Ekaterina Scherbachenko Wins Maria Callas Award!

by Celeste Hart

THE DALLAS OPERA IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE

Soprano Ekaterina Scherbachenko
HONORED AS THE 2015 “MARIA CALLAS DEBUT ARTIST OF THE YEAR”

RECEIVED RAVE REVIEWS FOR HER PERFORMANCE
IN THE TITLE ROLE OF TCHAIKOVSKY’S FINAL OPERA
IOLANTA

            DALLAS, MAY 21, 2015 – The Dallas Opera is pleased to announce the winner of the 2015 “Maria Callas Debut Artist of the Year” Award: incandescent Russian soprano Ekaterina Scherbachenko.

            This prestigious award, named after one of the most renowned opera artists of the 20th century, is given to a single performer each season in recognition of a particularly memorable and outstanding company debut. The winner was announced earlier this evening at the annual Dallas Opera Board and Trustee Appreciation Dinner held in The Gold Room at the The Fairmont Dallas Hotel.

            The Russian beauty had earned glowing notices this spring for her portrayal of the blind princess, Iolanta, in the rarely performed 1892 opera of the same name by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

             One of Ms. Scherbachenko’s signature roles at Moscow’s historic Bolshoi Theatre, she deftly transformed the title character from an isolated young woman who is kept in the dark about her condition—to one who strives for the truth, becomes enlightened and is ready to sacrifice everything for love.       

            Laurie Lynn Lindemeier of The Column raved “This woman was a treat to behold with her striking voice and fine acting skills to boot—the full package! Although this is a shorter opera, it is still an endurance test for this character that does much of the singing. Ms. Scherbachenko consistently sang with sincerity and penetrating lyricism. Although her character is blind throughout, the singer clearly saw into Iolanta’s core and relayed that to the audience and to her fellow characters. I never sensed fatigue in her voice and once Iolanta received the cure and could see her lover, she looked directly into his eyes and sang to him.”

            Catherine Womack of D Magazine/Front Row noted: “Ekaterina Scherbachenko has a flexible voice that is equally strong when it simmers and boils with power and when it delicately floats with vulnerability. She quickly captured my attention in the opening scene…”  

            Scott Cantrell of The Dallas Morning News described her complex portrayal of Iolanta as “convincing…Her ample soprano supplies parallel nuances of dewy simplicity and surging ardor.”

            Gregory Sullivan Isaacs of Theater Jones wrote that “the cast is uniformly first rate” and that Ms. Scherbachenko “delivers a voice with some hint of spinto heft.”

            Alicia Chang of the Dallas Voice summed up Ms. Scherbachenko’s performance as “wonderful!”

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          “Hailing from Russia, the stunning Ekaterina Scherbachenko is the quintessential Iolanta, with the vocal prowess and acting credibility so integral for this unique role,” explained Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny.  “The Dallas Opera was thrilled to bring a superb cast to our community to perfectly portray this rarely produced gem that included Sergey Skorkhodov, Andrei Bondarenko, and Mikhail Kolelishvili.  As the title character, Ms. Scherbachenko gave a remarkable performance that moved our audience deeply.”

           “We are delighted to continue the acknowledgment of spectacular talent with The Callas Award, and greatly appreciate our subscribers’ enthusiastic response in choosing the winner.  Ms. Scherbachenko truly inspired these devoted patrons in a competition filled with many incredible singers,” said Cerny.          

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           The voting for the Callas Award was conducted entirely online by electronic ballot and was open to season subscribers only. The results were verified by the independent accounting firm of Travis, Wolff & Company, L.L.P.

           The winner will receive a beautiful etched-crystal plaque created by award-winning designers from Tiffany & Co. for The Dallas Opera.  The plaque bears the likeness of The Dallas Opera’s unofficial Godmother, Greek soprano Maria Callas. “La Divina” launched The Dallas Opera with a 1957 recital at the Music Hall in Fair Park and continued to grace TDO’s stage in those early years with a series of now-legendary performances.

            The 2015 recipient responded to the news, by email, with a statement read this evening by Keith Cerny:

           To the Board and Trustees of The Dallas Opera, the Company staff and all the wonderful subscribers:

           “It was a great pleasure to perform with The Dallas Opera in the title role of IOLANTA.  To then be selected for the “Maria Callas Award” is a tremendous honor and I’m truly grateful for this recognition.  The character of Iolanta is very near and dear to my heart and to have your patrons choose me for this award is especially meaningful!  I have great admiration for the legendary Maria Callas and sincerely appreciate this acknowledgement.

           Thank you so much for this lovely award!

           Warm regards,

           Ekaterina Scherbachenko

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            There were nineteen additional 2014-2015 Season nominees for the Callas Award (artists making outstanding company debuts in a principal role)—all the contenders are listed below in alphabetical order):

ADDITIONAL NOMINEES FOR 2014 MARIA CALLAS AWARD

Susan Bickley – “Herodias” – Salome

Andrei Bondarenko – “Robert” – Iolanta

Kevin Burdette – “Beck Weathers” – Everest

Nicole Car – “Countess Almaviva” – The Marriage of Figaro

Melissa Citro – “Wally” – La Wally

Emily Fons – “Cherubino” – The Marriage of Figaro

Rodrigo Garciarroyo – “Giuseppe Hagenbach” – La Wally

Greer Grimsley – “Jokanaan” – Salome

Diana Montague – “Marcellina” – The Marriage of Figaro

Tamara Mumford – “Marta” – Iolanta

Arnold Rawls – “Giuseppe Hagenbach” – La Wally

Beate Ritter – “Susanna” – The Marriage of Figaro

Davinia Rodriguez – “Musetta” – La bohème

Sergey Skorokhodov – “Count Vaudemont” – Iolanta

Vladislav Sulimsky – “Ibn-Hakia” – Iolanta

Craig Verm – “Doug Hansen” – Everest

Alexander Vinogradov – “Colline” – La bohème

Deborah Voigt – “Salome” – Salome

Mary Elizabeth Williams – “Wally” – La Wally

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           The “Maria Callas Debut Artist of the Year Award” was launched during the 1991-1992 Dallas Opera Season. 

           The first recipient was Sharon Sweet for her impressive performance in the title role of Aida. The list of subsequent winners reads like an opera’s “Who’s Who” from Susan Graham, Cecilia Bartoli, Mary Dunleavy, Elizabeth Futral, Hei-Kyung Hong, Denyce Graves, Indira Mahajan, Mary Mills, Patricia Racette, Latonia Moore, Christopher Ventris, Catherine Naglestad, James Valenti, and Ben Heppner, to Greek-born Soprano Myrtò Papatanasiu (Violetta in Verdi’s La traviata) and last year’s winner, mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, who redefined the role of “Rosina” in our smash hit, The Barber of Seville.

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2015-2016 Dallas Opera Season

           All performances are in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center unless otherwise described.  Single Tickets range from $19 to $275 and will be available July 15.  Full and Flex Subscriptions are on sale now starting at $75.  Family performance tickets (available June 1) are just $5.  For more information or to make your purchase, contact The Dallas Opera Ticket Services Office at 214.443.1000 or visit us online, 24/7, at www.dallasopera.org.

THE DALLAS OPERA 2015-2016 FALL SEASON INFORMATION

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

GREAT SCOTT by Jake Heggie

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

A Thrilling Dallas Opera World Premiere!

Libretto by Terrence McNally*

Time: Present Day

Place: A Major American City

Conductor: Nicole Paiement

Stage Director: Jack O’Brien*

Production Design: Bob Crowley

Lighting Design: TBA

Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

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

A Brand-New Dallas Opera Production!

 

TOSCA by Giacomo Puccini

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

A passionate and timeless masterpiece in a beloved period production

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

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

Time: Early 19th century

Place: Locations in and around the City of Rome

Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume

Stage Director: Ellen Douglas Schlaefer*

Production Design: Ulisse Santicchi

Lighting Design: TBA

Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Children’s Chorus Master: TBA

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

One of The Dallas Opera’s Most Popular!

 

BECOMING SANTA CLAUS by Mark Adamo

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

An Eagerly Awaited Dallas Opera World Premiere!

Libretto by the composer, Mark Adamo

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

Place: An Elven kingdom in the far, far north

Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume

Stage Director: Paul Curran

Production Design: Gary McCann*

Video Design: Elaine J. McCarthy

Lighting Design: TBA

Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

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

Another New Dallas Opera Production

 

* Dallas Opera Debut

** American Debut

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

 

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Two Extraordinary Events for Soluna Festival!

by Celeste Hart

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

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

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

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

 In Partnership with the Dallas Museum of Art

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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214.443.1014 or suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org

 

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

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

 

THE DALLAS OPERA 2015-2016 FALL SEASON INFORMATION

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

GREAT SCOTT by Jake Heggie

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

A Dallas Opera World Premiere!

Libretto by Terrence McNally*

Time: Present Day

Place: A Major American City

Conductor: Nicole Paiement

Stage Director: Jack O’Brien*

Production Design: Bob Crowley

Lighting Design: TBA

Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

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

A Brand-New Dallas Opera Production!

 

TOSCA by Giacomo Puccini

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

A passionate and timeless masterpiece in a beloved period production

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

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

Time: Early 19th century

Place: Locations in and around the City of Rome

Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume

Stage Director: Ellen Douglas Schlaefer*

Production Design: Ulisse Santicchi

Lighting Design: TBA

Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Children’s Chorus Master: TBA

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

One of The Dallas Opera’s Most Popular!

 

BECOMING SANTA CLAUS by Mark Adamo

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

Another Dallas Opera World Premiere!

Libretto by the composer, Mark Adamo.

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

Place: An Elven kingdom in the far, far north

Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume

Stage Director: Paul Curran

Production Design: Gary McCann*

Video Design: Elaine J. McCarthy

Lighting Design: TBA

Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

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

Another New Dallas Opera Production

 

* Dallas Opera Debut

** American Debut

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

 

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Becoming Santa Claus Soiree

by Celeste Hart

Featuring Composer Mark Adamo

The inclement weather couldn’t keep festive party-goers away from the “Becoming Santa Claus Soiree” on Friday, April 24, featuring composer Mark Adamo. The elegant event was hosted by Tal and Jennifer Franklin in their lovely 1940’s home on Tokalon Drive in Lakewood. The proceeds of the event benefit The Dallas Opera’s world premiere of Becoming Santa Claus opening December 4, 2015 at the Winspear Opera House. Approximately 100 guests attended the fundraiser presented by the 12 Months of Kindness Committee.

The gracious, large living room adorned by luscious wood paneling, ornate carved-wood bar and luxurious furnishings was the setting for the evening’s entertainment. Soprano, Sarah Jane McMahon’s performance included a poignant piece from Becoming Santa Claus where she portrayed Queen Sophine (Prince Claus’ Mother). Another fun piece had Ms. McMahon mingling with the men in the audience, tousling their hair and fussing with ties. She was quick to point out that of all the pieces in her repertoire, it was her husband’s favorite song because she makes it so humorous. Mark Adamo also took the floor to chat about Becoming Santa Claus for which he wrote the libretto and the music.

Mark Adamo and Maile Shea (800x570)

Mark Adamo, composer and librettist, and Maile Shea

Attendees were treated to fine catering by Cassandra who prepared a magnificent assortment of canapes including Spinach Asiago Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Main Lobster and Avocado Salad, Ginger Roasted Duck Breast on Jalapeno Crackers, 44 Farms Beef Carpaccio with Calamata Olive Tapanade and Smoked Salmon Pizza. The specialty drink was a Peppermint Julep garnished with peppermint sticks and served in charming pewter cups.

The commission of the opera, which features a coming-of-age story of Santa and the importance of doing acts of kindness towards others, was underwritten by Holly and Tom Mayer and Maile Shea. The production is in memory of Chloe Shea, Maile’s daughter and Holly and Tom’s granddaughter. Chloe passed away from childhood cancer in December 2011 and her indomitable spirit is remembered with this opera commission.

Maile Shea, Jennifer and Tal Franklin, Holly Mayer (800x572)

Maile Shea, Jennifer and Tal Franklin, Holly Mayer

The 12 Months of Kindness Committee was created to raise support and awareness for Becoming Santa Claus, in memory of Chloe Shea.  Each month, it hosts a different event, many of which are geared for kids and families.  At these events, there is an opportunity to give back to the community.  Past events include:  Photos with Santa (coat drive), Skating for Kindness (sock drive), an Easter Egg Hunt (gifts for Children’s Medical Center patients) and the “Becoming Santa Claus Soiree”.  Future events include: two Fourth of July parades, a holiday card launch at Nest Dallas, Running of the Elves, a Becoming Santa Claus Coloring Book, and Photos with Santa.  

By Celeste Hart, Communications Manager, The Dallas Opera

Music, Messages and Magic!

by Celeste Hart

 L-R Ryan Lescalleet, Agostina Migoni, Mary Dibbern Music Dir, Christian Teague (under bridge baritone), Christopher Leach tenor, Laura Gastinel mezzo-soprano (640x457)The Dallas Opera Education Program recently presented The Billy Goats Gruff at Trinity Christian Academy in Addison as part of its touring compone
nt. Almost five hundred students in grades Kindergarten through Fourth experienced the magic of opera at TCA’s Upper School Performing Arts Center and likely learned some valuable lessons.

The Billy Goats Gruff is an adaptation by John Davies of the popular folk tale based on scenes from operas by well-known composers W.A. Mozart, G. Donizetti and G. Rossini. It is performed in English and reinforces messages of anti-bullying, the importance of kindness and attending school regularly. Telling the story through the magic of opera with professionally trained talented, animated performers singing and acting, delightful music, costumes, a set and piano accompaniment captivates the children and holds their attention as important messages are conveyed through exciting, live entertainment.

Agostina Migoni, Laura Gastinel, Christopher Leach, Christian Teague (640x457)The story centers on three friends, Lucy, Dandini, and Ernesto, who are bullied as they walk home from school. Lucy’s doll is stolen by the bully, Osmin, who also prevents the students from crossing a bridge to get home. The students work together to handle the situation and ultimately teach Osmin about the importance of kindness. At one point, toward the end of the opera, the three friends hold up chalk boards with the words “Kindness is Contagious.”

Rod Morris, Head of the Lower School at TCA learned of the production opportunity through one the school’s constituents who is a big opera fan. He said Mrs. Moore is both a current TCA grandparent and also the parent of two students he taught many years ago.

“I expect the program will be an ongoing part of our fine arts enrichment at TCA for years to come. Kids are already quoting the key message of ‘Kindness is contagious’ and the teachers are very positive about the opportunity to continue the conversation about bullying in a way that really makes sense to kids. (The opera) not only clearly presented the problem in an easily understood fashion but also gave them the solution. Everyone was completely impressed with the entire operation from beginning to end,” said Mr. Morris.

Mr. Morris has been with TCA for 38 years and Head of the Lower School for the past 32 years. He is retiring in July after decades of dedicated service.

The Dallas Opera’s Education Programs are part of The Perot Foundation Education and Community Outreach Programs and are generously supported by The Betty and Steve Suellentrop Educational Outreach Fund.

The Dallas Opera’s Family Programs series will present The Billy Goats Gruff at the Winspear Opera House on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 2:00 p.m., with fun children’s activities beginning in the lobby at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 and available through its website www.dallasopera.org/family or by calling 214-443-1000. The Family Programs are presented by Texas Instruments, with additional support by Lockheed Martin and are also part of The Perot Foundation Education and Community Outreach Programs.

The opera was performed by four of the artists in The Dallas Opera’s Education Program: Christian Teague, baritone, (Osmin); Agostina Migoni, soprano, (Lucy); Laura Gastinel, mezzo-soprano, (Ernesto); and Christopher Leach, tenor, (Dandini). Keyboard accompaniment was by Mary Dibbern, Music Director of Education and Family Programs. The Touring Production Supervisor is Ryan Lescalleet, a Trinity Christian Academy alum. The Education Program Senior Manager is Kristian Roberts.

The Dallas Opera is committed to bringing quality arts educational programs to the students of North Texas. To maximize the learning opportunity for students, the programs include comprehensive teaching training and TEKS-aligned classroom materials covering language arts, math, music, social studies, visual arts and more! To book a touring show please contact Kristian Roberts at 214-443-1020 or kristian.roberts@dallasopera.org.

By Celeste Hart, Communications Manager, The Dallas Opera

And the Winners of the Vocal Competition Are…

by Celeste Hart

The 27th Annual

“Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition”

Awards $18,500 in Cash Prizes!

Second-Year Ryan Opera Center Baritone Anthony Clark Evans

Takes Top Prize and $10,000 Cash!

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

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Third Place ($2,500) Awarded to

Mezzo-Soprano Sarah Mesko

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FINALISTS FOR THE 2015 DALLAS OPERA GUILD VOCAL COMPETITION

John Brancy, baritone, graduate of The Juilliard School

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

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

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

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

Elizabeth Sutphen, soprano, The Juilliard School

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

Judges for the 2015 Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition:

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

Keith Cerny
General Director and CEO of The Dallas Opera 

Emmanuel Villaume
Music Director, The Dallas Opera

Ian Derrer
Artistic Administrator, The Dallas Opera 

Jonathan Friend
Artistic Administrator, The Metropolitan Opera

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

Andreas Melinat
Director of Artistic Administration, Lyric Opera of Chicago 

Joshua Winograde
Senior Director of Artistic Planning, Los Angeles Opera

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

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

UNDERWRITERS OF THE 2015 COMPETITION: 

AT&T PERFORMING ARTS CENTER & STAFF

CENTRAL MARKET

HODGE PRINTING COMPANY

THE SAXTON GROUP/MCALLISTER’S DELI

TOM MCGURREN

KATHERINE & MICHAEL PHILLIPS

 

For high-resolution, digital photographs suitable for print

Or to arrange an interview

Please contact Suzanne Calvin, Director of Media and Public Relations

214.443.1014 or suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org

 

April 15th Deadline for The Institute for Women Conductors

by Celeste Hart

The Institute for Women Conductors

At The Dallas Opera

Inaugural Program: Nov. 28 – Dec. 6, 2015

TDO Seeks to Create New Opportunities for Talented Young Women Conductors Making Their Mark in the Field of Opera

DALLAS, APRIL 15, 2015 – Working to address a long-standing career issue in the opera world, The Dallas Opera is launching a unique, new residential program designed to provide training and career support for distinctively talented women conductors.  Female conductors age forty and younger, as well as accomplished women singers, opera coaches and accompanists, and instrumentalists with established careers seeking a new career at the podium, are encouraged to apply by the rapidly approaching deadline of 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15, 2015.

This new program, The Institute for Women Conductors at The Dallas Opera, will be inaugurated on November 28, 2015 and run through December 6, 2015, with generous support from the Richard and Enika Schulze Foundation.

Stated Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny: “The Dallas Opera has demonstrated, in multiple ways, its commitment to reshaping the opera field through the use of innovative public outreach, and by exploring new technologies, commissioning new works to expand the operatic repertoire, and programming with passion and imagination.

“This much-needed program,” Mr. Cerny adds, “will enable more women conductors to add their talents and insights to our collective understanding of this marvelous art form.”

The Women’s Conducting Institute will provide participants with opportunities to

  • Conduct The Dallas Opera Orchestra
  • Participate in master classes with Dallas Opera Music Director Emmanuel Villaume and Principal Guest Conductor Nicole Paiement
  • Attend seminars and discussions on how women conductors can make a greater impact on their field
  • Network with peers and take part in a media “refresher” course

 Six women will be selected for the inaugural gathering, and all program participants will conduct The Dallas Opera Orchestra in a public concert to be held on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in the Dallas Arts District.

Those attending are also eligible to take part in an annual two-day networking event, beginning in the summer of 2016.  There is also the potential for one or more participants to be invited to serve as Assistant Conductors on future Dallas Opera productions. 

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The Dallas Opera’s Principal Guest Conductor, Nicole Paiement, the Artistic Director and Conductor for San Francisco’s renowned contemporary opera company, Opera Parallèle, was singled out for praise in a recent Musical America “Profile in Courage” which wrote: “Working in a profession that often leaves women scandalously underrepresented, Paiement has established stellar credentials.”

As the subject of a recent article in Opera News (“The Mountain Climber,” January 2015), Paiement was described as “one of opera’s most adventurous spirits.”  The woman who also serves as Artistic Director of BluePrint, a contemporary music series at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she holds the Deléage Chair, has broken important new ground in Dallas, where she was invited to conduct critically acclaimed performances of Peter Maxwell Davies’ The Lighthouse, Death and the Powers by Tod Machover, and the recent successful world premiere of Joby Talbot and Gene Scheer’s Everest

About the new institute itself, Maestra Paiement commented, “In tandem with my work as a professional conductor, I have spent many years striving to develop and support exceptional young talent, both onstage and in the orchestra pit.  I am tremendously pleased to be able to continue this aspect of my career in a leadership role here in Dallas, and to be responsible for guiding each carefully selected group through this newly developed Dallas Opera program.

“You can learn a great deal by watching other conductors in action: how they interact with the orchestra, how they exercise their authority, apply their insights to a particular score, and guide the artists to greater heights of musical expression. 

 “The women taking part in this program will have the all-too-rare opportunity to observe another woman in this leadership role, “ Paiement added, “something that, regrettably, I never experienced in my early career as I sought role models from among my professional peers.  I sincerely hope my work with the women in this institute can serve as a source of both valuable insights and inspiration.”

Applications can be submitted at YAPtracker.com.

Those chosen to participate will receive a travel stipend, in-town housing, and a per diem to cover basic living expenses.  For more information on The Women’s Conducting Institute at The Dallas Opera, visit www.dallasopera.org/womenconductors.

 

Marc A. Scorca, President and CEO of OPERA America, remarked: “The Dallas Opera continues to expand its influence and stature among American opera companies, as shown by this exciting new initiative.  The company is to be applauded for taking a significant step to remedy the existing gender imbalance on the podium.  This effort complements OPERA America’s support of the work of female opera composers and promises to enrich the art form by encouraging more gifted artists to express themselves through opera.”           

EVENTS, GUESTS AND ARTISTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

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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.

 

 

Nation’s Finest Young Singers Selected for Competition

by Celeste Hart

The Dallas Opera and The Dallas Opera Guild

Present the Newly Expanded

“Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition”

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Free Admission!

Audience Members Vote on “People’s Choice”

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Semi-Finals: Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.

Finals: Sunday, April 19, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

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The Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House

At the AT&T Performing Arts Center

2403 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201

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Honoring Enika and Richard Schulze

DALLAS, APRIL 7, 2015 –Nineteen of the best young opera singers in the country will be competing in The Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition presented by The Dallas Opera and The Dallas Opera Guild. The talented performers are competing for thousands of dollars in prize money and prestigious honors including the “People’s Choice” award selected by audience ballot.

In the newly expanded competition, nineteen semi-finalists were selected from 362 applicants from 49 states and the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico. The FREE spring music event will take place over two days starting with the Semi-Finals Saturday, April 18, 2015 starting at 11:00 a.m.in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center. Six finalists chosen from the first round will then compete in the Finals on Sunday, April 19, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.

In another new development, the finalists will be accompanied by the full Dallas Opera Orchestra conducted by internationally acclaimed Dallas Opera Music Director Emmanuel Villaume. It’s a wonderful opportunity to experience some fabulous young artists, incredible music and thrill-packed competition in the beautiful setting of the Winspear Opera House!

“I am extremely proud to collaborate with our Guild to introduce the best of the new generation of opera artists to music lovers from throughout North Texas,” says Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny.  “This is an outstanding opportunity for our community to experience the next great singing stars and help further the careers of these deserving artists.” 

THE 2015 SEMI-FINALISTS

FOR THE DALLAS OPERA GUILD VOCAL COMPETITION

John Brancy, baritone, graduate of The Juilliard School

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

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

Tracy Cox, soprano, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Finalist

Anthony Clark Evans, baritone, winner, Metropolitan Opera Nat. Council Auditions Ben Gulley, tenor, member of “The American Tenors,” Sony/BMG Masterworks

Michelle Johnson, soprano, Grand Prize, 2011 Met Opera National Council Auditions

Nicole Joseph, soprano, Masters and Specialist Degree in Voice, Univ. of Michigan

James Edgar Knight, tenor, The Juilliard School

Theo Lebow, tenor, Seattle, St. Louis, Santa Fe, Merola Young Artist Program

D’Ana Lombard, soprano, Houston Grand Opera Studio

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

Thomas Richards, bass-baritone, Houston Grand Opera Studio

Ethan Simpson, baritone, Northwestern University

Adrian Smith, bass-baritone, Virginia Opera Young Artist Program

Elizabeth Sutphen, soprano, The Juilliard School

Zanda Šv?de, mezzo-soprano, Adler Fellow, San Francisco Opera

Maria Valdes, soprano, Adler Fellow, San Francisco Opera

Elizabeth Zharoff, soprano, graduate, Semperoper Dresden Young Artist Program

There is no charge for admission for attending any part of the 27th annual competition (although donations are definitely welcome), and Lexus Red Garage parking is available for just $5 for either the Semi-Final Round, from 11:00 AM until 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 18th and the Finals Round the following evening at 7:30 p.m.

This year’s competition honors former Dallas Opera Guild Presidents Enika and Richard H. Schulze for their significant leadership contributions to the Guild, The Dallas Opera Board, and those served by The Dallas Opera – both onstage and off.

Besides significant cash prizes, the event provides an extraordinary opportunity for young artists to perform before an influential world-class panel of judges, chaired by Dr. Brian Zeger, of the Juilliard School.

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

Emmanuel Villaume
Music Director, The Dallas Opera

Ian Derrer
Artistic Administrator, The Dallas Opera

Jonathan Friend
Artistic Administrator, The Metropolitan Opera

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

Andreas Melinat
Director of Artistic Administration, Lyric Opera of Chicago

Joshua Winograde
Senior Director of Artistic Planning, Los Angeles Opera

However, the judging isn’t left entirely to the professionals; “amateur” music lovers will have the opportunity to express their views, too. Audience participation is part of the fun at each year’s Dallas Opera Vocal Competition. For the sixteenth consecutive year, attendees will be given the chance to sit down with a ballot and vote on their personal favorites for the “People’s Choice” award.

“The Guild is very proud to sponsor this prestigious competition and present these fine young performers to the community. Not only it is a wonderful opportunity to hear these young singers who are already versatile and experienced performers but also to enjoy some of the most incredible music ever written. These events make for a delightful afternoon and evening of entertainment!” said Dallas Opera Guild President Susan Fleming.

Dallas Opera Guild 2015 Vocal Competition Chair Ketty Fitzgerald added, “Building on the foundation of all those who came before us, we are really pleased to have expanded the competition from Texas to across the country, and provide the added professional element of accompaniment by The Dallas Opera Orchestra. Both of these improvements will help advance the careers of some of the best young singers in opera, which is our ultimate goal in taking this event to the next level.”

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

“The chance to participate in this competition was a real ‘vote of confidence’ that encouraged me to continue on this path I had chosen.  I feel blessed to have been a recipient of the Guild’s generous support.”

For additional information about the 27th Annual Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition, please contact The Dallas Opera Guild at 214-443-1040 or visit us online at http://dallasopera.org/vocal.

SPECIAL THANKS

TO THE AT&T PERFORMING ARTS CENTER AND STAFF

FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF THE

2015 DALLAS OPERA GUILD VOCAL COMPETITION

 

EVENTS, GUESTS AND ARTISTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

VISIT WWW.DALLASOPERA.ORG FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

 

For high-resolution, digital photographs suitable for print

Or to arrange an interview

Please contact Suzanne Calvin, Director of Media and Public Relations

214.443.1014 or suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org

 

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OnStage Dinner Sponsored by Northern Trust – March 2015

by Celeste Hart

The Dallas Opera’s Annual OnStage Dinner hosted by Northern Trust Bank, a sponsor since 1992, was held March 24, 2015 at the Winspear Opera House. This event honors Platinum Level donors and above with an exclusive dinner on the set of an opera that is currently in production. 

La bohème created the ambiance for the evening that began in the C. Vincent Prothro Lobby with a fun cocktail hour featuring a colorful specialty drink and scrumptious hors d’oeuvres. The wall of windows were opened to enjoy the beautiful spring evening and Sammons Park. Once on stage, guests were transported to an 1800’s cityscape of Paris with French store fronts and charming street lanterns. The unique table décor featured blue gingham tablecloths and purposefully unmatched, ornate antique chairs, dishes, and collected cut glass stemware with red roses wrapped in burlap to give the just-purchased flea market allure. Two of the opera’s stars Steven LaBrie (Schaunard) and Stefan Szkafarowsky (Benoit), and acclaimed soprano Kelly Kaduce (who flew in especially for the performance) entertained the dinner guests with French songs and popular opera arias. A French bohemian café themed feast by Wolfgang Puck brought “Café Momus” to life.

The wine flowed, the food was fabulous and the evening was a huge success.  Next year’s OnStage Dinner will be on the set of Manon, March 7, 2016.  

Please click here for a Flickr photo album. 

 

 

New Appointment – Guest Concertmaster and Guest Conductor

by Celeste Hart

THE DALLAS OPERA IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE

THE APPOINTMENT OF A BRITISH INSTITUTION:

REVERED CONDUCTOR AND VIOLINIST

Peter Manning

TO ASSUME THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF

GUEST CONCERTMASTER AND GUEST CONDUCTOR

FOR TDO’S 2015-2016 SEASON

CONCERTMASTER OF THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR & CONDUCTOR OF THE MANNING CAMERATA

            DALLAS, MARCH 24, 2015 – The Dallas Opera is delighted to announce the appointment of one of the most esteemed artists on the British classical music scene, Peter Manning, to serve as Guest Concertmaster and Guest Conductor for the company’s landmark 2015-2016 Season.

          Mr. Manning will assume the responsibilities of concertmaster for the fall 2015 revival of one of The Dallas Opera’s most beautiful productions: Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca, designed by Ulisse Santicchi and conducted by TDO’s acclaimed Music Director Emmanuel Villaume.  This inaugural engagement will be followed by a symphonic concert in the spring of 2016 (dates and program to be announced) designed to include both soloist and chorus—also to be conducted by Maestro Villaume.  Additionally, Mr. Manning will personally conduct performances in TDO’s extremely popular family subscription series. 

          Said Dallas Opera General Director and CEO, Keith Cerny: “In keeping with our mission to bring the world’s most talented artists and performers to North Texas, it is a special thrill to invite Mr. Manning to add his legendary talents as a concertmaster and conductor to the upcoming season.  It will be a delight to bring him to Dallas to be part of the opera ‘family’, and we are already making special plans for his residency.”

            Mr. Manning’s extraordinary career as both a conductor and concertmaster (he is currently concertmaster of the Royal Opera House, while continuing to conduct orchestras across Europe) make him a uniquely qualified asset to The Dallas Opera.  The Manchester-born Peter Manning is widely regarded as one of the U.K.’s finest, and most multi-talented, musicians; with an entrepreneurial approach to artistic direction and curation.

            His conducting career also includes work with the Royal Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, the Edsberg Chamber Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Soloists of The Royal Opera House.  Mr. Manning was appointed Professor of New Work at Edinburgh University in 2013; he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Royal Northern College of Music, as well as an honorary member of the Royal College of Music.

            Noted Dallas Opera Music Director Emmanuel Villaume: “I have worked with Peter a number of times over the years, most recently when I conducted the 2014 production of Massenet’s Manon in Covent Garden.  His incredible depth of knowledge of the operatic repertoire, his personal leadership skills, his knowledge of opera singers, and his truly remarkable violin playing make him someone I relish working with.  It will be a very special experience for me to be able to collaborate with him on this side of the Atlantic—to the delight of Dallas Opera patrons, as well as those of us dedicated to making every TDO performance an event to be celebrated.”

            In response to his appointment, Peter Manning observed, “I have admired the transformation of The Dallas Opera over the last five years, and its commitment to the highest possible artistic standards under the leadership of Keith Cerny and Emmanuel Villaume.  They have begun creating something exceptional, looking beyond the walls of the opera house.

            “With our collective potential, we have the opportunity to deliver artistic programs that could transform the perception of classical music in Dallas.  From Bilbao to Berlin, Edinburgh to Sydney, cities throughout the world are being changed—for the better—by the power of great music and art.  Cultural institutions can become economic dynamos.  I eagerly await next fall, when I can begin to work closely with the TDO music staff and talented musicians of The Dallas Opera Orchestra as a member of this extraordinary artistic team.”

            Mr. Manning is scheduled to arrive in Texas to begin work with the orchestra and opera administration in October.

For more information watch ‘Peter Manning’ a video biography,
with credits from Sir Colin Davis, Barry Wordsworth and David Groves of EMI.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nX7haYxoD6A

 

For an example of Peter Manning conducting, watch Dedicate zephyr to The Garden,
a work by by Amir Sadeghi Konjani, conducted by Peter Manning, broadcast by the BBC

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzD1ERIImk8 

PETER MANNING, FULL BIOGRAPHY:

British conductor and violinist Peter Manning is Guest Conductor and Concertmaster with The Dallas Opera, Concertmaster of the Royal Opera House and Artistic Director & Conductor of the Manning Camerata.

Peter’s conducting career also includes work with the Royal Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, the Edsberg Chamber Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Odense Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra and the Soloists of The Royal Opera House.

He was appointed Professor of New Work at Edinburgh University and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2013. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Royal Northern College of Music as well as an honorary member of the Royal College of Music.

Peter is internationally known as one of Britain’s finest musicians. His schedule includes tours to France, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Scandinavia, the Far East, the USA, South America and Russia and appearances in many major venues. Peter is the recipient of the German Recording Industry’s Schallplattenpreis.

Peter attended Chetham’s School of Music and studied at the Royal Northern College of Music with Yossi Zivoni and with Josef Gingold and Nathan Milstein at Indiana University. In 1983 he was appointed leader of the London Philharmonic Orchestra by Georg Solti. He was leader of the internationally renowned Britten Quartet 1986–96 and led the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1997–99. His repertory includes all the major works, and he is active in the commissioning of new works.

Peter was born in Manchester. He was taught the violin as a 5 year old by the leader of Sir John Barbirolli’s Halle Orchestra.  From the earliest age he began playing string quartets.

Growing up in Manchester, Peter made his debut at the Free Trade Hall while still a child and won all the national junior competitions available to a string player; he also appeared on television .

He went on to study at Chethams and the Royal Northern College of Music where he won all the string prizes.  After becoming a prize winner on the North West Young Artist platform, Peter was selected for Granada TV’s young artist broadcast program and gained acceptance onto Yehudi Menhuin’s Live Music Now program. 

He was a founding member of the Britten–Pears Orchestra and performed for Benjamin Britten. Mr. Manning developed solo performances with Hans Werner-Henze as a student.

Whilst still a student himself, he gave performances and recital broadcasts and performed as a soloist with the Halle Orchestra.  Major scholarships from the Royal Society of Arts, the National Federation of Music Societies and Indiana University made it possible for Manning to pursue further studies in Bloomington with Josef Gingold, the concertmaster of both George Szell’s Cleveland Orchestra and Toscanini’s NBC Symphony Orchestra.

Prior to leaving for the US he won awards in the Emily Anderson International violin competition and was 1st prize winner and gold medalist in the Royal Over-Seas League competition, an annual competition won some years previously by Jaqueline du Pre.  Overseas, he completed his studies with Nathan Milstein.

Upon his return to England, Manning was appointed as the youngest-ever professor of violin at the RNCM and went on to make his official debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra in a live broadcast from the Royal Festival Hall. His regular radio broadcasts of the violin repertoire were a major programming feature on Radio 3 in these years and he embarked upon solo concerts with the major orchestras: the Halle, CBSO, Philharmonia, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Academy of St Martins, BBC Scottish, Ulster Orchestra, LPO, RPO, Gothenberg Symphony and many more.

In 1983 he was appointed as Leader of the LPO by Sir Georg Solti going on to found the Britten String Quartet in 1986, which for ten years as an EMI string quartet performed in all the major concert halls and international festivals, touring the world with the works of eminent composers (Lutoslawski, Schnittke, Gubadalina, Elaisson, Henze, Sven Erick Beck, Sir Michael Tippett, Cristobel Halfter Martland, Kurtag) and inviting leading instrumentalists (Lynn Harrell, John Ogdon, Jean-Yves Tibaudet, Amanda Roocroft, Willard White, Leif Ove Andsnes, Julian Lloyd Webber, Gervaise de Peyer Lars Vogt  etc.) and singers to join with the quartet for enlarged chamber music experiences.

The Quartet was one of the most recorded quartets of its generation with an award-winning discography of some 23 discs.

Peter has always worked with living composers and his broadcast career on radio and television has encompassed all their major works.

He was asked to become Leader of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 1997 with Danielle Gatti and helped to reposition the orchestra and left the RPO when he was appointed as Concertmaster of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

In 2005 he set up his own arts think-tank/ orchestra called, Manning Camerata, in an effort to create a wider dialogue around the arts in the UK and Europe. From its first concert event, his orchestra has worked throughout Europe delivering a catalogue of firsts: producing and giving the first opera in Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in association with Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney to the first ever performance under the Pyramid of the Louvre in Paris. Manning also brought opera, chamber music, film realizations and the fusing of the creative arts—with music at the center—to the Chapel of Knights Hospitaller in Rome. 

The orchestra has been involved in Climate Change 500, an initiative for governments, and was invited to create soundscapes for MASTER PIECE, the UK’s largest arts fair, attracting 40,000 patrons to the Chelsea Royal Hospital before opening a new residency series for development in Oxford.

Peter Manning accepted an invitation to serve as Music Director for St. Paul’s annual charity event with Maggies Centres where he will conduct Dame Ann Murray and Pumeza with Helena Bonham Carter, Rory Bremner and Adele in front of an audience of 2500 people, including royalty, in December.

Peter is now well known as a conductor and has guided The BBCSO, The Odense Symphony Orchestra, The RPO, and The Krasnoyarsk Philharmonic from the podium.  He served as artistic director of Sweden’s oldest established chamber orchestra, Musica Vitae, for three successful seasons, winning back for them a national radio contract.  Sir Colin Davis and Sir Charles Mackerras were mentors to Peter in his conducting development.

Closer to home, Peter has experience in developing national companies and was asked to become the first Joint Professor between Glasgow’s Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the University of Edinburgh; the idea being to populate the Edinburgh fringe with new work based on arts collaborations including dance, improvisation, film and technology while simultaneously evolving new media platforms.

His festival called “Oxygen” experienced a second successful year in Edinburgh and currently is developing strong partnerships in Scotland and elsewhere to promote Scottish arts.

Peter Manning has recently recorded Mahler’s Fourth Symphony in the Glasgow concert hall with students from the RCS, due to be released on the Nimbus label next fall.  He was also the subject of an award-winning 2010 documentary entitled, Manning the Baton, an intimate look at his work with the musicians of Musica Vitae.

This season has seen Peter conduct for the ‘Concerto for the Commonwealth’ with Nicola Benedetti alongside invitations to conduct at Sadlers Wells for Sergei Polunin and other stars at a major Gala.  Peter also was invited by the City of Antwerp to conduct an official commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of composer Richard Strauss. 

He is passionate advocate for UK Arts and is a board member of the National Campaign for the Arts.  Peter Manning has led projects to bring younger people to opera with his ground-breaking format approach to delivering German Opera to the state school sector; collaborating with theatre director Rachel Grunwald to great acclaim. Peter is also working with the Mayor of London’s open space called, The Scoop, to widen access.

He is published by Universal Edition in Vienna and Schott in London.  His arrangement of the Tippett Quartets for Orchestra will be published next fall by Schott, in accordance with the wishes of the Tippett Estate.

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Or to arrange an interview in connection with this announcement

Please contact Suzanne Calvin, Director of Media and Public Relations

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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.  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.

 

Tchaikovsky’s Charmer IOLANTA Opens April 10th!

by Celeste Hart

The Final Production in The Dallas Opera’s

2014-2015 “Heights of Passion” Season

IOLANTA

A ROMANTIC FAIRY TALE

BY PYOTR I. TCHAIKOVSKY

Libretto by Modest Tchaikovsky

OPENING FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2015, 7:30 P.M.

The First of Four Performances

In This Exclusive Engagement

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The Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House

At the AT&T Performing Arts Center

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           DALLAS, TX, MARCH 19, 2015 – The Dallas Opera 2014-2015 “Heights of Passion” Season closes with a charming and poignant—but rarely performed work—by Russia’s greatest composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s 1892 “gem,” IOLANTA (Y?-LAWN-tah), a fairy tale romance with deeply serious undertones set in Medieval France.

          Opening night will take place on Friday, April 10, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center. Additional performances are Sunday, April 12 at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. The Winspear Opera House is located at 2403 Flora Street, Dallas, Texas, 75201.

          IOLANTA is a lyric opera in one act, where love and duty, deception and faith collide. Iolanta is a kind-hearted princess—blind since infancy—who has been sheltered from the world and, literally, “kept in the dark” about her condition by her over-protective father. When a young man enters her private garden, a love story begins, new insights and perspectives develop and lives are changed forever. 

          In an example of impeccable casting, IOLANTA stars Russian soprano Ekaterina Scherbachenko in the title role. Critic Santiago Martin Bermudez of ConcertoNet described her portrayal: “Ekaterina Scherbachenko interprets a princess full of tormented sweetness and delivers intense lyricism thanks to elegant phrasing, natural high notes and remarkable vibrato. All in all, her Iolanta is an absolute success.” Iolanta’s love interest, Count Vaudémont, will be performed by Sergey Skorokhodov, a highly regarded Russian tenor who has toured Europe performing this role in concert with the internationally renowned Anna Netrebko.

          Making two American debuts in this production are Ukrainian baritone Andrei Bondarenko as Robert, the Duke of Burgundy, and baritone Vladislav Sulimsky from Belarus who will portray the role of the Moorish physician. This production also marks the returns of bass Mikhail Kolelishvili (Boris Godunov) as Iolanta’s father—King Renè, tenor Andrew Bidlack (Everest, Die tote Stadt and The Lighthouse), and bass Jordan Bisch (Lucia di Lammermoor), a “Maria Callas Award” nominee.

          Soprano, Joanna Mongiardo makes her TDO debut as Brigitta; mezzo-soprano, Lauren McNeese as Laura; and mezzo-soprano, Tamara Mumford in another company debut, stars as Marta.

          IOLANTA will be staged by German director Christian Räth (Fidelio, Tristan & Isolde) and conducted by Dallas Opera Music Director Emmanuel Villaume (Carmen, The Marriage of Figaro).

          “While IOLANTA is rarely performed in the U.S., it has a significant following in Europe and has been a particular favorite of TDO’s Music Director, Emmanuel Villaume, who recently conducted a critically acclaimed recording of the work with Anna Netrebko for Deutsche Grammophon,” explains Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny.  “We know that this exquisite opera will delight patrons with the lush music of Tchaikovsky, and the fairy tale love story set in southern France.  We are excited to be featuring the magnificent talent of several outstanding performers, including the brilliant Ekaterina Scherbachenko – a Bolshoi Theatre sensation – in the title role, and Sergey Skorokhodov, as her adoring love interest.

          “Our superb design team is working to create a new production that will transport opera-goers to a special place and time that will beautifully enhance this enchanting story.  This dazzling production is sure to bring our “Heights of Passion” Season to a thrilling close; leaving audiences eagerly anticipating next season!” added Mr. Cerny.

          Classical music critic Catherine Womack of D Magazine had this to say about a recent performance conducted by Maestro Villaume. “TDO music director Emmanuel Villaume was spirited and alert, keeping everything and everyone on track with great success. It’s clear that Villaume spent time going beyond the basics of rehearsing entrances with this orchestra and cast; the group as a whole seemed to have a clear understanding of exactly when and where phrases should lift or fall, swell or sigh, push or pull. It was great to hear such musicality from the pit and to hear it so thoughtfully mirrored in singer’s voices.”

          IOLANTA is the last opera composed by the revered Russian genius, with a libretto written by his brother, Modest. Based on the Danish play King Renè’s Daughter by Henrik Hertz, the work premiered on December 18, 1892 at the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg, Russia on a double bill with Tchaikovsky’s new ballet, The Nutcracker.  It is a romanticized account of the life of Yolanda de Bar, a fifteenth-century Duchess of Lorraine.  The work was performed outside Russia for the first time less than a month later, when conductor Gustav Mahler brought Iolanta to Hamburg.  Mahler later conducted the work in Vienna as well.  This opera was performed for the very first time at New York’s Metropolitan Opera earlier this season.

            “Tchaikovsky’s final opera deserves to be known and performed more widely than it is,” says Dallas Opera Music Director Emmanuel Villaume, “and not merely because it represents his final work in this much-loved art form.  In it, the composer reveals the depth and breadth of his musicality as well as his tremendous compassion for the wounded, the broken-hearted, and the lost souls walking among us.

            “The most intriguing aspect of IOLANTA is the way in which the music and drama in this opera reveal the complexity of human relationships, the danger of lies, and the enlightening power of love.  Like the title character herself,” Maestro Villaume adds, “we find ourselves seeking the light of truth at the heart of this tale.”

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            A free pre-performance lecture (“The Joy and Ronald Mankoff Pre-Opera Talks”) will be conducted one hour prior to curtain at most performances.  The Dallas Opera Guild also hosts “Opera Insights,” a lively panel discussion featuring artists, directors and designers, on the Saturday afternoon prior to opening. 

            IOLANTA will be performed in the original Russian with English translations (supertitles) projected above the stage.

            Tickets start at just $19 and may be purchased conveniently online, 24/7, at www.dallasopera.org or by contacting the friendly professionals in The Dallas Opera Ticket Services Office at 214.443.1000.

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IOLANTA KEY BIOS:

EMMANUEL VILLAUME (Conductor)
(Mrs. Eugene McDermott Music Director in honor of Graeme Jenkins)

Emmanuel Villaume is in his second season as music director of the Dallas Opera and conducted Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro this season. He made his debut with the company in 1998 conducting Faust and returned to conduct Le nozze di Figaro.  He 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 (including Iolanta featuring Anna Netrebko), Decca and EMI. In September, he will assume a new post as Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Prague Philharmonia, in addition to his work in Dallas.

Christian Räth (Stage Director and Scenic Designer) A native of Hamburg, director Christian Räth is renowned throughout the USA, Europe and Japan. His appearances at The Dallas Opera include Beethoven’s Fidelio and Verdi’s Luisa Miller. In 2012 Räth designed and directed the critically acclaimed production of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde. He returns in 2015 to direct Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta. Other recent work elsewhere includes: Un Giorno di Regno (King for a Day) for the 2013 Glimmerglass Festival, Falstaff in Washington, Roméo et Juliette in Houston, Die Zauberflöte in Cairo and Carmen in Geneva. Future plans include projects with the Wiener Staatsoper, Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Milan, Portland Opera, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Opéra national du Rhin and Teatro Real, Madrid.

Ekaterina Scherbachenko (Iolanta) was the winner of the 2009 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition and member of the prestigious Bolshoi Theatre. At the Bolshoi, her roles have included Natasha Rostova in War and Peace, Mimi in La bohème, Liù in Turandot, Tatiana in Eugene Onegin, Micaela in Carmen and the title role of Iolanta. Outside her native Russia, Ms. Scherbachenko has appeared on tour with the Bolshoi at the Opéra de Paris (Palais Garnier) and at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. She has also performed at the Opéra de Lyon, the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, the Royal Opera House – Covent Garden, Opéra de Monte-Carlo, the Bayerische Staatsoper, and Teatro Real in Madrid. In 2014 she returned to the Glyndebourne Festival as Tatiana in Eugene Onegin, as well as to the Metropolitan Opera for La Bohème.

Sergey Skorokhodov (Count Vaudémont), tenor, makes his house debut at The Dallas Opera in this production of Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta. The Russian native has sung this part many times at the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg and all over the world, often alongside soprano Anna Netrebko. Recent engagements include Ivan in The Nose at the Metropolitan Opera, Alfredo in La traviata at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and Berlin State Opera, Grigorij in Boris Godonov at the Bavarian State Opera Munich and Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos in Taipei. In 2015 Mr. Skorokhodov appears with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and conductor Riccardo Muti in a concert series and then goes on tour for Iolanta, again alongside Ms. Netrebko, in Monte Carlo and at the Royal Albert Hall London.

Joanna Mongiardo (Brigitta) is making her Dallas Opera debut with this role in Iolanta.  Her 2014-2015 season includes a role debut in the title role of Rossini’s Semiramide with Opéra Nice Côte d’Azur and a return to the Back Bay Chorale for Mozart’s Mass in C minor. Ms. Mongiardo’s signature roles include Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier, Juliette in Roméo et Juliette, Anne Trulove in The Rake’s Progress and Blonde in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, which she has performed more than 30 times at companies including Grande Théâtre de Genève, Opéra Nice Côte d’Azur and Deutsche Oper am Rhein. Her signature concert work is Carmina Burana, which she has performed at orchestras including the Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, and Oratorio Society of New York.

Andrei Bondarenko (Robert, Duke of Burgundy) In the 2014-2015 season, engagements for this baritone include Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro at the Teatro Real Madrid, Robert in Iolanta with the Gürzenich Orchestra, Marcello in La bohème at Bayerische Staatsoper Munich and the Opernhaus Zürich, Rachmaninov’s Spring Cantata with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Belcore in The Elixir of Love for Israeli Opera, Eugene Onegin in Sao Paolo and the title role of Billy Budd at the Cologne Opera. He will also record the title role in Don Giovanni for Sony Classics. Recent highlights include Eugene Onegin for Oper Köln, Staatstheater Stuttgart and Glyndebourne Festival, Andrei in War and Peace for the Mariinsky Theater and his solo recital debut at the Wigmore Hall accompanied by Gary Matthewman.

Mikhail Kolelishvili (King Renè), bass, returns to The Dallas Opera for this role in Iolanta. He previously sang Varlaam in Dallas Opera’s production of Boris Godunov. In the fall of 2014, Mr. Kolelishvili made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Priest in Lady Macbeth from Mtsensk. In May 2015, he will sing the bass solo in Babi Yar with Maestro James Conlon and the Cincinnati Symphony.  In 2015-2016, Mr. Kolelishvili makes his Paris Opera debut as Bonze in Madame Butterfly and Monterone in Rigoletto. He was a finalist of the BBC Cardiff voice competition and the winner of the World Voice Masters competition in Monte Carlo. Mr. Kolelishvili has sung principal guest roles at Opera Nacional de México, Opera Toulouse, Opéra Comique Paris, Opera Toulon and Israeli Opera among others.

Andrew Bidlack (Alméric), tenor, recently starred as Rob Hall in The Dallas Opera world premiere of Joby Talbot and Gene Scheer’s Everest and as Albert in last season’s Die Tote Stadt. He has also portrayed the roles of Tamino in Die Zauberflöte and Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia at Florida Grand Opera and as Tonio in La fille du régiment at Palm Beach Opera. Mr. Bidlack recently had his Lyric Opera of Chicago debut as The Young Collector in A Streetcar Named Desire, which he also performed alongside Renée Fleming at Carnegie Hall. Among his roles in contemporary music are Ishmael in Moby-Dick and Tancredi in The Inspector at Wolf Trap. Future appearances include Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi for Intermountain Opera Bozeman, and joining Cincinnati Opera’s Morning Star.

Vladislav Sulimsky (Ibn-Hakia), baritone, makes his Dallas Opera debut in Iolanta. Last season, Mr. Sulimsky toured with Anna Netrebko in a series of Iolanta concerts in Europe. The same tour with Ms. Netrebko will be reprised in 2015. Also in 2014, Mr. Sulimsky made his Theater an der Wien debut as Prince Nikita in Tchaikovsky’s The Enchantress. Mr. Sulimsky has appeared at Opera de Paris, Teatro alla Scala, Teatro Real Madrid and Teatro Regio Torino in the title role of Eugene Onegin. In 2009, Mr. Sulimsky was a Grammy Nominee for the Mariinsky Theatre recording of Shostakovich’s The Nose. Mr. Sulimsky has been a soloist of the Mariinsky Theatre since 2004 and is also regularly invited to sing leading roles at the Bolshoi Theatre.

 

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