Casting Call – SUPERS for Tosca

by Celeste Hart

Perform with the stars! The Dallas Opera is holding a casting call for the production of Tosca. Needed are approximately 15 men who will appear on the stage of the Winspear Opera House during the month of November. Supernumeraries are non-speaking, non-singing roles. 

Please join us at the casting call!

Date: Monday, October 5, 2015

Time: 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Location: Karayanis Rehearsal Production Center; 4301 S. Fitzhugh Avenue, Dallas, Texas, 75210

Rehearsal Period: October 5-November 3 (TBD)

Tosca Performance Dates: November 6, 8 (matinee), 11, 14, 20, 22 (matinee)

Please visit www.dallasopera.org/supers and complete the information form.

Also please send an email to supers@dallasopera.org separately to let us know you are attending the casting call! 

 

Audition for Dancers – Becoming Santa Claus

by Celeste Hart

THE DALLAS OPERA AUDITIONS ANNOUNCEMENT

SEEKING SIX DANCERS FOR ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY

Those with acrobatic skills are especially encouraged to audition.

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Performers to Appear in BECOMING SANTA CLAUS

A WORLD PREMIERE at the Winspear Opera House

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Audition:  Saturday, October 17, 11:00 a.m. -- 3:00 p.m.

All Auditions at the Dallas Opera Rehearsal Center 

             DALLAS, September 23, 2015 -- The Dallas Opera announces an incredible opportunity to take part in the world premiere of the highly anticipated holiday opera, BECOMING SANTA CLAUS. Six talented dancers with acrobatic skills are needed for the production which opens on Friday, December 4, 2015.

            The Dallas Opera is seeking a wide range of candidates with a good level of training in dance and theater. Performers with experience in ballet, jazz, other dance categories or acrobatics, will be considered. The audition will take place on Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at the Karayanis Rehearsal Production Center, 4301 S. Fitzhugh, Dallas, TX 75210.

            BECOMING SANTA CLAUS will be directed and choreographed by Paul Curran. Rehearsals begin on November 2, 2015 culminating in four performances on

December 4, 6, 9 and 12, 2015 in the Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center.

            The performers will be compensated for rehearsal time, as well as a per-performance fee.

             To schedule an audition, send your headshot and resume to Ahne Schield at ahne.schield@dallasopera.org.  Audition times will be determined on a first-come, first-served basis.

             BECOMING SANTA CLAUS, by American composer Mark Adamo, will be led by acclaimed conductor Emmanuel Villaume. The charming holiday production also features tenor Juan José de León, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Rivera and bass Matt Boehler.

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

            The Dallas Opera Rehearsal Center, where the auditions will take place, is just outside Fair Park (follow the signs to Gate 12) at 4301 S. Fitzhugh, Dallas, TX 75210.

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EVENTS, GUESTS AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT “JULY AT THE DALLAS OPERA”

IS CONVENIENTLY AVAILABLE ONLINE, 24/7

VISIT WWW.DALLASOPERA.ORG AND CHECK THE CALENDAR LISTINGS

 

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS, 2015-2016 SEASON SPONSOR FOR THE DALLAS OPERA’S “SEEKING THE HUMAN ELEMENT” SEASON

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.  Full and Flex Subscriptions are on sale starting at $75.  Family performance tickets are just $5.  For more information or to make your purchase, contact The Dallas Opera Ticket Services Office at 214.443.1000 or visit us online, 24/7, at www.dallasopera.org.

 

THE DALLAS OPERA 2015-2016 FALL SEASON INFORMATION

The Dallas Opera celebrates its Fifty-Ninth 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.

 

GREAT SCOTT by Jake Heggie

October 30, November 1(m), 4, 7 & 15(m), 2015

A Thrilling Dallas Opera World Premiere!

Libretto by Terrence McNally*

Time: Present Day

Place: A Major American City

Conductor: Patrick Summers

Stage Director: Jack O’Brien

Set and Costume Designer: Bob Crowley

Lighting Designer: Brian MacDevitt*

Projections Designer: Elaine J. McCarthy

Wig & make-up Designer: David Zimmerman

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Starring: Joyce DiDonato* (Arden Scott) (The Marnie and Kern Wildenthal Principal Artist) Ailyn Pérez (Tatyana Bakst), Frederica von Stade (Mrs. Edward “Winnie” Flato), Nathan Gunn (Sid Taylor), Anthony Roth Costanzo* (Roane Heckle), Kevin Burdette (Eric Gold), Rodell Rosel* (Anthony Candolino), Michael Mayes* (Wendell Swan).
A Brand-New Dallas Opera Production!

 

TOSCA by Giacomo Puccini

November 6, 8(m), 11, 14, 20 & 22(m), 2015

A passionate and timeless masterpiece in a beloved period production

An opera in three acts first performed in Rome, Italy on January 14, 1900

Text by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa after Victorien Sardou’s 1887 French-language play, La Tosca

Time: Early 19th century

Place: Locations in and around the City of Rome

Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume

Stage Director: Ellen Douglas Schlaefer*

Set and Costume Designer: Ulisse Santicchi

Lighting Designer: Marie Barrett

Wig & make-up Designer: David Zimmerman

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Children’s Chorus Master: Melinda Cotten

Starring: Emily Magee (Floria Tosca), Giancarlo Monsalve* (Mario Cavaradossi), Raymond Aceto (Baron Scarpia), Ryan Kuster (Angelotti), Dale Travis* (A Sacristan), William Ferguson (Spoletta), Wes Mason (Sciarrone).
One of The Dallas Opera’s Most Popular!

 

BECOMING SANTA CLAUS by Mark Adamo

December 4, 6(m), 9 & 12, 2015

An Eagerly Awaited Dallas Opera World Premiere!

Libretto by the composer, Mark Adamo.

Time: Now

Place: An Elven kingdom in the far, far north; also, the stable of the first Christmas

Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume

Stage Director and Choreographer: Paul Curran

Set and Costume Designer: Gary McCann*

Lighting Designer: Paul Hackenmueller*

Projections Designer: Driscoll Otto*

Wig & make-up Designer: David Zimmerman

Starring: Jennifer Rivera* (Queen Sophine), Juan José de León (Prince Claus), Matt Boehler* (Donkey), Hila Plitmann* (Yan), Lucy Schaufer* (Ib), Keith Jameson (Yab), Kevin Burdette (Ob).

Another New Dallas Opera Production!

 

* Dallas Opera Debut

** American Debut

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

 

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2016 Vocal Competition Announced!

by Celeste Hart

Still Bigger Than Texas!

THE DALLAS OPERA GUILD VOCAL COMPETITION WILL BEGIN ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FROM ACCOMPLISHED EMERGING ARTISTS ON SEPT. 15TH

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“Powerhouse Jury” Chaired by Dr. Brian Zeger

TDO Orchestra and Finalists Conducted by Music Director Emmanuel Villaume

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Finals Round Scheduled for Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.

Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House

The AT&T Performing Arts Center, Dallas, Texas 

 

DALLAS, TX, SEPTEMBER 14, 2015 -- The Dallas Opera is pleased to announce that applications for the expanded and revised Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition, scheduled to take place on Friday, April 29, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. (Semi-Final Round) and Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. (Finals Round) will be accepted beginning tomorrow – Tuesday, September 15, 2015 – through Saturday, November 21, 2015.

Applications MUST be submitted via YAP Tracker, along with a $35 entry fee: https://www.yaptracker.com/applications/dallas-opera-guild-2016.

2015 Vocal Competition Finalists-L-R-Anthony Clark Evans, J'nai Bridges, Jungwon Choi, Sarah Mesko, Elizabeth Sutphen, John BrancyThose chosen by preliminary round judges to advance to the Semifinals Round in the acoustically acclaimed Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center will be notified on February 2, 2016. 

PHOTO ID: PHOTO BY KAREN ALMOND (L-R: 2015 Finalists: Anthony Clark Evans (Winner), J’nai Bridges, Jungwon Choi, Sarah Mesko, Elizabeth Sutphen, John Brancy)

 

Competitors in the critically acclaimed 2015 Competition took home prize monies totaling $18,500.  Although this competition has as its primary focus, artists in the 18 to 34 age range, singers of any age may apply and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition, historically, has been focused on young artists with Texas roots or Lone Star academic connections, and its many distinguished alumni include luminaries from throughout the opera world: Latonia Moore, Clifton Forbis, Marjorie Owens, Weston Hurt, Steven LaBrie, Amanda Woodbury, Jesus Garcia and most recently Anthony Clark Evans.

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
  • The Finals Round, taking place on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 6:30 pm 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, singing two arias each.

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 will be 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.

The Dallas Opera is very pleased to announce the return of renowned arts administrator, educator and adjudicator Dr. Brian Zeger as Chair of the Judges Panel for the 2016 Vocal Competition.  On the faculty of The Juilliard School since 1993 and Artistic Director of Vocal Arts at Juilliard since 2004, Dr. Zeger is also the Executive Director of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program

A polished broadcast professional and frequent guest on the Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts, Dr. Zeger has also contributed critical essays for publications such as Opera News, Chamber Music Magazine and The Yale Review.  He has participated in countless summer festivals: Ravinia, Santa Fe, Caramoor, Aldeburgh and Aspen, as well as the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival where he served as artistic director from 1993-2000.  This native New Yorker has also adjudicated the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Concert Artists Guild Auditions and the Walter W. Naumberg Vocal Competition.

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.”

The “powerhouse jury” — the judges for the upcoming 2016 competition — already includes:

 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.”

Dallas Opera Guild 2016 Vocal Competition Chair Ketty Fitzgerald explains that “the ultimate goal – now and always – is to serve the artists and this art form by creating a showcase for their talents that will help to advance their careers.  We are equally dedicated to providing financial assistance (with no strings attached) allowing the singer to determine exactly how that money should be spent.  In short, we give them room to breathe.”

ABOUT THE 2016 DALLAS OPERA GUILD VOCAL COMPETITION

Potential applicants are encouraged to check TDO’s website for more information about the application process, as well as YAP Tracker.  The entry fee is $35.  Applications must be submitted exclusively through YAP Tracker — no later than 11:59 p.m. on November 21, 2015.  Semifinalists will be notified on February 2, 2016.  Additional details regarding the changes to the competition may be found at www.dallasopera.org/vocal.

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

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EVENTS, GUESTS AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE DALLAS OPERA

IS CONVENIENTLY 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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TEXAS INSTRUMENTS, 2015-2016 SEASON SPONSOR FOR THE DALLAS OPERA’S “SEEKING THE HUMAN ELEMENT” SEASON

The Dallas Opera Family Performances are generously supported by

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

TDO Family Performances are a part of the

Perot Foundation Education and Community Outreach Programs

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Ticket Information for the 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 indicated.  Single Tickets range from $19 to $275.  Full Subscriptions start at $99, 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.

THIRD CONSECUTIVE BALANCED BUDGET!

by Celeste Hart

For the First Time in Fifteen Years

TDO Records Three Balanced Budgets in a Row

Company Well-Positioned to Run the Demanding Gauntlet of Two World Premieres, Major Community Outreach Initiatives And an Innovative New Institute for Women Conductors this Fall

            DALLAS, TX, SEPTEMBER 11, 2015 – Building on two previous seasons that ended “in the black,” The Dallas Opera is very proud to announce that it has maintained a balanced operating result for a third consecutive fiscal year, as of June 30, 2015. 

            The company ended the year on firm financial footing, even as TDO continued to raise the artistic bar with such celebrated productions as Joby Talbot and Gene Scheer’s critically acclaimed 2015 world premiere, Everest, and a stunning new production of Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta.  

EVEREST Photo by Karen Almond (300x200)

            This marks the first time in fifteen years that TDO has been able to report three back-to-back balanced operating results, an outcome that positions the company for an especially inspiring 2015 Fall Season that includes two eagerly anticipated world premieres, the FIRST SIGHT/FIRST NIGHT celebrations, community engagement events, and the opera world’s first Institute for Women Conductors (Nov. 28 – Dec. 6, 2015) which drew more than a hundred applicants from around the world.

            In the season just ended, The Dallas Opera continued to put our peers on notice with a thorough re-structuring and expansion of The Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition.  “The results surely exceeded expectations for this newly re-envisioned competition,” wrote Gregory Sullivan Isaacs of Theater Jones.  “It won’t take long for the Dallas Opera’s vocal competition to situate itself at the top of the list of such events and become an important gold star on any young artist’s résumé.”

            Among other highlights was TDO’s release of its first Blu-Ray, Tod Machover’s Death and the Powers, recorded live on the Winspear Opera House stage during performances in February 2014.  “This is easily the most stunningly realized video production I’ve seen anywhere,” wrote Dallas Morning News Classical Music Critic Scott Cantrell, going on to describe the science-fiction opera as “a brilliant production” and a great accomplishment for the company.

            And, of course, there were the mainstage productions, including timeless classics like Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, conducted by Music Director Emmanuel Villaume and staged by director Kevin Moriarty of the Dallas Theater Center.  Noted Catherine Womack of D Magazine, TDO rose above the work’s inherent challenges to create performances “both musically satiating and utterly entertaining.”  The season also provided North Texas audiences with a rare opportunity to experience a Tchaikovsky opera relatively unknown in the West, Iolanta, described by David Weuste of Opera Pulse as “a brilliant ending to a wonderful season.” 

            However, the season’s high point may have been last winter’s world premiere of Joby Talbot and Gene Scheer’s Everest, garnering nearly universal critical acclaim from the likes of The Wall Street Journal, Opera News, Financial Times, American Record Guide, Opera, Opernwelt and Outside magazines.

            TDO’s emerging leadership role was confirmed most recently by Classical Music Critic David Patrick Stearns of The Philadelphia Inquirer, who stated “opera careers are now made in Dallas” in his assessment of current trends in contemporary American Opera production. 

            An elevated public profile in the second decade of the 21st century has enabled The Dallas Opera to attract more substantial media attention, generate greater community awareness, and launch important new programs and commissions – all of which have spurred single ticket sales and encouraged a steady stream of major gifts to the company from engaged individuals, foundations, corporations and trusts.

            “Highly effective leadership from our Board and Trustees, including Board Chair Steve Suellentrop, his predecessors, and the indefatigable Holly Mayer, Board Chair-Elect, have contributed dramatically to the company’s hard-earned financial stability” explains General Director and CEO Keith Cerny.

            “Significant multi-year gifts from the Titus Family (allowing us to create the much-needed Robert E. and Jean Ann Titus Art Song Recital Series) and other generous donations, including a $2.5 million gift from Betty and Steve Suellentrop and Hunt Consolidated, Inc. in support of The Dallas Opera’s education and community outreach programs have given us an opportunity to ‘think outside the opera box’ while improving our chances for continued artistic success in this rapidly changing cultural landscape,” Cerny adds.

            Over the past season, The Dallas Opera made more than 100,000 contacts across North Texas through its mainstage opera performances, free public simulcasts, and community outreach and family performances, in addition to education programs designed for children, teens and adults. 

            “Although the company has made great strides, there is still heavy lifting to be done,” cautions Board Chair Steve Suellentrop.  “It is my hope that music lovers from throughout the area will recognize the exceptional quality of what we have accomplished onstage, and want to share in the excitement of world-class opera with their generous support, their regular patronage and their enthusiastic word of mouth.”

            In addition to the recitals, family performances and Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally’s Great Scott, the mainstage production that will kick off the 2015-2016 Season, “Seeking the Human Element,” The Dallas Opera is also in the midst of preparing for one of the most eagerly anticipated social events of the fall: FIRST SIGHT/FIRST NIGHT (chaired by Ellen and Don Winspear) taking place on Thursday, October 29th and Friday, October 30th

            Our revival of the company’s tremendously popular production of Puccini’s Tosca (Nov. 6th through the 22nd ) will be followed by the inaugural Institute for Women Conductors at The Dallas Opera culminating in a public concert on Saturday, December 5th.  The world premiere of Mark Adamo’s wise and witty Becoming Santa Claus opens that same weekend with performances scheduled for Friday, December 4th, a 2:00 p.m. matinee on Sunday, December 6th, and additional performances on December 9th and 12th conducted by Emmanuel Villaume, with direction and choreography by Paul Curran.

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GREAT SCOTT Audition Announcement!

by Celeste Hart

THE DALLAS OPERA IS SEEKING FOUR MALE DANCERS
And ONE BOY SPEAKING ROLE!

Performers to Appear in GREAT SCOTT on the Winspear Opera House Stage

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Male “Athletic” Dancer Auditions:

Sunday, September 27, 2:00-5:30 p.m.

“Tommy” Auditions: Tuesday, September 29, 7:00 p.m.

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All Auditions at the Dallas Opera Rehearsal Center

          DALLAS, September 1, 2015 -- The Dallas Opera is in need of four talented male athletic dancers with acting experience and one boy for the speaking role of “Tommy Taylor,” to appear onstage in the company’s world premiere of GREAT SCOTT by Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally, opening Friday, October 30, 2015.

            Rehearsals begin on September 28, 2015 culminating in five performances on

October 30, November 1 (matinee), 4, 7 and 15, 2015 in the Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center.

            The performers will be compensated for rehearsal time, as well as a per-performance fee.

            For the four male dancers, The Dallas Opera is seeking candidates with strength, athleticism and the ability to convey a well-defined stage character.

            For the role of “Tommy Taylor,” TDO is seeking boy actors approximately 11 years old with skateboarding skills and the ability to learn a few shorts phrases in Italian.

            To schedule your audition, send your resume to Ahne Schield at ahne.schield@dallasopera.org.  Audition times will be determined on a first-come, first-served basis.

             Great Scott features a once-in-a-lifetime cast headed by America’s favorite mezzo-soprano, Joyce DiDonato, in the title role of Arden Scott. A production “dream team,” consisting of many of the greatest talents at work on the musical stage today, will create the opera.

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

            The Dallas Opera Rehearsal Center, where the auditions will take place, is just outside Fair Park (follow the signs to Gate 12) at 4301 S. Fitzhugh, Dallas, TX 75210.

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EVENTS, GUESTS AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT “JULY AT THE DALLAS OPERA”

IS CONVENIENTLY AVAILABLE ONLINE, 24/7

VISIT WWW.DALLASOPERA.ORG AND CHECK THE CALENDAR LISTINGS

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS, 2015-2016 SEASON SPONSOR FOR THE DALLAS OPERA’S “SEEKING THE HUMAN ELEMENT” SEASON

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.  Full and Flex Subscriptions are on sale starting at $75.  Family performance tickets are just $5.  For more information or to make your purchase, contact The Dallas Opera Ticket Services Office at 214.443.1000 or visit us online, 24/7, at www.dallasopera.org.

THE DALLAS OPERA 2015-2016 FALL SEASON INFORMATION

The Dallas Opera celebrates its Fifty-Ninth 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.


GREAT SCOTT by Jake Heggie

October 30, November 1(m), 4, 7 & 15(m), 2015

A Thrilling Dallas Opera World Premiere!

Libretto by Terrence McNally*

Time: Present Day

Place: A Major American City

Conductor: Patrick Summers

Stage Director: Jack O’Brien

Set and Costume Designer: Bob Crowley

Lighting Designer: Brian MacDevitt*

Projections Designer: Elaine J. McCarthy

Wig & make-up Designer: David Zimmerman

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Starring: Joyce DiDonato* (Arden Scott) (The Marnie and Kern Wildenthal Principal Artist) Ailyn Pérez (Tatyana Bakst), Frederica von Stade (Mrs. Edward “Winnie” Flato), Nathan Gunn (Sid Taylor), Anthony Roth Costanzo* (Roane Heckle), Kevin Burdette (Eric Gold), Rodell Rosel* (Anthony Candolino), Michael Mayes* (Wendell Swan).
A Brand-New Dallas Opera Production!

 

TOSCA by Giacomo Puccini

November 6, 8(m), 11, 14, 20 & 22(m), 2015

A passionate and timeless masterpiece in a beloved period production

An opera in three acts first performed in Rome, Italy on January 14, 1900

Text by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa after Victorien Sardou’s 1887 French-language play, La Tosca

Time: Early 19th century

Place: Locations in and around the City of Rome

Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume

Stage Director: Ellen Douglas Schlaefer*

Set and Costume Designer: Ulisse Santicchi

Lighting Designer: Marie Barrett

Wig & make-up Designer: David Zimmerman

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Children’s Chorus Master: Melinda Cotten

Starring: Emily Magee (Floria Tosca), Giancarlo Monsalve* (Mario Cavaradossi), Raymond Aceto (Baron Scarpia), Ryan Kuster (Angelotti), Dale Travis* (A Sacristan), William Ferguson (Spoletta), Wes Mason (Sciarrone).
One of The Dallas Opera’s Most Popular!

 

BECOMING SANTA CLAUS by Mark Adamo

December 4, 6(m), 9 & 12, 2015

An Eagerly Awaited Dallas Opera World Premiere!

Libretto by the composer, Mark Adamo.

Time: Now

Place: An Elven kingdom in the far, far north; also, the stable of the first Christmas

Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume

Stage Director and Choreographer: Paul Curran

Set and Costume Designer: Gary McCann*

Lighting Designer: Paul Hackenmueller*

Projections Designer: Driscoll Otto*

Wig & make-up Designer: David Zimmerman

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Starring: Jennifer Rivera* (Queen Sophine), Juan José de León (Prince Claus), Matt Boehler* (Donkey), Hila Plitmann* (Yan), Lucy Schaufer* (Ib), Keith Jameson (Yab), Kevin Burdette (Ob).

Another New Dallas Opera Production!

 

* Dallas Opera Debut

** American Debut

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

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$5 Family Fun This Fall at TDO

by Suzanne Calvin

One of the season’s best entertainment bargains, and perfect for the entire family!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014 Or Celeste Hart 214.443.1071
suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org celeste.hart@dallasopera.org

TDO $5 Fall Family Performances
With Generous Support from Presenting Sponsor
Texas Instruments

And the Betty and Steve Suellentrop
Educational Outreach Fund
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Part of “The Perot Foundation Education and Community Outreach Programs”
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With additional support from
Lockheed Martin
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CONDUCTED BY
PETER MANNING & PAOLO BRESSAN
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“ROSSINI AND COMPANY”
A DALLAS OPERA FAMILY CONCERT
FEATURING THE DALLAS OPERA ORCHESTRA
Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, 2:00 p.m.
Margot & Bill Winspear Opera House

“BASTIEN AND BASTIENNE” by W.A. Mozart
$5 FAMILY PERFORMANCE WITH TDO ORCHESTRA
Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, 2:00 p.m.
Margot & Bill Winspear Opera House

DALLAS, AUGUST 18, 2015 – Forget about the heat and put those computers, tablets, and smart phones aside in order to take advantage of budget-minded, kid-friendly performances offered by The Dallas Opera (TDO) this fall!
The always popular 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.
Five dollar single tickets are available now through The Dallas Opera Ticket Services Office at 214.443.1000 or 24/7 at dallasopera.org/family. Save by purchasing in advance; a three-pack subscription goes for just $12!

The FAMILY CONCERT: “ROSSINI AND COMPANY” is a parade of Gioachino Rossini’s greatest hits including a wide variety of arias and overtures by this 19th century Italian composer. Patrons may be surprised at just how many pieces they already know and love and this event is sure to be enjoyed by fans of all ages. Featuring The Dallas Opera Orchestra and led by the acclaimed British conductor and violinist, Maestro Peter Manning, Guest Conductor and Concertmaster for The Dallas Opera, this concert performances will be presented on Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House.
Prior to the concert, The C. Vincent Prothro Lobby will open at 12:30 p.m. for a host of hands-on crafts and activities for children.

“One of the most exciting developments during my five years in Dallas” explains General Director and CEO Keith Cerny, “has been our ability to expand our education and community outreach efforts to reach tens of thousands of people across North Texas. It has also enabled the Dallas Opera to invite newcomers – particularly children and families – to experience the richness, color and excitement of opera as it was meant to be experienced, in the magnificent Winspear Opera House.
“Thanks to our generous underwriters, this company is touching lives in a profound new way,” Cerny adds, “and reaching people who never knew that opera is easily accessible and highly entertaining.”

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BASTIEN AND BASTIENNE is a charming, short, fully-staged comic opera composed by a very, very young Mozart (he was only twelve!). It centers on a lad and lassie with remarkably similar names who fall in love but are separated – at least briefly – by worldly enticements. Bastienne, a shepherdess, believes her boyfriend, Bastien, has fallen for a girl he met in the big city. Colas, the local magician, listens as Bastienne pours out her broken heart. Could he possibly have something “up his sleeve” that will bring this loving couple back together? The one-act opera was meant to serve as a gentle parody of the 18th century pastoral works that were then all the rage onstage.
The renowned Paolo Bressan will conduct The Dallas Opera Orchestra in this delightful 1768 opera, which stars sopranos Alissa Roca and Anna Valcour sharing the role of Bastienne, and tenors Charles Karanja and Christopher Oglesby in separate casts as her beloved Bastien. The opera also features bass-baritones Mason Jarboe and Langelihle Mngxati as Colas, a magician of some wisdom and questionable skills.

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

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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TEXAS INSTRUMENTS, 2015-2016 SEASON SPONSOR FOR THE DALLAS OPERA’S “SEEKING THE HUMAN ELEMENT” SEASON

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 indicated. Single Tickets range from $19 to $275. Full Subscriptions start at $99, 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 2015-2016 FALL SEASON INFORMATION
The Dallas Opera celebrates its Fifty-Ninth 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.

GREAT SCOTT by Jake Heggie
October 30, November 1(m), 4, 7 & 15(m), 2015
A Thrilling Dallas Opera World Premiere!
Libretto by Terrence McNally*
Time: Present Day
Place: A Major American City
Conductor: Patrick Summers
Stage Director: Jack O’Brien
Set and Costume Designer: Bob Crowley*
Lighting Designer: Brian MacDevitt*
Projections Designer: Elaine J. McCarthy
Wig & make-up Designer: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Joyce DiDonato* (Arden Scott) (The Marnie and Kern Wildenthal Principal Artist) Ailyn Pérez (Tatyana Bakst), Frederica von Stade (Mrs. Edward “Winnie” Flato), Nathan Gunn (Sid Taylor), Anthony Roth Costanzo* (Roane Heckle), Kevin Burdette (Eric Gold), Rodell Rosel* (Anthony Candolino), Michael Mayes* (Wendell Swan).
A Brand-New Dallas Opera Production!

TOSCA by Giacomo Puccini
November 6, 8(m), 11, 14, 20 & 22(m), 2015
A passionate and timeless masterpiece in a beloved period production
An opera in three acts first performed in Rome, Italy on January 14, 1900
Text by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa after Victorien Sardou’s 1887 French-language play, La Tosca
Time: Early 19th century
Place: Locations in and around the City of Rome
Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume
Stage Director: Ellen Douglas Schlaefer*
Set and Costume Designer: Ulisse Santicchi
Lighting Designer: Marie Barrett
Wig & make-up Designer: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Children’s Chorus Master: Melinda Cotten
Starring: Emily Magee (Floria Tosca), Giancarlo Monsalve* (Mario Cavaradossi), Raymond Aceto (Baron Scarpia), Ryan Kuster (Angelotti), Dale Travis* (A Sacristan), William Ferguson (Spoletta), Wes Mason (Sciarrone).
One of The Dallas Opera’s Most Popular!

BECOMING SANTA CLAUS by Mark Adamo
December 4, 6(m), 9 & 12, 2015
An Eagerly Awaited Dallas Opera World Premiere!
Libretto by the composer, Mark Adamo.
Time: Now
Place: An Elven kingdom in the far, far north; also, the stable of the first Christmas
Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume
Stage Director and Choreographer: Paul Curran
Set and Costume Designer: Gary McCann*
Lighting Designer: Paul Hackenmueller*
Projections Designer: Driscoll Otto*
Wig & make-up Designer: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Jennifer Rivera* (Queen Sophine), Juan José de León (Prince Claus), Matt Boehler* (Donkey), Hila Plitmann* (Yan), Lucy Schaufer* (Ib), Keith Jameson (Yab), Kevin Burdette (Ob).
Another New Dallas Opera Production!

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

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AUDITION NOTICE! Looking for a Few Good Men and Mezzos!

by Celeste Hart

THE DALLAS OPERA IS  STILL LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD MEN 
And MEZZO-SOPRANOS TO SERVE AS MEMBERS OF TDO’S AUXILIARY CHORUS 
FOR 2015-16

DALLAS, TX, August 12, 2015 – The Dallas Opera is pleased to invite talented local singing artists to audition for the company’s Auxiliary Chorus for the 2015-2016 Season.  This a wonderful opportunity to perform onstage in a paid, professional ensemble before a live audience in the magnificent Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center!

Singers are needed for both a mainstage production as well as a unique concert stage opportunity:

SHOW BOAT

Open auditions for African-American singers in all voice categories—especially mezzo-sopranos and tenors—who seek positions in the company’s choral ensemble for the 2015-2016 season production of SHOW BOAT, with music by Jerome Kern and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. TDO is presenting the Francesca Zambello production of SHOW BOAT, conducted by Dallas Opera Music Director Emmanuel Villaume with Alexander Rom, chorus master.

There are six performances of SHOW BOAT scheduled for April 15, 17, 20, 23, 29 & May 1, 2016. Music and staging rehearsals for the African-American choral ensemble will immediately precede the performance period and will begin in January 2016.

SYMPHONY NO. 13 in B flat minor, “BABI YAR” by Dmitri Shostakovich

Open auditions for baritones and basses seeking chorus positions in The Dallas Opera/AT&T Performing Arts Center presentation of SYMPHONY NO. 13 by Dmitri Shostakovich (sung in Russian) to be presented in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center on Sunday, April 24, 2016. Rehearsals will begin in January 2016. This one-time Classical Criterion Series performance will feature The Dallas Opera Orchestra conducted by Music Director Emmanuel Villaume with Alexander Rom, chorus master.

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HOW TO AUDITION:

Please contact chorusauditions@dallasopera.org, or call 214-443-1087 to request an audition time on one of the following dates:

Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 2:00-5:00 PM.

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

Audition Requirements for new or Auxiliary Choristers:

Applicants must have two memorized selections to offer, including one aria or art song in English and one in another language, preferably Italian, French, German, or Russian. You may also be asked to sight-read or perform a rhythm exercise. An accompanist will be provided, but will not be available to rehearse with you prior to your audition. Applicants must provide legible hard copies of their selections in the correct key for the pianist. Applicants are required to prove that they have legal permission to work in the United States of America.

Rehearsals:

Rehearsals begin in August 2015 and continue through the end of The Dallas Opera season in the spring. There are occasional weekend-day rehearsals and matinee performances; however, rehearsals are generally conducted in the evening.

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

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FIRST NIGHT 2015-2016 – MAGNIFICENT SEASON OPENING EVENTS!

by Celeste Hart

FIRST NIGHT!

Presented by Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management

2015-2016 “SEEKING THE HUMAN ELEMENT” SEASON

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EVENTS BEGIN FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2015 AT 5:30 PM

THE MARGOT AND BILL WINSPEAR OPERA HOUSE

AT THE AT&T PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

 

“Celebrity” Red Carpet Entrance

Delectable Gourmet Dinner

The Linda and Mitch Hart Season Opening Night Performance of the World Premiere of Great Scott

Curtain Time, 8:00 p.m.

Festive After Party with Cast

 

FIRST NIGHT CHAIRS

ELLEN AND DON WINSPEAR

Honorary Chairs Mrs. Micki Rawlings and

The Honorable Michael S. Rawlings

 

            DALLAS, July 27, 2015 – It’s the biggest night of the year as The Dallas Opera presents FIRST NIGHT—the extraordinary kick-off of the 2015-2016 “SEEKING THE HUMAN ELEMENT” Season.

            The evening, which celebrates the eagerly anticipated new season, is chaired by Ellen and Don Winspear with Honorary Chairs Mrs. Micki Rawlings and The Honorable Michael S. Rawlings, with Presenting Sponsor Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management.

L-R Ellen and Don Winspear, Jennifer and Keith Cerny 2014 FIRST NIGHT (640x640)            The excitement begins with a red carpet entrance featuring “mannequin” models in original opera interpretations outside the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House on Friday, October 30, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. The Pre-Performance Dinner, a lovely tented event in nearby Sammons Park, starts at 6:00 p.m. and is chaired by Anne and Steven Stodghill and catered by gourmet guru Wolfgang Puck.

PHOTO ID: L-R- ELLEN AND DON WINSPEAR, JENNIFER AND KEITH CERNY -- FIRST NIGHT 2014                                                                                        

            The Dallas Opera’s world premiere production of Great Scott by Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally, the Linda and Mitch Hart Season Opening Night Performance, begins at 8:00 p.m. in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House.

            Following the opera, the exhilarating events continue with the FIRST NIGHT After Party with the cast, Friday, October 30, 11:00 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Party-goers will be dancing and dining through the evening to finish the night with a bang!

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

            “We are thrilled to be hosting the opening of FIRST SIGHT/FIRST NIGHT. This is such a momentous season for The Dallas Opera. Don and I are delighted to be a part of it!” raved Chair Ellen Winspear.

            “Opening night for The Dallas Opera has always been the pinnacle evening for the company. With three world premieres this year, including a new opera by famed composer Jake Heggie and librettist Terrence McNally, this season’s opening night celebrates a truly world-class season,” added Chair Don Winspear.

            “This will certainly be a memorable evening as this year’s FIRST NIGHT includes what promises to be a phenomenal world premiere. Jake Heggie’s Great Scott features superstar singers of today, a production ‘dream team,’ the incredible Dallas Opera Orchestra led by renowned conductor Patrick Summers, the acclaimed Dallas Opera Chorus and innovative sets and costumes—all coming together to create a night of magic! Add to that the events surrounding the premiere, and anticipating the entire season to come, it will be a wonderful FIRST NIGHT to remember!” explains Keith Cerny, The Dallas Opera’s CEO and General Director.

            The opening night festivities will also include the custom, opera-themed styles by Elizabeth Anyaa, Michael Faircloth, Geoffrey Henning, Khahn Nguyen and Edo Popken revealed at FIRST SIGHT Fashion Show. The designs will be modeled alongside the “red carpet entrance” to the Winspear Opera House.

            The Pre-Performance Dinner is Friday, October 30, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. The black-tie fete will be adorned by creative collaborators Jeffrey Horn and Larry Leathers, sure to delight patrons with a scintillating setting. A savory selection of gourmet delights inspired by Great Scott, will be prepared by Wolfgang Puck. Tables for the dinner range from $25,000 to $7,500 with individual tickets available. All dinner tickets include After Party tickets. Please visit www.dallasopera.org/firstnight to purchase tickets.

            “Guests attending FIRST NIGHT will experience a most exquisite ‘Friday Night Lights!’ Couture gowns on the grid-iron, cheerleaders, mums, fabulous dinner and a world premiere in a world-class opera house! The After Party is sure to be a hit as guests dance the night away and nosh on stadium food with a gastronomic twist!” exclaimed Jeffrey Horn, Event Architect for FIRST NIGHT, and CEO of Triad Event Solutions.

            The Linda and Mitch Hart Season Opening Night Performance of Great Scott, opens on the evening of Friday, October 30 at 8:00 p.m. in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House.

            Great Scott, an opera with tremendous heart, marks Mr. Heggie and Mr. McNally’s first major collaboration since Dead Man Walking (2000), which was hailed as a “masterpiece” by the San Francisco Chronicle. One of theater’s most prominent playwrights, Mr. McNally has won multiple Tony and Drama Desk Awards, and an Emmy Award. In McNally’s original story and libretto, international opera star Arden Scott returns to her hometown to try to save the struggling opera company that launched her to fame and fortune.

            In his first TDO appearance since the world premiere of Moby-Dick, the distinguished Patrick Summers will conduct the world premiere, Broadway legend and Tony Award-winner Jack O’Brien will stage the production, and Tony and Olivier Award-winner Bob Crowley will design the production. Lighting Design is by Brian MacDevitt with video projections by Elaine J. McCarthy.

            Grammy Award winning superstar mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, portrays the role of Arden Scott. She leads a brilliant all-star cast that includes soprano Ailyn Pérez, as Tatyana Bakst, and the legendary Frederica von Stade as Mrs. Edward “Winnie” Flato, the founder and chief benefactor of the American Opera Company. In the role of architect Sid Taylor, the man from Arden Scott’s past who might not be content to remain there, is opera heart-throb Nathan Gunn.

            Performances will continue on November 1(m), 4, 7 & 15(m), 2015 in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House. All evening performances besides the Opening Night of the Season will begin promptly at 7:30 PM.  Sunday matinees begin at 2:00 PM. A free, pre-performance lecture (“The Joy and Ronald Mankoff Pre-Opera Talks”) will be conducted one hour prior to curtain at most performances. 

            The festivities continue at the After Party immediately following the opera back at Sammons Park. Patrons can dance and dine the night away alongside Great Scott cast members who will join the party. DJ Lucy Wrubel will keep the crowd groovin’ and entertained spinning fun tunes while Wolfgang Puck Sweet & Savory will offer a sumptuous breakfast bar, delicious desserts, coffee and specialty cocktails.

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

 

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS, 2015-2016 SEASON SPONSOR FOR THE DALLAS OPERA’S “SEEKING THE HUMAN ELEMENT” SEASON

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 and will be available July 15.  Full and Flex Subscriptions are on sale now starting at $75.  Family performance tickets (available June 1) 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 2015-2016 FALL SEASON INFORMATION

The Dallas Opera celebrates its Fifty-Ninth 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.

GREAT SCOTT by Jake Heggie

October 30, November 1(m), 4, 7 & 15(m), 2015

A Thrilling Dallas Opera World Premiere!

Libretto by Terrence McNally*

Time: Present Day

Place: A Major American City

Conductor: Patrick Summers

Stage Director: Jack O’Brien*

Set and Costume Designer: Bob Crowley

Lighting Designer: Brian MacDevitt*

Projections Designer: Elaine J. McCarthy

Wig & make-up Designer: David Zimmerman

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Starring: Joyce DiDonato* (Arden Scott) (The Marnie and Kern Wildenthal Principal Artist) Ailyn Pérez (Tatyana Bakst), Frederica von Stade (Mrs. Edward “Winnie” Flato), Nathan Gunn (Sid Taylor), Anthony Roth Costanzo* (Roane Heckle), Kevin Burdette (Eric Gold), Rodell Rosel* (Anthony Candolino), Michael Mayes* (Wendell Swan).

A Brand-New Dallas Opera Production!

 

TOSCA by Giacomo Puccini

November 6, 8(m), 11, 14, 20 & 22(m), 2015

A passionate and timeless masterpiece in a beloved period production

An opera in three acts first performed in Rome, Italy on January 14, 1900

Text by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa after Victorien Sardou’s 1887 French-language play, La Tosca

Time: Early 19th century

Place: Locations in and around the City of Rome

Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume

Stage Director: Ellen Douglas Schlaefer*

Set and Costume Designer: Ulisse Santicchi

Lighting Designer: Marie Barrett

Wig & make-up Designer: David Zimmerman

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Children’s Chorus Master: Melinda Cotten

Starring: Emily Magee (Floria Tosca), Giancarlo Monsalve* (Mario Cavaradossi), Raymond Aceto (Baron Scarpia), Ryan Kuster (Angelotti), Dale Travis* (A Sacristan), William Ferguson (Spoletta), Wes Mason (Sciarrone).

One of The Dallas Opera’s Most Popular!

 

BECOMING SANTA CLAUS by Mark Adamo

December 4, 6(m), 9 & 12, 2015

An Eagerly Awaited Dallas Opera World Premiere!

Libretto by the composer, Mark Adamo.

Time: Now

Place: An Elven kingdom in the far, far north; also, the stable of the first Christmas

Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume

Stage Director and Choreographer: Paul Curran

Set and Costume Designer: Gary McCann*

Lighting Designer: Paul Hackenmueller*

Projections Designer: Driscoll Otto*

Wig & make-up Designer: David Zimmerman

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Starring: Jennifer Rivera* (Queen Sophine), Juan José de León (Prince Claus), Matt Boehler* (Donkey), Hila Plitmann* (YAN), Lucy Schaufer* (IB), Keith Jameson (YAB), Kevin Burdette (OB).

Another New Dallas Opera Production!

 

* Dallas Opera Debut

** American Debut

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

 

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SOLD OUT – Family Performance – Music and Magic!

by Celeste Hart

The Dallas Opera is presenting the delightful children’s opera The Billy Goats Gruff at Dallas Children’s Theater, Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person and are available by calling 214-443-1000 or by visiting www.dallasopera.org/family.

The story centers on three friends, Lucy, Dandini, and Ernesto, who are bullied as they walk home from school. Lucy’s doll is stolen by the bully, Osmin, who also prevents the students from crossing a bridge to get home. The students work together to handle the situation and ultimately teach Osmin about the importance of kindness. At one point, toward the end of the opera, the three friends hold up chalk boards with the words “Kindness is Contagious.”   

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The Billy Goats Gruff is an adaptation by John Davies of the popular folk tale based on scenes from operas by well-known composers W.A. Mozart, G. Donizetti and G. Rossini. It is performed in English and reinforces messages of anti-bullying, the importance of kindness and attending school regularly. Telling the story through the magic of opera with professionally trained, talented young performers singing and acting, delightful music, costumes, a set and piano accompaniment captivates the children and holds their attention as important messages are conveyed through exciting, live entertainment.

Dallas Children’s Theater is located at 5938 Skillman Street, Dallas, 75231.

The Dallas Opera’s Family Performances are presented by Texas Instruments with additional support by Lockheed Martin and are part of The Perot Foundation Education and Community Outreach Programs. They are generously supported by The Betty and Steve Suellentrop Educational Outreach Fund.

The Dallas Opera is committed to bringing quality family programs to North Texas.

By Celeste Hart, Communications Manager, The Dallas Opera