Supers or Extras Needed for Upcoming Production of Moby-Dick

by Celeste Hart

ATHLETIC, AGILE, ADVENTUROUS,

AND UNAFRAID OF HEIGHTS?

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OPEN CALL FOR SUPERNUMERARIES

FOR TDO’S FALL PRODUCTION OF

HEGGIE AND SCHEER’S MOBY-DICK

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 3, 7:30 p.m. at

The Dallas Opera Rehearsal Center

(Karayanis Rehearsal Production Center)

4301 S. Fitzhugh, Dallas, 75210

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Share the Winspear stage with opera’s best and brightest!

Respond by noon, October 1st by emailing mobydicksupers@dallasopera.org

DALLAS, SEPTEMBER 8, 2016 – Tired of being a “land-lubber”?  Looking for a little adventure on the high seas?  The Dallas Opera is seeking men of all ages and ethnicities to act as the crew of a nineteenth-century whaling vessel in the company’s eagerly anticipated production of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s critically acclaimed masterpiece, Moby-Dick.

The production opens on Friday, November 4, 2016 for six performances in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center ending on November 20th.  Supernumeraries (opera’s fancy term for “extras”) must be able to participate in all six, as well as a modified rehearsal schedule.  No singing is required.

Specifically, the company is seeking men of any ethnic background who consider themselves:

  • Athletic, quick and agile
  • Team-spirited
  • Unafraid of heights (able to remain 30-40 feet up for prolonged periods)
  • Able to engage in a mock stage fight, with choreographed action

Additional points are awarded to experienced circus performers or acrobats, but such experience is not necessary to qualify. 

The company is actively seeking a racially diverse group of individuals to work alongside top opera stars from around the world.

For the sake of authenticity, all supers will be paid on a scale comparable to that of a nineteenth-century seaman.  On the bright side, they will also receive free tickets for proud family members and none will be expected to swab a deck – either fore or aft.

Those wishing to participate can attend an open call on Monday, October 3, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at The Dallas Opera Rehearsal Center located adjacent to Fair Park at 4301 S. Fitzhugh, Dallas, TX  75210 (parking lot entrance off Gaisford St.).

Due to the special nature of this casting call, even those who have previously signed-up to be Dallas Opera supernumeraries will need to email name and contact information to mobydicksupers@dallasopera.org by noon on Saturday, October 1, 2016.

Join The Dallas Opera for the adventure of a lifetime!  The return of Moby-Dick!

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EVENTS, GUESTS AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE DALLAS OPERA

IS AVAILABLE ONLINE, 24/7.  VISIT WWW.DALLASOPERA.ORG

 

FOR HIGH-RESOLUTION PHOTOGRAPHS

Contact Suzanne Calvin, Director of Media and PR at suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org

Or Celeste Hart, Communications Manager at celeste.hart@dallasopera.org

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The Dallas Opera Family Performances are generously supported by

Texas Instruments, Lockheed Martin, and the Betty and Steve Suellentrop

Educational Outreach Fund.

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TDO Family Performances are a part of the

Perot Foundation Education and Community Outreach Programs

Ticket Information for the 2016-2017 Dallas Opera Season

All performances are in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center unless otherwise indicated.  Single Tickets range from $19 to $275.  Full Subscriptions start at $95, Flex Subscriptions (three-performances of your choice) begin at $75.  Family performance tickets are just $5.  For more information or to make your purchase, contact The Dallas Opera Ticket Services Office at 214.443.1000 or visit us online, 24/7, at www.dallasopera.org.

 

THE DALLAS OPERA 2016-2017 FALL SEASON INFORMATION

The Dallas Opera celebrates its 60th International Season in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in the Dallas Arts District. Evening performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees begin at 2:00 p.m. unless otherwise stated.  English language translations will be projected above the stage at every performance and assistance is available for the hearing impaired.  The Joy and Ronald Mankoff Pre-Opera Talk will begin one hour prior to curtain at most performances, excluding FIRST NIGHT of the season.

 

Keith Cerny to Receive Arts Leadership Award!

by Celeste Hart
MG_6581-Keith-Cerny-File-photo My Sweet Charity

Dallas Opera’s Keith Cerny, the Kern Wildenthal General Director and CEO (Photo Courtesy of Jeanne Prejean, My Sweet Charity)

Congratulations to our General Director and CEO Keith Cerny on his Excellence in Community Service Award from the Dallas Historical Society!  We are very pleased to share this exciting news and proud that the Historical Society has recognized his hard work, dedication, vision and solid leadership especially now that we celebrate our 60th Season! 

The luncheon to honor him and other award winners will take place, Thursday, November 17. 

Please read on for details from Jeanne Prejean and My Sweet Charity! 

http://mysweetcharity.com/2016/08/just-in-dallas-historical-societys-awards-for-excellence-recipients-announced/

 

 

 

 

Season Opening Excitement – FIRST NIGHT!

by Celeste Hart

The excitement for our 2016-17 Season continues to grow as we announce our FIRST NIGHT Opening Night events! 

Patrons will enjoy “celebrity” treatment with a red carpet entrance to the black tie Pre-Performance Dinner, a spectacular presentation of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin which will be followed by a dazzling After Party with the cast! It all happens on Friday, October 28, 2016! 

Please click here for all the details about FIRST NIGHT! 

Announcing FIRST NIGHT – Opening Night Events!

by Celeste Hart

THE DALLAS OPERA’S 2016-2017  SEASON OPENING NIGHT EVENTS

FIRST NIGHT!
Presented by Deutsche Bank Wealth Management

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FESTIVITIES BEGIN FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2016 AT 5:30 PM
THE MARGOT AND BILL WINSPEAR OPERA HOUSE
AT THE AT&T PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

Red Carpet Arrival
Gourmet Delights by Wolfgang Puck

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The Linda and Mitch Hart Season Opening Night
Performance of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin
Curtain Time, 8:00 p.m.

Glittering After Party with Cast

FIRST NIGHT CHAIRS
ELLEN AND DON WINSPEAR

 Honorary Chairs Joyce and Harvey Mitchell

DALLAS, August 2, 2016 – Celebrating its dazzling 60th Season, The Dallas Opera presents FIRST NIGHT—part of the magnificent kick-off of the 2016-2017 Season.

Devoted philanthropists Ellen and Don Winspear chair the festivities and Joyce and Harvey Mitchell are Honorary Chairs. The Presenting Sponsor is Deutsche Bank Wealth Management. 

Patrons will be immersed in the celebrity treatment with a red carpet entrance outside the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House on Friday, October 28, 2016 beginning at 5:30 p.m. A lovely tent in Sammons Park is the setting for the elegant Pre-Performance Dinner which starts at 6:00 p.m. Creative culinary genius Wolfgang Puck will cater the event which is chaired by Matrice Ellis-Kirk and Ambassador Ron Kirk.

The Linda and Mitch Hart Season Opening Night Performance of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin begins at 8:00 p.m. in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House.

The celebrations continue with the FIRST NIGHT After Party with the cast from 11:00 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. The dancing and dining with the principal performers of Eugene Onegin is sure to be a highlight of the kick-off events!

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

“Don and I are extremely honored to chair this year’s season opening events. Both of our parents were so deeply involved with the opera, we see this as a way to honor them in addition to the entire opera family who have made the past 60 years possible, said Ellen Winspear.

“Sixty years is a tremendous milestone for The Dallas Opera! The growth of this company, from Maria Callas’ 1957 inaugural concert to current day when we beam our productions around the globe by satellite, is a testimony to the innovation we have experienced and our dedication to ensuring that opera remains appealing and relevant,” added Don Winspear.

FIRST NIGHT - The WINSPEAR FAMILY - Photo by Lara Bierner L-R Erika and Frank Winspear, Don and Ellen Winspear, Ryan and Catherine Winspear (800x533)

FIRST NIGHT Elegance and Excitement! (L-R) Erika and Frank Winspear, Event Chairs Don and Ellen Winspear, Ryan and Catherine Winspear (Photo by Lara Bierner, FIRST NIGHT 2015

“We certainly have much to celebrate as we begin our 60th Season!  Not only are we proud to present a diverse group of classic and lesser-known operas this season, but we are honored to reflect on all the success of the previous decades. It is also a unique opportunity to express our thanks to our many dedicated patrons and sponsors who have supported this company throughout the years. It is through their commitment to this magnificent art form that we continue to bring the experience of international caliber opera to North Texas. Please join us!” explains Keith Cerny, the Kern Wildenthal General Director and CEO for The Dallas Opera.”

The ambiance of the black-tie Pre-Performance Dinner will be inspired by the opera Eugene Onegin, and catered by Wolfgang Puck. Tables for the dinner range from $25,000 to $7,500 with individual tickets available for $1,000. All dinner tickets include After Party tickets. Please visit www.dallasopera.org/firstnight to purchase tickets.

“Deutsche Bank has always been an engaged partner in support of the arts community in Dallas,” said Mark LaRoe, Head of Dallas Private Bank office Deutsche Bank Wealth Management. “On a personal note, FIRST NIGHT at The Dallas Opera is one of the highlights of the year for Dianne and me.”

 In Tchaikovsky’s lush opera, Eugene Onegin, innocence and passion collide. Set in 19th century Russia, a naïve young country girl becomes smitten with an aristocrat, Onegin. Tatyana (soprano Svetlana Aksenova) confesses her love in a letter to the arrogant Onegin (baritone Andrei Bondarenko) who rejects her affections. Pride and jealousy lead to a confrontation between Onegin and his friend Lensky (Stephen Costello), who is in love with Tatyana’s sister Olga (Kai Rüütel), resulting in a fatal duel. Mrs. Eugene McDermott Music Director Emmanuel Villaume will lead The Dallas Opera Orchestra in this beautiful Israeli Opera production.

Performances will continue on October 30(m), November 2 and 5, 2016 in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House. All evening performances (other than the Opening Night of the Season) will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m.  Sunday matinees begin at 2:00 p.m. A free, pre-performance lecture (“The Joy and Ronald Mankoff Pre-Opera Talks”) will be conducted one hour prior to curtain at most performances. 

The After Party offers a fun opportunity to mingle with the incredible performers of Eugene Onegin while enjoying the fabulous entertainment of the Hunter Sullivan Big Band. A very popular group in Dallas, it specializes in danceable Big Band classics. The fete also features delectable noshes, desserts, coffee and specialty cocktails by Wolfgang Puck Sweet & Savory.

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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
Catering: Wolfgang Puck
Location: Winspear Opera House
Tickets: Start at $300
www.dallasopera.org/firstsight

 

FIRST NIGHT
Deutsche Bank 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, Ambassador Ron Kirk
Featuring: Red carpet glamour; gourmet black tie dinner prior to the Linda and Mitch Hart Season Opening Night Performance of Eugene Onegin
Location: Sammons Park in Front of the Winspear Opera House – Tent
Catering: Wolfgang Puck
Tickets start at $1000
www.dallasopera.org/firstnight

 

AFTER PARTY
Friday, October 28, 2016; 11:00 pm to 1:30 am

Location: Sammons Park in Front of the Winspear Opera House -- Tent
Featuring: The Hunter Sullivan Big Band
Catering: Wolfgang Puck Sweet & Savory, Open Bar
Tickets: Included with First Night Ticket Purchase

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EVENTS, GUESTS AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT EVENTS AT THE DALLAS OPERA
IS CONVENIENTLY AVAILABLE ONLINE, 24/7
VISIT WWW.DALLASOPERA.ORG AND CHECK THE CALENDAR LISTINGS

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

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.

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The Dallas Opera is supported, in part, by funds from: 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.

 

EVENTS, GUESTS AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE DALLAS OPERA
IS AVAILABLE ONLINE, 24/7.  VISIT WWW.DALLASOPERA.ORG
FOR HIGH-RESOLUTION PHOTOGRAPHS
Contact Suzanne Calvin, Director of Media and PR at suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org
Or Celeste Hart, Communications Manager at celeste.hart@dallasopera.org

 

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A “Must Listen!” 2016-2017 Season Highlights from Keith Cerny!

by Celeste Hart

“Classic Cafe” recently featured General Director and CEO Keith Cerny who shared fascinating highlights about our 2016-2017 Season! Take a listen to WRR 101.1 Radio Host Nancy Brunson who interviews Keith and plays wonderful excerpts from the operas we are presenting.

 Please click the link for the podcast! 

https://soundcloud.com/classical-101-wrr/classic-cafe-broadcast-from-saturday-july-9-2016

Single tickets are on sale now. Buy early to secure your favorite seats!

 

 

 

 

All Eyes Will Be on FIRST SIGHT FASHION SHOW Featuring Versace!

by Celeste Hart

Our 60th Season will get off to a fabulous start Thursday, October 27, 2016 with FIRST SIGHT FASHION SHOW AND LUNCHEON, NorthPark Center, Presenting Sponsor. Fashionistas will be treated to a spectacular runway show at the Winspear Opera House featuring memorable designs from Italian luxury brand Versace . 

For complete details please click here.       

We look forward to seeing you there!               

 

60th Season Kick-Off Event – FIRST SIGHT FASHION SHOW AND LUNCHEON!

by Celeste Hart

CELEBRATING OUR DAZZLING 60TH SEASON!

THE DALLAS OPERA PRESENTS

FIRST SIGHT FASHION SHOW AND LUNCHEON

NORTHPARK CENTER  PRESENTING SPONSOR

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FEATURING ITALIAN LUXURY BRAND VERSACE

GOURMET LUNCHEON BY WOLFGANG PUCK

          DALLAS, July 7, 2016 – In what promises to be the scintillating high point of the arts and social season, The Dallas Opera celebrates the start of its 2016-2017 Season with international couture and culture. All eyes will focus on FIRST SIGHT FASHION SHOW AND LUNCHEON, the official kick-off of the company’s 60th Season.           

            A runway stage in The C. Vincent Prothro Lobby in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House will be graced by designs from one of the world’s leading international fashion brands, Versace. The symbol of Italian style worldwide, Versace has a boutique at NorthPark Center, Presenting Sponsor of FIRST SIGHT. The enchanting event is chaired by well-known philanthropists Ellen and Don Winspear with Honorary chairs Joyce and Harvey Mitchell, and Luncheon Chairs Tiffany Divis, Kara Goss and Rhonda Marcus.          

          FIRST SIGHT FASHION SHOW AND LUNCHEON will be held Thursday, October 27, 2016, 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Coordinated by the crème-de-la-crème of Dallas fashion show producers, RSC Productions will present dozens of the most memorable Versace pieces. Delightful cuisine master Wolfgang Puck will cater, offering creative culinary pleasures. Tables start at $5,000 and individual tickets are $300. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.dallasopera.org/firstsight.

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            Versace, founded in 1978 by Gianni Versace, is one of the leading international fashion design houses and symbol of Italian luxury worldwide. The brand, now spearheaded by creative director Donatella Versace, offers ready to wear, couture, accessories, jewelry and fragrances, all bearing the iconic and distinctive Medusa logo. NorthPark Center is proud to house the only Versace boutique
in North Texas.

            “We are delighted to coordinate this event once again and are honored to work for such an amazing team at The Dallas Opera,” said Rhonda Sargent Chambers, RSC Show Productions. “The Dallas Opera provides an experiential event with a seasoned blend of entertainment, arts and fashion for the FIRST SIGHT Fashion Show and Luncheon. How thrilling when an artistic community offers so many genres of incredible talent. Beyond thrilled to have NorthPark Center featuring Versace this year for FIRST SIGHT! A power design house to impact our cognitive senses…this fashion extravaganza will be like no other!”

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          The Winspear Opera house is located at 2403 Flora Street, Dallas, TX, 75201.

          For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit: www.dallasopera.org/firstsight.

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

Catering: Wolfgang Puck

Location: Winspear Opera House

Tickets: Start at $300

www.dallasopera.org/firstsight

 

FIRST NIGHT

Deutsche Bank 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, Ambassador Ron Kirk

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

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

Catering: Wolfgang Puck

Tickets start at $1000

www.dallasopera.org/firstnight

 

AFTER PARTY

Friday, October 28, 2016; 11:00 pm to 1:30 am

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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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


            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: 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.

 

EVENTS, GUESTS AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE DALLAS OPERA
IS AVAILABLE ONLINE, 24/7.  VISIT WWW.DALLASOPERA.ORG

FOR HIGH-RESOLUTION PHOTOGRAPHS
Contact Suzanne Calvin, Director of Media and PR at suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org
Or Celeste Hart, Communications Manager at celeste.hart@dallasopera.org

 

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Mark your calendars! Single tickets go on sale July 11th!

by Celeste Hart

It’s almost here! Single tickets for our dazzling “60th” Season go on sale this Monday! 

With a fabulous variety of productions offered, including our acclaimed production of Moby-Dick, there is something for everyone to love! Tickets start at only $19 for what many believe is the ultimate art form! And they are easy to purchase; simply visit www.dallasopera.org, or call our friendly ticket office at 214-443-1000. But wait until July 11, 10:00 a.m.! 

Please click here for details on all the exciting options! 

If you can’t wait, Season Subscriptions, with all their many benefits, are available for purchase now! 

Single Tickets for 2016-17 Season On Sale July 11!

by Celeste Hart

THE DALLAS OPERA IS PROUD TO OFFER
SINGLE TICKETS
FOR TDO’S 60TH SEASON ON SALE 

Monday, July 11, 2016 at 10 a.m.
214-443-1000 or www.dallasopera.org

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Single Tickets for 2016-17 Season Start at $19
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Family Performance Singles, $5 Apiece

DALLAS, JUNE 28, 2016 – The Dallas Opera is pleased to announce that single tickets for its eagerly-anticipated 2016-2017 “60th” Season and popular Family Performances Series will go on sale to the general public on Monday, July 11, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

The upcoming season features both fully-staged operas and concert performances. These include classic productions of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin from the Israeli Opera Tel Aviv-Jaffa, and Puccini’s Madame Butterfly—in a production new to Dallas—designed by Michael Yeargan for San Francisco Opera.

The 2016-17 Season also marks the return of the hugely successful 2010 Dallas Opera world premiere, Moby-Dick by Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer; as well as TDO’s first-ever productions of Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw (a Jonathan Kent production from Glyndebourne Opera) and Vincenzo Bellini’s bel canto masterpiece, Norma.
           
The Dallas Opera will also present a special, one-night-only concert event: Joby Talbot and Gene Scheer’s Everest—Friday, May 5, 2017—with stars from the original cast and video projections designed by Elaine J. McCarthy.

Single tickets start at the low price of $19 and may be purchased, 24/7, at www.dallasopera.org or by calling our friendly Ticket Office professionals at 214-443-1000 (during regular business hours).
           
Each opera features some of the greatest music of all time, captivating sets and costumes, orchestra, chorus, technological embellishments and world-class performers! All Dallas Opera productions display English translations projected above the stage enabling patrons to easily follow the action.

Mainstage performances take place in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, 2403 Flora Street, in the Dallas Arts District.

Ticket buyers may also take advantage of substantial savings off the regular ticket price and other benefits by subscribing. Full subscriptions (five productions) begin at the incredibly low price of just $95; Flex subscriptions (three productions) start at just $75. Four opera packages are also available upon request. Benefits include optimal seat selection, ticket exchange privileges, discounted parking, free ticket replacement, payment plans, invitations to exclusive events and promotions.

Highlights of the landmark 60th Season of The Dallas Opera:

EUGENE ONEGIN features the late-Romantic music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in this episodic opera. Ukranian baritone Andrei Bondarenko portrays a jaded Russian aristocrat in the title role. Russian soprano Svetlana Aksenova makes her North American debut as the smitten Tatyana, Estonian mezzo-soprano Kai Rüütel makes her American debut as Olga, and tenor Stephen Costello, a Dallas Opera favorite, portrays Lensky. Mrs. Eugene McDermott Music Director Emmanuel Villaume conducts, while Jean-Claude Auvray makes his TDO debut directing. (Oct. 28, The Linda and Mitch Hart Season Opening Night Performance, Oct. 30(m), Nov. 2, 5, 2016)

MOBY-DICK by Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer is back by popular demand after its highly successful Dallas Opera world premiere in 2010! The seafaring drama, based on the novel by Herman Melville, stars tenor Jay Hunter Morris as Captain Ahab—a man obsessed with capturing the great, white whale. Stephen Costello reprises his role as Greenhorn, and Morgan Smith returns as Starbuck. Conducted by Music Director Emmanuel Villaume and staged by Director Leonard Foglia, one of the creators of this production. (Nov. 4, 6(m), 9, 12, 18 and 20(m), 2016)

MADAME BUTTERFLY is Giacomo Puccini’s heart-wrenching tale of love, misunderstandings, and inconsolable loss, conducted by Donato Renzetti and staged by director John Copley—who made his Dallas Opera debut in 1972. A naïve Japanese girl, Cio-Cio-San (Chinese soprano Hui He) marries a callous American naval officer, Lt. B.F. Pinkerton (Italian tenor Gianluca Terranova), stationed temporarily in Nagasaki. Appearing as Butterfly’s confidante, Suzuki, is Italian mezzo-soprano Manuela Custer, with baritone Lucas Meachem singing the role of the American Consul, Sharpless. (Mar. 10, 12(m), 15, 18, 24, 26(m), 2017)

THE TURN OF THE SCREW is composer Benjamin Britten’s atmospheric work based on the novella by Henry James. A Governess is tormented by strange visions and stranger suspicions while caring for two mysterious children. British soprano Emma Bell stars as the Governess, tenor William Burden sings the dual roles of the Prologue and Peter Quint, and dramatic mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick makes her long-awaited TDO debut as Mrs. Grose. This 20th century masterpiece will be conducted by Nicole Paiement, the Martha R. and Preston A. Peak Principal Guest Conductor and directed by Francesca Gilpin in her company debut. (Mar. 17, 19(m), 22, 25, 2017)

NORMA is a bel canto gem by Vincenzo Bellini set in Roman Gaul. South African soprano Elza van den Heever returns in the title role of the betrayed priestess, Yonghoon Lee is her lover Pollione, Australian soprano Nicole Car, another Dallas Opera favorite, portrays the young rival, Adalgisa. Music Director Emmanuel Villaume conducts this passionate score staged by director Nic Muni. (Apr. 21, 23(m), 26, 29 & May 7(m), 2017)

EVEREST in Concert is a revival of the 2015 Dallas Opera world premiere—in concert form—by composer Joby Talbot and librettist Gene Scheer. This critically acclaimed new opera depicts two days in 1996 that ended in a tragic loss of life on Mount Everest. Conducted by Music Director Emmanuel Villaume and staged by Director Leonard Foglia, this one-night-only special event also features video projections by Elaine J. McCarthy. Returning original cast members include tenor Andrew Bidlack as Rob Hall, bass-baritone Kevin Burdette as Beck Weathers, and Julia Rose Arduino as Meg Weathers. (May 5, 2017)

“Our 60th Season offers something for everyone! We believe audiences will be captivated by the spectacular music, intriguing storylines and unique settings of these five operas. As always, we have cast world-class artists in principal roles—as well as engaging conductors, directors and designers of the highest caliber,” notes Keith Cerny, the Kern Wildenthal General Director and CEO. “While we believe this music is some of the greatest ever written, opera is a tremendous form of entertainment that delights the eye and mind, as well as the ear. We hope everyone in North Texas will wish to take advantage of our magnificent offerings this season!”

Tchaikovsky’s EUGENE ONEGIN kicks off the season with a bittersweet story about love, pride and regrets. Set in 19th century Russia, a naïve young country girl Tatyana, becomes smitten with an aristocrat, Onegin. Tatyana (soprano Svetlana Aksenova) confesses her love in a letter to the arrogant Onegin (baritone Andrei Bondarenko) who rejects her affections. Pride and jealousy lead to a confrontation between Onegin and his friend Lensky (Stephen Costello), who is in love with Tatyana’s sister Olga (Kai Rüütel), resulting in a fatal duel. Internationally acclaimed conductor Emmanuel Villaume will lead The Dallas Opera Orchestra in this beautiful Israeli Opera production directed by the renowned Jean-Claude Auvray in his company debut.

MOBY-DICK, a Dallas Opera world premiere, has been met with thunderous applause and both popular and critical acclaim in six years of traveling the globe. Composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer based their riveting new opera on the epic novel by Herman Melville. Moby-Dick explores the danger, tensions, and exhilaration of life aboard the Pequod, a 19th century whaling vessel, as it spins the tale of a sea captain (Jay Hunter Morris as Captain Ahab) determined to be avenged on Moby-Dick after the great white whale took his leg and his ship on a previous voyage. Dallas favorite Stephen Costello reprises his role as Greenhorn, and Morgan Smith returns as the voice of reason, Starbuck. Dallas Opera Music Director Emmanuel Villaume conducts this eagerly-anticipated revival, directed by Leonard Foglia.

MADAME BUTTERFLY is the perfect introduction to the art form. This classic, turn-of-the-century Italian opera, with unforgettable melodies by Giacomo Puccini, is loosely based on true events in Nagasaki, Japan. A trusting young Japanese girl, Cio-Cio-San (nicknamed Butterfly) portrayed by Hui He, marries a callous American naval officer, Lt. B.F. Pinkerton (Gianluca Terranova). She is deeply in love and committed for life, while the groom intended only a “marriage of convenience.” Even as Butterfly bears his son and remains blindly devoted to the officer who has abandoned her, Pinkerton commits an even more shocking betrayal. Renowned Italian conductor Donato Renzetti conducts this quintessential production staged by esteemed British director John Copley.

Based on the ghostly novella by Henry James, THE TURN OF THE SCREW is the dark and gripping story of a Governess (Emma Bell) who takes a new position caring for two mysterious children on a remote English country estate. After seeing what she believes is a ghost (William Burden in the dual roles of the Prologue and Quint) and witnessing the children’s bizarre and troubling behavior, the Governess must decide whether to stay and fight the forces of darkness. Martha R. and Preston Peak Principal Guest Conductor Nicole Paiement conducts English composer Benjamin Britten’s enthralling 20th century score which uses a haunting twelve-note “Screw” theme, mixing tonality and dissonance. In a much-awaited debut, Dolora Zajick, portrays the housekeeper, Mrs. Grose. Francesca Gilpin directs the Jonathan Kent production from Glyndebourne in this, her Dallas Opera debut.

NORMA is a grand, mid-19th century period piece that centers on a high priestess who is betrayed by her lover, who fathered their two children. Set during the Roman occupation of Gaul in 50 B. C., a passionate love triangle threatens to turn deadly after Norma discovers Pollione, (Yonghoon Lee) has fallen for a young priestess, Adalgisa (Nicole Car). Amidst the turmoil of the occupation and impending revolution, Norma is driven to despair and the brink of insanity—the consequences of which could prove fatal. Emmanuel Villaume leads The Dallas Opera Orchestra in one of Italian composer Vincenzo Bellini’s most magnificent operas, known for its ornate bel canto score. Nic Muni directs this dramatic production designed by John Conklin.

“The Dallas Opera is presenting a fantastic array of programming this season at affordable prices. Our tickets start at only $19, yet audience members will get to enjoy unforgettable music and drama, renowned singers, superb sets and costumes, exciting technological elements, The Dallas Opera Orchestra and Chorus and much more! It’s a tremendous entertainment value!” adds Dallas Opera Marketing Director Carrie Ellen Adamian.

Principal Singers making highly-anticipated Dallas Opera debuts this season include:

• Svetlana Aksenova, soprano, stars as Tatyana in Eugene Onegin. “The care with the interpretation of the text, from which you can extract contrasting and rare beauty effects, was the mark of…(Tatyana) Svetlana Aksenova.” (Estadao)
Musa Ngqungwana, bass, debuts as Zaretski in Eugene Onegin. Mr. Ngqungwana “…impressed with a rich, glowing voice and elegant legato…” (The New York Times)
Kai Rüütel, mezzo-soprano, makes her TDO debut as Olga in Eugene Onegin. According to Seen and Heard International, the statuesque Rüütel performed with “warmth, dramatic conviction and a pleasing hint of sensuality.”
Jacqueline Echols, soprano, portrays the pants role Pip in Moby-Dick. “Jacqueline Echols’ Pip soared gracefully over Heggie’s orchestra, soloists and chorus for most of the first act.” (Opera Today)
Hui He, soprano, makes her TDO debut as Butterfly/Cio-Cio-San in Madame Butterfly. “The debut of Hui He in the role of Butterfly was sensational…her big voice, her wonderful technique and her marvelous timbre…a deep and emotional interpretation. The best Butterfly that you can wish,” (Wiener Zeitung, Austria).
Gianluca Terranova, tenor, appears as Lt. B.F. Pinkerton, in Madame Butterfly. His “youthful, heroic and clear voice perfectly suggests the poetic, dreamy nature of the character…but it can also just as beautifully convey the later anguish and troubled self-awareness…” (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
Lucas Meachem, baritone, portrays Sharpless in Butterfly. “A natural on stage, he…dazzled the audience with the power and beauty of his voice,” (Broadway World).
Emma Bell, soprano, stars as the Governess in The Turn of the Screw. “Emma Bell…by vocal and dramatic means brought the character to frightening life,” (Opera)
Dolora Zajick, soprano, portrays Mrs. Grose in The Turn of the Screw. “Zajick’s voice, acting, and sheer presence carry the audience to a higher level of emotional truth than anything in the show.” (DC Theatre Scene)
Ashley Emerson, soprano, performs the role of the child Flora in The Turn of the Screw. “…Ashley Emerson was eerily child-like. Her voice was very pretty, flexible, and youthful.” (The Opera Tattler)
Yonghoon Lee, tenor, stars in Norma as Pollione, Norma’s lover and father of her children. “Yonghoon Lee gave a full-blooded, dramatically intense and vocally elegant performance…” (The New York Times)

Many internationally acclaimed artists will be returning to The Dallas Opera:

Andrei Bondarenko, baritone, stars in the title role of Eugene Onegin. “Andrei Bondarenko is perfect for the role of Onegin…with such allure as to make clear why such a ripe and ready girl as Tatyana would fall so helplessly in love.” (MusicOMH)
Stephen Costello, tenor, begins the season portraying the role of Onegin’s friend Lensky and then reprises the role of Greenhorn that he successfully created for Moby-Dick. “Tenor Stephen Costello was a bright-toned and sympathetic Greenhorn…” (San Francisco Chronicle)
Jay Hunter Morris stars as Captain Ahab, which has become a signature role for the Texas native. “…he sang with a pressurized fury that practically shook the seats…of the Opera House.” (San Jose Mercury News)
Manuela Custer, Italian mezzo-soprano, performs the role of Butterfly’s confidante, Suzuki. “This role is more than the usual comprimario…Custer sang (her aria) with huge aplomb and brought the house down with it.” Ian Graham regarding her role as Emma in Zelmira.
William Burden, grammy-award winning tenor, sings the dual roles of Prologue and Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw. His “subdued emotional intensity permeates every line of Mr. Burden’s elegant singing.” (The New York Times)
Elza van den Heever, South African soprano, stars in the title role of Norma. “…her voice takes wings and slowly soars with indelible beauty. It’s like a white dove slowly opening its wings and rising towards the sky.” (BachTrack)
Nicole Car, Australian soprano, portrays Adalgisa “the other woman” in Norma. A review of that role for Victorian Opera stated “Nicole Car was without doubt the star of the show. Her voice is at once rich, sweet, crystalline, moving, focused, and her onstage presence superb.” (Limelight Magazine)
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The Dallas Opera’s 2016-2017 Family Performance Series offers three wonderful productions that will delight the young as well as the young at heart! Each is performed by professional singers in the spectacular Winspear Opera House. The lobby opens at 12:30 p.m. with a variety of hands-on activities for the children. Single tickets are just $5 each and may be purchased at the door, by calling our friendly Ticket Office at 214-443-1000 or online at www.dallasopera.org/family. The subscription price for the three Family Performances is $12.

The Dallas Opera Family Performance Series is proudly presented by Texas Instruments, and made possible with additional generous support from the Betty and Steve Suellentrop Educational Outreach Fund and Lockheed Martin.

THE THREE LITTLE PIGS -- Based on scenes and music from operas by W.A. Mozart, this production is an operatic version of the beloved children’s fairy tale, with adaptations by John Davies. As constructive as it is instructive! Performances at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, October 23, 2016 and Sunday, February 26, 2017 at the Winspear Opera House.

VERDI AND COMPANY -- A delightful production that introduces families to the most popular hits of Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi, conducted by 2015 Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors Fellow, Anna Skryleva (at the podium for the fall performance) and by renowned Principal Guest Concert Master Peter Manning (spring performance). Audiences will recognize magnificent pieces from the Italian composer’s brilliant operas: La traviata, Rigoletto and Aida, sung by Metropolitan Opera baritone Yunpeng Wang (fall performance), Santa Fe Opera star Tim Mix (spring performance), Merola Program alumnus Elizabeth Baldwin and local favorite, tenor Don O’Neal LeBlanc. This captivating presentation also features the acclaimed Dallas Opera Orchestra and a charismatic narrator who highlights fascinating facts about Verdi! Performances at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, November 13, 2016 and Sunday, March 5, 2017 at the Winspear Opera House.

BASTIEN AND BASTIENNE -- One of Mozart’s earliest works, written at age twelve, Bastien and Bastienne is a one-act comic opera that tells the tale of a pretty young shepherdess, Bastienne, and her boyfriend, Bastien. Bastienne believes her beau has fallen in love with a wealthy girl from the big city. The heart-broken girl encounters Colas, the town “magician,” who has a few ideas of his own on how to reunite the young couple. Performances at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 19, 2016 and Saturday, April 22, 2017.

TDO Family Performances are a part of the 
Perot Foundation Education and Community Outreach Programs
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Ticket Information for the 2016-2017 Dallas Opera Season
All performances are in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center unless otherwise described. Single Tickets range from $19 to $275 and will be available July 11, 2016. Full and Flex Subscriptions are on sale now starting at $75. Family performance tickets are just $5. For more information or to make your purchase, contact The Dallas Opera Ticket Services Office at 214.443.1000 or visit us online, 24/7, at www.dallasopera.org.

THE DALLAS OPERA 2016-2017 FALL SEASON INFORMATION
The Dallas Opera celebrates its Sixtieth International Season in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in the Dallas Arts District. Evening performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees begin at 2:00 p.m. unless otherwise stated. English translations will be projected above the stage at every performance and assistance is available for the hearing impaired. The Joy and Ronald Mankoff Pre-Opera Talk will begin one hour prior to curtain, at most performances excluding FIRST NIGHT of the season.