Chairs for Dazzling 60th Season Opening Events Announced!

by Celeste Hart

DEDICATED PHILANTHROPISTS ELLEN AND DON WINSPEAR

APPOINTED AS CHAIRS  FOR FIRST SIGHT/FIRST NIGHT

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            DALLAS, TX, JUNE 3, 2016 – The Dallas Opera is proud to announce that Ellen and Don Winspear have accepted the appointments as Chairs of FIRST SIGHT/FIRST NIGHT to head up the dazzling 60th Season kick-off celebrations. Honorary Chairs are Joyce and Harvey Mitchell.

            The Dallas Opera’s 2016-2017 Season begins with the captivating FIRST SIGHT Fashion Show and Luncheon, NorthPark Center presenting sponsor, on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. In an outstanding pairing of two world-class companies, The Dallas Opera will present fashions by Italian luxury brand Versace.

            Red carpet glamour welcomes patrons to FIRST NIGHT, Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management presenting sponsor. Sammons Park in front of the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House is the setting for the splendid Pre-Performance Dinner, Friday, October 28, 2016 beginning at 5:30 p.m with a reception. The event will also showcase spectacular opera costumes from previous productions.

            The black-tie fete continues with a scrumptious dinner by Wolfgang Puck Catering which begins at 6:00 p.m. in the Sammons Park tent. It precedes the Linda and Mitch Hart Season Opening Night Performance of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin at 8:00 p.m. (note the curtain time). Immediately following the performance, opera-goers will flow into the FIRST NIGHT After Party where The Hunter Sullivan Band will provide the party tunes for patrons, and Puck will provide a variety of themed palate pleasers. The Winspear Opera House is located at 2403 Flora Street, Dallas, TX, 75201. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit: http://dallasopera.org/first-night/.

           “We are honored to chair the opening events for The Dallas Opera’s 60th Season! Our hope is that we have created a weekend of festivities that people will cherish and remember,” said Mrs. Winspear.

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Don and Ellen Winspear at the 2015 FIRST SIGHT FASHION SHOW AND LUNCHEON. (Photo credit: Kristina Bowman)

            “The 60th Season of The Dallas Opera is a remarkable milestone. Most exciting is that the company is setting industry standards for its innovation, production quality and community engagement. The season opening will celebrate all that we have accomplished so far with anticipation of the many magnificent productions to come,” added Mr. Winspear.

            “We are so grateful for the continued leadership and enthusiasm of Ellen and Don Winspear and are thrilled that they are heading up the exciting events for our 60th Season kick-off!” said Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny. “We know our patrons will love the festivities they have planned and we invite opera newcomers and aficionados alike to join us as we celebrate decades of success of The Dallas Opera. Our organization depends on the ongoing support of wonderful philanthropists such as Ellen and Don, and we salute their dedication and generosity.”

             Ellen Winspear is a native of Dallas who graduated from the Hockaday School.  Following her undergraduate degree at Texas Christian University, she completed her graduate education at Southern Methodist University as a Certified Academic Language Therapist. She has many interests ranging from the arts and animals to education. She either has served or currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Dallas Opera, the Dallas Zoo, and the Annette Simmons School of Education at SMU. She has been married to Don for nearly 35 years and they have two sons. The younger son is a newlywed who graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy and is a maritime engineer in Lafayette, Louisiana. Their older son serves in the United States Army at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, where he lives with his wife. 

            Donald Winspear is president of Crescent Research, Inc., a full service market research company headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Crescent conducts strategic marketing research for a variety of different companies across multiple industry sectors, including many Fortune 100 companies. He is currently on the Board of The Dallas Opera having previously served as Chairman of the Board of Directors.  He also serves on TDO’s Executive Committee and Finance Committee. Mr. Winspear has also served as a committee member on the Board of Directors of The Dallas Opera Foundation. He has served on the Board of Directors for the AT&T Performing Arts Center and currently serves on both the Executive Committee and Programming Committee. Mr. Winspear has lectured at both the undergraduate and graduate levels at area universities on the topics of marketing research and entrepreneurialism.

           In addition to his role at Crescent Research, he is active with the Boy Scouts of America and a former Scoutmaster of Troop 577. Mr. Winspear has also held a number of leadership roles with his church, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Dallas, including the Board of Directors of the church foundation.  

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QUICK FACTS

2016-2017 FIRST SIGHT/FIRST NIGHT

PRESENTED BY THE DALLAS OPERA

 

FIRST SIGHT Fashion Show and Luncheon

NorthPark Center Presenting Sponsor

Thursday, October 27, 2016

11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Kick-Off Event for 60 Year Celebration

Chairs: Ellen and Don Winspear

Honorary Chairs: Joyce and Harvey Mitchell

Luncheon Chairs: Tiffany Divis, Kara Goss, Rhonda Marcus

Featuring: Fashions by Italian Luxury Brand Versace; Distinctive Opera Costumes

Catering: Wolfgang Puck

Location: Winspear Opera House

Tickets: Start at $300

www.dallasopera.org/firstsight

 

FIRST NIGHT

Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management Presenting Sponsor

Pre-Performance Dinner and After Party

Friday, October 28, 2016

5:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

Celebrating the 60th Year of The Dallas Opera

Chairs: Ellen and Don Winspear

Honorary Chairs: Joyce and Harvey Mitchell

First Night Dinner Chairs: Matrice Ellis-Kirk and Ambassador Ron Kirk

Featuring: Red carpet glamour; gourmet black tie dinner prior to the Linda and Mitch Hart Season Opening Night Performance

Location: Sammons Park in Front of the Winspear Opera House – Tent

Catering: Wolfgang Puck

Tickets start at $1000 (After Party ticket included)

www.dallasopera.org/firstnight

 

AFTER PARTY

Friday, October 28, 2016

11:00 pm to 1:30 am

Chairs: Ellen and Don Winspear

Honorary Chairs: Joyce and Harvey Mitchell

Location: Sammons Park in Front of the Winspear Opera House -- Tent

Featuring: The Hunter Sullivan Band

Catering: Wolfgang Puck Sweet & Savory, Open Bar

Tickets: Included with First Night Ticket Purchase

 

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The Dallas Opera Family Performances are generously supported by

Texas Instruments, the Betty and Steve Suellentrop

Educational Outreach Fund, and Lockheed Martin.

TDO Family Performances are a part of the

Perot Foundation Education and Community Outreach Programs

 

2016-2017 DALLAS OPERA SEASON

EUGENE ONEGIN

By Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky

October 28, 30(m), November 2, 5, 2016

 

MOBY-DICK

By Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer

November 4, 6(m), 9, 12, 18, 20(m), 2016

 

MADAME BUTTERFLY

By Giacomo Puccini

March 10, 12(m), 15, 18, 24, 26(m), 2017

 

THE TURN OF THE SCREW

By Benjamin Britten

March 17, 19(m), 22, 25, 2017

 

NORMA

By Vincenzo Bellini

April 21, 23(m), 26, 29, May 7(m), 2017

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            Season subscriptions are on sale and prices start at $95 for all five opera productions. The benefits of becoming a Dallas Opera subscriber include substantial savings off single ticket prices, priority seating, lost ticket replacement, ticket exchanges and invitations to special events. For more information, please contact the friendly staff in The Dallas Opera Ticket Services Office at 214-443-1000 or visit us online at www.dallasopera.org.

            The Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House is located in the heart of the Arts District at 2403 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201.

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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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KEITH CERNY Featured on KERA’s “CEO”

by Celeste Hart

Tune in to KERA-TV and KERA radio for a fascinating interview with our General Director and CEO Keith Cerny by host and veteran journalist Lee Cullum. “CEO” features the best corporate and non-profit leaders in North Texas and beyond. 

According to KERA’s website, the show explores what it takes to make a company successful in today’s global marketplace, covering topics like leadership style and ethics.

Please click here for the online video! ceo cerny 11X17

Mr. Cerny’s “CEO”
interview will air on KERA-TV:

Friday, June 3, 7:30 p.m.
Monday, June 13, 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 26, 11:30 a.m.

It will also air on KERA Radio 90.1 FM:

Sunday, June 5, 5:00 p.m.

Thanks to Lee Cullum and KERA for this fabulous segment!

AUXILIARY MALE CHORUS – AUDITION ANNOUNCEMENT!

by Celeste Hart

THE DALLAS OPERA IS SEEKING  TALENTED MEN FOR  

AUXILIARY MALE CHORUS FOR MOBY-DICK!  

AUDITION DATE/TIME:

Sunday, June 5, 2016, 2:00-5:00 p.m.

            DALLAS, TX, May 12, 2016 – The Dallas Opera is pleased to invite talented local male singers to audition for the company’s Auxiliary Male Chorus for the production of Moby-Dick by Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer.  This is an excellent opportunity to perform onstage in a paid, professional ensemble, with world-class singers in the magnificent Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center!

            The Dallas Opera is seeking men in all voice categories. Back by popular demand, Moby-Dick has been met with thunderous applause around the world after its successful Dallas Opera premiere in 2010. Based on the Herman Melville epic tale of Captain Ahab’s obsession with the great white whale, Moby-Dick features an incredible cast, stage direction by Leonard Foglia and will be conducted by internationally acclaimed Emmanuel Villaume, TDO’s Music Director.

            There are six performances of Moby-Dick scheduled for November 4, 6 (matinee), 9, 12, 18, 20 (matinee). Music rehearsals will begin in early August and staging rehearsals in early October. There are occasional weekend-day rehearsals and matinee performances; however, rehearsals are generally conducted in the evening.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:

  • One operatic aria or art song in a language other than English. Italian, German, French or Russian are highly encouraged. Choristers may also offer an additional piece in English if they feel it shows their voice to better advantage.
  • Choristers may be required to perform a rhythmic exercise, as well as sight-read, at the audition.
  • Two copies of resume and headshot

SCHEDULING AN AUDITION:

To schedule an audition, send a resume and headshot to Ahne Schield at ahne.schield@dallasopera.org.  Audition times will be determined on a first-come, first-served basis. Please reference “Moby Auxiliary Auditions” in the subject field. A pianist will be provided for these auditions.          

LOCATION:

Auditions will be held at the Karayanis Rehearsal Production Center in The Orchestra Room. Please arrive at least 15-20 minutes prior to your scheduled time. Warm-up rooms will be available to use on a first come, first served basis.

Karayanis Rehearsal Production Center

4301 South Fitzhugh Avenue

Dallas, TX 75210

TDO is a signatory to a collective bargaining agreement with the American Guild of Musical Artists.

            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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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE DALLAS OPERA IS ACCESSIBLE ONLINE,

24/7 – VISIT WWW.DALLASOPERA.ORG

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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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Audition Announcement – Role of “Miles” (Boy) in The Turn of the Screw!

by Celeste Hart

SEEKING BOY – SOPRANO/TREBLE FOR ROLE OF “MILES”

Performer to Appear in the Haunting Benjamin Britten Opera
The Turn of the Screw 
at the Winspear Opera House

Auditions in NYC: Friday, June 10, 2016, 6:00-9:00 p.m. and

Saturday, June 11, 2016, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Auditions to take place at The National Opera America Center, New York, NY

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DALLAS, May 11, 2016 -- The Dallas Opera is holding auditions for the role of “Miles” in the acclaimed Glyndebourne production of Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw opening on March 17, 2017. It is a rare opportunity to perform on stage with world-class artists Emma Bell, William Burden and Dolora Zajick, as well as Principal Guest Conductor Nicole Paiement.

The Turn of the Screw is a dark and gripping tale based on the novella by Henry James. “Miles” is approximately 10-years old and characterized as small, smart and savvy for his age, well-mannered yet possessing a wicked streak.           

Rehearsals begin in Dallas, Texas on February 20, 2017 culminating in four performances on March 17, 19 (matinee), 22, and 25, 2017 in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center.

Though no union affiliation is required, the performer will be offered an American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) Contract and compensated accordingly.

The audition will take place at The National Opera America Center (The Rehearsal Hall) located at 330 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10001. Local auditions will be coordinated on a per-case basis. (Local boy sopranos are encouraged to submit their materials and specifically request an audition time in Dallas).

       AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Perform an excerpt from The Turn of the Screw, which will be provided upon audition confirmation
  • An additional prepared song that demonstrates range and ability may be offered.
  • Copy of headshot and resume (including height, weight, and age).

To schedule an audition, send a resume and headshot to Ahne Schield at ahne.schield@dallasopera.org.  Audition times will be determined on a first-come, first-served basis. Please reference “Miles Auditions” in the subject field.

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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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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Winners Announced at the 28th Annual Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition

by Suzanne Calvin

AND THE WINNERS ARE… 

Talented Young Singers Awarded

$18,500 in Cash Prizes

At the 28th Annual

“Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition”

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Mezzo-Soprano Virginie Verrez

Takes Top Prize and $10,000 Cash!

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Second Place ($5,000) Goes to Tenor Kang Wang

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Third Place ($2,500) Awarded to Baritone Sol Jin

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The “People’s Choice Award” (An Additional $1,000)

Goes to Kang Wang

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Honorees John and Linda Gage Recognized for their Dedication and Support of The Dallas Opera and The Dallas Opera Guild

DALLAS, APRIL 30, 2016 – After two days of intense competition by some of the most talented young singers in the country, the winners of the 28th Annual Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition were announced late this evening from the stage of the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center:

  • The $10,00 First Prize, presented by Dallas Opera Guild 2016 Co-Presidents Jana and Mac Irwin in memory of Bessylee Penland, went to French mezzo-soprano Virginie Verrez
  • The $5,000 Second Place Prize, presented by 2015 and 2016 Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition Chair Ketty Fitzgerald, went to Australian-Chinese tenor Kang Wang
  • The Third Place Prize of $2,500 was presented by Patsy and Bob Brooks, the Chairs-Elect for the 2017 Vocal Competition, to Korean baritone Sol Jin
  • The $1,000 “People’s Choice Award,” presented by Katherine and Michael Phillips (underwriters of the popular award) to tenor Kang Wang

A total of 336 applicants from 39 states applied to compete in this year’s competition, from which 20 semi-finalists were chosen.  These singers competed yesterday, Friday, April 29 for the coveted position of finalist.  That group consisted of Polish bass Daniel Miroslaw, soprano Alexandra Loutsion and bass Adam Lau, in addition to Mr. Jin, Mr. Wang, and Ms. Verrez.

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L-R: Virginie Verrez, Alexandra Loutsion, Sol Jin, Kang Wang, Adam Lau, Daniel Miroslaw (Photo by: Karen Almond)

 

“What stood out to me from the beginning of this competition,” explained Kern Wildenthal Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny (a member of the judges panel), “was the extraordinarily high level of candidates we attracted this year, and the phenomenal singing and acting talent each of these young men and women brought to the Winspear Stage.  These are polished performers with great futures in their chosen field.”

The six finalists performed earlier this evening in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center with The Dallas Opera Orchestra under the baton of acclaimed Dallas Opera Music Director Emmanuel Villaume.

 As Co-Presidents of the Dallas Opera Guild, Jana and I count it such a privilege to participate in this nationally significant competition and are ecstatic for today’s winners,” said Dallas Opera Guild Co-President Mac Irwin. “We congratulate all of those who took part in this highly competitive event.  The talent exhibited this weekend was truly remarkable. Our hope is that the prize money, accolades and awards will greatly assist these young, dedicated singers as they continue to strive for successful careers as performers.”

 Third Place winner Sol Jin was recently selected by Opera News as one of the magazine’s “25 Rising Stars.”  He made his opera debut two years ago with Long Island Opera Company, singing the role of Germont in their production of La traviata.  He has a degree from Yonsei University and earned his Master’s from The Manhattan School of Music.  He is a 2016 winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and will join Houston Grand Opera as a Studio Artist next season.

In the Finals Round, Mr. Jin performed “Avant de quitter ces lieux” from Gounod’s Faust, followed by “Sacra la scelta” from Verdi’s Luisa Miller.

Second Place winner (and winner of the 2016 “People’s Choice Award”) Kang Wang is in his first year of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.  Previously, he was a member of the opera studio at Theater Basel in Switzerland and performed at the International Vocal Arts Institute in Virginia; the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England; and the Queensland Conservatorium at Griffith University in Australia where he earned a Master of Music Studies in Opera.

In tonight’s Finals Round, Mr. Wang charmed the audience with renditions of “Fra poco a me ricovero” from Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor and “Che gelida manina” from Puccini’s La bohème.

First Place winner Virginie Verrez, a member of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, made her Metropolitan Opera stage debut as the Madrigalist in a new production of Manon Lescaut and will return to the Met as Stéphano in a new production of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette under the baton of Maestro Emmanuel Villaume.  Last season, Ms. Verrez portrayed Clytemnestre in the Met/Juilliard production of Gluck’s Iphigenie en Aulide, as well as Cherubino in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro; she was also a 2015 prize winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.  In 2014, Virginie Verrez sang Lola in Cavalleria rusticana with Avignon Opera and Mercédès in Bizet’s Carmen for Wolf Trap Opera.

During yesterday’s Semi-Finals, accompanied by pianist Adam Nielsen, Ms. Verrez performed “Deh, per questo istante solo” from Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito and “Dieux puissants…Jupiter lance la foudre” (a selection repeated during tonight’s Finals Round with The Dallas Opera Orchestra) from Gluck’s Iphigénie en Aulide.  She also thrilled the Winspear Opera House audience this evening with her rendition of Handel’s “Stà nell’Ircana pietrosa tana” from Alcina.

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THE 2016 FINALISTS FOR THE DALLAS OPERA GUILD VOCAL COMPETITION

Sol Jin, baritone, 29, winner, Licia Albanese, Gerda Lissner, Merola, HGO Studio

Adam Lau, bass, age 31, winner of George London Competition, Merola Opera Program

Alexandra Loutsion, soprano, age 32, AZ Opera, Wolf Trap, Central City, Pittsburgh Opera

Daniel Miroslaw, bass, age 29, Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts at The Juilliard School

Virginie Verrez, mezzo-soprano, 26, winner, Met Opera Nat. Council Auditions

Kang Wang, tenor, age 27, Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Program

The event also featured special guest, Show Boat’s Alyson Cambridge (Julie La Verne) as Mistress of Ceremonies. Later, she dazzled patrons at the Post-Competition Celebration by performing selections from her recording Until Now, a new release of jazz and crossover hits.

Judges for the 2016 Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition:

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

Keith Cerny
Kern Wildenthal General Director and CEO of The Dallas Opera

Emmanuel Villaume
Mrs. Eugene McDermott Music Director, The Dallas Opera

Ian Derrer
Artistic Administrator, The Dallas Opera

Alain Lanceron
President, Warner Classics

Aidan Lang
General Director, Seattle Opera 

David Lomeli
Assistant Artistic Administrator and Special Projects, The Dallas Opera

Lenore Rosenberg
Associate Artistic Administrator, The Metropolitan Opera

Diane Zola
Director of Artistic Administration, Houston Grand Opera

The “People’s Choice” award was determined by the audience, a category now in its seventeenth consecutive year that allows for participation by attendees who vote for their favorite singer.

CONTRIBUTORS TO THE 2016 COMPETITION INCLUDE:

KATHERINE AND MICHAEL PHILLIPS

ENIKA AND RICHARD SCHULZE

KEITH AND JENNIFER CERNY

PATTI AND JOHN CODY

KETTY FITZGERALD

AND MRS. R.V. REGE

ROBERT AND MARTHA ALLDAY

BILL AND ELAINE BLAYLOCK

PATRICIA C. AND ROBERT J. BROOKS

SUSAN G. FLEMING, Ph.D.

SUSAN AND MARK GEYER

ROBERT S. HENDLER AND MS. KATHLEEN MULDOON

JOLIE AND BART HUMPHREY

JANA AND MAC IRWIN

ELIZABETH AND JEFF ISROFF

KYLE F. KERR

MARIGNY LANIER AND ROBERT MARIS

 

UNDERWRITERS OF THE 2016 COMPETITION INCLUDE:

AT&T PERFORMING ARTS CENTER & STAFF

SHARON BIRD STUPP

MCALISTER’S DELI

TOM MCGURREN PHOTOGRAPHY

KATHERINE & MICHAEL PHILLIPS

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For additional information about the 28th Annual Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition or any upcoming Dallas Opera Guild programs and special events, please contact The Dallas Opera Guild at 214-443-1040.

 

For interviews or high-resolution, digital photographs suitable for print

Please contact Suzanne Calvin, Director of Media and Public Relations

214.443.1014 or suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org

Or Celeste Hart, Communications Manager

214-443-1071 or celeste.hart@dallasopera.org

 

Ticket Information for the 2015-2016 Dallas Opera Season

All performances are in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center unless otherwise described.  Single Tickets range from $19 to $275.  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.

SMU’s Barbara Hill-Moore leads a public conversation about “Race, the Arts and Performance” this Saturday

by Suzanne Calvin

Ensemble-SmallerSMU Meadows School of the Arts, in partnership with ignite/artsdallas, is presenting an important conversation tomorrow (Saturday, April 30th) regarding “Race, the Arts and Performance,” moderated by Professor Barbara Hill-Moore. Guests will include several of the stars of The Dallas Opera’s current production of SHOW BOAT, Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny, and a representative of Dallas Black Dance Theatre. This very special event is free and begins at 12:30 p.m. in Choral Hall, Room 1180 at the Meadows School on the SMU campus.

For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/347499395373741/

Finalists for Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition Announced!

by Celeste Hart

The Finalists for The Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition are: Baritone Sol Jin, Bass Adam Lau, Mezzo-Soprano Virginie Verrez, Bass Daniel Miroslaw, Soprano Alexandra Loutsion and Tenor Kang Wang! They will be competing Saturday, April 30, 2016 beginning at 7:30pm at the Winspear Opera House! Congratulations to all the Finalists and to all who competed! You’re all extremely talented!

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L-R: Sol Jin, Adam Lau, Virginie Verrez, Daniel Miroslaw, Alexandra Loutsion, Kang Wang

Cast Change for Eugene Onegin

by Celeste Hart

SOPRANO AILYN PÉREZ WITHDRAWS FROM ROLE DEBUT

AS TATYANA IN EUGENE ONEGIN

DALLAS, TX, APRIL 29, 2016 – Acclaimed American soprano Ailyn Pérez, winner of the Richard Tucker Award and the 2016 Beverly Sills Artist Award, is withdrawing from her scheduled starring role in The Dallas Opera’s 2016 Season Opener, Eugene Onegin.

Citing concerns that her voice may not yet be right for the demands of “Tatyana” in Tchaikovsky’s late-nineteenth-century masterpiece, Ms. Pérez has requested and received permission to delay this role debut.

Ms. Pérez thrilled Dallas Opera audiences earlier this season in the title role of Manon and in her scene-stealing role of “Tatyana Bakst” in the world premiere of Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally’s Great Scott.  Willard Spiegelman of Opera News noted, “…with dazzling vocal coloratura and a commanding dramatic presence she lit up the stage.”

“We knew how lucky we were to be able to enjoy Ailyn’s incredible artistry twice in the same season,” says The Dallas Opera’s Kern Wildenthal General Director and CEO, Keith Cerny.  “Her voice, her beauty, her captivating stage presence and acting abilities have catapulted her into the top echelon of stars working onstage today.  We look forward to casting her again soon at The Dallas Opera, and we hope our audiences will applaud Ailyn’s courage, in making this carefully considered decision.”

The role of Tatyana in The Dallas Opera’s Eugene Onegin will be recast immediately.  The upcoming production, from Tel Aviv Opera, stars the electrifying Ukrainian baritone Andrei Bondarenko and marks the American debut of Estonian mezzo-soprano Kai Rüütel as “Olga.”  

 

THE 2016 DALLAS OPERA GUILD VOCAL COMPETITION—THIS WEEKEND!

by Celeste Hart

Finals Round Scheduled for Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

Opening Remarks at 7:20 p.m.

Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House

The AT&T Performing Arts Center, Dallas, Texas

General Admission Seating $5 / Lexus Red Parking $5

DALLAS, TX, APRIL 26, 2016 -- The Dallas Opera wishes to remind music lovers that the expanded and revised 2016 Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition will take place on Friday, April 29, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. (Semi-Final Round) and Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. (Finals Round).

Competitors in the critically acclaimed 2015 Competition took home prize monies totaling $18,500.  As the competition sought to gain even greater prominence and significance, The Dallas Opera and The Dallas Opera Guild made two significant changes last year, prompting Dallas Morning News Classical Music Critic Scott Cantrell to write that the competition had “considerably upped its ante”:

  • In order to attract the most talented applicant pool with the greatest potential, the eligibility criteria for applicants changed. Today, it is open to residents of all 50 states and U.S. Territories (including residents with a valid Green Card or H-1, H-2, H-3, I-20, K-1, O-1, P-2 and P-3 visas). 
  • The Finals Round, taking place on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in the Winspear Opera House, will be accompanied by The Dallas Opera Orchestra, conducted by TDO’s acclaimed Music Director, Emmanuel Villaume. Up to six finalists will participate.

The impact of these changes was immediately perceived.  Senior Classical Music Critic Gregory Sullivan Isaacs of theaterjones.com wrote: “The results surely exceeded expectations for this newly re-envisioned competition…It won’t take long to situate itself at the top of such events and become an important gold star on any young artist’s résumé.” 

Judges for the expanded 28th Annual Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition have been drawn from distinguished performers and opera administrators and will also include General Director & CEO Keith Cerny, Music Director Emmanuel Villaume and TDO Artistic Administrator Ian Derrer.

Commented General Director & CEO Keith Cerny: “The Guild Competition took a bold step forward last year and the result was electrifying!  Emmanuel Villaume and The Dallas Opera Orchestra brought a tangible level of excitement to these performances and clearly inspired the finalists to do their absolute best. 

“I’m quite certain that this year’s competition will bring a whole new set of challenges and give us new opportunities to build on our previous success.  Working closely with Dr. Brian Zeger, our esteemed adjudicators, and the Guild, we are well on our way to creating an event that attracts the very finest young singers of this generation.”

Judges for the 2016 Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition:

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

Keith Cerny, General Director and CEO, The Dallas Opera

Emmanuel Villaume, Music Director, The Dallas Opera

Ian Derrer, Artistic Administrator, The Dallas Opera

Aidan Lang, General Director, Seattle Opera

Leonore Rosenberg, Associate Artistic Administrator, The Metropolitan Opera

Joshua Winograde, Senior Director of Artistic Planning, Los Angeles Opera

Diane Zola, Director of Artistic Administration, Houston Grand Opera

Dallas Opera Guild Co-President Jana Irwin explained that “the life of The Dallas Opera Guild revolves around this annual competition, because all of us feel so strongly about the need to support the future of opera.  Greater prominence within the music industry can only translate into greater benefits for those lucky enough to be selected to participate, making this a win-win situation for all concerned.”

Admission for the Semi-Final Round is free, general admission tickets for the Finals Round are $5 – Lexus Red Parking for either round of the competition is just $5, as well.

Purchase now at dallasopera.org.

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The Dallas Opera Family Performances are generously supported by

Texas Instruments and the Betty and Steve Suellentrop Educational Outreach Fund.

 

TDO Family Performances are a part of the

Perot Foundation Education and Community Outreach Programs

The Dallas Opera Orchestra Performing Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 13

by Celeste Hart

Presented by AT&T Performing Arts Center 

Sunday, April 24, 2016 – 2:00 p.m.

Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House

Dallas –The nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center announced tickets are on sale for The Dallas Opera Orchestra performing Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 13  Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 13 which will be performed by The Dallas Opera Orchestra at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, April 24, 2016 at the Winspear Opera House in the Dallas Arts District.  The Dallas Opera Orchestra performing Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 13 is part of The Classical Criterion 2015/2016 season.

The afternoon will feature a rare opportunity to experience The Dallas Opera Orchestra on stage as they perform Symphony No. 13 in B flat minor, Op. 113 “Babi Yar” by Dmitri Shostakovich.

A ravine outside the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, a chasm that no amount of tears can ever heal, became one of the most notorious “killing fields” on the eastern front of World War II: Babi Yar.  It was here that a series of brutal massacres was carried out, that took the lives of an estimated 70 to 150 thousand people—most of them Jews. 

Two decades after this infamous slaughter, renowned Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich turned his attention to the “loathsome” problem of anti-Semitism, inspired by Yevgeny Yevtushenko’s searing 1961 poem, “Babi Yar.”  The controversial project, which skewered many aspects of Soviet life in addition to the horrors committed during the Nazi occupation, overcame every obstacle to premiere in Moscow in December 1962.  Described as “a symphonic cantata” and “orchestral song cycle,” this highly original work is a symphony in both structure and in scope, and today is regarded as one of the composer’s most deeply personal works of art. 

The afternoon will begin with a performance of Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3, composed for the 1806 Viennese revival of his only opera, Fidelio, another work forged in the fires of suffering and oppression, yet, ultimately triumphant.

Center Members get access to the best available seats. Call Membership Services at 214-978-2888 or go to www.attpac.org/support to join.

Ticket prices for Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 13 range from $125 to $20 and can be purchased online at www.attpac.org, by phone at 214-880-0202 or in person at the AT&T Performing Arts Center Information Center at 2353 Flora Street (Tuesday thru Saturday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sunday starting at 10 a.m.).

Note: Photos and logos for media use are available at: www.attpac.org/media

Please use the provided photo credits when publishing photos. 

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ATTPAC Media Contact:      
Cindy Evans 214-978-2882
cindy.evans@attpac.org