A New Dimension in Song

by Suzanne Calvin

It is one of the most intimate, personal, and moving of art forms. It is “Art Song” and it has aficionados as passionate as any in the opera world. Thanks to the Titus Family, the Dallas Opera is going to play a vital role in the preservation of the fine art of “art song.” Details in the release that follows.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Monday, November 4, 2013
Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014
suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org

THE DALLAS OPERA
IS THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE
AN IMPORTANT NEW RECITAL SERIES
CREATED BY A TRANSFORMATIVE GIFT!

THE ROBERT E. AND JEAN ANN TITUS ART SONG RECITAL SERIES

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Inaugural Performance
Jan. 4, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
In Dallas City Performance Hall
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Internationally Acclaimed English Tenor
IAN BOSTRIDGE IN RECITAL
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$15-$25 TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW!

DALLAS, NOVEMBER 4, 2013 – The Dallas Opera is thrilled and honored to announce that, through the generosity of The Titus Family, a brand-new recital series has been created to showcase well-established singers in programs dedicated to preserving the fine art of “art song.”
The series launch will take place on Saturday, January 4, 2014 in Dallas City Performance Hall (2520 Flora Street, Dallas) at 7:30 p.m. with the Dallas Opera debut of one of the classical music world’s most exciting singing stars: English tenor Ian Bostridge, who will be performing a program that will include the original twelve-song version of Franz Schubert’s Winterreise as well as selections by Benjamin Britten, Charles Ives, Noel Coward and Cole Porter.
Mr. Bostridge will be accompanied in recital by a celebrated young Canadian pianist, Miss Wenwen Du.

“In my own musical work as a pianist and accompanist,” says Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny, “I have always particularly enjoyed working with singers on art song and lieder.
“Imagine my delight, then, with this extraordinary Titus Family gift, which allows the Dallas Opera to engage the finest interpreters of this repertoire to perform right here in North Texas.
“We are thrilled to inaugurate this new series with one of the world’s leading performers in this repertoire, tenor Ian Bostridge. The Dallas Opera is already making plans to host a series of gifted artists in coming seasons and I can foresee the day when this unique series is as eagerly anticipated as the main stage Dallas Opera season itself.”

Ian Bostridge, created a CBE in the 2004 “New Year’s Honours,” has forged major careers on the world’s finest opera and concert stages, as well as in the recording studio.
In the opera world, Bostridge has performed the roles of Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Jupiter (Semele), and Aschenbach (Death in Venice) at English National Opera; Quint (The Turn of the Screw), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) and Caliban (The Tempest) for the Royal Opera; Don Ottavio in Vienna and Nerone (L’Incoranazione di Poppea), Tom Rakewell (The Rake’s Progress) and Male Chorus (The Rape of Lucretia) in Munich, and the role of Aschenbach in Brussels, Amsterdam and Luxembourg.
The Los Angeles Times wrote: “Bostridge sings as if from inside the music, as if he has found a way to produce pure, disembodied emotion.”
He has a host of award-winning recordings (both Grammy and Gramophone) and has dazzled concert audiences at the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw and New York Philharmonic Orchestras.
The always brilliant Mr. Bostridge has played a significant role in the 2013 Britten Centenary celebrations from the Salzburgh Festival to London’s Barbican to New York’s Carnegie Hall.
Opening the “Britten 100 Festival” last week, “Bostridge brought his distinctive voice, with its combination of sensual allure and choirboy purity to a performance of all five (Britten) Canticles,” wrote New York Times Classical Music Critic Anthony Tommasini, “The audience withheld applause until the end. Once it started, it went on and on.”

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

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Due to the desire to create a more intimate (and breathtaking) musical experience, the Dallas Opera will present this extraordinary recital in the 750-seat Dallas City Performance Hall, already winning high praise for its lovely acoustic and design.
Tickets, priced at $15 to $25, go on sale today, November 4th and are expected to go fast. They may be purchased at dallasopera.org or by contacting the friendly customer service professionals in the Dallas Opera Ticket Office at 214.443.1000.

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KEY BIOS:

IAN BOSTRIDGE (Tenor)

Ian Bostridge’s international career includes the world’s major concert halls and the Edinburgh, Munich, Vienna, Aldeburgh, Salzburg and Schubertiade Festivals, including artistic residencies at the Konzerthaus Vienna, Carnegie Hall New York, Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Philharmonie Luxembourg, the Barbican, the Wigmore Hall, and Laeiszhalle Hamburg.
In opera he has performed the roles of Tamino, Jupiter (Semele) and Aschenbach (Death in Venice) at English National Opera; Quint (The Turn of the Screw), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) and Caliban (The Tempest) for the Royal Opera; Don Ottavio in Vienna and Nerone (L’Incoronazione di Poppea), Tom Rakewell (The Rake’s Progress) and Male Chorus (The Rape of Lucretia) in Munich. He has sung Aschenbach in Brussels, Amsterdam and Luxembourg.
Ian Bostridge’s award-winning recordings include “Schubert with Graham Johnson” (Gramophone Award 1996), “Tom Rakewell with Gardiner” (Grammy Award 1999), “Schumann with Julius Drake” (Gramophone Award 1998), The Turn of the Screw (Gramophone Award 2003) and Billy Budd (Grammy Award 2010) with Harding and Ades’ The Tempest (Gramophone Award 2010). He has recorded recitals of Schubert, Wolf and Britten with Antonio Pappano.
Ian Bostridge’s concert engagements include the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw and New York Philharmonic orchestras under Rattle, Davis, Ozawa, Rostropovich and Harding. He sang Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex with Angelika Kirchschlager and H.K. Gruber in Vienna and the world première of Henze’s Opfergang with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and under Antonio Pappano.
For the 2013 Britten Centenary celebrations, Ian Bostridge has a major presence world-wide, with appearances at the Aix-en-Provence, Brighton, Aldeburgh and Salzburg Festivals; Britten residencies at the Laeiszhalle Hamburg, the Philharmonie Cologne, New York’s Carnegie Hall, London’s Barbican, Birmingham Symphony Hall and the Moscow Conservatoire (including the Moscow premiere of Death in Venice under Rozhdestvensky). He performs in the Berlin Philharmonie on Britten’s birth date and has appearances with the Warsaw Philharmonic and Roberto Abbado, the Santa Cecilia Orchestra and Antonio Pappano, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski (in London and the Vienna Musikverein) and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra and Andris Nelsons.
In 2001 he was elected an honorary fellow of Corpus Christi College and in 2003 he was made an Honorary Doctor of Music by the University of St Andrews. He was created a CBE in the 2004 New Year’s Honours.

WENWEN DU (Accompanist)

Hailed as “exceptional” by Opera Canada magazine, Wenwen Du is an accomplished young pianist. Excelling in both the solo and collaborative ?elds, Miss Du is in high demand both in Canada and abroad.
Originally from China, Ms. Du received a Bachelor of Music (Performance) and an Artists Diploma from the Vancouver Academy of Music.
Ms. Du has participated in numerous international masterclasses, including the Shanghai International Piano Masterclass, Gold Country Piano Institute – Masterclass in Interpretation (Nevada City, California, USA), Festival Orford (Montreal, Canada), The International Holland Music Session (Holland, Netherlands) and the Warsaw Piano Workshop – International Piano Course in Interpretation (Warsaw, Polland). These masterclasses were held by many renowned professors, including Paul Badura-Skoda, Boris Berman, Mikhail Voskresensky, Dimitri Bashkirov, Thomas Ungar, Jerome Rose, Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Peter Donohoe.
Miss Du has also performed solo piano recitals in China, Poland, Spain, Ukraine, Russia, Germany, Holland, the United States, and Canada. She is the winner of many National and International Piano Competitions, including “The Third Proko?ev International Piano Competition” (Ukraine), and “The Third Wiesbaden Piano Competition” (Germany).
Wenwen received the Opera Coaching Fellowship from the Atlantic Music Festival (USA) in 2012, spending five weeks coaching with Dr. Arlene Shrut while coaching and accompanying 18 singers through performances of opera, lieder and song. Wenwen then participated in the 2012 Oxford Lieder Festival (UK), lead by Wolfgang Holzmair. There she took masterclasses with Mr. Holzmair, Roger Vignoles, Martyn Hill, and Michael Dussek. She was also Music Director of Envision Financial’s benefit concert A Night on Broadway.
She attended the 2013 Britten Song course at the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme (UK), lead by Ian Bostridge and Julius Drake. Prior to attending the course, she was awarded the Loewen Prize from the Canadian Aldeburgh Foundation, a scholarship given to a leading Canadian pianist attending a Britten-Pears training course. During the course, Mr. Bostridge invited Wenwen to perform with him in the final concert. She also attended the 2013 Franz-Schubert-Institut (Austria), lead by Dr. Deen Larson and Elly Ameling.

DALLAS CITY PERFORMANCE HALL

Located at the intersection of Routh and Flora, Dallas City Performance Hall is a multi-disciplinary gateway to the Arts District, presenting a broad range of cultural performances and events by a growing group of small and midsize cultural organizations representing all artistic disciplines and the diverse heritages of the Dallas community.
This lyrical and elegant addition to the Dallas Arts District promises to be a unique and delightful “village for the arts” for Dallas audiences. Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP -- one of the world’s leading architecture, urban design, engineering, and interior architecture firms -- the newly completed Phase I of the design includes a state-of-the-art, 750-seat, multi-purpose theater specifically designed to accommodate a wide variety of performance needs as well as an expansive front lobby capable of accommodating small performances and events for up to 200 people. The dynamic features of these two spaces encourage social and cultural interaction from the street to the stage, from pre-show cocktails to post-show conversation and offer both artists and audiences the opportunity to engage with all forms of performance, from the outsized spectacle of epic theatre to the smooth elegance of a jazz quartet. City Performance Hall is the place discover our next generation of great arts organizations and be captivated by the energetic and multifaceted creative spirit of Dallas artists!

EVENTS, GUESTS AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

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The Dallas Opera’s 2013-2014 “By Love Transformed” Season
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Ticket Information for the 2013-2014 Dallas Opera Season

All performances are in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center unless otherwise described. Season subscriptions are on sale, starting at just $76. Single Tickets range from $19 to $275 and Flex Subscriptions will remain on sale following the close of Carmen. Family performances are $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 2013-2014 SEASON INFORMATION
The Dallas Opera celebrates its Fifty-Seventh 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 will 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.

CARMEN by Georges Bizet
October 25 (special time, 8:00 p.m.), October 27(m), 30, November 2, 8 & 10(m), 2013
The most irresistible bad girl in opera—How can you possibly say “non”?
An opera in four acts first performed in Paris on March 3, 1875
Text by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy based on the novella by Prosper Mérimée
Time: 19th century
Place: Seville, Spain
Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume
Stage Director: Chris Alexander
Scenic Design: Jean-Pierre Ponnelle
Costume Design: Peter J. Hall
Lighting Design: Thomas Hase
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Children’s Chorus Master: Melinda Cotten
Starring: Clémentine Margaine**(Carmen), Brandon Jovanovich (Don José Oct. 25, 27, 30), Bruno Ribeiro* (Don José Nov. 2, 8, 10), Mary Dunleavy (Micaëla), Dwayne Croft (Escamillo), Danielle Pastin*(Frasquita), Audrey Babcock*(Mercédès), Kyle Albertson*(Zuniga), Steven LaBrie (Le Dancaïre), William Ferguson* (Remendado), John David Boehr*(Moralès).

DEATH AND THE POWERS by Tod Machover
February 12, 14, 15 & 16(m), 2014
Science fiction and poignant family drama combine in a major regional premiere!
An opera in one act first performed in Monte Carlo, Monaco at the Salle Garnier on September 24, 2010.
Text by Robert Pinsky, based on a story by Pinsky and Randy Weiner
Time: Unknown time in the future
Place: Earth, the home of billionaire Simon Powers
Conductor: Nicole Paiement
Stage Director: Diane Paulus*
Associate Director: Andrew Eggert*
Scenic Design: Alex McDowell*
Costume Design: David Woolard*
Lighting Design: Don Holder
Choreography: Karole Armitage*
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Starring: Robert Orth (Simon Powers/Robot One), Joélle Harvey (Miranda/Robot Four), Patricia Risley(Evvy/Robot Three), Hal Cazalet*(Nicholas/Robot Two), Frank Kelley*(The United Way), David Kravitz*(The United Nations), Tom McNichols*(The Administration).

DIE TOTE STADT (“THE DEAD CITY”) by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
March 21, 23(m), 26, 29 and April 6(m), 2014
The Hitchcock-like tale of one man’s dark obsession with the woman he loved and lost.
An opera in three acts first performed in Hamburg & Cologne, Germany on December 4, 1920
Text by Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Paul Schott based on a novel by Georges Rodenbach, Bruges la morte
Time: End of the 19th century
Place: The city of Bruges in northwestern Belgium
Conductor: Sebastian Lang-Lessing*
Stage Director: Mikael Melbye
Scenic Design: Mikael Melbye*
Costume Design: Dierdre Clancy*
Video Design: Wendall Harrington*
Lighting Design: Mark McCullough
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Choreography: Matthew Ferraro*
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Anne Petersen**(Marietta) , Jay Hunter Morris (Paul), Morgan Smith (Fritz), Weston Hurt (Frank), Katherine Tier*(Brigitta), Andrew Bidlack (Albert), Jan Lund**(Victorin), Jennifer Chung (Juliette), Angela Turner Wilson (Lucienne).

THE BARBER OF SEVILLE by Gioachino Rossini
March 28, 30(m), April 2, 5, 11 & 13(m), 2014
Figaro, a scheming barber and jack-of-all-trades plots to release a headstrong girl from her gilded cage!
An opera in two acts first performed in Rome on February 20, 1816
Text by Pierre-Augustin de Beaumarchais, from his comedy Le Barbier de Séville
Time: 18th century
Place: Seville, Spain
Conductor: Giuliano Carella*
Stage Director: Herb Kellner
Original Production: John Copley
Scenic Design: John Conklin
Costume Design: Michael Stennet
Lighting Design: TBD
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Nathan Gunn (Figaro), Isabel Leonard*(Rosina), Alek Shrader*(Count Almaviva), Donato DiStefano (Dr. Bartolo), Burak Bilgili*(Don Basilio), Nathan De’Shon Myers (Fiorello), Christian Teague*(Ambrogio).

DALLAS OPERA FAMILY PERFORMANCES
Jack and the Beanstalk: October 26, 2013 and April 5, 2014
Family Concerts: November 3, 2013 and February 1, 2014
The Elixir of Love: November 9, 2013 and April 12, 2014

* 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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Simulcast Slideshow -”Dallas Morning News”

by Suzanne Calvin

For “Dallas Morning News” subscribers only, check out special contributor Nan Coulter’s photos of Friday evening’s Dallas Opera Simulcast in Klyde Warren Park. Great stuff! Access (if you can) here.

Suzanne Calvin, Director of Media and Public Relations

Opening Weekend Has Begun!

by Suzanne Calvin

It’s here! The new Dallas Opera season kicks off in a whole new way tomorrow morning with the inaugural edition of FIRST SIGHT, a reception, fashion show and luncheon sponsored by J.P. Morgan. And that’s just the beginning of what should be a truly landmark weekend. Read on and start planning your picnic now.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014
Suzanne.Calvin@dallasopera.org
Or Megan Meister 214.443.1071
Megan.Meister@dallasopera.org

THE DALLAS OPERA IS PROUD TO PRESENT
“FIRST SIGHT”
Thursday, Oct. 24th Fashion Show
And Opening Weekend Festivities
10 a.m. in the Winspear Opera House
PRESENTED BY J.P. MORGAN
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Followed on Friday, Oct. 25th at 8:00 p.m. by
GEORGES BIZET’S 1875 MASTERPIECE
CARMEN
THE LINDA AND MITCH HART
SEASON OPENING NIGHT PERFORMANCE
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“FIRST NIGHT 2013”
5:30 p.m. in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House
At the AT&T Performing Arts Center
NGP ENERGY CAPITAL MANAGEMENT, Presenting Sponsor
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The Dallas Opera’s Free Klyde Warren Park Simulcast with Support From the Dallas Arts District -- Special Features Begin at 6:30 p.m.

Including Tom and Jerry in “Carmen Get It!” and Costume Contest
Park Patrons will also be Introduced to the Exciting

“SHEILA AND JODY GRANT OPERA DISCOVERY” PROGRAM!

DALLAS, OCTOBER 23, 2013 – The Dallas Opera, inspired by the incredible success of FIRST NIGHT festivities that mark the opening of each new season, is delighted to introduce an extraordinary spin-off: The FIRST SIGHT Fashion Show and Luncheon featuring the work of five outstanding and internationally renowned Dallas-based designers with their breathtaking interpretations of the operas that will take centerstage this season in addition to fashions by ESCADA, an international brand synonymous with the highest quality and luxury. This celebration of great opera and fabulous design will take place on Thursday, October 24, 2013 in the acclaimed Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, presented by J.P. Morgan.
The pre-show reception beginning at 10:00 a.m. will set the mood for the fun that follows as the Shannon and Ted Skokos Stage is transformed into a glamorous high-fashion runway to showcase the imagination and talent of five of fashion’s most creative designers:

ELIZABETH ANYAA
MICHAEL FAIRCLOTH
ABI FERRIN
KHANH NGUYEN
And NICOLAS VILLALBA
Followed by
“RESORT 2014”
PRESENTED BY ESCADA

The fabulous fashion show will be capped by a sit-down luncheon at 11:45 a.m. in the C. Vincent Prothro Lobby, artfully prepared by Puck Catering.

Explains FIRST SIGHT & FIRST NIGHT Chair, Lynn Mock: “The overwhelming public interest in the fashion element of FIRST NIGHT prompted us to expand our vision to match the creativity of an iconic brand, ESCADA, as well as these five incredible designers. By giving them the spotlight, exclusively, in this very special event, we hope to excite and engage our patrons while giving art and fashion their due.
“It’s a perfect extension of the FIRST NIGHT celebrations,” Ms. Mock adds.

Following their unveiling at FIRST SIGHT, these one-of-a-kind creations inspired by the operas and theme of the 2013-2014 “By Love Transformed Season” will lend an additional air of excitement to the red carpet on Opening Night.
Several fashion-savvy style leaders are lending their expertise to the Dallas Opera’s inaugural FIRST SIGHT, including Event Architect Jeffrey Horn FPLtd. and Event Designer Larry Leathers.
“There is nothing more glamorous and elegant than our talented designer creations, with ESCADA fashion; all showcased inside the beautiful Winspear Opera House,” says Fashion Show Producer Rhonda Sargent Chambers. “I am thrilled!”
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The Dallas Opera is pleased to revive—by popular demand—the exciting festivities marking the opening of a new season, known as FIRST NIGHT. The one-night-only celebrations presented by NGP Energy Capital Management will take place both inside and outside the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in the Dallas Arts District, on Friday, October 25, 2013 beginning at 5:30 p.m. with a lavish black-tie dinner at 6:00 provided by Puck Catering in a beautifully appointed tent in Sammons Park (located just off the main promenade to the Winspear Opera House).
The menu and dinner music, as well as the artistic design, will reflect the cultural influences that dominate the 2013-2014 Season – “By Love Transformed” (season presenting sponsor Texas Instruments Foundation).
Sophisticated models will show off their extraordinary opera-inspired couture gowns, designed especially for the occasion. Several of the gowns and original sketches will be auctioned online by FIRST SIGHT sponsor, Heritage Auctions, beginning on October 25th.

Adding to the excitement of the Linda and Mitch Hart Season Opening Night Performance is the buzz about the Dallas Opera’s new music director, Maestro Emmanuel Villaume, who will be making his podium debut—as music director—in that evening’s performance (Mr. Villaume has previously conducted productions for the Dallas Opera as a visiting guest conductor). The occasion will also mark the hotly anticipated American debut of award-winning French mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine in the title role of Georges Bizet’s 1875 masterpiece, CARMEN.

“FIRST NIGHT has extended the Dallas Opera’s Season Opening Production far beyond the confines of the Winspear Opera House,” explains Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny. “People picnicking on blankets in Klyde Warren Park, enjoying the Dallas Opera’s High-Definition Carmen simulcast, will also share in the excitement of the Linda and Mitch Hart Season Opening Night Performance and the energy and enthusiasm of this newly expanded event.
“We are all tremendously grateful to NGP Energy Capital Management, FIRST SIGHT / FIRST NIGHT Chair Lynn Mock and everyone involved in underwriting, planning and executing this extraordinary, multifaceted experience designed to attract people of all ages and backgrounds: patrons, donors and music lovers. This year, we’re expanding our opening night events in Sammons Park, in order to include as many interested patrons as possible—both for our very first pre-performance black-tie dinner and the distinctive After-Party.”

Elements of the Klyde Warren Park Simulcast, supported by the Dallas Arts District, include a presentation of a rarely seen silent comedy, “Carmen Junior,” starring Baby Peggy Montgomery; the Tom and Jerry WB Classic cartoon, “Carmen Get It!” and a Carmen Costume Contest open to all comers! Hosted, beginning at 6:30 p.m., by KDMX radio personality Jagger along with the popular lecturer and head of UNT’s Opera Program, Dr. Stephen Dubberly.
The occasion will also mark the introduction of an exciting new adventure in 21st century community outreach: The Sheila and Jody Grant Opera Discovery program, designed to transform outdoor enthusiasts and opera lovers enjoying a performance on the Klyde Warren Park lawn to new patrons experiencing opera in the magnificent setting of the Winspear.
Learn more about this fabulous program at Klyde Warren Park this coming Friday night!

Food and drink will be available for purchase onsite; however, picnic baskets and blankets are welcome on the lawn.
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FIRST NIGHT Red Carpet arrivals will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday evening supported by FIRST NIGHT Red Carpet Sponsor, Deloitte. The black-tie dinner is from 6:00 -- 7:30 p.m., CARMEN curtain is 8:00 p.m. (please note the special time) and the fabulous After Party will commence in the Sammons Park tent adjacent to the Winspear Opera House immediately following the final curtain call.
Modern Luxury is the exclusive media partner for the Dallas Opera’s 2013 FIRST SIGHT and FIRST NIGHT.
FIRST NIGHT complimentary valet service will be provided on the Flora Street side of the Winspear Opera House for all dinner guests.
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She’s the woman no man can resist and, as performed by renowned French mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine in her American debut, who would want to say “non”? Hailed as “Best Newcomer” in the 2011 French Classical Music Awards, Margaine will have her hands full with two head-turning, heart-melting Don Josés: tenors Brandon Jovanovich, who last captivated us as Pinkerton in the Dallas Opera’s 2010 production of Madame Butterfly, and Portuguese tenor Bruno Ribeiro making his eagerly anticipated company debut.
This truly phenomenal cast, from American soprano Mary Dunleavy in the role of Micaëla to bass-baritone Dwayne Croft as Escamillo the Toreador, will bring on the sizzle—as well as the steak! Featuring classic Jean-Pierre Ponnelle scenery from the San Francisco Opera, this production conducted by Mrs. Eugene McDermott Music Director Emmanuel Villaume, an artist of international stature, will make all the other good/bad girls of opera seem tame, if not lame, in comparison.
CARMEN will be staged by American director Chris Alexander, The James R. Seitz, Jr., Stage Director in Honor of John Gage, who earned critical praise in his 2005 Dallas Opera debut for his staging of Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann, starring Mary Dunleavy and Marcus Haddock. Mr. Alexander was welcomed back in the spring of 2009 to direct the company’s final performances in the Music Hall at Fair Park: a delightful and daffy rendering of Rossini’s The Italian Girl in Algiers (L’italiana in Algeri).
American tenor Brandon Jovanovich will sing the role of Don José on Oct. 25, 27, and 30, while TDO newcomer, Portuguese tenor Bruno Ribeiro will portray the obsessed lover on Nov. 2, 8 and 10, 2013.
This outstanding international cast includes soprano Danielle Pastin in her company debut as Frasquita; mezzo Audrey Babcock in her Dallas Opera debut as Mercédès; bass Kyle Albertson (another company debut) as Zuniga; baritone Stephen LaBrie as the smuggler, La Dancaire; tenor William Ferguson in his Dallas Opera debut as Remendado and baritone John David Boehr in his TDO debut as Moralès.

Mr. Jovanovich, who enthralled Dallas audiences in our 2010 production of Madame Butterfly (described by Huffington Post’s Rodney Punt as the definitive Pinkerton of our time) and who will perform the role on FIRST NIGHT, has been dazzling critics recently in the title role of Wagner’s Lohengrin. San Francisco Chronicle Classical Music Critic Joshua Kosman wrote: “Jovanovich combined sweet-toned lyricism and ardent heroism in just the proportions required for this tricky role. His singing was thrillingly pure and tireless, his stage presence simultaneously tender and aloof.”
The season Opening Night Performance of Carmen receives endowed support from Linda and Mitch Hart.
Additional support is provided by Alice W. and Richard D. Bass, Joy S. and Ronald Mankoff, Betty and Steve Suellentrop, Joanna and Peter Townsend and James R. Seitz, Jr.
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Corporate Sponsorships

FIRST NIGHT Presenting Sponsor
NGP Energy Capital Management

FIRST SIGHT Presenting Sponsor – J.P. Morgan

FIRST SIGHT/NIGHT Media Partner – Modern Luxury

Platinum Sponsor ($25,000)
Deloitte

Silver Sponsors ($10,000)
Gardere Wynne Sewell, LLP
Heritage Auctions
KPMG
Mary Kay
Thompson and Knight

Bronze Sponsors ($5,000)
Weaver
PT Petroleum, LLC

Individual Sponsorships

Platinum ($2,500 Individual to $25,000 Table)
Alice and David Court
Mary and Dick Covington
Cindy and Charlie Feld
Mary Beth and Jay Marshall
Lynn and Presley Mock
Elizabeth and Richard Naftalis
Robert J. Vladem

Gold ($1,500 Individual to $15,000 Table)
Patti and John Cody
Patsy Donosky
Susan and Mark Geyer
Bobbi and Richard Massman
Tincy Miller
Tanya Roberts
Enika and Richard H. Schulze
Anne and Steven Stodghill
Betty and Steve Suellentrop
Joanna and T. Peter Townsend
Patty and Marty Weiland
Ellen and Don Winspear

Silver ($1,000 Individual to $10,000 Table)
Alice and Richard Bass
Hilary L. Roberts and J.B. Brinkmann in honor of
The Dallas Opera Chorus Master, Alexander Rom
Lucinda Councilman
Jacqueline and Jim Deeken
Bobbi and Leo Fields
Lisa and David Genecov
Carol and Don Glendenning
Jack Harrod
Kaki and Shelton G. Hopkins
Myra and Robert L. Hull
Elizabeth and Scott Kimple
Mike and Barbara Lynn Philanthropic Fund of
The Dallas Jewish Community Foundation
Rhonda and Fraser Marcus
Holly and Tom Mayer
Joyce and Harvey Mitchell
The Northern Trust Company
Mildred M. Oppenheimer
Katherine and Michael Phillips
The Rosewood Corporation
Gloria and Juan Ernesto Snead
Sandra Tucker
Agnes Whitley
Stacie and Mark Whitley
Marnie and Kern Wildenthal

Bronze ($500 Luncheon to $7,500 Dinner Table)
Catherine Ann Carr
Linda Claycomb
Mary Ann Cree
Nick Even
Harriett Gibbs
Faye Gould
Jolie D. Humphrey
Don J. McDermett and Garry Cox
Danna Orr
Betty Secker

FIRST SIGHT -- FIRST NIGHT / KEY PERSONNEL

Lynn Mock, Chair, FIRST SIGHT/FIRST NIGHT

Jeffrey Horn FPLtd, Event Architect, Event Design Co-Chair

Larry Leathers, Event Designer, Event Design Co-Chair

Rhonda Sargent Chambers, Fashion Show Producer and Chair

Mary Beth and Jay Marshall, Dinner Chairs

Rhonda and Fraser Marcus, After Party Chairs

Don McDermett and Garry Cox, Table Sales Chairs

Patty and Marty Weiland, FIRST SIGHT Table Sales Chairs

Elizabeth Z. Naftalis, Luncheon Chair

Presley Mock, Underwriting Chair

Debbie and David Burch, Mary and Dick Covington, Cindy Feld, Keith Laycock and Dawna Richter: Underwriting Vice-Chairs

Stacie Whitley, Pre-Events Chair

John Gage, Arrangements Chair

Scott Chase and Greg McConeghy, Arrangements Vice-Chairs

Kaki Hopkins, Advisory Committee Chair

Advisory Committee: Diane Brierley, Patti Cody, Patsy Donosky, Carol Glendenning, Holly Mayer, Lynn McBee, Tincy Miller, Joyce Mitchell, Shannon Skokos, Anne Stodghill, Betty Suellentrop and Ellen Winspear
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Single tickets for the 2013-2014 Season are subject to dynamic pricing (the earlier they are purchased, the lower the price) and are on sale now – for as little as $19. Subscriptions start at just $76. Boxes and Inner Circle seating may be priced higher.

EVENTS, GUESTS AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

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

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To arrange an interview
Or for additional information
Please contact Suzanne Calvin, Director of Media & Public Relations
214.443.1014 or suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org

The Dallas Opera’s 2013-2014 “By Love Transformed” Season
Is Sponsored by Texas Instruments Foundation

THE DALLAS OPERA WISHES TO EXPRESS ITS GRATITUDE TO OUR EXCLUSIVE PARTNERS:

AMERICAN AIRLINES – OFFICIAL AIRLINE OF THE DALLAS OPERA
LEXUS – OFFICIAL VEHICLE OF THE DALLAS OPERA

THE DALLAS OPERA 2013-2014 SEASON INFORMATION
The Dallas Opera celebrates its Fifty-Seventh 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 will 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. For more information or to make your ticket purchase, contact the friendly professionals at the Dallas Opera Ticket Services Office at 214.443.1000 or visit us online, 24/7, at www.dallasopera.org.

CARMEN by Georges Bizet
October 25 (special time, 8:00 p.m.), October 27(m), 30, November 2, 8 & 10(m), 2013
The most irresistible bad girl in opera—How can you possibly say “non”?
An opera in four acts first performed in Paris on March 3, 1875
Text by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy based on the novella by Prosper Mérimée
Time: 19th century
Place: Seville, Spain
Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume
Stage Director: Chris Alexander
Scenic Design: Jean-Pierre Ponnelle
Costume Design: Werner Iverke
Lighting Design: Thomas Hase
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Children’s Chorus Master: Melinda Cotten
Starring: Clémentine Margaine**(Carmen), Brandon Jovanovich (Don José Oct. 25, 27, 30), Bruno Ribeiro* (Don José Nov. 2, 8, 10), Mary Dunleavy (Micaëla), Dwayne Croft (Escamillo), Danielle Pastin*(Frasquita), Audrey Babcock*(Mercédès), Kyle Albertson*(Zuniga), Steven LaBrie (Le Dancaïre), William Ferguson* (Remendado), John David Boehr*(Moralès).

DEATH AND THE POWERS by Tod Machover
February 12, 14, 15 & 16(m), 2014
Science fiction and poignant family drama combine in a major regional premiere!
An opera in one act first performed in Monte Carlo, Monaco at the Salle Garnier on September 24, 2010.
Text by Robert Pinsky, based on a story by Pinsky and Randy Weiner
Time: Unknown time in the future
Place: Earth, the home of billionaire Simon Powers
Conductor: Nicole Paiement
Stage Director: Diane Paulus*
Associate Director: Andrew Eggert*
Scenic Design: Alex McDowell*
Costume Design: David Woolard*
Lighting Design: Don Holder
Choreography: Karole Armitage*
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Starring: Robert Orth (Simon Powers/Robot One), Joélle Harvey (Miranda/Robot Four), Patricia Risley(Evvy/Robot Three), Hal Cazalet*(Nicholas/Robot Two), Frank Kelley*(The United Way), David Kravitz*(The United Nations), Tom McNichols*(The Administration).

DIE TOTE STADT (“THE DEAD CITY”) by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
March 21, 23(m), 26, 29 and April 6(m), 2014
The Hitchcock-like tale of one man’s dark obsession with the woman he loved and lost.
An opera in three acts first performed in Hamburg & Cologne, Germany on December 4, 1920
Text by Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Paul Schott based on a novel by Georges Rodenbach, Bruges la morte
Time: End of the 19th century
Place: The city of Bruges in northwestern Belgium
Conductor: Sebastian Lang-Lessing*
Stage Director: Mikael Melbye
Scenic Design: Mikael Melbye*
Costume Design: Dierdre Clancy*
Video Design: Wendall Harrington*
Lighting Design: Mark McCullough
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Choreography: Matthew Ferraro*
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Anne Petersen**(Marietta) , Jay Hunter Morris (Paul), Morgan Smith (Fritz), Weston Hurt (Frank), Katherine Tier*(Brigitta), Andrew Bidlack (Albert), Jan Lund**(Victorin), Jennifer Chung (Juliette), Angela Turner Wilson (Lucienne).

THE BARBER OF SEVILLE by Gioachino Rossini
March 28, 30(m), April 2, 5, 11 & 13(m), 2014
Figaro, a scheming barber and jack-of-all-trades plots to release a headstrong girl from her gilded cage!
An opera in two acts first performed in Rome on February 20, 1816
Text by Pierre-Augustin de Beaumarchais, from his comedy Le Barbier de Séville
Time: 18th century
Place: Seville, Spain
Conductor: Giuliano Carella*
Stage Director: Herb Kellner
Original Production: John Copley
Scenic Design: John Conklin
Costume Design: Michael Stennet
Lighting Design: TBD
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Nathan Gunn (Figaro), Isabel Leonard*(Rosina), Alek Shrader*(Count Almaviva), Donato DiStefano (Dr. Bartolo), Burak Bilgili*(Don Basilio), Nathan De’Shon Myers (Fiorello), Christian Teague*(Ambrogio).

DALLAS OPERA FAMILY PERFORMANCES
Jack and the Beanstalk: October 26, 2013 and April 5, 2014
Family Concerts: November 3, 2013 and February 1, 2014
The Elixir of Love: November 9, 2013 and April 12, 2014

* 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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Are You Ready for the Simulcast?

by Suzanne Calvin

At this point, Friday night looks as though it will be a bit chilly but dry -- perfect weather to enjoy a free evening of opera on the lawn at Klyde Warren Park, connecting Downtown and Uptown. Get a sneak peek from this report on WFAA and then make your plans to attend the Dallas Opera’s CARMEN.

Suzanne Calvin, Director Media and Public Relations

And the Silver Cup Award Goes To….Holly Mayer!

by Suzanne Calvin

Beautiful!

TACA has announced the 2014 recipients of the prestigious Silver Cup Award--and one of the honorees is Dallas Opera Executive Committee Member (Vice-President, Development) and Board Member Holly Mayer, who along with her husband Tom, has been a stalwart supporter of the company--not to mention, the arts in Dallas--for many a year. Here’s the inside scoop  on the announcement from Jeanne Prejean at “My Sweet Charity.”

Mark your calendar now for one of the biggest philanthropic celebrations of  the year: The TACA Silver Cup Awards, Monday, March 3rd at the Hilton Anatole.  And save me a seat!

Suzanne Calvin, Director of Media and Public Relations

FIRST NIGHT 2013 at the Dallas Opera

by Suzanne Calvin

Something for everyone on FIRST NIGHT at the Dallas Opera! Read on…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Monday, September 30, 2013

Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014
Suzanne.Calvin@dallasopera.org
Or Megan Meister 214.443.1071
Megan.Meister@dallasopera.org

THE DALLAS OPERA IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE
“FIRST NIGHT 2013”
“BY LOVE TRANSFORMED”
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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2013 AT 5:30 P.M.
THE MARGOT AND BILL WINSPEAR OPERA HOUSE AT THE AT&T PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
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NGP ENERGY CAPITAL MANAGEMENT, Presenting Sponsor
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Lynn Mock, FIRST SIGHT/FIRST NIGHT Chair
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Pre-performance black-tie dinner at 6:00 followed by 8:00 p.m. Performance of Carmen, concluding with on-site After Party
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LINDA AND MITCH HART SEASON OPENING NIGHT PERFORMANCE, ENDOWED SUPPORT

DALLAS, SEPTEMBER 30, 2013 – The Dallas Opera is thrilled to revive—by popular demand—the exciting festivities marking the opening of a new season, known as FIRST NIGHT. The one-night-only celebrations presented by NGP Energy Capital Management will take place both inside and outside the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in the Dallas Arts District, on Friday, October 25, 2013 beginning at 5:30 p.m. with a lavish black-tie dinner at 6:00 provided by Puck Catering in a beautifully appointed tent in Sammons Park (located just off the main promenade to the Winspear Opera House).
The menu and dinner music, as well as the artistic design, will reflect the cultural influences that dominate the 2013-2014 Season – “By Love Transformed.”
Sophisticated models will show off their extraordinary opera-inspired couture gowns, designed especially for the occasion by five internationally acclaimed fashion designers: Elizabeth Anyaa, Michael Faircloth, Abi Ferrin, Khan Nguyen and Nicolas Villalba. Several of the gowns and original sketches will be auctioned online by FIRST SIGHT sponsor, Heritage Auctions, beginning on October 25th. Continue reading →

The Dallas Opera Global Simulcast of “Death and the Powers”

by Suzanne Calvin

Yes, Virginia, we’re going global -- on February 16, 2014. Read all about it in the release posted below and let your friends in target cities know, so they can mark their calendars now.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014
Suzanne.Calvin@dallasopera.org
Or Megan Meister 214.443.1071
Megan.Meister@dallasopera.org

National Press Representation:
Kirshbaum Demler & Associates: adamm@kirshdem.com or 212-222-4843

THE DALLAS OPERA PRESENTS
OPERA ON A WORLD STAGE!

Death and the Powers:
THE GLOBAL
INTERACTIVE SIMULCAST
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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2014
AT 2:00 P.M. (Central Time)
THE MARGOT AND BILL WINSPEAR OPERA HOUSE AT THE AT&T PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, DALLAS TX
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Remote locations throughout the U.S. and Europe, including the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, with new interactive capabilities and views!
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PRODUCED BY: TOD MACHOVER, KEITH CERNY,
BOB ELLIS, MIT MEDIA LAB
AND THE DALLAS OPERA
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Death and the Powers supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

DALLAS, SEPTEMBER 11, 2013 – The Dallas Opera is privileged to announce an extraordinary and unprecedented experiment in twenty-first century opera: “The Dallas Opera’s Global Interactive Simulcast” of acclaimed American composer Tod Machover’s DEATH AND THE POWERS, scheduled to take place in Dallas on Sunday, February 16th at 2:00 p.m. Central Time, originating in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center and being simulcast to as many as ten locations in Europe and the U.S.
The Dallas Opera is currently in negotiations with a wide-range of venues and organizations located in the San Francisco Bay Area, Silicon Valley, Bing Concert Hall at Stanford University, New York City and its boroughs, Philadelphia, Paris, Los Angeles, London and Stockholm—as well as the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in the Dallas Arts District, which has already shown a keen interest in the questions raised by Machover’s “robot pageant” opera and has partnered with both the Dallas Opera and the MIT Media Lab’s “Opera of the Future” program to support this innovative approach to the art form and attract new generations to opera.
DEATH AND THE POWERS, with music by composer/inventor Tod Machover and text by librettist Robert Pinsky (one of America’s foremost living poets) received rave reviews at its sold-out 2010 Monte Carlo world premiere and subsequent engagements in Boston and Chicago.
However, this unprecedented Dallas Opera Global Simulcast offers far more than a mere stage production; patrons will experience Simon Powers’ perspective from within “The System,” as well as a “robot’s eye view” of the opera, while tapping into a variety of interactive features. Those attending the simulcast anywhere in the world will have an opportunity to interact with the main performance onstage—through cellphones, tablets and other handheld devices—in order to influence the visual elements in the Winspear Opera House in real time, as they unfold. Continue reading →

Falling Headfirst Into the Arts

by Suzanne Calvin

With a new school year getting underway, it’s the perfect time to work a little culture into your fall family plans. Check out a few of the easily affordable options below.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Monday, August 26, 2013
Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014 Or Megan Meister 214.443.1071
suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org megan.meister@dallasopera.org

A Fall Filled With Enchanting Tales
TDO Family Programming
Presented by
Texas Instruments
With additional support from Lockheed Martin
Part of “The Perot Foundation Education and Community Outreach Programs”
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JACK AND THE BEANSTALK
Saturday, October 26th 2:00 p.m.
At the Margot & Bill Winspear Opera House
AT&T Performing Arts Center
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THE DALLAS OPERA FAMILY CONCERT
With Soprano Joanna Mongiardo, Mezzo-Soprano Emily Fons and Maestro Anthony Barrese
Sunday, November 3th 2:00 p.m.
At the Margot & Bill Winspear Opera House
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THE ELIXIR OF LOVE
$5 FAMILY PERFORMANCE,
Saturday, November 9th 2:00 p.m.
At the Margot & Bill Winspear Opera House

DALLAS, AUGUST 26, 2013 – The Dallas Opera is happy to present three weekends of family-friendly programming guaranteed to introduce you and your loved ones to the big, beautiful world of opera. The Dallas Opera Educational/Family Series, part of The Perot Foundation Education and Community Outreach Programs, is presented by Texas Instruments and made possible with additional support from Lockheed Martin.
TDO will present its ever-popular thirty-minute opera by John Davies—a comical adaptation of the familiar tale of JACK AND THE BEANSTALK—on Saturday, October 26th starting at 2:00 p.m. and featuring tenor Jonathan Yarrington as Jack, mezzo-soprano Emily Hueske as Mother/Wife and Bass Travis McGuire as Giant/Trouble. The cast will be accompanied by TDO’s Music Director for Education and Family Programming, Mary Dibbern.
This entrancing children’s tale was brought to life by Dallas Opera Production Designer Tommy Bourgeois. Nancy Schaeffer, Dallas Children’s Theater’s Education Director, staged the work for the Dallas Opera. Continue reading →

October at TDO: “Just the facts, ma’am.”

by Suzanne Calvin

Coming back from a wind-swept, sea salt, sun-addled holiday weekend, we thought many of you could use a little help in sorting through the upcoming events in October. Get out your Day Planner (digital or otherwise) and have at it!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014
Or Megan Meister 214.443.1071
suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org
megan.meister@dallasopera.org

A FASHION-FORWARD AND STYLISH OCTOBER
AT THE DALLAS OPERA!
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FIRST SIGHT Fashion Show and Luncheon:
Thursday, October 24 at 10:00 a.m.
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FIRST NIGHT Festivities Begin
Friday, October 25 at 5:30 p.m.
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Season Opening Opera: Bizet’s CARMEN
Friday, October 25, 2013 / Curtain Time: 8:00 p.m.!
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2013-14 Season to Launch with FIRST SIGHT Fashion Show and Luncheon, a Free Simulcast at Klyde Warren Park, The Linda and Mitch Hart Season Opening Night Performance, and FIRST NIGHT Dinner, celebrations, and After Party at the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House in the AT&T Performing Arts Center!

DALLAS, SEPTEMBER 3, 2013 – Get out your dancing shoes, try on the tux, and select your most stylish ensemble or your most outlandish Carmen costume, as Dallas gets ready for a fabulous new season of opera during a particularly fashion-forward month of October!

The Dallas Opera will present an extraordinarily diverse 57th International Season, “By Love Transformed,” sponsored by Texas Instruments Foundation, which will officially kick off when the curtain rises on Friday, October 25, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. (please note the unusual curtain time). The Dallas Opera’s 2013-2014 Season will open with Georges Bizet’s 1875 masterpiece CARMEN in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center. Single tickets for the Linda and Mitch Hart Season Opening Night Performance and subsequent Sunday matinees and evening performances begin at the low price of just $19 and are on sale now.
Full season subscriptions are now available for as little as $76 for all four outstanding mainstage productions. The Dallas Opera also has two-performance and three-performance subscriptions available as well.
FIRST NIGHT festivities, presented by NGP Energy Capital, get underway at 5:30 p.m. on the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House Red Carpet at the AT&T Performing Arts Center located in the Dallas Arts District. The lavish dinner is 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. followed by Carmen at 8:00 p.m. The emcees will be faces—and voices—you already know and love, and celebrity guests that evening will include a contingent of top-tier fashion designers accompanying their head-turning models. Together, they will elevate people-watching to the status of art with their “opera-inspired” couture gowns!
Special pre-performance activities will take place in front of a giant outdoor screen in Klyde Warren Park in the Dallas Arts District, including a “Carmen Costume Contest” for men, women and pets—and a “Toreador Song Sing-a-long.” The public is invited to bring a blanket and a picnic basket, and enjoy the evening’s events as they unfold at our free simulcast of CARMEN. Continue reading →

A “Sweet” Article by Our FIRST NIGHT Chair

by Suzanne Calvin

FIRST NIGHT/FIRST SIGHT Chair Lynn Mock lends a warm-yet-elegant air to the proceedings wherever she goes--whether in the real world or in cyberspace. She gives us her personal take on the newly developed FIRST SIGHT high fashion event, the inspiring Dallas Opera season, and the black-tie extravaganza that is FIRST NIGHT on Jeanne Prejean’s must-read philanthropy blog: “My Sweet Charity.”

Enjoy the article right here.
Suzanne Calvin, Director of Media and Public Relations