Opera.
Following Matthew Polenzani’s debut as Gérald in Delibes Lakméwith Opera Bordeaux in France in 1998, appearances in other major European theatres include productions of Don Pasquale and La traviata at the Teatro Comunale in Florence, the Aix en Provence Festival (DVD available on Bel Air Classiques) and on a tour of Japan with Turin’s Teatro Regio; I Capuleti e I Montecchi at the Paris Opera; L’elisir d’amore at the Vienna State Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Naples’ Teatro San Carlo and Rome Opera; Cosìfan tutte at Covent Garden with Sir Colin Davis and in Paris with Philippe Jordan; Lucia di Lammermoor at Frankfurt Opera, the Paris Opera and Vienna State Opera; La Damnation de Faust in Frankfurt; Manon on a tour of Japan with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden under Antonio Pappano; Idomeneo in Turin with Gianandrea Noseda, Manon with Fabio Luisi and La traviata at La Scala; Rigoletto at the Vienna State Opera conducted by Jesus Lopez-Cobos, and at the Salzburg Festival in Don Giovanni (DVD available on EuroArts). Mr. Polenzani is in great demand for symphonic work for the world’s most influential conductors including Pierre Boulez, James Conlon, Sir Colin Davis, Riccardo Frizza, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Louis Langrée, James Levine, Jesús López-Cobos, Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Muti, Simon Rattle, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Leonard Slatkin, Sir Jeffrey Tate, Michael Tilson Thomas, Franz Welser-Möst and David Zinman, and with many major orchestras both in the United States and Europe, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Orchestra del Santa Cecilia, Orchestre National de France, Orchestra Giovanile “L. Cherubini” at the Salzburg Whitsun Festival and the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris at the Saint Denis Festival.
In recital, Matthew Polenzani has appeared in recital with Julius Drake at Wigmore Hall (available on CD from the Wigmore Hall label), Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Celebrity Series Boston at Jordan Hall and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society; with noted pianist Richard Goode in a presentation of Janá?ek’s The Diary of One Who Vanished at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, and in recital at the Verbier Festival with pianist Roger Vignoles (commercially available on CD on VAI). Mr. Polenzani was honored to have appeared on all three stages of Carnegie Hall in one season: in concert with the MET Chamber Ensemble at Zankel Hall; in solo recital with James Levine at the piano in Weill Hall; and in a Schubert Liederabend on the stage of Isaac Stern Auditorium with colleagues Renée Fleming, Anne Sofie Von Otter, and René Pape, again with James Levine as pianist.
Matthew Polenzani was the recipient of the 2004 Richard Tucker Award and Metropolitan Opera’s 2008 Beverly Sills Artist Award. An avid golfer, he makes his home in suburban New York with his wife, mezzo-soprano Rosa Maria Pascarella and their three sons.
JULIUS DRAKE, BIOGRAPHY:

The pianist Julius Drake lives in London and specializes in the field of chamber music, working with many of the world’s leading artists, both in recital and on disc. He appears at all the major music centres: in recent seasons concerts have taken him to the Aldeburgh, Edinburgh, Munich, Salzburg, Schubertiade, and Tanglewood Music Festivals; to Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Centre, New York; the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam and Philarmonie, Cologne; the Châtelet and Musée de Louvre, Paris; the Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Vienna; and the Wigmore Hall and BBC Proms, London.
Director of the Perth International Chamber Music Festival in Australia from 2000 -- 2003, Julius Drake was also musical director of Deborah Warner’s staging of Janá?ek’s Diary of One Who Vanished, touring to Munich, London, Dublin, Amsterdam and New York. In 2009 he was appointed Artistic Director of the Machynlleth Festival in Wales.
Julius Drake is also a committed teacher and is regularly invited to give master classes, this season in Aldeburgh, Basle, Toronto, Utrecht, and at the Schubert Institute in Baden bei Wien. He is Professor at Graz University for Music and the Performing Arts in Austria, where he has a class for song pianists.
Julius Drake’s passionate interest in song has led to invitations to devise song series for the Wigmore Hall, London, the BBC and the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. A series of song recitals – Julius Drake and Friends – in the historic Middle Temple Hall in London, has featured recitals with many outstanding vocal artists including Thomas Allen, Olaf Bär, Ian Bostridge, Angelika Kirchschlager, Sergei Leiferkus, Felicity Lott, Katarina Karneus, Simon Keenlyside, Christopher Maltman, Mark Padmore, Christoph Pregardien, Amanda Roocroft, and Willard White.
Julius Drake is frequently invited to perform at international chamber music festivals – recently Kuhmo in Finland, Delft in the Netherlands, Oxford in England and West Cork in Ireland -- while his instrumental duo with Nicholas Daniel has been described in The Independent newspaper as “one of the most satisfying in British chamber music: vital, thoughtful and confirmed in musical integrity of the highest order.”
Julius Drake’s many recordings include a widely acclaimed series with Gerald Finley for Hyperion, for which the Barber Songs, Schumann Heine Lieder and Britten Songs and Proverbs have won the 2007, 2009 and 2011 Gramophone Awards; award winning recordings with Ian Bostridge for EMI; several recitals for the ‘Wigmore Live’ label, with among others Lorraine Hunt Liebersen, Matthew Polenzani, Joyce Didonato and Alice Coote; and recordings of Tchaikovsky and Mahler with Christianne Stotijn for Onyx and English song with Bejun Mehta for Harmonia Mundi.
Julius Drake is now embarked on a major project to record the complete songs of Franz Liszt for Hyperion: the second disc in the series, with Angelika Kirchschlager, won the BBC Music Magazine Award for 2012.
Highlights in his present schedule include an extensive tour of the USA with Matthew Polenzani; a four part Schumann Series at the Concergebouw in Amsterdam; recordings with Sarah Connolly, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Christoph Pregardien, Ian Bostridge and Gerald Finley; recitals in his own series at the historic Middle Temple Hall, London; and a tour of Japan and Korea with Anne Sophie von Otter and Camilla Tilling.
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Single tickets for the remaining mainstage productions of the Dallas Opera’s “Heights of Passion” Season—including the world premiere production of Joby Talbot and Gene Scheer’s EVEREST—are on sale now, starting at just $19, through the Dallas Opera Ticket Services Office at 214.443.1000 or online at www.dallasopera.org. Student Rush best-available tickets can be purchased at the lobby box office for as little as $25 (one per valid Student I.D.) ninety minutes prior to each performance.
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EVENTS, GUESTS AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

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

For high-resolution, digital photographs suitable for print
To arrange an interview
Or for additional information
Please contact Suzanne Calvin, Director of Media and Public Relations
214.443.1014 or suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org
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TEXAS INSTRUMENTS, 2014-2015 SEASON SPONSOR
FOR THE DALLAS OPERA’S “HEIGHTS OF PASSION” SEASON
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 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 (The Linda and Mitch Hart Season Opening Night Performance), Oct. 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: 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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Last Call for Applicants – Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition

by Suzanne Calvin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014 Or Celeste Hart 214.443.1071
suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org celeste.hart@dallasopera.org

Deadline for Entries This Saturday!
THE 2015 DALLAS OPERA GUILD VOCAL COMPETITION
Now, Bigger than Texas!
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Thousands in cash prizes; plus, a chance to
perform with the Dallas Opera Orchestra
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BLUE-RIBBON JUDGES PANEL NAMED
-- CHAIRED BY DR. BRIAN ZEGER
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The clock is ticking! – Enter today at YAPTracker.com

DALLAS, TX, NOVEMBER 12, 2014 – The November 15th deadline is rapidly approaching, as the Dallas Opera Guild prepares for the most exciting vocal competition in its history! For the very first time, the 27th Annual Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition is accepting applicants from all fifty states and U.S. territories, aged 21 to 32. Applications must be submitted online at YAPTracker.com by 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, November 15, 2014. The entry fee is $35.
Besides significant cash prizes and the extraordinary opportunity to perform before an influential world-class panel of judges, chaired by Dr. Brian Zeger, a major innovation at this year’s Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition (April 18-19, 2015) is the introduction of an orchestral accompaniment for the Finals Round. Competing artists will have the opportunity to rehearse and perform with the Dallas Opera Orchestra led by internationally renowned Music Director Emmanuel Villaume, recently praised by The New York Times for his conducting of the prestigious 2014 Richard Tucker Music Foundation Gala. Richard Sasanow of Broadway World observed: “the evening was filled with many pleasures, under the baton of Maestro Emmanuel Villaume.” The maestro of choice for a host of renowned opera artists like Anna Netrebko, this is an aspiring opera singer’s chance to work, one-on-one, with one of the most sought-after conductors of our time.
The judges for the upcoming 2015 competition reads like an American Opera “Who’s Who.”

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

Ian Derrer
Artistic Administrator, The Dallas Opera

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

Andreas Melinat
Director of Artistic Administration, Lyric Opera of Chicago

Emmanuel Villaume
Music Director, The Dallas Opera

Joshua Winograde
Senior Director of Artistic Planning, Los Angeles Opera

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.”

Semifinalists will be notified on January 15, 2015. Additional details regarding the changes to the competition may be found at www.dallasopera.org/vocal. Mark your calendars now!
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Single tickets for the remaining mainstage productions of the Dallas Opera’s “Heights of Passion” Season—including the world premiere production of Joby Talbot and Gene Scheer’s EVEREST—are on sale now, starting at just $19, through the Dallas Opera Ticket Services Office at 214.443.1000 or online at www.dallasopera.org. Student Rush best-available tickets can be purchased at the lobby box office for as little as $25 (one per valid Student I.D.) ninety minutes prior to each performance.

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EVENTS, GUESTS AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

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

For high-resolution, digital photographs suitable for print
To arrange an interview
Or for additional information
Please contact Suzanne Calvin, Director of Media and Public Relations
214.443.1014 or suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org
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TEXAS INSTRUMENTS, 2014-2015 SEASON SPONSOR
FOR THE DALLAS OPERA’S “HEIGHTS OF PASSION” SEASON

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 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 (The Linda and Mitch Hart Season Opening Night Performance), Oct. 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: 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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Major Milestones in Simulcasting

by Suzanne Calvin

The numbers are in -- and they are staggering!  Thanks to you and 6,999 of your friends, neighbors, co-workers and acquaintances.  Please read on.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, October 28, 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 ANNOUNCE
A Crowd of 7,000
ATTENDED THE OCTOBER 24TH KLYDE WARREN PARK SIMULCAST OF MOZART’S “THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO” LIVE FROM THE MARGOT AND BILL WINSPEAR OPERA HOUSE
AT THE AT&T PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
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TDO SIMULCAST PROGRAM TOPS 50,000!
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THOUSANDS—WITH KIDS, PETS AND PICNICS—EXPERIENCED MOZART BY STARLIGHT ON A PICTURE-PERFECT NIGHT IN ONE OF THE CITY’S MOST POPULAR OUTDOOR DESTINATIONS

DALLAS, OCTOBER 28, 2014 —The Dallas Opera is thrilled to announce that last Friday evening’s live simulcast of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro in Klyde Warren Park, the company’s ninth simulcast in four years, attracted a record-breaking crowd for any Dallas Opera performance outside a sports stadium.

“Our official estimate,” explained Tara Green, President, Klyde Warren Park, “puts the attendance on October 24, 2014 at approximately seven thousand, making this the second-largest crowd ever recorded in the park’s history. The Dallas Opera’s superb production of The Marriage of Figaro not only drew people to this wonderful park to sit with loved ones beneath the stars and the city lights in anticipation of a terrific performance—it kept them engaged throughout the evening—proving once again the power of ‘marrying’ great art to great public spaces like this one.”
“I couldn’t be more delighted with the huge demonstration of public interest in our Opening Night Simulcast,” remarked Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny.
“We hoped this brilliant classic opera with its phenomenal ensemble cast would generate the kind of interest we saw at last year’s season opener in Klyde Warren Park. In retrospect, however, it appears we underestimated the magnetism of Mozart. Our analysis of initial data indicates this Dallas Opera park simulcast managed to attract the youngest, most ethnically diverse audience ever to experience one of our mainstage performances—in any setting.
“It was a genuine community event,” Cerny added, “in the very best sense of the word, and I find that both humbling and deeply gratifying.”

The evening marked another major milestone: The Dallas Opera’s Public Simulcast Program surpassed 50,000 in total attendance, as it continues to attract audiences from across North Texas.

“It was an altogether remarkable night of music,” said Dallas Opera Music Director Emmanuel Villaume, “that made an exceptional opera more fully accessible to everyone. The entire city, young and old, rich or poor, was invited to experience Beaumarchais’ timeless characters and Mozart’s incomparable genius—and the people came, filling both the Winspear Opera House and Klyde Warren Park.
‘I have never seen the company’s vision for community outreach and inclusion more perfectly realized than it was last Friday evening through a performance that proclaimed one simple truth: ‘all patrons are created equal.’ It’s an idea that, no doubt, would have received the hearty approval of those who created this revolutionary 18th century masterpiece.”

“During Friday night’s grand opening performance,” Stage Director Kevin Moriarty (Artistic Director of the Dallas Theater Center) revealed: “I snuck out of the theater in the second act to visit the park. I was amazed at what I saw: a massive, diverse crowd, inspiring in its friendliness, rapt attention and joyful energy.
“I’m certain that if they were alive today, Mozart, Da Ponte and Beaumarchais would agree with me that this event confirmed the rightful place of the arts as a cultural birthright of all citizens in a great democracy,” adding, “It was a highlight in a night filled with joyful, triumphant moments.”

Last year’s Klyde Warren Park Dallas Opera Simulcast (Carmen) drew just under 4,000.
This year, park patrons were entertained by a classic 1945 Three Stooges short, “Micro-phonies” in which Curly impersonates an Italian diva, prior to the live simulcast, in addition to a “Worst Bridesmaid’s Dress EVER!” contest, and bouquet tosses for assorted prizes.
Underwritten by the Sheila and Jody Grant Opera Discovery Program, additional support was provided by the AT&T Performing Arts Center, celebrating the second anniversary of Klyde Warren Park, and Chase.
Radio personality Jody Dean and Dr. Stephen Dubberly of UNT’s Opera Program delighted the park crowd with trivia, musical interludes and running commentary.
Performances of The Marriage of Figaro will continue on October 29, November 1, 7 & 9(m), 2014 in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House, selected by Southern Living as the best new venue for opera. All evening performances will begin promptly at 7:30 PM. Sunday matinees begin at 2:00 PM.
Dallas Morning News Classical Music Critic Scott Cantrell wrote: “A splendidly sung and played Marriage of Figaro on Friday night was a fine season opener for the Dallas Opera…you’d be hard pressed anywhere to hear more consistently satisfying singing. Even ensembles were remarkably taut.”
David Weuste of Opera Pulse praised the production for “one of the strongest casts in recent memory.”
And Zachariah Stoughton of Theater Jones added: “It was in some ways a relief to hear and see this work performed so ideally.”
A free pre-performance lecture (“The Joy and Ronald Mankoff Pre-Opera Talks”) will be conducted one hour prior to curtain at most performances.

Flex subscriptions begin at $75 for the 2014-2015 Season, with full subscriptions starting at $95. Single tickets are also available and start at $19. Contact The Dallas Opera Ticket Office at 214-443-1000 or purchase online, 24/7 at www.dallasopera.org.
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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 (The Linda and Mitch Hart Season Opening Night Performance), Oct. 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: 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 FASHIONS now available through Heritage Auctions!

by Celeste Hart

The custom designed fashions from the FIRST SIGHT FASHION SHOW AND LUNCHEON are now available for purchase through Heritage Auctions and its website!

Please visit www.ha.com/dallasopera for details. The details about the auction are also contained on the attached Heritage Auction Dallas Opera Bid Sheet.

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This is a wonderful fundraiser for The Dallas Opera! But hurry the auction closes November 11 at 10 pm! Special thanks to all the designers for their generous donations!

The explosive opera by Richard Strauss featuring the dance of the seven veils!

by Celeste Hart

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Contact: Suzanne Calvin   214.443.1014          suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org
Or Celeste Hart  214.443.1071
celeste.hart@dallasopera.org

 

 THE DALLAS OPERA IS PROUD TO PRESENT

ONE OF THE 20TH CENTURY’S MUSICAL MILESTONES

SALOME

A DRAMA IN ONE ACT BY RICHARD STRAUSS

AFTER OSCAR WILDE’S 1896 STAGE TRAGEDY

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Starring World-Renowned Soprano Deborah Voigt in Her Dallas Opera Debut

 

Also Starring Acclaimed Tenor Robert Brubaker as King Herod, Bass-Baritone Greer Grimsley as the prophet Jokanaan (“John the Baptist”) in his Much-Anticipated Company Debut, and Legendary British Mezzo-Soprano Susan Bickley as Herodias (TDO debut)

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A FRANCESCA ZAMBELLO PRODUCTION

CONDUCTED BY EVAN ROGISTER

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OPENING NIGHT: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2014 AT 7:30 PM

(NOTE SPECIAL DATE) WITH ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCES

Nov. 2(m), 5 & 8, 2014

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Dr. and Mrs. Tom G. Mayer and Mr. James R. Seitz, Jr.

Underwriters

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Phyllis A. McCasland and Thomas H. McCasland, Jr., Young Artist

Patrick Guetti

DALLAS, OCTOBER 17, 2014 —The Dallas Opera’s explosive second production of the 2014-2015 “Heights of Passion” Season is SALOME by Richard Strauss (whose libretto was based on Hedwig Lachmann’s German translation of Oscar Wilde’s play). SALOME, generally regarded as one of the masterpieces of the Late Romantic Era, opens on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center located in the Dallas Arts District.

This Francesca Zambello production from Washington National Opera features a dream cast: world-renowned soprano Deborah Voigt makes her Dallas Opera debut in the title role.

Throughout her illustrious career, Ms. Voigt has given the world definitive performances of iconic roles in German opera, including this one.  Anne Midgette of The Washington Post wrote: “Voigt has a lovely voice, and she has worked to make this role her own…she channels the freshness of a teenager.”

The Dallas Opera is thrilled to welcome back tenor Robert Brubaker, who dazzled Dallas audiences opposite Patricia Racette in our 2004 production of Jenufa, to sing the role of the lustful King Herod.  His portrayal in this role earned raves from the Louisville Journal Courier: “Brubaker sang with exceptional control over color and dynamic projection, reveling in one of Strauss’ most intricate acting assignments.”

Bass-baritone Greer Grimsley, one of the most acclaimed Wagnerian singers of our day, will bring the prophet Jokanaan to life on the Dallas Opera stage.  Better known as “John the Baptist,” Grimsley has earned raves for singing “with a rare combination of power and suavity” (Huffington Post).

Every degenerate king needs a corrupt and corrosive queen, and TDO’s Herodias will be sung by the extraordinary British mezzo-soprano, Susan Bickley, in her long-awaited company debut.  Critic Andrew Clements of The Guardian calls her performances “heartstoppingly direct, seamlessly expressive, and perfectly even in tone…a marvel in every respect.”

Flex subscriptions begin at $75 for the 2014-2015 Season, with full subscriptions starting at $95. Single tickets are also available and start at $19. Contact The Dallas Opera Ticket Office at 214-443-1000 or purchase online, 24/7 at www.dallasopera.org.

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Conducted by Evan Rogister, praised by The New York Times for drawing “nuanced and voluptuous playing from the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra,” in his exciting Dallas Opera debut, SALOME poses enormous challenges for conductor, singers and orchestra members alike.  The ninety-minute opera is a continuous “tone poem” similar to those for which Strauss was already famous, yet groundbreaking in a manner that firmly established him as one of the 20th century’s greatest composers for the opera stage.

This work generated extreme controversy from the moment it premiered in Dresden in 1905.  SALOME was banned in London until 1907, and the American premiere at the Metropolitan Opera House that same year sparked audience protests and walk-outs resulting in the cancellation of the remaining performances.  The opera was not performed again at the Met until 1934.

Today, SALOME has entered the standard repertoire where it continues to both startle and amaze worldly and sophisticated twenty-first-century audiences.

“I am absolutely thrilled to be hosting Debbie Voigt, Greer Grimsley and Susan Bickley’s Dallas Opera debuts in one of opera’s most celebrated works,” explained Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny.  “They stand at the head of a powerhouse cast that also includes the phenomenal Robert Brubaker as King Herod.  Although this is our third Salome since 1976, it’s doubtful that we’ve ever presented this work starring such an elite group of world-class artists.  In fact, this may be one of those rare productions,” Mr. Cerny adds, “that will stick in our memories as the standard by which all future Salomes are judged.”

Production Underwriters for SALOME include Dr. and Mrs. Tom G. Mayer as well as Mr. James R. Seitz, Jr.

Scenic design is by Peter J. Davison with costumes by Anita Yavich in this production created for Washington National Opera.  Lighting design will be by Mark McCullough and choreography for the all-important “Dance of the Seven Veils” by Yael Levitin, another TDO debut.

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The opera is set in Ancient Judea and opens on the moonlit terrace of King Herod’s palace.  The Captain of the Guard, Narraboth, is entranced by the beauty of the King’s step-daughter, Salome, as she dines with the royal court.  The voice of the captive Jokanaan (John the Baptist) can be heard rising from the cistern in which he is imprisoned, warning of sin and destruction.  Princess Salome, bored with Herod and his guests, wanders on to the scene in time to hear the prophet cursing her mother, Herodias.  Naturally, she is intrigued and wants to get a look at this man.  The soldiers refuse; however, she entices the love-struck Narraboth to do her biding and bring her the prophet.  Salome begs the prophet for a kiss, an offer he rejects, as the now-horrified captain uses his dagger to take his own life.  Jokanaan returns to his prison urging the princess to seek salvation through the Messiah, but she can only think of the prophet.

Herod and his courtiers come looking for Salome and the King slips in Narraboth’s blood, unnerving him completely.  Salome spurns Herod while Jokanaan berates Herodias from below.  The king continues his quest to convince the princess to dance for him, which she finally agrees to do on the condition that he give her anything she desires – up to half his kingdom.  At the conclusion of her “Dance of the Seven Veils,” Salome demands the head of the prophet on a platter, and she will not be appeased by any substitute.  The King reluctantly orders the execution and a guard returns with the head of the Baptist which he hands to Salome.  The princess is feverish with excitement, kissing his lifeless lips.  Fearing evil omens in the sky, and repulsed by her lustful behavior, the King orders his soldiers to kill his step-daughter, on the spot.

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Texas-born tenor Scott Quinn, a former TDO Artist-in-Residence, returns to Dallas in the role of the lovelorn Narraboth, after appearing on our stage as Tybalt, Roderigo, Lord Cecil and Normanno.

Mezzo-soprano Heather Johnson will portray Herodias’ Page.  This season, she sings the title role in Boston Lyric’s new production of Lizzie Borden and she has already been hailed by Opera News as “a dramatic singer in the truest sense.”

The brilliant ensemble cast includes bass Bradley Garvin as the First Nazarene; bass Grigory Soloviov in his company debut as First Soldier; bass Jason Grant as Second Soldier; tenor Joseph Hu as First Jew; tenor Jay Gardner as Second Jew; tenor John Robert Lindsey in his TDO debut as Third Jew; tenor Steven Haal as Fourth Jew; bass Patrick Guetti as Fifth Jew in his company debut (this season’s Phyllis A. McCasland and Thomas H. McCasland, Jr., Young Artist) and tenor Tyler Simpson as Second Nazarene in his Dallas Opera debut.

Sung in German, with English language translations projected above the stage, SALOME can be experienced at one of three additional performances: November 2(m), 5, & 8, 2014 in the Winspear Opera House.

Subscriptions for the mainstage productions of the Dallas Opera’s “HEIGHTS OF PASSION” Season are on sale now, starting at just $75, through the Dallas Opera Ticket Services Office at 214.443.1000 or online at www.dallasopera.org.  Student Rush best-available tickets can be purchased at the lobby box office for $25 or $50 (one per valid Student I.D.) ninety minutes prior to each performance.  Single tickets start at just $19.

 

SALOME KEY BIOS:

Production:

Evan Rogister (Conductor)

Evan Rogister makes his Dallas Opera debut with these performances of Salome. Other notable recent debuts include Opera Philadelphia in performances of Oscar, and Gothenberg Opera in performances of Bluebeard’s Castle/Erwartung. Recent U.S. engagements have included appearances at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Los Angeles Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Royal Swedish Opera, and the Seattle Opera. He just recently conducted Moby Dick at the Washington National Opera. From 2009-2011, Mr. Rogister served as Kapellmeister at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. He is a regular guest with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and Alabama Symphony. Mr. Rogister received a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University and continued his graduate studies at the Juilliard School, the National Conservatory in Paris, and the Peabody Conservatory.

 

Francesca Zambello (Stage Director)

An internationally recognized director of opera and theater, Ms. Zambello’s work has been seen at the Dallas Opera, Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, Bolshoi, Royal Opera House, Munich State Opera, Paris Opera, New York City Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Houston Grand Opera. Her work ranges from her recent production of The Ring in San Francisco, a co-production with Washington National Opera, to her acclaimed Showboat presented in Chicago, Houston, Washington, and San Francisco last season. She has staged plays and musicals on Broadway, at the Royal National Theatre, BAM, the Guthrie Theater, Vienna’s Raimund Theater, the Bregenz Festival, Sydney Festival, Disneyland, and at the Kennedy Center. She is Artistic Director of the Washington National Opera and General and Artistic Director of Glimmerglass Festival.

 

Peter J. Davison (Scenic Designer)

Peter J. Davison has designed sets for opera, theater, musicals, and ballet since his professional debut in 1988 at London’s National Theatre. He made his San Francisco Opera debut with his set designs for 2009’s Porgy and Bess and returned for the 2011 world premiere of Heart of a Soldier. Other opera credits include The Rake’s Progress, Le Nozze di Figaro, and Cyrano de Bergerac for the Metropolitan Opera, The Queen of Spades for the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, Manon Lescaut for Opera Australia, Der Rosenkavalier, Carmen, and Maria Stuarda for English National Opera, and Guillaume Tell for Paris Opera. He received “Best Designer” at the Martini/TMA Regional Theatre Awards for Medea and St. Joan, and won an award for the musical Rebecca in Vienna.

 

Anita Yavich (Costume Designer)

Anita Yavich most recently collaborated with the Goodman Theatre on Chinglish during the 2010/2011 Season. Opera credits include Cyrano De Bergerac at La Scala, the Metropolitan Opera and the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; Les Troyens at the Metropolitan Opera; Steve Reich’s Three Tales at the Vienna Festival and international tour; SalomeFidelioDie Walküre and Das Rheingold at Washington National Opera; Madama Butterfly at Houston Grand Opera and Grand Théâtre de Genève and Der Fliegende Holländer and The Silver River at Spoleto Festival USA. Ms. Yavich’s work has appeared on Broadway in Chinglish, New Jerusalem and Texts for Nothing at Classic Stage Company; Measure for PleasureKit MarloweThe Winter’s TaleCivil Sex and Pericles at the New York Shakespeare Festival. She received a 2006 Obie Award.

 

Mark McCullough (Lighting Designer)

Lighting designer Mark McCullough made his Dallas Opera debut in 2001 with Tobias Picker’s Thérèse Raquin, and has subsequently lit Anna Bolena and Roberto Devereux. Among the other opera companies for whom he has designed lighting are the Metropolitan Opera (Le nozze di Figaro), Washington Opera (Die Walküre, Das Rheingold, and Porgy and Bess), Royal Opera Covent Garden (The Queen of Spades), Boston Lyric Opera (AidaMadama Butterfly, and Tosca), Glimmerglass Opera (The Glassblowers and The Mother of Us All), San Francisco Opera (Rigoletto and The Mother of us All), and Teatro Real de Madrid (Luisa Miller). The American designer is an alumnus of the North Carolina School of the Arts and holds a Master’s of Fine Arts degree from the Yale School of Drama.

 

Yael Levitin (Choreographer)

Ms. Levitin is currently a choreographer and under the direction of Francesco Zambello is reprising her choreography of Salome’s dance of the seven veils for Dallas Opera that she had created previously for Washington National Opera. She was a guest artist with the Saito Kinen Festival in Matsumoto, Japan and a dance captain in its production of Salome. Ms. Levitin was also a principal dancer with the Lyric Opera of Chicago and performed in several productions including Aida, Die Fledermaus, Salome, Eugene Onegin, and The Merry Widow. Prior to that she was a dancer with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago performing in national and international productions. She was a faculty member of Columbia College Chicago and taught ballet in the college’s dance department. She has been recognized by the Royal Academy of Dance.

 

David Zimmerman (Wig and Make-up Designer)

David Zimmerman has worked with Dallas and other opera companies around the world. These include the Metropolitan Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Santa Fe Opera, Paris National Opera, and Opera Santa Barbara. Mr. Zimmerman’s career extends to Broadway as well, where he has worked on shows including Wicked, Rocky Horror, Show Boat, South Pacific and Evita. His personal clients include Deborah Voigt, Joyce DiDonato, Patricia Racette, Martha Stewart, Olympia Dukakis, and Ricky Martin. He has also done the make-up for the DIFFA Fashion Runway, Dallas Fashion and Art Charity, and the Yelp.com fashion event. His print credits include two features in Opera News plus features in both Vanity Fair and The New Yorker. Television and film credits include Glamour magazine’s Women of the Year and a feature film.

 

Andrea Dorf McGray (Associate Director)

Andrea Dorf McGray is a freelance stage director whose most recent work includes La bohème for Maryland Opera Studio, Amahl and the Night Visitors for Ash Lawn Opera, Let Freedom Sing: the Story of Marian Anderson for Washington National Opera and the Washington Performing Arts Society, and the Washington National Opera/Kennedy Center’s Opera Look-in 2012: Don Giovanni, and Opera Look-in 2012: Così fan tutte, for which she also wrote the scripts. Other directing work has included Così fan tutte for Washington National Opera Studio, and Wachsfigurenkabinett for Aspen Music Festival & School. Her production of L’heure espagnole was the winner of the 2003-2004 National Opera Association’s Opera Production Competition. Upcoming productions include a remounting of Amahl & the Night Visitors for Ash Lawn Opera.

Guest Artists:

 Deborah Voigt (Salome)

A Chicago native raised in southern California, soprano Deborah Voigt is recognized as one of the world’s most versatile singers and one of music’s most endearing personalities. A leading dramatic soprano, internationally revered for her performances in the operas of Wagner and Richard Strauss, she has also portrayed some of the heroines of Italian opera to great acclaim. An active recitalist and performer of Broadway standards and popular songs, Voigt has an extensive discography and has given many enthusiastically received masterclasses. She appears regularly, as both performer and host, in the Met’s “Live in HD” series, which is transmitted live to movie theaters across the U.S. and overseas. Honored in the media with a CBS 60 Minutes profile, features in People and Vanity Fair, spotlights in More and O – the Oprah Magazine, and appearances on Good Morning America, CNN,  and the  nationwide telecast of the MACY*S Thanksgiving Day Parade and July 4 fireworks celebration, Voigt has become America’s most visible and beloved diva. Known to Twitter fans as a “Dramatic soprano and down-to-earth Diva,” Voigt was named by the Los Angeles Times as one of the top 25 cultural tweeters to follow. She is currently writing a memoir scheduled for publication by Harper Collins in 2015.

 

Robert Brubaker (Herod)

Tenor Robert Brubaker’s recent engagements include Mime in Siegfried and Das Rheingold, Maletestino in Francesca da Rimini, the Witch in Hänsel und Gretel, and Chairman Mao in Nixon in China for the Metropolitan Opera. He also recently performed Old Man Marshall in Anna Nicole at BAM in New York City; Dr. Caius in Falstaff at Los Angeles Opera; Luigi in Il Tabarro and Canio in I Pagliacci at Opera Theater of St Louis. Future engagements include the Jailer/Inquisitor in Il Prigionero at the Teatro Liceu in Barcelona; and Begearss in The Ghosts of Versailles with Los Angeles Opera. Mr. Brubaker’s performance as Chairman Mao in the Metropolitan Opera production of Nixon in China, conducted by the composer, John Adams, was recently released on DVD.

 

Greer Grimsley (Jokanaan – John the Baptist)

Greer Grimsley, bass-baritone, is internationally recognized as an outstanding actor and one of the most prominent singers of our day. He is a leading interpreter of Wotan in Wagner’s Ring Cycle, Scarpia in Tosca, Jochanaan in Salome, the title roles in Der fliegende Holländer and Macbeth, Mephistopheles in Faust, and the Four Villains in Les contes d’Hoffmann. He has performed these roles with the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Royal Danish Opera, Teatro Liceu Barcelona, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Teatro la Fenice, Santa Fe Opera, and Tokyo’s Nikikai Opera. In coming seasons, Mr. Grimsley will sing Scarpia in Tosca for Seattle Opera, the title role in Sweeney Todd for Vancouver Opera, and make returns to The Met.

 

Susan Bickley (Herodias)

Mezzo-soprano Susan Bickley’s repertoire ranges widely from baroque works to repertoire by our foremost contemporary composers. In 2011 she received the Singer Award at the Royal Philharmonic Society Awards, the highest recognition for live classical music in the UK. Ms. Bickley has performed for the world’s major opera houses, orchestras and festivals including Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne, Oper Frankfurt, Salzburg Festival, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Berlin Staatsoper, Opéra de Paris, San Francisco Opera and BBC Proms. She has created roles for several world premieres, including Virgie Anna Nicole at ROH and Detective Two Boys at English National Opera. Forthcoming highlights include Messangiera Orfeo with ROH, the world premiere of Tansy Davies’ Between Worlds at ENO and Tippet’s A Child of Our Time in São Paulo.

 

Scott Quinn (Narraboth)

Tenor Scott Quinn is a former Artist in Residence of Dallas Opera where his performances included Tybalt in Roméo et Juliette, Roderigo in Otello, Lord Cecil in Roberto Devereaux, Normanno in Lucia di Lammermoor, and the cover of Greenhorn in the world premiere of Heggie’s Moby Dick. He formerly placed second in the Dallas Opera Guild Competition and performed Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle with the Dallas Arts District Chorale. Recent portrayals include Ferrando in Così fan tutte for Fort Worth Opera and Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly for Chautauqua Opera. His role debuts in 2014-15 include Duca in Rigoletto with Atlanta Opera, Alfredo in La traviata with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Pirelli in Sweeney Todd, and Tamino in Die Zauberflöte for Houston Grand Opera.

Heather Johnson (Herodias’ Page)
Heather Johnson, mezzo-soprano, is making her Dallas Opera debut this season in Salome. Recent performances include the title roles of Lizzie Borden for Boston Lyric Opera, and Carmen with Virginia Opera. She had her Metropolitan Opera house debut as the Flower Maiden in Parsifal after appearing in its Summer Recital Series. She has appeared at Sarasota Opera in the role of Maddalena in Rigoletto, the title character in La Cenerentola and as Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible. Other career highlights include performances as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly for Portland Opera Repertory Theater, Rosina in Opera Southwest’s production of Il barbiere de Siviglia, Dinah in Trouble in Tahiti for Moab Music Festival, and Sainte-Marie in L’enfance du Christ with New York Choral Society at Carnegie Hall.

Bradley Garvin (First Nazarene)

Recent engagements for bass Bradley Garvin include Monterone in Rigoletto with Dallas Opera; Prince Arjuna in Satyagraha, De Bretigny in Manon, and the Animal Trainer and Acrobat in Lulu all with The Metropolitan Opera. He has also portrayed the Four Villains in Les contes d’Hoffman for Florida Grand Opera, Scarpia in Tosca with Boston Lyric Opera, and the King in Aida at the Bregenzer Festpiele. Additional title roles have taken him to the stages of Houston Grand Opera, Arizona Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Palm Beach Opera in Le Nozze di FigaroDon Giovanni, and Der fliegende Holländer, as well as Escamillo in Carmen, Mephistopheles in Faust, and Jochanaan in Salome.

 

Grigory Soloviov (First Soldier)

Russian bass Grigory Soloviov has appeared on stages of the Metropolitan Opera, Gran Teatro La Fenice, the Washington National Opera, Bolshoi Academic State Theatre, Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Opéra National de Lyon, Opéra De Montréal, the Palm Beach Opera, the Connecticut Grand Opera, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, the New Opera Festival di Roma, and the Opera Ischia Festival. During 2009, Mr. Soloviov completed his studies with the Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist’s Program. He also attended the prestigious Moscow State Conservatory, and took part in master classes by Nesterenko, Chernov, Malfitano, and Raimondi. Mr. Soloviov has won or placed as a finalist in vocal competitions at the Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions in Washington, the XIII International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, and the Palm Beach Opera Vocal Competition.

 

Jason Grant (Second Soldier)

Bass Jason Grant’s past performances at Dallas Opera include Leporello in Don Giovanni and Four Villains in Contes d’Hoffmann. He debuted at Seattle Opera as Monterone in Rigoletto and will return to the company as Cesare Angelotti in Tosca. He has sung with the New York City Opera where his roles included Leporello in Don Giovanni, Dulcamara in Elisir d’amore, and Don Profondo in Viaggio a Reims.  He has also performed with Opera Orchestra of New York (Douglas in Donna del lago and Attila). Debut appearances include the New York Philharmonic (St. Matthew Passion and Angelotti), Saint Louis Symphony (Don Fernando in Fidelio), and Milwaukee Symphony (Bach’s Mass in B Minor). Future engagements include the New York Philharmonic as Pater Profundis in performances of Mahler’s Eighth.

 

Joseph Hu (First Jew)

Taiwanese-American tenor Joseph Hu is appearing as the First Jew in Salome for Dallas Opera where he has also performed the roles of Beppe in Pagliacci and Pang in Turandot. His previous roles in America and abroad include Goro in Madama Butterfly (San Diego Opera, Vancouver Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Indianapolis Opera, Israeli Opera), Pang/Pong in Turandot (Seattle Opera, Opera Memphis), Eisslinger in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Lyric Opera of Chicago), Beppe in Pagliacci (San Antonio Opera, Opera Delaware), Steuermann in Der fliegende Holländer (Bangkok Opera), and Spoletta in Tosca (San Diego Opera). In coming seasons, Mr. Hu will portray the roles of Tanzmeister/Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos with Tapei Symphony, and Pong in Turandot with Opera Carolina and Cincinnati Opera.

 

Jay Gardner (Second Jew)

Tenor Jay Gardner’s Dallas Opera appearances include the role of the Second Noble in Lohengrin, Dr. Blind in Die Fledermaus, The First Armed Guard in The Magic Flute, and performing with the Dallas Opera Chorus for five seasons. Career highlights include the role of Canio in Pagliacci with Kansas Concert Opera, and the title role in Romeo et Juliette and Sam Polk in Susannah for the Marjorie Lawrence Opera Theatre. In addition, his solo concert appearances include the Carnegie Hall premier of Sing for the Cure, commissioned by the Susan G. Komen Foundation, and Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with the University of North Texas Symphony Orchestra.

 

John Robert Lindsey (Third Jew)

Tenor John Robert Lindsey has performed in 14 productions over three seasons as a Resident Artist with Minnesota Opera. Past engagements include Marvin Heeno in the revised Dream of Valentino, Malcolm in Macbeth, Count Elemer in Arabella, Edmondo in Manon Lescaut, Pang in Turandot, Ismaele in Nabucco, Goro in Madama Butterfly, Jonathan Dale in Silent Night, Don Jose in Carmen, Sam Polk in Susannah, and the character of Stage Manager in Our Town.  He has also covered several lead roles with Minnesota Opera including Des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, Matteo in Arabella, and MacDuff in Macbeth. His concert repertoire has included Tenor Soloist in Parables by Robert Aldridge and Herschel Garfein, Mozart’s RequiemGreat Mass in C Minor, and Handel’s Messiah.

 

Steven Haal (Fourth Jew)

Tenor Steven Haal reprises his role as Fourth Jew in this exciting production of Salome. Mr. Haal made his debut with the Dallas Opera in the acclaimed 2000 production of Berg’s Wozzeck, and most recently joined the company as Emperor Altoum in a 2013 Dallas Opera favorite, Turandot. Other roles include Missail in Boris Godunov; Nantucket Sailor in the world premiere of Moby Dick; Captain in Simon Boccanegra; Ambrogio in Il barbiere di Siviglia and Spoletta in the school performances of Tosca, among others. Mr. Haal also sang the role of Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni with The Living Opera; and played the role Richard Mason in the musical adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre with Lyric Stage in Irving, Texas.

 

Patrick Guetti (Fifth Jew) (Phyllis A. McCasland and Thomas H. McCasland, Jr., Young Artist)

Bass Patrick Guetti has appeared at Philadelphia’s Academy of Vocal Arts as Tom in Un Ballo in Maschera, the title role of Don Quichotte, Prince Gremin and Zaretsky in Eugene Onegin, Don Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Arkel in Pelléas et Mélisande, and Crespel and Wilhelm in Les Contes d’Hoffmann. He has also sung José Tripaldi in Osvaldo Golijov’s Ainadamar with Opera Philadelphia, the Commendatore in Don Giovanni in Martina Arroyo’s “Prelude to Performance” program, Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte with the Bel Cantanti Opera Summer Festival, and with The Catholic University of America. Last summer, he was an Apprentice Artist with the Santa Fe Opera. He is originally from Highland Park, New Jersey and received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at The Catholic University of America.

 

Tyler Simpson (Second Nazarene)

Bass-baritone Tyler Simpson’s recent performances include The Enchanted Island and Die Frau ohne Schatten for the Metropolitan Opera, marking his fourth season at the company where he has worked on 15 productions thus far. Mr. Simpson previously performed at the Met in Le Comte Ory. Previous portrayals include a house debut as Zuniga in Carmen and Sacristan in Tosca for Atlanta Opera, and Don Alfonso in Cosi fan tutte and Ferrando in Il Trovatore for Fort Worth Opera. He also made his European debut with Die Münchner Philharmonike singing Benoit in La Bohème. He has appeared as Simone in Gianni Schicchi, Mother in Kurt Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins, Benoit in La bohème, and Dr. Bartolo in Il Barbiere di Siviglia for the Castleton Festival.

 

Naguanda Nobles (A Slave)

Soprano Naguanda Nobles made her debut with the Dallas Opera singing the role of the High Priestess in Aida. She has also performed the role of Liu in Puccini’s Turandot for the Austin Lyric Opera, the Dayton Opera and more recently with the Pittsburgh Opera. Other standout roles include Mimi in La bohème, Sister Rose in Dead Man Walking, Clara in Porgy and Bess and Papagena in Die Zauberflöte. Ms. Nobles has also made her mark on the concert stage in the United States and abroad. One of her most memorable moments as a solo artist was performing the soprano solo in Wynton Marsalis’ All Rise, with Marsalis, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and the Boston Symphony under the direction of Kurt Masur.

 

Matthew Stump (A Cappadocian)

Matthew Stump is a bass-baritone from Goshen, IN. He is currently a graduate student at the University of North Texas and studies with Dr. Stephen Austin.  Recently he worked in the prestigious Merola Opera Program in San Francisco where he participated in the scenes program.  At UNT Mr. Stump has played the title role in Sweeney Todd, Capulet in Romeo et Juliette, Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance and Figaro in a scene from Le nozze di Figaro.  This fall he will be performing Don Bartolo in the UNT production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia. This past year he was the Concerto Competition winner at UNT and third place at the Dallas Opera Guild Competition. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Luther College.

 

 

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS, 2014-2015 SEASON SPONSOR

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

 

EVENTS, GUESTS AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

 

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 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 (The Linda and Mitch Hart Season Opening Night Performance), Oct. 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: 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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Exciting News from The Dallas Opera About Music Director Emmanuel Villaume

by Suzanne Calvin

Our acclaimed music director adds to his already impressive international resume:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014 Jeffrey Vanderveen, Opus 3 Artists
suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org jvanderveen@opus3artists.com

Contact: Barbora Dušková
duskova@pkf.cz

THE PKF – PRAGUE PHILHARMONIA
IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE APPOINTMENT OF
EMMANUEL VILLAUME
AS MUSIC DIRECTOR AND CHIEF CONDUCTOR
OF THE ESTEEMED CZECH ORCHESTRA
FOR A THREE-YEAR TERM, EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 1, 2015
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VILLAUME BECOMES THE FOURTH CHIEF CONDUCTOR
IN THE ORCHESTRA’S HISTORY

PRAGUE (Czech Republic), OCTOBER 15, 2014 —The PKF – Prague Philharmonia is pleased to announce the appointment of internationally renowned conductor Emmanuel Villaume to the position of Music Director and Chief Conductor of the PKF – Prague Philharmonia for a three-year term, effective September 1, 2015.
The announcement was made today in the Czech Republic by the orchestra’s Managing Director Radim Otépka, who praised Villaume’s musical leadership and creative vision together with his command of varying musical styles, bringing a perfect balance of orchestral colors and musical drama.
The agreement marks an important new chapter for the PKF – Prague Philharmonia and was signed just minutes after Maestro Villaume took his final bow at this year’s glittering Richard Tucker Music Foundation Gala Concert at New York’s Avery Fisher Hall. The signing took place amid the historic scores and manuscripts (including conductor Anton Seidl’s score from the premiere of Dvo?ák’s “New World” Symphony) that line the walls in the Maestro Room at the iconic venue.

“It is a wonderful joy and a privilege to be offered the artistic leadership of such a prestigious musical institution,” Emmanuel Villaume remarked. “I have always been inspired by the professionalism, commitment, and elegance of its musicians, who strike a perfect balance in performance between musical precision and passion.
“I am very much looking forward to building the relationship further, and sharing our love for music with every listener.”

The French-born conductor, who has successfully performed and recorded with the orchestra, has already been engaged to lead the PKF – Prague Philharmonia in two New Year’s Concerts at the Royal Opera House in Oman at the end of this year. Previous collaborations between Maestro Villaume and the orchestra include a Deutsche Grammophon recording with Anna Netrebko, a Warner Classics release with Bryan Hymel, seasonal concerts and several European tours. Through Maestro Villaume’s leadership and deep connections within an international musical community, the PKF – Prague Philharmonia has embarked upon an ambitious long-term plan for global touring, multiple recordings with leading artists, and special projects around the world to increase the orchestra’s profile and to expand its reputation as a world-class ensemble.

“Emmanuel’s appointment continues our tradition of musical excellence and strong leadership. It additionally opens new opportunities for the orchestra in Prague, as well as internationally,” explains PKF Chairman Martin Klimpl. “These are going to be very exciting years for all of us and we are so thrilled to have him as our next music director and chief conductor.”

The PKF – Prague Philharmonia, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, was founded by acclaimed Czech Maestro Jiri B?lohlávek. The centerpiece of PKF’s activities in Prague is its orchestral series at the Rudolfinum Concert Hall. The orchestra has also been the first Czech orchestra to successfully pioneer innovative educational activities after the “Velvet Revolution.” It has been described by The Washington Post as “fully competitive with world-renowned names such as the English Chamber Orchestra, Orpheus or the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.”

PKF – Prague Philharmonia has recorded more than 60 award-winning releases and is a regular, honored guest at music festivals and prestigious venues throughout the world. Accolades for this innovative and polished orchestra include the RAC Canada Gold Disc (2000), the Harmonie Award (2001) and the Diapason d’Or (2007).
The PKF has developed highly successful artistic collaborations with some of the world’s finest classical conductors, musicians and singers, including Anna Netrebko, Natalie Dessay, Rolando Villazón, Plácido Domingo, Elina Garan?a, Juan Diego Flórez, Sarah Chang, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Jefim Bronfman, Fazil Say, András Schiff and Mischa Maisky. The orchestra plays with “warmth, deep feeling, and swinging rhythmic energy” (All Music Guide).

The PKF – Prague Philharmonia has expanded its mission in recent years to include tremendously popular Family Performances, as well as the development of more outstanding young orchestral musicians. Applicants are admitted to the PKF – Prague Philharmonia Orchestral Academy through a highly competitive audition process, in order to receive generous scholarships, comprehensive training, invaluable “real world” experience onstage, and individual coaching and guidance from the orchestra’s concert masters and leading players, in the first project of its kind in the modern Czech Republic.

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Emmanuel Villaume was born in Strasbourg, France in 1964. His musical education commenced at the Strasbourg Conservatory and continued in Paris, where he received multiple degrees in literature, philosophy and musicology. Appointed Music Director of the Dallas Opera in 2013, Maestro Villaume also serves as Chief Conductor of the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra in Bratislava (since 2009). Previously, Villaume served as Chief Conductor of the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra (2008-2013) and as Music Director of the Spoleto Festival USA from 2001 until 2010.
Mr. Villaume’s recent engagements include critically acclaimed performances of Massenet’s Manon with London’s Royal Opera-Covent Garden, Meyerbeer’s rarity L’Africaine with Venice’s Teatro La Fenice, and a dazzling Cendrillon at The Juilliard School that prompted Martin Bernheimer of The Financial Times (U.K.) to observe: “Emmanuel Villaume, the seasoned specialist on the podium, conveyed equal parts savoir-faire and inspiration…and reinforced a delicate balance between lyrical restraint and dramatic exuberance.” He will return to New York’s Metropolitan Opera to conduct Manon next March.
His international obligations will bring Villaume to Dallas this season for productions of Le nozze di Figaro – and Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta, before conducting the opera rarity on tour with Anna Netrebko in Monaco, London, Copenhagen and Lucerne.

Mr. Villaume has both thrilled and charmed audiences around the world, from Covent Garden to the Met, inspiring The Chicago Sun-Times to praise his “almost unique ability to give undervalued works their musical due and move them up several notches in a listener’s estimation.”
Additional information about the Villaume appointment and high-resolution photographs may be found on his website at www.emmanuelvillaume.com, or by contacting PKF – Prague Philharmonia Director of PR and Marketing Barbora Dušková at duskova@pkf.cz.
To arrange an interview with Emmanuel Villaume, contact Jeffrey Vanderveen at Opus 3 Artists at jvanderveen@opus3artists.com or +1 212.584.7532.

BIOGRAPHY:

EMMANUEL VILLAUME
Emmanuel Villaume is in his second season as music director of the Dallas Opera and will conduct Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta for the American company this season. Maestro Villaume is a frequent guest conductor at the world’s leading opera companies, including the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, the Washington National Opera, Santa Fe Opera, London’s Royal Opera, the Paris Opera, Monte Carlo Opera, Venice’s La Fenice, the Munich Staatsoper, Berlin’s Deutsche Oper, the Hamburg Staatsoper, Madrid’s Teatro Real, and Buenos Aires’ Teatro Colon. He has led the Montreal Symphony in Montreal and at Carnegie Hall, the Chicago Symphony, the Boston Symphony, the orchestras of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, St. Louis, Detroit, Minnesota, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Beethovenhalle Orchestra of Bonn, and the China National Opera Orchestra for the 2008 Olympic Games. He is currently Chief Conductor of the National Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra. He served as the Spoleto Festival USA’s Music Director for Opera and Orchestra from 2001 to 2010. Maestro Villaume has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Decca and EMI.
ABOUT THE PKF – PRAGUE PHILHARMONIA

The PKF – Prague Philharmonia was founded in 1994 at the initiative of the world-famous conductor Ji?í B?lohlávek. Soon after its founding, the PKF – Prague Philharmonia joined the ranks of the most respected Czech orchestras and established great renown in Europe and elsewhere in the world.

The PKF – Prague Philharmonia is beloved for its characteristic sound, created in large part by the key focus of its repertoire: Viennese Classicism, pieces by Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven. The repertoire also includes Romantic compositions, as well as modern and contemporary music, performed within a Special Concert series unique among the selections of Czech orchestras.

The ensemble’s founder, the globally celebrated Czech conductor Ji?í B?lohlávek, was at its helm until 2005, when he was named the orchestra’s conductor Laureate. Renowned Swiss flutist and conductor, Kaspar Zehnder assumed the role of chief conductor until 2008, when Jakub Hr?ša was appointed chief conductor and music director.

The PKF – Prague Philharmonia is a regular guest at international music festivals, frequently performs at prestigious world concert halls and is a regular partner of world-famous conductors and soloists. To date the orchestra has recorded more than sixty CDs for prominent Czech and foreign labels and some of its albums have received prestigious accolades.

When it comes to music education, the PKF – Prague Philharmonia nurtures the talent of young musicians through its Orchestral Academy project.

The PKF – Prague Philharmonia is supported by by the City of Prague and the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic.

More information at www.praguephilharmonia.com.

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Subscriptions for the mainstage productions of the Dallas Opera’s “HEIGHTS OF PASSION” Season are on sale now, starting at just $75, through the Dallas Opera Ticket Services Office at 214.443.1000 or online at www.dallasopera.org. Student Rush best-available tickets can be purchased at the lobby box office for $25 or $50 (one per valid Student I.D.) ninety minutes prior to each performance. Single tickets start at just $19.

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS, 2014-2015 SEASON SPONSOR
FOR THE DALLAS OPERA’S “HEIGHTS OF PASSION” SEASON

EVENTS, GUESTS AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

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 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 (The Linda and Mitch Hart Season Opening Night Performance), Oct. 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: 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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Balanced budget achieved again!

by Celeste Hart

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, September 19, 2014

Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014                        Or Celeste Hart at 214.443.1071
suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org                                    celeste.hart@dallasopera.org                                    

THE DALLAS OPERA IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THE COMPANY HAS ACHIEVED A SECOND CONSECUTIVE BALANCED OPERATING RESULT!

For the First Time in 15 Years, TDO Records Two Balanced Budgets in a Row—a Rare Display of Post-Recessionary Growth and Stability in the Arts

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Company Remains on Track to Present

Five or More Operas Each Season

DALLAS, TX, SEPTEMBER 19, 2014 – Building on last year’s announcement that The Dallas Opera had achieved a balanced operating budget for the 2012-2013 Season, TDO is thrilled to announce that it has maintained that balanced operating result to end the 2013-2014 Season “in the black,” as well.  This marks the first time in fifteen years that the company has achieved back-to-back balanced operating results!  The company’s latest fiscal year ended on June 30th and the results were subsequently confirmed by an outside audit.

The achieved financial stability and growth have permitted TDO to confidently return to the company’s traditional five-production season in 2014-2015 and to continue to diversify program offerings to cover a wider range of repertoire, as well as exciting new commissions.  The inspiring programming for the 2014-2015 Season, which includes the world premiere of Joby Talbot and Gene Scheer’s Everest, has already led to very strong subscription demand for the current year.

 

Noted Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny: “It is no secret that the company’s finances became precarious following our move in the fall of 2009 to the glittering new Winspear Opera House.  Based on the outstanding leadership of three successive Board Chairs – Dr. Kern Wildenthal, Don Winspear, and T. Peter Townsend, and the tireless work of the Board VP, Development, Holly Mayer, the company has been able to dramatically strengthen its financial position, while enhancing its international reputation for artistic excellence.

“A historic $ 2.5 million gift in May 2014 by the recently elected TDO Board Chair, Steve Suellentrop, and his wife Betty (along with Hunt Consolidated, Inc.) in support of the company’s education and community outreach programs, has been a major factor in the company’s enhanced stability, as well as the gift from the Titus Family to support the fine art of art song through the Robert E. and Jean Ann Titus Art Song Recital Series, launched with an exemplary recital by world-renowned English tenor Ian Bostridge last January.”

In recent seasons, TDO donors made significant, multi-year gifts while many other donors increased their level of giving in recognition of the Dallas Opera’s commitment to the highest standards of artistic quality, strict financial discipline and a demonstrated ability to connect with the greater community—and adapt to the changing cultural marketplace.

After careful analysis, the Board and Dallas Opera’s administrative leadership took the necessary steps to put the company’s financial house in order and provide a foundation for continued artistic success, resulting in last year’s announcement of a balanced operating result for the 2012-13 Season—a full two years ahead of schedule.

The following season, The Dallas Opera made more than 90,000 contacts across North Texas through its mainstage opera performances, free public simulcasts, and community outreach and family performances, in addition to education programs for children, teens and adults.  For every patron attending a Winspear Opera House performance, The Dallas Opera reached nearly two more patrons through its myriad education and community-based programs and initiatives.

Aided by unwavering donor and community support in 2013-14, the Dallas Opera produced outstanding mainstage performances of Carmen, Death and the Powers by Tod Machover (simulcast to audiences in nine cities from San Francisco to Stockholm, Sweden), Korngold’s Die tote Stadt, and The Barber of Seville; while demonstrating our ability to balance the books and plan for expanded future seasons under the guidance of The Dallas Opera Board of Directors and General Director and CEO Keith Cerny.

Mr. Cerny stands at the head of a leadership team that now includes acclaimed Dallas Opera Music Director Emmanuel Villaume, Principal Guest Conductor Nicole Paiement, Director of Production John Toia, newly arrived Artistic Administrator Ian Derrer and additional members of TDO’s experienced Senior Staff.

 

The Immediate Past Chair T. Peter Townsend commented, “I am very pleased that The Dallas Opera is able to report, for the second year in a row, balanced financial results, while achieving artistic excellence and diverse programming for our patrons.  Earlier, we announced a return to five fully staged productions this season, including a double bill that includes a Dallas Opera world premiere.  These achievements are made possible through the efforts of our loyal opera family of ticket purchasers, donors and our artistic and operational staff.

“As I step down as chair, I want to express my deep appreciation to all those who have made this possible.  I look forward to seeing you at one of the upcoming performances in the magnificent Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House.”

 

Board Chair Steve Suellentrop stated, “I am thrilled that the company has made such significant financial progress, but there is further work to do.  I invite the people of this community to join me in generously supporting this outstanding and nationally recognized opera company as it enters its 58th Season.  In the meantime, my fellow Board members and I want to express our thanks to all those who have already made a commitment to support the programs, performances and highest aspirations of The Dallas Opera.”

 

Asked why TDO has been able to achieve this level of success, General Director and CEO Keith Cerny commented, “In addition to the outstanding leadership and generosity shown by the Board, the company has focused under my tenure on revitalizing our programming, launching an ambitious program of new commissions, and reaching out to the community in myriad ways – including the free public simulcasts.  I have also made a number of key appointments on the artistic and operational side, including the hiring of Music Director Emmanuel Villaume, Principal Guest Conductor Nicole Paiement, and Artistic Administrator Ian Derrer – thereby giving us one of the strongest leadership teams in the business.”

 

In addition to the recitals, family performances and mainstage productions of the 2014-2015 “Heights of Passion” Season, the Dallas Opera is currently preparing for FIRST SIGHT/FIRST NIGHT (chaired by Lynn McBee and Nicholas Even) and our ninth free public simulcast (underwritten by the Sheila and Jody Grant Opera Discovery Program with support from AT&T Performing Arts Center and Chase), a live performance of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro scheduled to take place on Friday, October 24, 2014 at Klyde Warren Park (curtain time for the Linda and Mitch Hart Season Opening Night Performance is 8:00 p.m., with special events in the park due to kick-off at 6:30 p.m.).

This season will consist of beloved classics, opera rarities, a unique double bill and a world premiere (Joby Talbot and Gene Scheer’s Everest), in addition to several outstanding Family Concerts and Performances, thought-provoking panel discussions, the Joy and Ronald Mankoff Pre-Performance Talks, “Dallas Opera Perspectives” and “Composing Conversations” with the most important creative minds at work in our field today.  Furthermore—in the spring of 2015—a newly revamped and expanded Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition, with an esteemed panel of judges chaired by

Dr. Brian Zeger, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Program and Artistic Director, Juilliard Vocal Arts.

 

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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.

 

EVENTS, GUESTS AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

 

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 (The Linda and Mitch Hart Season Opening Night Performance), Oct. 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: 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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