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

by Celeste Hart

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 THE DALLAS OPERA IS PROUD TO PRESENT

ONE OF THE 20TH CENTURY’S MUSICAL MILESTONES

SALOME

A DRAMA IN ONE ACT BY RICHARD STRAUSS

AFTER OSCAR WILDE’S 1896 STAGE TRAGEDY

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

 

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

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A FRANCESCA ZAMBELLO PRODUCTION

CONDUCTED BY EVAN ROGISTER

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

(NOTE SPECIAL DATE) WITH ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCES

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

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

Underwriters

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

Patrick Guetti

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

SALOME KEY BIOS:

Production:

Evan Rogister (Conductor)

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

 

Francesca Zambello (Stage Director)

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

 

Peter J. Davison (Scenic Designer)

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

 

Anita Yavich (Costume Designer)

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

 

Mark McCullough (Lighting Designer)

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

 

Yael Levitin (Choreographer)

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

 

David Zimmerman (Wig and Make-up Designer)

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

 

Andrea Dorf McGray (Associate Director)

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

Guest Artists:

 Deborah Voigt (Salome)

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

 

Robert Brubaker (Herod)

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

 

Greer Grimsley (Jokanaan – John the Baptist)

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

 

Susan Bickley (Herodias)

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

 

Scott Quinn (Narraboth)

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

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

Bradley Garvin (First Nazarene)

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

 

Grigory Soloviov (First Soldier)

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

 

Jason Grant (Second Soldier)

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

 

Joseph Hu (First Jew)

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

 

Jay Gardner (Second Jew)

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

 

John Robert Lindsey (Third Jew)

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

 

Steven Haal (Fourth Jew)

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

 

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

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

 

Tyler Simpson (Second Nazarene)

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

 

Naguanda Nobles (A Slave)

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

 

Matthew Stump (A Cappadocian)

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

 

 

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THE DALLAS OPERA 2014-2015 SEASON INFORMATION

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

 

THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

October 24 (The Linda and Mitch Hart Season Opening Night Performance), Oct. 26(m), 29, November 1, 7 and 9(m), 2014

In a single crazy, romantic day, doors will be locked and unlocked, disguised donned, kisses exchanged and innermost hearts revealed—to some of the most memorable music Mozart ever composed.

An opera in four acts first performed in Vienna on May 1, 1786

Text by Lorenzo Da Ponte after the 1784 play La folle journée, ou Le mariage de Figaro by Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais

Time: The late 18th century

Place: Aguasfrescas near Seville, Spain, the Almaviva’s country house

Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume

Stage Director: Kevin Moriarty

Production Design: John Bury*

Lighting Design: Mark McCullough

Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman

Choreography: Joel Ferrell*

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Starring: Mirco Palazzi (Figaro) , Beate Ritter** (Susanna), Joshua Hopkins (Count Almaviva), Nicole Car** (Countess Almaviva), Emily Fons (Cherubino), Diana Montague* (Marcellina), Kevin Langan (Doctor Bartolo), Doug Jones (Don Basilio), Angela Mannino (Barbarina), Adam Lau* (Antonio) and Jon Kolbet (Don Curzio).

Production Owned by Lyric Opera of Chicago

 

SALOME by Richard Strauss

October 30, November 2(m), 5, 8, 2014

Once in a great while, the term “over the top” doesn’t seem nearly high enough.

An opera in one act first performed in Dresden, Germany on December 9, 1905

Hedwig Lachmann’s German translation of Oscar Wilde’s French language play

Time: During the time of Jesus Christ

Place: King Herod’s palace on the Sea of Galilee

Conductor: Evan Rogister*

Stage Director: Francesca Zambello

Original Production: Francesca Zambello

Scenic Design: Peter J. Davison*

Costume Design: Anita Yavich

Lighting Design: Mark McCullough

Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Choreography: Yael Levitin*

Starring: Deborah Voigt* (Salome), Robert Brubaker (Herod), Greer Grimsley* (Jokanaan), Susan Bickley* (Herodias), Scott Quinn (Narraboth), Heather Johnson* (Herodias’Page), Bradley Garvin (First Nazarene), Grigory Soloviov* (First Soldier), Jason Grant (Second Soldier), Joseph Hu (First Jew), Jay Gardner (Second Jew), John Robert Lindsey (Third Jew), Steven Haal (Fourth Jew), Patrick Guetti* (Fifth Jew), Tyler Simpson* (Second Nazarene), NaGuanda Nobles (A Slave) and Matthew Stump* (A Cappadocian).

Production Owned by Washington National Opera

 

 

A RARE DALLAS OPERA DOUBLE BILL:

 

LA WALLY by Alfredo Catalani

January 30, February 1(m), 4 and 7, 2015

The Climactic Final Act!

First performed in Milan, Italy on January 20, 1892

Text by Luigi Illica after Wilhelmine von Hillern’s story, Die Geyer-Wally

Time: Around the year 1800

Place: The Austrian Alps

Conductor: Anthony Barrese

Stage Director: Candace Evans

Scenic Design: Robert Brill

Costume Design: David C. Woolard

Lighting Design: Christopher Akerlind

Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Starring: Latonia Moore (Wally), Carl Tanner* (Giuseppe Hagenbach) and Jennifer Chung (Walter)

A Brand-New Dallas Opera Production!

 

With EVEREST by Joby Talbot

January 30, February 1(m), 4 and 7, 2015

A Dallas Opera World Premiere!

Text by Gene Scheer

Time: Modern Day

Place: In the Death Zone on Mount Everest

Conductor: Nicole Paiement

Stage Director: Leonard Foglia

Scenic Design: Robert Brill

Costume Design: David C. Woolard

Video Design: Elaine J. McCarthy

Lighting Design: Christopher Akerlind

Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Starring: Andrew Bidlack (Rob Hall), Sasha Cooke (Jan Arnold), Kevin Burdette* (Beck Weathers) and Craig Verm* (Doug Hanson).

 

LA BOHÈME by Giacomo Puccini

March 13, 15(m), 18, 21, 27 and 29(m), 2015

A passionate and timeless masterpiece in a beloved period production

An opera in four acts first performed in Turin, Italy on February 1, 1896

Text by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica after Henry Murger’s novel Scènes de la vie de bohème

Time: mid-19th century

Place: The Latin Quarter of Paris, France

Conductor: Riccardo Frizza*

Stage Director: Peter Kazaras

Scenic Design: Jean-Pierre Ponnelle

Costume Design: Peter J. Hall

Lighting Design: Thomas C. Hase

Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Children’s Chorus Master: Melinda Cotton

Starring: Ana Maria Martinez (Mimi), Bryan Hymel (Rodolfo), Davinia Rodriguez* (Musetta), Jonathan Beyer (Marcello), Alexander Vinogradov* (Colline), Stephen LaBrie (Schaunard) and Stefan Szkafarowsky (Benoit).

One of the Dallas Opera’s Most Popular!

 

IOLANTA by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

April 10, 12(m), 15 and 18, 2015

A rarely performed Tchaikovsky gem, set in Medieval Provence!

First performed in St. Petersburg, Russia on December 18, 1892

Text by Modest Tchaikovsky based on the Danish play King Rene’s Daughter by Henrik Hertz

Time: The 15th century

Place: Provence, a mountainous region in Southern France

Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume

Stage Director: Christian Räth

Scenic Design: Christian Räth

Costume Design: Susan Cox

Video Design: Elaine J. McCarthy

Lighting Design: Thomas C. Hase

Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Starring: Ekaterina Scherbachenko* (Iolanta), Sergei Skorokhodov* (Count Vaudémont), Joanna Mongiardo* (Brigitta), Lauren McNeese (Laura), Tamara Mumford* (Marta), Andrei Bondarenko** (Robert, Duke of Burgandy), Mikhail Kolelishvili (Renè, King of Provence), Andrew Bidlack (Alméric), Vladislav Sulimsky** (Ibn-Hakia) and Jordan Bisch (Bertrand).

Another New Dallas Opera Production

 

* Dallas Opera Debut

** American Debut

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

 

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Exciting News from The Dallas Opera About Music Director Emmanuel Villaume

by Suzanne Calvin

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

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

Contact: Barbora Dušková
duskova@pkf.cz

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BIOGRAPHY:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More information at www.praguephilharmonia.com.

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

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

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IS CONVENIENTLY AVAILABLE ONLINE, 24/7
VISIT WWW.DALLASOPERA.ORG AND CHECK THE CALENDAR LISTINGS

Ticket Information for the 2014-2015 Dallas Opera Season

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

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

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

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

A RARE DALLAS OPERA DOUBLE BILL:

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

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

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

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

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

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Balanced budget achieved again!

by Celeste Hart

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, September 19, 2014

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

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

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

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Company Remains on Track to Present

Five or More Operas Each Season

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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TEXAS INSTRUMENTS FOUNDATION, SEASON SPONSOR

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

The Dallas Opera Family Performances are generously supported by Texas Instruments and the Betty and Steve Suellentrop Educational Outreach Fund.  TDO Family Performances are a part of the Perot Foundation Education and Community Outreach Programs.

 

EVENTS, GUESTS AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE DALLAS OPERA

IS CONVENIENTLY AVAILABLE ONLINE, 24/7

VISIT WWW.DALLASOPERA.ORG AND CHECK THE CALENDAR LISTINGS

 

Ticket Information for the 2014-2015 Dallas Opera Season

  

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

 

THE DALLAS OPERA 2014-2015 SEASON INFORMATION

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

 

THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

October 24 (The Linda and Mitch Hart Season Opening Night Performance), Oct. 26(m), 29, November 1, 7 and 9(m), 2014

In a single crazy, romantic day, doors will be locked and unlocked, disguised donned, kisses exchanged and innermost hearts revealed—to some of the most memorable music Mozart ever composed.

An opera in four acts first performed in Vienna on May 1, 1786

Text by Lorenzo Da Ponte after the 1784 play La folle journée, ou Le mariage de Figaro by Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais

Time: The late 18th century

Place: Aguasfrescas near Seville, Spain, the Almaviva’s country house

Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume

Stage Director: Kevin Moriarty

Production Design: John Bury*

Lighting Design: Mark McCullough

Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman

Choreography: Joel Ferrell*

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Starring: Mirco Palazzi (Figaro) , Beate Ritter** (Susanna), Joshua Hopkins (Count Almaviva), Nicole Car** (Countess Almaviva), Emily Fons (Cherubino), Diana Montague* (Marcellina), Kevin Langan (Doctor Bartolo), Doug Jones (Don Basilio), Angela Mannino (Barbarina), Adam Lau* (Antonio) and Jon Kolbet (Don Curzio).

Production Owned by Lyric Opera of Chicago

 

SALOME by Richard Strauss

October 30, November 2(m), 5, 8, 2014

Once in a great while, the term “over the top” doesn’t seem nearly high enough.

An opera in one act first performed in Dresden, Germany on December 9, 1905

Hedwig Lachmann’s German translation of Oscar Wilde’s French language play

Time: During the time of Jesus Christ

Place: King Herod’s palace on the Sea of Galilee

Conductor: Evan Rogister*

Stage Director: Francesca Zambello

Original Production: Francesca Zambello

Scenic Design: Peter J. Davison*

Costume Design: Anita Yavich

Lighting Design: Mark McCullough

Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Choreography: Yael Levitin*

Starring: Deborah Voigt* (Salome), Robert Brubaker (Herod), Greer Grimsley* (Jokanaan), Susan Bickley* (Herodias), Scott Quinn (Narraboth), Heather Johnson* (Herodias’Page), Bradley Garvin (First Nazarene), Grigory Soloviov* (First Soldier), Jason Grant (Second Soldier), Joseph Hu (First Jew), Jay Gardner (Second Jew), John Robert Lindsey (Third Jew), Steven Haal (Fourth Jew), Patrick Guetti* (Fifth Jew), Tyler Simpson* (Second Nazarene), NaGuanda Nobles (A Slave) and Matthew Stump* (A Cappadocian).

Production Owned by Washington National Opera

 

 

A RARE DALLAS OPERA DOUBLE BILL:

 

LA WALLY by Alfredo Catalani

January 30, February 1(m), 4 and 7, 2015

The Climactic Final Act!

First performed in Milan, Italy on January 20, 1892

Text by Luigi Illica after Wilhelmine von Hillern’s story, Die Geyer-Wally

Time: Around the year 1800

Place: The Austrian Alps

Conductor: Anthony Barrese

Stage Director: Candace Evans

Scenic Design: Robert Brill

Costume Design: David C. Woolard

Lighting Design: Christopher Akerlind

Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Starring: Latonia Moore (Wally), Carl Tanner* (Giuseppe Hagenbach) and Jennifer Chung (Walter)

A Brand-New Dallas Opera Production!

 

With EVEREST by Joby Talbot

January 30, February 1(m), 4 and 7, 2015

A Dallas Opera World Premiere!

Text by Gene Scheer

Time: Modern Day

Place: In the Death Zone on Mount Everest

Conductor: Nicole Paiement

Stage Director: Leonard Foglia

Scenic Design: Robert Brill

Costume Design: David C. Woolard

Video Design: Elaine J. McCarthy

Lighting Design: Christopher Akerlind

Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Starring: Andrew Bidlack (Rob Hall), Sasha Cooke (Jan Arnold), Kevin Burdette* (Beck Weathers) and Craig Verm* (Doug Hanson).

 

LA BOHÈME by Giacomo Puccini

March 13, 15(m), 18, 21, 27 and 29(m), 2015

A passionate and timeless masterpiece in a beloved period production

An opera in four acts first performed in Turin, Italy on February 1, 1896

Text by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica after Henry Murger’s novel Scènes de la vie de bohème

Time: mid-19th century

Place: The Latin Quarter of Paris, France

Conductor: Riccardo Frizza*

Stage Director: Peter Kazaras

Scenic Design: Jean-Pierre Ponnelle

Costume Design: Peter J. Hall

Lighting Design: Thomas C. Hase

Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Children’s Chorus Master: Melinda Cotton

Starring: Ana Maria Martinez (Mimi), Bryan Hymel (Rodolfo), Davinia Rodriguez* (Musetta), Jonathan Beyer (Marcello), Alexander Vinogradov* (Colline), Stephen LaBrie (Schaunard) and Stefan Szkafarowsky (Benoit).

One of the Dallas Opera’s Most Popular!

 

IOLANTA by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

April 10, 12(m), 15 and 18, 2015

A rarely performed Tchaikovsky gem, set in Medieval Provence!

First performed in St. Petersburg, Russia on December 18, 1892

Text by Modest Tchaikovsky based on the Danish play King Rene’s Daughter by Henrik Hertz

Time: The 15th century

Place: Provence, a mountainous region in Southern France

Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume

Stage Director: Christian Räth

Scenic Design: Christian Räth

Costume Design: Susan Cox

Video Design: Elaine J. McCarthy

Lighting Design: Thomas C. Hase

Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Starring: Ekaterina Scherbachenko* (Iolanta), Sergei Skorokhodov* (Count Vaudémont), Joanna Mongiardo* (Brigitta), Lauren McNeese (Laura), Tamara Mumford* (Marta), Andrei Bondarenko** (Robert, Duke of Burgandy), Mikhail Kolelishvili (Renè, King of Provence), Andrew Bidlack (Alméric), Vladislav Sulimsky** (Ibn-Hakia) and Jordan Bisch (Bertrand).

Another New Dallas Opera Production

 

* Dallas Opera Debut

** American Debut

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

 

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The Dallas Opera Presents “The Marriage of Figaro”

by Suzanne Calvin

15. Act Three, THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO RST_2774 c. Dan Rest-edited

(Photo by Dan Rest for Lyric Opera of Chicago)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014 Or Celeste Hart 214.443.1071
suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org celeste.hart@dallasopera.org

THE DALLAS OPERA PRESENTS
ONE OF MOZART’S MOST MEMORABLE COMEDIC OPERAS
THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO
(“Le nozze di Figaro”)
LIBRETTO BY LORENZO DA PONTE AFTER
THE PLAY BY PIERRE-AUGUSTIN CARON DE BEAUMARCHAIS
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CONDUCTED BY MUSIC DIRECTOR EMMANUEL VILLAUME
STAGED BY DTC ARTISTIC DIRECTOR KEVIN MORIARTY
IN HIS WINSPEAR OPERA HOUSE DEBUT
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STARRING ITALIAN BASS-BARITONE MIRCO PALAZZI AS FIGARO,
SOPRANO BEATE RITTER AS SUSANNA, BARITONE JOSHUA HOPKINS AS COUNT ALMAVIVA, AND SOPRANO NICOLE CAR AS COUNTESS ALMAVIVA
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OPENING NIGHT: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2014 AT 8:00 PM
(NOTE SPECIAL TIME) WITH ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCES
Oct. 26(m), 29, Nov. 1, 7, 9(m)
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LINDA AND MITCH HART SEASON OPENING NIGHT PERFORMANCE OF THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO

DALLAS, SEPTEMBER 17, 2014 —The Dallas Opera’s thrilling season-opening production of the 2014-2015 “Heights of Passion” Season is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, a revolutionary romantic comedy filled with memorable music and unforgettable characters. The Marriage of Figaro opens on Friday, October 24, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center located in the Dallas Arts District at 2403 Flora Street.
Opening Night festivities begin with a magnificent red carpet entrance and a sumptuous FIRST NIGHT Pre-Performance Dinner (beginning at 6:00 p.m.) co-chaired by Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger.
The Linda and Mitch Hart Season Opening Night Performance of The Marriage of Figaro will begin at 8:00 p.m. with subsequent performances scheduled on October 26(m), 29, November 1, 7, and 9(m), 2014.
A high-spirited After Party, co-chaired by Jenifer Strauss and Robert Weatherly, begins just as the opera ends. For more information about all FIRST NIGHT events, please visit our website at www.dallasopera.org/support/special-events/first-night.
Flex subscriptions begin at $75 for the 2014-2015 Season, with full subscriptions starting at $95. Single tickets are also available and start at $19. Contact The Dallas Opera Ticket Office at 214-443-1000 or purchase online, 24/7 at www.dallasopera.org.

After a series of entertaining twists and turns over the course of one day, Figaro finally weds his true love. At first glance, The Marriage of Figaro appears to be a story about love and desire. Yet beneath the romantic comedy, there is another tale—that of the servant class cleverly outwitting the upper class—a concept that was nothing short of revolutionary in its day. In this 1786 opera buffa, the music conveys the characters and storyline as effectively as Da Ponte’s brilliant libretto, based on the groundbreaking play by Beaumarchais. Patrons will also tap along to one of the best-known overtures in Western Music.
Our distinguished music director, Emmanuel Villaume, will take the podium to conduct this acclaimed 18th century masterpiece. According to a recent review by The Financial Times, Maestro Villaume is “the seasoned specialist on the podium, (who) conveyed equal parts savoir-faire and inspiration. He sustained reasonable momentum…and reinforced a delicate balance between lyrical restraint and dramatic exuberance.”
“I have a special connection to Le nozze di Figaro: it is the first opera I conducted, in 1990, for the Spoleto Festival USA,” explains Dallas Opera Music Director Emmanuel Villaume. “A promising young soprano was singing the countess; her name was Renée Fleming.
“Mozart takes the wit and craziness inherent in Beaumarchais marvelous play and elevates it to another level. The rhythm and pace of the opera are dizzying! Dramatic and musical constructions complement each other in a rare balance of sophistication, grace and expressive power.
“In the end,” adds Maestro Villaume, “The Marriage of Figaro is one of those rare musical achievements that not only depicts the human condition in all its ambivalence and beauty, but is in itself a near-miraculous work of genius. Mozart’s brilliant interpretation is packed with profound insights which reveal how the world works and, in doing so, change it.”

Joining Maestro Villaume in crafting this masterpiece is Stage Director Kevin Moriarty, the acclaimed Artistic Director of the Dallas Theater Center, in his Winspear Opera House debut.

“This will be my first opportunity to direct a major work of the standard repertoire, and will allow everyone involved to kick up our heels with laughter at the hilarious plot, marvel at the musical wonders of Mozart’s beautiful score, and delve into bringing these wonderfully rich characters to life on the Winspear stage.
“What a joy it will be!” exclaimed Mr. Moriarty.

“I am so proud to have this opportunity to bring together two of the most talented and original artists at work today in the Arts District,” adds Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny. “Emmanuel and Kevin have earned the admiration and high esteem of music and theater lovers everywhere, and their first collaboration seems likely to result in a truly memorable and intelligent production—with a phenomenal cast. If I didn’t already have my tickets, I’d be online making that purchase right now.”

Starring as Figaro is Italian bass-baritone Mirco Palazzi, who made his U.S. debut with The Dallas Opera in 2010 starring as the cagey Leporello, opposite Paulo Szot, in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. The Associated Press hailed his performance as showing “great spirit and comic timing”.
Our female leading lady is the lovely Austrian soprano Beate Ritter, starring as Susanna, Figaro’s love interest and bride-to-be. She makes her American debut in this production after establishing herself as an audience favorite in Europe, specializing in Mozart roles, including The Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute and Blonde in The Abduction from the Seraglio. Her character, Susanna, conspires with Countess Almaviva to set up the Countess’ husband in order to expose his lustful desires.
Described by Opera Insider as “sensational, with one of the most beautifully lyric, full-bodied and honeyed voices I have ever heard”, lovely Australian soprano Nicole Car stars as the deceived Countess. She is making her exciting American debut with this performance after thrilling audiences “down-under” with several spectacular leading lady portrayals for Opera Australia.
For our philandering Count Almaviva, The Dallas Opera has cast “one of the twenty-five artists poised to define opera for this generation,” (Opera News)—Canadian baritone Joshua Hopkins. He has also been described as “…an outstanding young baritone with a virile, vigorous yet velvety sound and an immediately evident dramatic authority,” by The Globe and Mail (U.K.).
The vivacious “pants role” of Cherubino, a young man who becomes enamored with every woman he meets, will be performed by mezzo-soprano Emily Fons. The Chicago Tribune asked “has there ever been a more winning impersonation? Her ‘Voi che sapete’ is enough to melt the Countess’ heart, and our own as well.”
This exceptional ensemble also includes bass Kevin Langan, who stars in the buffo role of Doctor Bartolo. As one of America’s most sought-after basses, he has performed with The Dallas Opera in 11 productions including his debut in 1985 in La Fanciulla del West.
The other principal artists in this outstanding cast are world renowned British mezzo-soprano Diana Montague who makes her long-awaited TDO debut as Marcellina, acclaimed character tenor Doug Jones as Don Basilio, soprano Deanna Breiwick in her company debut as Barbarina, bass Adam Lau in his TDO debut as Antonio, the gardener, and tenor Jon Kolbet as Don Curzio.
Production design for The Marriage of Figaro is by John Bury in this classic stage setting from Lyric Opera of Chicago. Joel Ferrel, the Associate Artistic Director of the Dallas Theater Center, is the production choreographer. The Dallas Opera Chorus will be prepared by Chorus Master Alexander Rom.
Performances will continue on October 26(m), 29, November 1, 7 & 9(m), 2014 in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House, selected by Southern Living as the best new venue for opera. All evening performances besides the Opening Night of the Season will begin promptly at 7:30 PM. Sunday matinees begin at 2:00 PM.
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 Sunday afternoon prior to opening. For more details, visit dallasopera.org.
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TEXAS INSTRUMENTS FOUNDATION, SEASON SPONSOR
FOR THE DALLAS OPERA’S “HEIGHTS OF PASSION” SEASON

THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO 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 Dallas Opera and will conduct Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta 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, Decca and EMI.
Kevin Moriarty (Stage Director)
Kevin Moriarty is the artistic director of Dallas Theater Center, where he has directed It’s a Bird … It’s a Plane … It’s Superman, The Who’s Tommy, The Wiz, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Henry IV, The Tempest, Fat Pig, Next Fall, his original adaptation of A Christmas Carol, and Oedipus el Rey. He made his operatic directing debut with The Lighthouse (2012) for the Dallas Opera. For DTC he headed up the move into the Wyly Theatre, the creation of the Brierley Resident Acting Company, and an extensive series of productions of new plays. Mr. Moriarty is the Vice-Chair of the Dallas Arts District, Theatre Communications Group, and the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, and is a Trustee for the Booker T. Washington Advisory Board.

Mirco Palazzi (Figaro)
Bass Mirco Palazzi made his American debut in 2010 at The Dallas Opera as Leporello in Don Giovanni in 2010. Born in Rimini, he graduated from Rossini Conservatory in Pesaro. He has sung with the most important opera houses in Italy (Bologna, Naples, Rome, Parma, Genova, Turin, Venice, Florence, La Scala) and abroad (Edinburgh, Barcelona, London, Liège, Tokyo, Amsterdam, Bilbao, Koln, Athens and Moscow). Some of his most recent engagements include La damnation de Faust in London and at Deutsche Oper Berlin, Maometto II in Rome, Guillaume Tell in Amsterdam Turin, and at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Lucia in Washington, La gazza ladra and L’Italiana in Algeri in Verona. His discography includes Zelmira, Adelaide di Borgogna, Sofonisba, and Il diluvio universale (Opera Rara), and Lucia di Lammermoor (DVD TDK).

Beate Ritter (Susanna)
Austrian soprano Beate Ritter makes her U.S. operatic debut as Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro for The Dallas Opera. Ms. Ritter debuted at Vienna’s Theater an der Wien in Pelléas et Mélisande. She later debuted at the Vienna Volksoper as Blonde in Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seragli and has performed with its ensemble as the Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte, Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Carmina Burana, and Adele in Die Fledermaus. Other notable appearances include Blonde at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Angers, and Nantes, along with Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute for Komische Oper Berlin, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, and upcoming performances in Leipzig. In 2015, she will make her debut as Fiakermilli in Arabella at the Cologne Opera.
Joshua Hopkins (Count Almaviva) Canadian baritone Joshua Hopkins returns to Dallas Opera for the first time since his company debut as Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette. Recent performances include Marcello in La bohème for the Canadian Opera Company, and Schaunard for the Metropolitan Opera; Argante in Händel’s Rinaldo and Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro for the Glyndebourne Festival. Mr. Hopkins also sang in recital at Carnegie Hall with pianist Julius Drake. Highlights of past seasons include performances at the Metropolitan Opera in a new production of Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda, La bohème with the Houston Grand Opera, Le nozze di Figaro with the Verbier Festival, and Papageno in Die Zauberflöte at Santa Fe Opera. Mr. Hopkins’ first recital disc, Let Beauty Awake, has been released by ATMA Classique label.
Nicole Car (Countess Almaviva)
Australian soprano Nicole Car marks her United States debut with these performances at Dallas Opera. In 2013 she was the winner of the prestigious international Neue Stimmen competition in Germany. She has portrayed the roles of Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Mimi in La Bohème, the Italian Singer in Capriccio, Pamina in The Magic Flute, Leila in The Pearl Fishers, Valencienne in The Merry Widow, Tatyana in Eugene Onegin, and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni for Opera Australia. Her performance as Micaela in Carmen from Sydney Harbor was internationally broadcasted and is now available on CD and DVD. In 2009 she debuted as Donna Anna in Victorian Opera’s production of Don Giovanni. Concert appearances have included Brahms’ Deutsches Requiem, and Mozart’s Requiem.

Kevin Langan (Dr. Bartolo)
American bass Kevin Langan returns to The Dallas Opera for Dr. Bartolo, a role he first sang with the company in 2002. He debuted here in 1986 as Ashby in La fanciulla del West and returned for performances in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Hoiby’s The Tempest, Ariodante, Roméo et Juliette, Turandot and Die Zauberflöte. His career spans 35 years and almost 1,300 performances covering a vast repertoire of over 80 roles. Mr. Langan recently became the first artist to reach 300 performances in leading roles at San Francisco Opera. For Lyric Opera of Chicago he has given over 125 performances and over 165 performances with the Santa Fe Opera. Other engagements have included Colline in La bohème and Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Metropolitan Opera.

EVENTS, GUESTS AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

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

Ticket Information for the 2014-2015 Dallas Opera Season

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

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

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

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

A RARE DALLAS OPERA DOUBLE BILL:

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

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

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

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

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

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Dallas Opera Perspectives: “When Art & Religion Collide”

by Suzanne Calvin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2014
Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014 Or Celeste Hart 214.443.1071
suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org celeste.hart@dallasopera.org

ONE OF THE KEY CULTURAL ISSUES OF OUR DAY!
THE DALLAS OPERA, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, PRESENTS

DALLAS OPERA PERSPECTIVES:
“WHEN ART AND RELIGION COLLIDE”
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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2014
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Inspired by Richard Strauss’ “Salome” but encompassing so much more! Moderated by SMU’s Dr. Christopher Anderson with a star-studded arts leadership panel featuring Dallas Museum of Art Director Maxwell Anderson, Dallas Theater Center Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty and Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny.

Visit dallasopera.org/conversations

DALLAS, SEPTEMBER 10, 2014 – The Dallas Opera is proud to present the first of this season’s Dallas Opera Perspectives: “When Art and Religion Collide,” a free, in-depth exploration of the role of religion in the creation of both visual and performing arts, including works like The Dallas Opera’s second production of the 2014-2015 Season, Salome by Richard Strauss. The panel will also explore how this relationship is evolving in an increasingly interactive, yet balkanized and secular world.
This lively discussion will take place in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, September 29, 2014. The Arts District landmark is located at 1928 Ross Avenue, approximately three blocks from the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House and the public is encouraged to attend.
Moderated by Dr. Christopher Anderson, an award-winning author and Associate Professor of Sacred Music at the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, the panel will consist of three influential leaders representing different branches of the arts: the Eugene McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art Maxwell Anderson, Dallas Theater Center Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty and Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny.

“Although our primary means of engaging the community is through performance,” explains Keith Cerny, “I believe it is just as important for The Dallas Opera to lend our brand to meaningful public discourse on a variety of timely and important topics. The complex relationship between art and religion throughout human history gives us much to analyze and discuss from the perspective of three hugely influential art forms—and we are eager for the audience to share their thoughts on the subject as well.”

“What is the underlying purpose of art?” asks Dr. Christopher Anderson. “How do secular or even anti-religious currents in the community affect the role of the artist? Is there a place for transcendence in art divorced from religion? How successfully has religion guided the artistic expression of society and family values? What about those occasions when art or religion are misappropriated in order to suppress?”
“These are just a few of the questions that will fuel our conversation,” he adds, “in an evening that may spark deeply personal responses.”

The evening will conclude with an open Q and A with members of the audience. No question is too controversial.
Walk-ups are welcome; however, we recommend that you reserve your seat now by going to www.dallasopera.org/conversations.
Parking is available in Bryan Tower at the corner of San Jacinto and Harwood, diagonally opposite the church, with a special event price of $3. Paid parking may also be found in one of several surface lots nearby and on the street. Handicapped parking is available at the church.

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The Dallas Opera’s 2014-2015 Season is sponsored by
Texas Instruments Foundation

Flex subscriptions begin at $75 for the 2014-2015 Season. Full Subscriptions begin at $95. For additional information about the coming season, call The Dallas Opera Ticket Services Office at 214-443-1000 or visit us online at www.dallasopera.org.

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EVENTS, GUESTS AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

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

Ticket Information for the 2014-2015 Dallas Opera Season

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

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

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

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

A RARE DALLAS OPERA DOUBLE BILL:

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

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

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

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

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

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FIRST NIGHT 2014 at The Dallas Opera

by Suzanne Calvin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE: SEPTEMBER 4, 2014
Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014 Or Celeste Hart 214.443.1071
suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org celeste.hart@dallasopera.org

EXCITEMENT AND THRILLS ABOUND!
THE DALLAS OPERA’S
SEASON OPENING NIGHT EVENTS

FIRST NIGHT!

2014-2015 “HEIGHTS OF PASSION” SEASON
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EVENTS BEGIN FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2014 AT 5:30 PM
THE MARGOT AND BILL WINSPEAR OPERA HOUSE
AT THE AT&T PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

Red Carpet Arrival
Tantalizing Gourmet Dinner
The Linda and Mitch Hart Season Opening Night Performance of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro
Curtain Time, 8:00 p.m.
Free Live Simulcast in Klyde Warren Park
Rockin’ And Dancin’ After Party

FIRST NIGHT CO-CHAIRS
LYNN MCBEE AND NICHOLAS EVEN

DALLAS, SEPTEMBER 4, 2014 – Opening Night of the Season holds the promise of something exciting, awe-inspiring and new! FIRST NIGHT presented by The Dallas Opera offers an evening of spectacular events to kick off the 2014-2015 “Heights of Passion” season with fun and flair. The festivities will begin on the lawn outside of the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House on Friday, October 24, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. with a red carpet entrance featuring models in custom-designed gowns based on the themes of this season’s operas. They continue with a sumptuous black-tie Pre-Performance Dinner at 6:00 p.m., co-chaired by Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger and catered by Wolfgang Puck in Sammons Park in a fabulous tent enhanced by décor inspired by the opera. The Dallas Opera’s production of The Marriage of Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a charming comedy, begins at 8:00 p.m. in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House, as well as at Klyde Warren Park where last year’s live opening night simulcast attracted thousands!
Following the Linda and Mitch Hart Season Opening Night Performance, party-goers will adjourn to an exclusive FIRST NIGHT After Party with the cast, co-chaired by Jenifer Strauss and Robert Weatherly. DJ Lucy Wrubel will be spinning tunes sure to get party-goers rockin’ and dancin’ through the night. Wolfgang Puck Sweet & Savory will nourish the night with a variety of flavorful offerings including breakfast delights and an open bar.
The Winspear Opera house is located at 2403 Flora Street, Dallas, TX, 75201.
“What could be more special than opening night at the opera – the art form that combines some of the most beautiful music ever written, magnificent voices and acting, intriguing sets and costumes, and the powerful Dallas Opera Orchestra? We invite everyone to join us to support this remarkable company and get immersed in the excitement of the events!” explains Ms. McBee, Co-Chair.
“This is an evening not to be missed! From the wonderful Pre-Performance Dinner, to the superb opera, and then the lively After Party, we have planned a very memorable FIRST NIGHT for you. We believe you’ll be thrilled you took part in these fantastic festivities whether you’re a seasoned opera patron or a newcomer. All are welcome!” said Mr. Even, Co-Chair.
Jeffrey Horn, Event Architect for FIRST NIGHT, is the CEO of Triad Event Solutions. According to Horn, his signature style combines artistic sensibility with a hint of whimsy, and provides the perfect foundation for creating a meaningful experience for guests. “FIRST NIGHT is a playful evening of cocktails and dinner on the lawn! Couture fashion, footlights and folly fill the red carpet. Love abounds, a gilded age is celebrated, and cupid’s arrows ignite passion for the 2014 -2015 Season beneath a starry sky! The After Party completes the gala with sweet tunes spun by a little bird in a gilded cage, late night sweet treats and sips,” promises Horn about the fantastic event he’s designing.

“This is the most exhilarating time of year for The Dallas Opera. Our kick-off events are the pinnacle of the season and offer an array of enticing elements for everyone to enjoy. Opening night at the opera is always very special — one of the most incredible nights of the year. It’s an opportunity for attendees to walk the red carpet, take part in spectacular events, experience the splendor of a night at the opera, and much more. Join our family and be a part of this amazing array of activities and celebrate our ‘Heights of Passion’ Season,” explains Keith Cerny, The Dallas Opera’s CEO and General Director.

The “red carpet entrance” to the opera will feature the FIRST SIGHT Fashion Show consisting of opera-inspired designs by Elizabeth Anyaa, Michael Faircloth, Abi Ferrin, Khahn Nguyen, Edo Popken, and Nicolas Villalba. The custom gowns will be on display, worn by models posing as mannequins. These lovely couture pieces will be auctioned individually by international auction house Heritage Auctions as a fundraiser for The Dallas Opera, a non-profit arts organization, beginning on October 24. The gowns will be available for purchase on their website www.ha.com until November 9, 2014. For more information, please call 877-HERITAGE (437-4824).
The enchanting Pre-Performance Dinner will be enjoyed on Friday, October 24, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Patrons of the black-tie affair will delight in the unique ambiance created by Jeffrey Horn. Wolfgang Puck’s gourmet menu, inspired by The Marriage of Figaro, is certain to tantalize the tastebuds. Tables for the dinner range from $25,000 to $7500 with individual tickets available. All dinner tickets include After Party tickets.
The Linda and Mitch Hart Season Opening Night Performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s, The Marriage Of Figaro, opens on the evening of Friday, October 24 at 8:00 p.m. in the the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House. The simulcast fun at Klyde Warren Park begins at 6:00 p.m. with a “Worst Bridesmaid’s Dress EVER!” contest, “Bouquet Toss” with prizes, and the Three Stooges 1945 classic short film “Micro-Phonies.” The thrilling opera will be simulcast live at 8:00 p.m. from the Winspear Opera House. Visit www.dallasopera.org/simulcast for more information.

Figaro loves Susanna, but he’s not the only one. In a single crazy, romantic day, doors will be locked and unlocked, disguises donned, kisses exchanged and innermost hearts revealed—to some of the most memorable music Mozart ever composed. Leading this merry band is Italian bass-baritone Mirco Palazzi (Figaro), who charmed us out of our seats as Leporello in The Dallas Opera’s 2010 production of Don Giovanni and Austrian soprano, Beate Ritter, a European favorite in her American debut as the lovely Susanna.
This stellar international cast also includes Canadian baritone Joshua Hopkins as Count Almaviva. His melancholy Countess will be portrayed by the much-discussed Australian soprano, Nicole Car, in her exciting American debut. Mezzo-soprano Emily Fons, as the love-struck Cherubino. Another world renowned mezzo, Britain’s Diana Montague will be making her TDO debut as Marcellina, and performing the role of Doctor Bartolo, Kevin Langan, one of America’s most sought-after basses. Conducted by our distinguished Music Director Emmanuel Villaume and staged by acclaimed Dallas Theater Center Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty (The Lighthouse)—this Figaro could very well be a marriage made in heaven!
Performances will continue on October 26(m), 29, November 1, 7 & 9(m), 2014 in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House. All evening performances besides the Opening Night of the Season will begin promptly at 7:30 PM. Sunday matinees begin at 2:00 PM. 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 FIRST NIGHT After Party, Friday, October 24, 11:00 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., begins as the opera ends with entertainment maven DJ Lucy Wrubel rocking the house so guests can dance the night away. The Marriage of Figaro cast members will be on hand to mix and mingle with the guests. Patrons will enjoy a fabulous breakfast bar including chicken and waffles, decadent desserts and Opera-inspired specialty drinks. Tickets for the After Party are $125 per person.

FIRST SIGHT/FIRST NIGHT Sponsors

$10,000 and above
Diane and Harold M. Brierley
Deloitte
Nicholas Even
Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger
Linda and Milledge A. Hart lll
Haynes and Boone, LLP
Caroline Rose Hunt
Liz and Scott Kimple
Holly and Tom Mayer
NorthPark Center
Katherine and Michael Phillips
St. Michelle Wine Estates
Betty and Steve Suellentrop
Jacquelin and Phillip Taylor

$5,000 and above
Lee Bailey
Nancy and Clint Carlson
Cindy and Charlie Feld
Elizabeth and Scott Kimple
Northern Trust
Marnie and Kern Wildenthal
Ellen and Don Winspear

$2,000 and above
Heather Wiese Alexander and Scott Alexander
Simona Beal
Debbie and David Burch
Debra Witter and Scott Chase
Mary and Richard Covington
Arlene and John Dayton
Patricia Donosky
Amy and Vernon Faulconer
Susan and Mark Geyer
Wanda Gierhart
Kaki and Shelton Hopkins
Suzelle Smith and Don Howarth
Myra and Robert L. Hull
Tina and Goran Klintmalm
Lynn and Allan McBee
Kim and Greg Miller
Tincy Miller
Joyce and Harvey Mitchell
Lynn and Presley Mock
Robert A. Olson
Anne and Steven Stodghill
Joanna and Peter Townsend
Ellen and Robert Vladem

For more information or to purchase tickets to FIRST NIGHT, please visit: www.dallasopera.org/firstnight.
All single tickets for individual opera performances are subject to availability. Tickets may be purchased at the door – throughout the 2014-2015 Season – or in advance by calling 214.443.1000. Subscriptions and single tickets are available for purchase online throughout the season at www.dallasopera.org.

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS FOUNDATION, SEASON SPONSOR
FOR THE DALLAS OPERA’S “HEIGHTS OF PASSION” SEASON
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EVENTS, GUESTS AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

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

Ticket Information for the 2014-2015 Dallas Opera Season

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

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

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

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

A RARE DALLAS OPERA DOUBLE BILL:

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

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

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

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

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

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

by Suzanne Calvin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ABOUT THE 2015 DALLAS OPERA GUILD VOCAL COMPETITION

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

The Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House is conveniently located in the heart of the Arts District at 2403 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201.
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FOR THE DALLAS OPERA’S “HEIGHTS OF PASSION” SEASON
The Dallas Opera Family Performances are generously supported by Texas Instruments
and the Betty and Steve Suellentrop Educational Outreach Fund. TDO Family Performances are a part of the Perot Foundation Education and Community Outreach Programs.

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Ticket Information for the 2014-2015 Dallas Opera Season

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

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

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

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

WINTER 2015 -- A RARE DALLAS OPERA DOUBLE BILL:

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

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

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

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

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

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FIRST SIGHT – Spectacular Season Kick-Off!

by Celeste Hart

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