Ailyn Perez and Stephen Costello at the Eisemann

by Suzanne Calvin

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

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

THE DALLAS OPERA IS THRILLED TO PRESENT

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

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

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

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

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

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

TICKET INFORMATION

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

AILYN PÉREZ (Soprano)

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

STEPHEN COSTELLO (Tenor)

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

Ticket Information for the 2014-2015 Dallas Opera Season

All performances are in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center unless otherwise described (see above). Single Tickets range from $19 to $275 and go on sale July 14. Flex Subscriptions are on sale now, starting at $75. Family performance tickets are just $5 apiece. For more information or to make your purchase, contact The Dallas Opera Ticket Services Office at 214.443.1000 or visit us online, 24/7, at www.dallasopera.org.

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

The 2014-2015 “Heights of Passion Season” is presented by Texas Instruments Foundation. The Dallas Opera Family Performances are generously supported by Texas Instruments and the Betty and Steve Suellentrop Educational Outreach Fund. TDO Family Performances are a part of the Perot Foundation Education and Community Outreach Programs.

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

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

A RARE DALLAS OPERA DOUBLE BILL:

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

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

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

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

* Dallas Opera Debut
** American Debut
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The Dallas Opera is supported, in part, by funds from: Texas Instruments and the Texas Instruments Foundation, TACA, City of Dallas, Office of Cultural Affairs; the Texas Commission on the Arts and The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). American Airlines is the official airline of The Dallas Opera. Lexus is the official vehicle of The Dallas Opera. Advertising support from The Dallas Morning News. A special thanks to the Elsa von Seggern Foundation for its continuing support.

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Single Tickets Go On Sale July 14

by Suzanne Calvin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Dallas Opera Family Performances are generously supported by Texas Instruments
and the Betty and Steve Suellentrop Educational Outreach Fund. TDO Family Performances are a part of the Perot Foundation Education and Community Outreach Programs.
The Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House is conveniently located in the heart of the Arts District at 2403 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201.
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EVENTS, GUESTS AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

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

Ticket Information for the 2014-2015 Dallas Opera Season

All performances are in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center unless otherwise described. Single Tickets range from $19 to $275 and go on sale Monday, July 14, 2014. Flex Subscriptions are on sale now, starting at $75. Family performance tickets are just $5. For more information or to make your purchase, contact The Dallas Opera Ticket Services Office at 214.443.1000 or visit us online, 24/7, at www.dallasopera.org.

The 2014-2015 “Heights of Passion Season” is presented by Texas Instruments. The Dallas Opera Family Performances are also generously supported by Texas Instruments and the Betty and Steve Suellentrop Educational Outreach Fund. TDO Family Performances are a part of the Perot Foundation Education and Community Outreach Programs.

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

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

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

A RARE DALLAS OPERA DOUBLE BILL:

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

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

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

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

* Dallas Opera Debut
** American Debut
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The Dallas Opera is supported, in part, by funds from: Texas Instruments and the Texas Instruments Foundation, TACA, City of Dallas, Office of Cultural Affairs; the Texas Commission on the Arts and The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). American Airlines is the official airline of The Dallas Opera. Lexus is the official vehicle of The Dallas Opera. Advertising support from The Dallas Morning News. A special thanks to the Elsa von Seggern Foundation for its continuing support.

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Dallas Opera Appoints Ian Derrer to Newly Created Post

by Suzanne Calvin

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

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

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

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

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

About the Dallas Opera:

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

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EVENTS, GUESTS AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

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

Ticket Information for the 2014-2015 Dallas Opera Season

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

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

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

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

PLEASE NOTE!

A RARE DALLAS OPERA DOUBLE BILL:

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

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

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

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

* Dallas Opera Debut
** American Debut
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The Dallas Opera is supported, in part, by funds from: Texas Instruments Foundation, TACA, City of Dallas, Office of Cultural Affairs; the Texas Commission on the Arts and The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). American Airlines is the official airline of The Dallas Opera. Lexus is the official vehicle of The Dallas Opera. Advertising support from The Dallas Morning News. A special thanks to the Elsa von Seggern Foundation for its continuing support.

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Dallas Opera and San Diego Opera Announce Exciting Co-Production!

by Celeste Hart

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, June 20, 2014

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

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

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

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

Give today and a matching donation will double your gift!

by Celeste Hart

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

Nicole Paiement Named Principal Guest Conductor

by Suzanne Calvin

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

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

Dallas Opera Announces Historic Gift

by Suzanne Calvin

Steve and Betty Suellentrop_0059It is a phenomenal gift creating the “Betty and Steve Suellentrop Educational Outreach Fund.”  More details follow:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Wednesday, June 4, 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 RECEIVES $2.5 MILLION MATCHING GIFT

ESTABLISHING THE BETTY AND STEVE SUELLENTROP

EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH FUND

 

DALLAS, June 4, 2014 – The Dallas Opera is proud to announce the largest corporate gift in the opera’s 57-year history; a landmark $2.5 million lead gift from Betty and Steve Suellentrop, and Hunt Consolidated, Inc., intended to inspire other major gifts in support of opera-based education, family performances and community outreach.

 

Steve Suellentrop is the incoming chairman of the board of directors of the Dallas Opera. He also is the president of Hunt Oil Company.

The historic gift creating the “Betty and Steve Suellentrop Educational Outreach Fund” is designed to provide support for TDO’s multifaceted and nationally recognized education and community outreach programs, including effective new approaches to audience development and continuing patron engagement.

 

Steve Suellentrop said that, “in an era where fewer resources are available to schools to expose and educate our children about the arts, it’s important for arts organizations to play a leading role in making access to all of the classical art forms a reality. Every child deserves the opportunity to experience the joys of music and the excitement of opera.”

 

Programs include educational outreach to 19 North Texas school districts, homeschoolers and other providers serving more than 20,000 teachers and students each year by providing hundreds of on-site performances; Metropolitan Opera high-definition broadcasts, school visits and master classes with internationally renowned composers, singers and designers. In addition, the company provides teacher training sessions that equip educators with the tools to maximize the impact of these special experiences for their students, even as they enhance learning outcomes in core subjects.

 

The Dallas Opera also strives to provide budget-minded family programming in the form of abridged classics (The Elixir of Love), age-appropriate short operas (Doctor Miracle), and fresh contemporary takes on fun and familiar tales (Billy Goat’s Gruff and Jack and the Beanstalk) in venues ranging from local after-school programs and summer camps to the elegant Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center.

“The Dallas Opera is already receiving national and international recognition for its undisputed commitment to making opera more engaging and accessible through free public simulcasts, innovative family programming and teacher-friendly education programs,” explains Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny.

“This remarkable gift from Betty and Steve Suellentrop and Hunt Consolidated enables the company to secure the future of these dynamic programs that rally the community, support our schools, build the next generation of opera lovers and inspire our donors. We are thrilled to have their enthusiastic support for our service to the entire North Texas community,” he added.

 

Each of these programs reflects the Dallas Opera’s continuing commitment to the community at large; a commitment TDO made with its first school performances in 1961. Last year alone, these proactive programs allowed the Dallas Opera to touch the lives of more than 50 thousand people.

 

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Programs Served by the Betty and Steve Suellentrop Educational Outreach Fund:

Dallas Opera Student Matinees

Student Touring Opera

Curriculum Support and In-Service Teacher Training

TDO in a Suitcase

campTDO

TDOSneakPeek and TDO Sightlines

Young Artists Professional Development Program

TDO Family Performances

TDO Family Concerts

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Community Outreach Simulcasts

 

 

 

For additional information about Dallas Opera Educational, Family and Community Outreach Programs and how you can secure matching funds that will double the impact of your generous gift; contact TDO Director of Development

Gae Whitener at gae.whitener@dallasopera.org

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For more information or to purchase tickets, contact The Dallas Opera Ticket Services Office at 214.443.1000 or visit us online, 24/7, at www.dallasopera.org.

 

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Keith Cerny on “Turning the Tide”

by Suzanne Calvin

Our General Director and CEO’s latest monthly column for “Theater Jones” delves into the questions raised for the industry by the dramatic turn of events at San Diego Opera.  No arts organization is immune to financial difficulties, whether caused by uncontrollable outside circumstances or unforeseen internal challenges; however, there’s a lot to be said about how a company responds or fails to respond when the “going gets tough.”

An article well worth your attention.

Suzanne Calvin, Dir. of Media and Public Relations

TDO Family Programming Subs Go on Sale Monday

by Suzanne Calvin

A treat for the entire family! And that’s not hyperbole!

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

The Magic of Opera and Live Music
TDO $5 Family Programming
Presented by Texas Instruments
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With additional support from
Lockheed Martin
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Part of “The Perot Foundation Education and Community Outreach Programs”
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“THE BILLY GOATS GRUFF”
Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, 2:00 p.m. and
Saturday, April 11, 2015, 2:00 p.m.
At the Margot & Bill Winspear Opera House
AT&T Performing Arts Center
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“THE DALLAS OPERA FAMILY CONCERT”
Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, 2:00 p.m. and
Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, 2:00 p.m.
At the Margot & Bill Winspear Opera House
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“THE ELIXIR OF LOVE”
$5 FAMILY PERFORMANCE
Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, 2:00 p.m. and
Sunday, Mar. 22, 2015, 2:00 p.m.
At the Margot & Bill Winspear Opera House

DALLAS, MAY 30, 2014 – Put those computers, tablets, and smart phones aside and take advantage of some magical, live performances offered by the Dallas Opera (TDO) this season! The Dallas Opera Educational/Family Series, part of The Perot Foundation Education and Community Outreach Programs, is presented by Texas Instruments and made possible with additional generous support from Lockheed Martin.

Budget-minded Family Performance subscriptions are available Monday, June 2 for just $12 – for all three performances. Call the patron service specialists at The Dallas Opera Ticket Office, 214-443-1000 or purchase at your convenience online at dallasopera.org/family.

THE BILLY GOATS GRUFF, TDO’s newest production is an adaptation of the popular folk tale based on scenes from operas by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Gaetano Donizetti, and Gioachino Rossini. Incorporated into the lively performance are key messages for students, including the importance of attending school regularly and the need to be kind. The performances will be conducted on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Performed in English at the Margot & Bill Winspear Opera House, located at 2403 Flora Street, Dallas 75201.
There are two casts for BILLY GOATS GRUFF. They feature mezzo-soprano Brandi Estwick and soprano Agostina Migoni in the role of Lucy, mezzo-sopranos Laura Gastinel and Laura Begley in the role of Ernesto, tenors Christopher Leach and Charles Karanja in the role of Dandini, as well as, baritone Christian Teague and bass Travis McGuire in the role of Osmin.
Prior to the performance the Dallas Opera offers a host of hands-on crafts and activities.
These will take place in the C. Vincent Prothro Lobby of the Margot & Bill Winspear Opera House in the AT&T Performing Arts Center which will open at 12:30 p.m.
Single tickets for this event are on sale July 14th for just $5 apiece!
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The FAMILY CONCERT is a parade of opera’s greatest hits including a wide variety of types of arias and overtures. Patrons may be surprised at just how many pieces they already know and love and this event is sure to be enjoyed by fans of all ages. Featuring the Dallas Opera Orchestra, the performances will be held Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. and Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Prior to the concert The C. Vincent Prothro Lobby of the Margot & Bill Winspear Opera House in the AT&T Performing Arts Center will open at 12:30 p.m. for a host of hands-on crafts and activities for children, followed by the performance at 2:00 p.m.

Just $5 per ticket and subscriptions are on sale now! Buy online, 24/7, at dallasopera.org or call 214.443.1000. What better chance to introduce the extraordinary music, the magic, and the incredible excitement of live theater and opera to your children, grandchildren or loved ones!
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THE ELIXIR OF LOVE is a fun, fully-staged one-act opera about a young man who hopes to win the heart of his true love, with the help of a quack “doctor” and his mysterious potion! This comedy is a wonderful opportunity to introduce students to the beautiful music of Gaetano Donizetti, who bridged the gap between Rossini and Verdi. This charming opera will be presented in English. It is being held at the Margot & Bill Winspear Opera House located at 2403 Flora Street, Dallas 75201. Performance dates and times are Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are family budget-priced at $5 apiece and go on sale July 14, 2014. Contact the Dallas Opera at 214.443.1000 or purchase subscriptions online at dallasopera.org. Single tickets will also be available at the door.

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

“The Dallas Opera is touching lives in a profound new way,” Cerny adds, “and reaching people who never knew that opera is genuinely accessible and entertaining.”

The two casts for THE ELIXIR OF LOVE feature soprano Audra Methvin and lyric soprano Erin Alcorn in the role of Adina, tenors Jeawook Lee and Martin Clark, Jr. as Nemorino, bass-baritones Langelihle Mngxati and Austin Siebert as Belcore, with bass Travis McGuire and bass-baritone Matthew Stump as Dulcamara.

The set and costumes for THE BILLY GOATS GRUFF and THE ELIXIR OF LOVE were designed by TDO Properties Designer and Costume Design Consultant Tommy Bourgeois. Nancy Schaeffer of Dallas Children’s Theater staged THE BILLY GOATS GRUFF. Mary Dibbern is TDO’s Music Director for Education and Family Programming for THE ELIXIR OF LOVE and THE BILLY GOATS GRUFF and put together the abridged English-language version of the heart-warming Donizetti romance, THE ELIXIR OF LOVE. John Davies is THE BILLY GOATS GRUFF composer and librettist. He uses the music of Mozart, Rossini, and Donizetti.

The C. Vincent Prothro Lobby of the Margot & Bill Winspear Opera House in the AT&T Performing Arts Center will open at 12:30 p.m. for a host of hands-on crafts and activities, followed by the performance at 2:00 p.m.
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Save on the three productions by purchasing your tickets in advance and see all three for just $12 per person!

“THE BILLY GOATS GRUFF” CAST BIOS:

LAURA BEGLEY (Ernesto)
Mezzo-soprano Laura Begley is returning for a second year as a Young Artist with Dallas Opera. Some of her roles include Meg Page (Falstaff), Dritte Dame & Zweite Dame (Die Zauberflöte), Angelina (La Cenerentola), Female Chorus (The Rape of Lucretia), and the Mother (Amahl). Ms. Begley received her Bachelor of Music at Colorado State University and is finishing her Masters’ at the University of North Texas. Her competition highlights include: the Jennifer White Memorial award at the Shreveport Opera Singer of the Year Competition, Division Winner in for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, finalist in the NOA Competition and Classical Singer Competitions, the UNT Concerto Competition winner, a semi-finalist in the George London Foundation for Singers Competition and the Dallas Lyric Opera Guild Competition. This past winter, she made her company debut in Opera Fayetteville Dead Man Walking as Mrs. De Rocher and recently returned as an Apprentice Artist with Opera Saratoga debuting on the mainstage as Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor.

AGOSTINA MIGONI (Lucy)
Ms. Migoni, soprano, is a first year master student at the University of North Texas. This summer she will be performing the role of Abigail Williams in Robert Ward’s The Crucible in Austin, Texas. Ms. Migoni sang the role of Noémie in UNT’s production of Massenet’s Cendrillon last fall. During her time in Cleveland, she appeared as Prioress Lidoine in Dialogues of the Carmelites, Musetta in La Bohème, Violetta in La Traviata and La Chatte in L’enfant et les sortilèges. She won First Place for two consecutive years at the Ohio Buckeye NATS Competition and Audience Favorite at the Lois Alba Competition in Houston, Texas. Ms. Migoni was a participant of the Castleton Artist Training Seminar where she appeared as Fredrika in A Little Night Music, Maria from West Side Story, Marguerite from Faust, Musetta in La Bohème , and, led by Lorin Maazel, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, La Bohème, Carmen, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Requiem, and Verdi’s Otello. Ms. Migoni has also appeared at the Royal Opera House in Muscat, Oman.

BRANDI ESTWICK (Lucy)
Ms. Estwick, mezzo-soprano, is a graduate voice performance major at Texas Woman’s University where she studies voice with Dr. Joni Jensen. As a member of the TWU Opera Ensemble, she has had the pleasure of performing in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, as well as in numerous scenes programs. She currently performs throughout the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex in collaboration with classical guitarist, Eddie Healy. She also serves as the Assistant Director of the Brookhaven-Allegro Guitar Orchestra.

CHRISTOPHER LEACH (Dandini)
Tenor Christopher Leach is a native of Kingsville, Texas and is finishing up his undergraduate work at the University of North Texas with a focus in operatic performance. He has studied under the direction of Dr. Arikka Gregory, John Ector, and Ronald Montgomery. Mr. Leach has been a part of a number of ensembles including the Georgia Southern Chorale, the South Texas Chorale and has spent the past two seasons singing with the chorus of the Fort Worth Opera Company. Mr. Leach has studied and performed a wide range of roles at both Texas A&M University-Kingsville, and Georgia Southern University. Other past performances include Don Hilarión from Tomás Bretón’s La verbena de la Paloma with the TAMUK Opera, Don Basilio in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro with the Georgia Southern Opera and Donald in Douglas Moore’s Gallantry, also with the Georgia Southern Opera.

LAURA GASTINEL (Ernesto)
Laura Gastinel is a mezzo-soprano who is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance at Southern Methodist University. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from Texas Christian University in 2009. While at Texas Christian University, she performed Nerillo from L’Ormindo, Eleonora from Prima la musica, Petra from A Little Night Music, Meg from Little Women and Bianca from La rondine. She was most recently seen as Ramiro in the Meadows Opera Theater’s production of La finta giardiniera. Ms. Gastinel has performed in the Opera Studio at the AIMS Music Festival in Graz, Austria and in master classes with Mary Jane Johnson, Gabriele Lechner and Marilyn Horne.
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CHRISTIAN TEAGUE (Osmin)
Baritone Christian Teague made his debut as a principal artist with The Dallas Opera as Ambrogio in The Barber of Seville. He was born in Fort Worth and first discovered his passion for music through piano lessons and performing in the Birdville School district of North Richland Hills. He attended Stephen F. Austin State University where he performed the roles of Figaro in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Kecal in Smetana’s Bartered Bride, and the title role in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. While still in college, he had the opportunity to be a featured soloist in works performed in Italy, Austria, and the United Kingdom. Mr. Teague was the winner of the senior men’s division and was awarded the Grady Harlan Award for most promising professional voice at the Texoma NATS competition. As a result, he attended the AIMS training program in Graz, Austria. He recently performed the role of the Giant in The Dallas Opera’s outreach production of Jack and the Beanstalk and is the baritone in residence at First United Methodist Church of Hurst and the First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth.

“THE ELIXIR OF LOVE” CAST BIOS:

AUDRA METHVIN (Adina)
Soprano Audra Methvin recently won first place in The Dallas Opera Guild Competition In the same competition she placed in the top ten the previous three years, and was the first place winner at the 2012 Vocal Artistry Art Song Competition in Albuquerque. Ms. Methvin’s growing list of professional credits includes two years in Central City Opera’s Young Artist Studio and performances with the WTAM University Orchestra, Southwest Symphony, Caprock Pro Musica, Roswell Symphony Orchestra, Denver Lyric Opera Guild, University of Denver Orchestra, Boulder Symphony Orchestra, Pro Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra, Colorado Ballet and St. John’s Cathedral of Denver. Ms. Methvin received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Eastern New Mexico University, where she won the Friends of Music Competition in 2011 and was a top finalist in 2012. Her vocal and musical talents have also earned her a number of other awards that include the Ross L. Tyler award at Central City Opera, sixth place in the Denver Lyric Opera Competition, and a Grant Award from Allied Arts of Denver. She appeared in the title role of Suor Angelica with ENMU Opera. She joined the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria for summer 2013, and is in the Performer’s Diploma program at Southern Methodist University.

JEAWOOK LEE (Nemorino)
Tenor, Jeawook Lee, received the Bachelor of Music degree from Seoul National University in August of 2009. He entered the Performance Diploma program in 2011 and in that same year was a Finalist in the Regional Competition of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. In summer 2012, he sang the role of Tamino in The Magic Flute in Amalfi Coast Music Festival production in Naples, Italy. Mr. Lee sang the role of Don Basilio in the SMU Opera Theater productions of The Marriage of Figaro, and in the production of Albert Herring, he performed the role of Mayor. Jeawook has been a finalist in The Dallas Opera Guild Competition and in the National Opera Association Competition. He completed the Performance Diploma in May 2013 and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree at Southern Methodist University.

TRAVIS MCGUIRE (Dulcamara) (Osmin in The Billy Goats Gruff)
Travis Wiley McGuire, bass, graduated from Southern Methodist University with an Masters of Music in Voice Performance studying under Virginia Dupuy, Martha Gerhart, and Simon Sargon. His Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Music and Biblical Text are from Abilene Christian University. In Abilene, he appeared as Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro, as Gianni Schicchi, and as Frank Maurrant in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene. He also sang with the Abilene Opera Association as the Imperial Registrar in Madama Butterfly, as Sonora in La Fanciulla del West, and as Smee in Peter Pan. He also appeared as Prison Warden Frank in the Abilene Tri-Collegiate Opera’s Die Fledermaus. Mr. McGuire participated in the Los Angeles-based program, OperaWorks! where he worked with noted coach, Ann Baltz. He recently appeared in several of the SMU Opera Ensemble’s “Opera Free for All” series concerts, in addition to appearances as the Narrator in The Old Maid and the Thief, the Sorceror in Dido and Aeneas, Alcindoro in La Boheme, Grandpa Moss in an award-winning production of Aaron Copland’s The Tender Land, and the Learned Judge in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Trial by Jury. Most recently he performed the role of the Giant in the Dallas Opera’s outreach production of Jack and the Beanstalk and is also a member of the Dallas Opera chorus.

LANGELIHLE MNGXATI (Belcore)
Mr. Mngxati, bass-baritone, studied music at the Universityof KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He has studied with Marc Poupard and SMU graduate Lionel Mkhwanazi. He won the 7th Festival of Italian Opera Competition for first year students. He performed the role of Simone in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and the bass solos in Handel’s Messiah with the Pietermaritzburg City Orchestra and the Mass choir. Mr. Mngxati won the National Competition for all South African Universities called South African Tertiary Institutions Choral Association. He sang in the SMU-UKZN production of West Side Story with the students from SMU and Professor Barbara Hill-Moore. Mr. Mngxati was a soloist in Haydn’s Missa Sanctae Caeciliae with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra and he sang the role of Sarastro in Mozart’s The Magic Flute. He also performed the role of Emile in the SMU/UKZN production of South Pacific. He is now in the Performance Diploma Program at SMU and continuing his studies with Ms. Hill-Moore.

AUSTIN SIEBERT (Belcore)
Bass-baritone Austin Siebert is currently studying for his Masters under full scholarship at the University of North Texas. Recent performances include Omar in Abu Hassan, Mustafa in a scene from L’italiana in Algeri, and the Executioner in a scene from The Rose of Persia with Spotlight on Opera in Austin, TX. He also appeared in I pagliacci and Faust with Austin Lyric Opera’s Chorus. Mr. Siebert has also performed scenes as Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro, Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte, Marcello in La Bohéme, Pandolfe in Cendrillon, Sergeant Meryll in Yeoman of the Guard and Papageno in Die Zauberflöte. Mr. Siebert appeared as the Bass Soloist in Northwestern University’s Fauré Requiem and Schubert’s Mass in A Flat. Other credits include bass solos in the Mozart Requiem, Bach Magnificat, and Handel’s Dixit Dominus at American University.

ERIN ALCORN (Adina)
Lyric soprano Erin Alcorn is originally from Dallas, Texas. She most recently was seen in concert with Voces Intimae: The Art of Song, UT Dallas’ Music Nova, and in the roles of La Bergère and La Chouette in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortileges with the Oberlin Opera Theater. Her other stage credits with Oberlin include Giulietta in I capuleti e i montecchi, Adina in L’elisir d’amore, Zaïre in Les Indes Galantes, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, and Drusilla in L’incoronazione di Poppea. Erin was also seen as Casilda in The Gondoliers with the Oberlin Gilbert and Sullivan Society. On the contemporary side of things, she performed in the staged production of Exercices de Style by French-Canadian composer José Evangelista with the Oberlin Opera Theater, and was invited to sing in Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians and David Lang’s The Little Match Girl Passion with the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble. She placed First in State for the Arden J. Yockey Scholarship for Voice sponsored by the Tuesday Musical Association and second place in the Hal Leonard Vocal Competition. Ms. Alcorn holds a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

MATTHEW STUMP (Dulcamara)
Matthew Stump is a bass from Goshen, Indiana playing the part of Dulcamara in this production of The Elixir of Love. He has studied at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa under Dr. David Judisch where he received his Bachelor of the Arts degree. He currently studies at the University of North Texas pursuing a Masters degree in operatic performance. His previous engagements include singing Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro, Frank Maurrant in Street Scene, Don Alfonso in Cosí fan tutte, Capulet in Romeo et Juliette, Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance, and most recently as Raphael in Haydn’s oratorio The Creation. Recently he placed second in the Dallas Opera Guild Competition and was a district winner/regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Competition. His future engagements include an appointment in Lincoln, Nebraska as the bass soloist in Handel’s Messiah and in a recording session with the professional choir out of Detroit, Michigan called Sounding Light.

MARTIN CLARK, JR. (Nemorino)
Tenor Martin Clark, Jr. is currently studying vocal performance at the University of North Texas. Mr. Clark is now in his second season performing with The Dallas Opera Education Program singing the leading role of Nemorino in The Elixir of Love. He also performed in the Ensemble and as the understudy of Harpo in Denton Community Theatre’s production of The Color Purple. While an undergraduate at UNT, Mr. Clark has sung in the UNT A Cappella Choir and has had multiple roles with UNT Opera including Frederick in The Pirates of Penzance, Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet, and Macheath in Kurt Weil’s The Three Penny Opera for UNT Opera. Mr. Clark won the UNT Margot Winspear Opera Scholarship Competition in 2014 and first place of the 2012 NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) Texoma Region in Division VI of the Regional Student Auditions. He also received the Cecelia Cunningham Box Scholarship at the University of North Texas as an incoming Freshman.

ARTISTIC/PRODUCTION KEY BIOS:

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

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

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

KEITH CHAMBERS – (Conductor -- The Elixir of Love and Family Concert)
Mr. Chambers, Assistant Conductor at the Dallas Opera, has been praised by the Dallas Morning News for the “taut and carefully scaled playing” of his orchestra. The Asheville Citizen-Times wrote that “it is easy to see why the conductor Keith Chambers is in demand.” Recent appointments include the Victoria J. Mastrobuono Emerging Artist Program for Opera New Jersey. This season is his conducting debut at the Dallas Opera, leading education performances of The Elixir of Love and The Dallas Opera Family Concert. He will serve as Assistant Conductor for Salome and will assist the Dallas Opera’s Music Director Emmanuel Villaume for productions of Marriage of Figaro, and Iolanta. He joins Opera Saratoga as Chorus Master for its summer festival and conducts Handel’s Radamisto for Manhattan Opera Studio. In the 2013-14 season he was assistant to Emmanuel Villaume for the Dallas Opera’s production of Carmen. In New York City, he debuted with the PROTOTYPE Festival for Gregory Spears’ Paul’s Case and he conducts concert performances of La Bohème at Carnegie Hall and Der Rosenkavalier at the National Opera Center.

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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, 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).

A RARE DALLAS OPERA DOUBLE BILL:

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

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

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

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

* 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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