THE DALLAS OPERA IS PROUD TO PRESENT
GIACOMO PUCCINI’S IMMORTAL LOVE STORY
LIBRETTO BY GIUSEPPE GIACOSA AND LUIGI ILLICA
STARRING LATIN AMERICAN SOPRANO ANA MARÍA MARTÍNEZ AS MIMÌ, AMERICAN TENOR BRYAN HYMEL AS RODOLFO, SPANISH SOPRANO DAVINIA RODRIGUEZ AS MUSETTA, AND BARITONE JONATHAN BEYER AS MARCELLO
CONDUCTED BY MAESTRO RICCARDO FRIZZA IN HIS TDO DEBUT AND STAGED BY DIRECTOR PETER KAZARAS
OPENING NIGHT: FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 2015 AT 7:30 PM
WITH ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCES Mar. 15(m), 18, 21, 27, 29(m)
UNDERWRITING SUPPORT PROVIDED BY TACA
SEASON PRESENTING SPONSOR TEXAS INSTRUMENTS FOUNDATION
DALLAS, FEBRUARY 20, 2015 – The Dallas Opera is preparing to whisk audiences away to the Latin Quarter of Paris for the blockbuster opera of the season: Giacomo Puccini’s 1896 masterpiece, LA BOHÈME, based on Henri Murger’s newspaper serial-turned-novel, Scènes de la vie de bohème.
The Dallas Opera’s enormously popular period production of LA BOHÈME opens on Friday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center. Subsequent performances will be presented in this limited run on March 15(m), 18, 21, 27 at 7:30 p.m., & 29(m), 2015.
The performance on Saturday, March 21st will also be simulcast live from the Winspear to an audience of thousands at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Your best chance (short of joining the NFL) to be seen on the mega-screens at the home of the Dallas Cowboys!
The Winspear Opera House is centrally located in the Dallas Arts District at 2403 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201 and tickets start at just $19.
This Dallas Opera production stars charismatic American tenor Bryan Hymel as Rodolfo and Grammy Award-winning Latin American soprano Ana María Martínez as Mimì, at the head of an international all-star ensemble.
An opera “cover girl” who recently graced the covers of Opera News and Opera magazines, Ana María Martínez is one of the most in-demand sopranos of our time. With a voice described as lustrous and vibrant, she has sung beside the legendary Plácido Domingo and with famed conductor Gustavo Dudamel, in concert. According to Opera News, Ms. Martínez has shown herself to be “a radiantly vulnerable Mimì, consistently employing her darkly textured lyric soprano with great sensitivity to dynamics and text.” She returns to The Dallas Opera stage following her star turn in our 2008 production of Die Fledermaus.
The engaging Bryan Hymel is one of today’s fastest-rising opera stars. His 2014-2015 Season commenced at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, where he earned rave reviews in this same role. The New York Observer praised Mr. Hymel’s top notes, “as brilliant as fireworks,” as well as his generous and romantic musical phrasing. He returns to The Dallas Opera after his thrilling 2011 debut as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor. Since that time, he has developed into an audience favorite at London’s Royal Opera and made successful debuts in Chicago and San Francisco, along with other leading opera companies around the world.
Sultry soprano Davinia Rodriguez, born in Spain’s Canary Islands and now living in Italy, makes her Dallas Opera debut in this production as the tantalizing yet irrepressible Musetta. She recently performed with Plácido Domingo at Theater an der Wien (Vienna) in I due Foscari for which Bachtrack claimed, “it is a memorable instrument and she gave a striking performance of a very difficult role.” She will be paired with young baritone Jonathan Beyer (Captain Gardiner in the Dallas Opera’s 2010 world premiere production of Moby-Dick) as the equally mercurial Marcello. According to The Washington Post: “Beyer has the luxury of a robust, handsome voice, and promising years ahead.”
The international ensemble cast includes Russian bass Alexander Vinogradov, who is a regular guest at major opera houses including Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Opera National de Paris and Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin. He will sing the role of the philosophical Colline. Dallas native Steven LaBrie recently portrayed the musician Schaunard at Washington National Opera eliciting this rave review. “Depicting Schaunard as a matinée idol with uninhibited high spirits, baritone Steven LaBrie was as light on his feet as Errol Flynn and more handsome than the young Cary Grant ,” according to Voix Des Arts. Bass Stefan Szkafarowsky, a native of New York City, who sang in The Dallas Opera’s triumphant 2011 production of Boris Godunov and several recent appearances at the Metropolitan Opera, will return for the dual roles of Benoit the bohemian’s landlord and a secondary role as Musetta’s occasional “sugar daddy,” Alcindoro.
This classic Dallas Opera production was lovingly designed by the late, great Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, with costumes by The Dallas Opera’s longtime resident costume designer, the incomparable Peter J. Hall.
LA BOHÈME will be conducted by Italian Maestro Riccardo Frizza in his eagerly anticipated company debut. Maestro Frizza is described by Seen and Heard as “totally convincing, conducting his forces with both strength and gentleness, always supporting the singers and getting fine results from the orchestra.”
In the role of stage director, TDO will welcome back acclaimed singer-turned-director Peter Kazaras to guide the enormous cast in this ever-popular favorite.
Lighting design is by Thomas C. Hase and chorus preparation by Dallas Opera Chorus Master Alexander Rom. The children’s chorus will be prepared by Melinda Cotten.
“Although recent media interest has centered on an unprecedented string of Dallas Opera world premieres in 2015, the company is just as careful in its selection—and enthusiastic in its presentation—of the most enduring works in the opera canon,” explains Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny. “Popular favorites like La bohème will always hold a special place in our hearts because they present familiar characters and an appealing and moving story, as well as universal truths about life, love, and mortality; what is fleeting and, ultimately, what lasts.
“I am very excited to see what this splendid ensemble has in store for us, under the keen direction of Riccardo Frizza in his first podium appearance at TDO, and the watchful eye of stage director Peter Kazaras in his company directorial debut,” Cerny adds. “We expect plenty of sparkle, but even more sparks!”
LA BOHÈME was first performed in 1896 in Turin, Italy at the Teatro Regio. It was conducted by the young Arturo Toscanini who became one of the most acclaimed conductors of the 20th century. The libretto, with its romantic poetic verse, was written by Luigi Illica (who also collaborated with Puccini on the successful operas Tosca and Madama Butterfly) and Giuseppe Giacosa. The opera was very nearly an “overnight success”; within six months of its premiere it became the composer’s most popular work, a position it has held for 118 years.
The opera’s storyline revolves around four young artists, yearning for love and worldly recognition while struggling for day-to-day survival in 19th century Paris. A knock at the door of the drafty garret they share leads to a fateful meeting between a poet and a seamstress; and the love ignited by the touch of a “cold little hand” has far-reaching repercussions for them all.
Generous underwriting support for LA BOHÈME comes from TACA.
The “Joy and Ronald Mankoff Pre-Opera Talks,” a free background lecture for the opera being performed that day, takes place in Nancy B. Hamon Hall located off the Winspear Opera House lobby one hour prior to each performance, except for Opening Night of the Season.
Dallas Opera performs in the original languages. Easy-to-read English translations are projected above the stage during every Dallas Opera performance and special headsets are available for the hearing impaired.
No late seating is permitted at Dallas Opera performances once the house doors are closed.
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.
LA BOHÈME KEY BIOS:
RICCARDO FRIZZA*, (Conductor) has led some of the world’s most important orchestras, including Teatro alla Scala, Opera de Paris, Royal Festival Hall of London, La Monnaie of Bruxelles, Avery Fischer Hall in New York City, at the Washington National Opera, Seattle Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Metropolitan Opera, and the San Francisco Opera. He has conducted Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Symphonic Orchestra “G. Verdi” in Milan, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Bayerische Staatsorchester of Munich, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Staatskapelle Dresden, and Gewandhaus Orchester Leipzig. For Decca Records he recorded the recital of Juan Diego Florez, dedicated to Bellini and Donizetti with Symphonic Orchestra “G. Verdi”, which won the Cannes Classical Award 2004. His future plans include I Capuleti e i Montecchi in Barcelona and Otello in Bilbao.
PETER KAZARAS, (Stage Director) currently serves as Director of Opera and Music Theater at University of California Los Angeles. Previously, he was the Seattle Opera’s Artistic Advisor and Artistic Director of the Young Artist Program. In addition to his work at UCLA, he also directed The Consul for Seattle Opera, a new production of Cendrillon with the Juilliard School, returned to the Merola Opera Program at San Francisco Opera to direct The Rape of Lucretia; and directed the world première of a revised version of An American Tragedy for The Glimmerglass Festival. With Seattle Opera he also directed Madama Butterfly, Wozzeck, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Falstaff, and Tristan und Isolde. This season, he will direct La bohème in a new production for Washington National Opera. An original cast member of The Dallas Opera world premiere of Thérèse Raquin, Mr. Kazaras makes his TDO directorial debut in this production.
JEAN-PIERRE PONNELLE, (Scenic Designer) (February 19, 1932 -- August 11, 1988) Mr. Ponnelle’s productions have been seen in nearly every important opera house in the world, from the Metropolitan Opera to the San Francisco Opera, from Paris to London and Milan to Vienna, from the Bayreuth Festival to the Salzburg Festival. His cycle of Mozart operas for which James Levine conducts has been a fixture at the Metropolitan and at Salzburg in recent seasons. Throughout the 1950’s, Mr. Ponnelle worked all over Europe as a designer in opera, ballet and theater. His American debut came in 1958, with sets for Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana in San Francisco.
PETER J. HALL, (Costume Designer) (January 22, 1926 – May 27, 2010) was a British-born American costume designer who spent most of his career as resident costume designer for The Dallas Opera. Mr. Hall has designed costumes (and occasionally sets) for more than 70 Dallas Opera productions beginning with Il barbiere di Siviglia in 1962. His work has been seen on stage at the Royal Opera House, London; Vienna State Opera; La Scala, Milan; Kirov Opera, St. Petersburg; the Sydney Opera House; the Metropolitan Opera and Los Angeles Opera. His award-winning costumes have graced the likes of Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Dame Joan Sutherland, Dame Judi Dench, Dame Maggie Smith, and Dame Elizabeth Taylor. He has also designed for Plácido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, David Bowie and many other stars.
THOMAS C. HASE, (Lighting Designer) has designed the lighting for Carmen, The Aspern Papers, La Traviata, The Winspear Opening Galas, Otello, and La bohème at the Music Hall all for The Dallas Opera. His body of work includes designs for The Next Wave Festival in New York, Broadway and many regional opera and theatre companies across the U.S. He has also designed throughout Europe and Asia for many of the national theaters and state opera companies. Mr. Hase has been the resident lighting designer and director for Cincinnati Opera for 18 years. He recently lit the musical Doctor Zhivago, which is moving to Broadway. Upcoming projects include La Finta Giardiniera for Santa Fe Opera and Billy Budd for the Nationale Reisoper in Holland.
DAVID ZIMMERMAN, (Wig & Make-Up Designer) has worked with Dallas and other opera companies around the world including 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.
ALEXANDER ROM, (Chorus Master) is a native of Kharkov, Ukraine, Alexander Rom holds a Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting from Leningrad Conservatory of Music. Since immigrating to the U.S. he has worked as a performer, conductor, educator, voice teacher, opera coach, and composer. He has been the chorus master for Dallas Opera since 1990, and an opera coach with The Metropolitan Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Savonlinna Opera Festival, Cincinnati Festival, and Ravinia Festival. He has worked with world renowned singers including Paul Plishka, Mirella Freni, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Jorma Hynninen, Helga Dernesch, Martti Talvela, Joyce di Donato, and Jerry Hadley. Maestro Rom is an honorary Visiting Professor at Sibelius Academy and Helsinki Conservatory and was a Visiting Professor at Savonlinna Opera Festival Music Institute. He maintains a private voice studio in Dallas.
LA BOHÈME CAST BIOS:
ANA MARÍA MARTÍNEZ, (Mimì), soprano, returns to The Dallas Opera as Mimì after debuting here as Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus. Ms. Martínez, a Grammy Award® winner, has an international career spanning all of the world’s most important opera houses and concert halls. In 2014-15, the soprano opened the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s season as Donna Elvira in a new production of Don Giovanni, returned to Opéra national de Paris for La bohème and reprised the title role of Madama Butterfly with Houston Grand Opera. She concludes the season as Paolina in Donizetti’s Poliuto at The Glyndebourne Festival. This November, Decca releases Manon Lescaut with Ms. Martínez in the title role, recorded opposite Andrea Bocelli with Plácido Domingo conducting the Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana.
BRYAN HYMEL, (Rodolfo), tenor, reprises the role of Rodolfo in The Dallas Opera’s production of La bohème. He recently performed the same role in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production of La bohème for the Metropolitan Opera. Mr. Hymel made his house and role debut as Percy in Lyric Opera of Chicago’s staging of Anna Bolena last December. He also recently appeared in concert at the Royal Opera House, Oman under the baton of Maestro Emmanuel Villaume and in the U.S. premiere of Roger Waters’ opera Ça Ira with the Nashville Symphony. His upcoming performances include his house debut with San Francisco Opera as Énée in Les Troyens this summer, followed by his return to the Santa Fe Opera as the Duke in Rigoletto. Warner Classics recently released his first solo recording, “Héroïque,”conducted by Dallas Opera Music Director Emmanuel Villaume.
DAVINIA RODRIGUEZ*, (Musetta), soprano, makes her Dallas Opera debut in this role. Ms. Rodriguez started her career performing in the major Spanish and Italian theaters including Perez Galdos in Las Palmas, Teatro Real de Madrid, Carlo Felice di Genova, and many others. She has performed the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor and Eurydice in Orpheus and Eurydice for Seattle Opera, Liù in Turandot for ABAO Ópera de Bilbao, and Micaela in Carmen for Teatro Ponchielli Cremona, Il Teatro Grande di Brescia, Teatro G. Fraschini Pavia, and Teatro Sociale Como. She portrayed Lucrezia Contarini in I due Foscari in Vienna at Theater an Der Wien beside Placido Domingo. Her future engagements include Luisa Fernanda at the Palau des les Arts Reina Sofia.
JONATHAN BEYER, (Marcello) baritone, sings the role of Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Opera Company of Philadelphia and Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and debuts with the Florida Grand Opera as Guglielmo in Cosí Fan Tutte, Ping in Turandot with the Cincinnati Opera, and Carmina Burana with the New Jersey Symphony in the 2014-2015 season. Future engagements include Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro with Pittsburgh Opera, Marcello in a La bohème with Boston Lyric Opera, Danilo in The Merry Widow with Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus with Florentine Opera. Mr. Beyer has recently sung with the Metropolitan Opera, Munich, Oman, Bari, Boston, Austin, Frankfurt Opera, Montreal, and Hong Kong Opera.
ALEXANDER VINOGRADOV*, (Colline), bass, makes his Dallas Opera debut with this performance. Recent highlights include portrayals as Escamillo in Carmen at Teatro La Fenice, Sparafucile in Rigoletto and Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte at Teatro Regio Turin, Silva in Ernani at Opera de Monte-Carlo and Mephistofeles in Faust at Atlanta Opera. In the 2014-15 season Mr. Vinogradov recorded René in Iolanta alongside Andrei Bondarenko with Dmitrij Kitajenko and the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne and then portrayed Escamillo in Carmen at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. He will also perform the roles of Aleko and Malatesta in Aleko and Francesca da Rimini at Opera de Nancy and Walter in a new production of Guillaume Tell at the Royal Opera House in London, conducted by Antonio Pappano.
STEVEN LABRIE, (Schaunard), baritone, has appeared with The Dallas Opera as Dancaïro in Carmen, Paris in Roméo et Juliette as well as Mercutio in education programs of that production. This season Mr. LaBrie reprises the role of Schaunard in La bohème with Washington National Opera and appears with Jessica Lang Dance in her show The Wanderer at BAM. Recent performances include Schaunard with New Orleans Opera, the Secret Police Agent in The Consul with Seattle Opera, and Raimbaud in Le comte Ory with Des Moines Metro Opera. Mr. LaBrie’s awards include a 2013 Encouragement Grant from the George London Music Foundation and Second Place from the Gerda Lissner Foundation. Mr. LaBrie is a native of Dallas, Texas and a graduate of The Academy of Vocal Arts.
STEFAN SZKAFAROWSKY, (Benoit), bass, was heard previously at The Dallas Opera as Mitiukh in its production of Boris Godunov. Recently Mr. Szkafarowsky returned to the Metropolitan Opera to take part in its productions of The Nose, Rigoletto, and Aida. He also made his debut with the Lviv Theatre of Opera and Ballet in Ukraine performing the role of Zaccaria in Nabucco. He performed Monterone and Sparafucile in Rigoletto with Opera Colorado, and the role of Bonze in Madama Butterfly at the Metropolitan Opera. Upcoming engagements include future productions at the Metropolitan Opera as well as the Lyric Opera of Chicago in the 2015-2016 season. Mr. Szkafarowsky has been praised for the powerful quality of his voice as well as for his impeccable technique.
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