Dallas Opera Introduces FIRST SIGHT

by Suzanne Calvin

Will it be fashion-inspired love at FIRST SIGHT?  Get your tickets today for the brand-new event that will kick off the 2013-2014 Season festivities!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014 Or Megan Meister 214.443.1071
suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org megan.meister@dallasopera.org
THE DALLAS OPERA IS THRILLED TO INTRODUCE
AN EXCITING FASHION-FORWARD ELEMENT TO THE
GLAMOROUS 2013-2014 SEASON OPENING FESTIVITIES
FIRST SIGHT
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Season-Opening Reception, Opera-Inspired Creations,
ESCADA Fashion Show and Luncheon
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PRESENTED BY J.P. MORGAN
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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2013 AT 10:00 a.m.
The Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House
At the AT&T Performing Arts Center
“America’s finest opera house”
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CHAIR, LYNN MOCK
Event Architect, Jeffrey Horn FPLtd
Event Designer, Larry Leathers
Fashion Show Producer, Rhonda Sargent Chambers
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With Media Support from Modern Luxury

DALLAS, TX, JULY 17, 2013 – The Dallas Opera, inspired by the incredible success of FIRST NIGHT festivities that mark the opening of each new season, is delighted to introduce an extraordinary spin-off: The FIRST SIGHT Fashion Show and Luncheon featuring the work of five outstanding and internationally renowned Dallas-based designers with their breathtaking interpretations of the operas that will take centerstage next season in addition to sumptuous fashions by ESCADA, an international brand synonymous with the highest quality and luxury. This celebration of great opera and fabulous fashion will take place on Thursday, October 24, 2013 in the acclaimed Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, presented by J.P. Morgan.
The pre-show reception beginning at 10:00 a.m. will set the mood for the fun that follows as the Shannon and Ted Skokos Stage is transformed into a glamorous high-fashion runway to showcase the imagination and talent of five of fashion’s most creative designers:

ELIZABETH ANYAA
MICHAEL FAIRCLOTH
ABI FERRIN
KHANH NGUYEN
And NICOLAS VILLALBA

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

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

Following their unveiling at FIRST SIGHT, these one-of-a-kind creations inspired by the operas and theme of the 2013-2014 “By Love Transformed Season” will lend an additional air of excitement to the red carpet on Opening Night.
Several fashion-savvy style leaders are lending their expertise to the Dallas Opera’s inaugural FIRST SIGHT, including Event Architect Jeffrey Horn FPLtd. and Event Designer Larry Leathers.

“There is nothing more glamorous and elegant than our talented designer creations, with ESCADA fashion; all showcased inside the beautiful Winspear Opera House,” says Fashion Show Producer Rhonda Sargent Chambers. “I am thrilled!”

Table sales packages are now available for FIRST SIGHT & FIRST NIGHT that offer additional invitations to exclusive patron parties and events. Individual seats will be made available at a later time (subject to availability). For more information or to reserve your table now, please contact Dallas Opera Special Events Manager Tracy Mott at tracy.mott@dallasopera.org or by calling 214.443.1063.

FIRST SIGHT DESIGNERS

Elizabeth Anyaa, Fashion and Textile Designer: Born in Sierra Leone in West Africa, Elizabeth Anyaa began sewing her own clothes by the age of seven. The winner of scholarships and grants to study textile design in Finland, after earning her B.A. in Fine Arts, she became the head textile designer for a prestigious Scandinavian architectural firm before emigrating to the U.S. in 1996. Ms. Anyaa pursued graduate studies in fine art, marketing and fashion design in Maryland and Texas, winning the “Best of Show” Career Day fashion competition organized by Fashion Group International and a scholarship which enabled her to continue her studies in London. Today, she is a resident artist at South Side at Lamar in Dallas. Her fashions have appeared on singer Erykah Badu, and in publications including Women’s Wear Daily and The Dallas Morning News.

Michael Faircloth, Fashion Designer: Michael Faircloth opened his first couture salon in Dallas thirty years ago and today enjoys an international clientele that heralds his sense of cut, and discriminating eye for graceful detail. Former First Lady Laura Bush, a long-established client, thrust him into the national media spotlight when she asked Michael to design her first inaugural wardrobe. His elegant designs are geared toward women who recognize the beauty of a refined aesthetic: “mix the classic with the dramatic and come out with something really feminine.”

Abi Ferrin, Fashion Designer: An award-winning designer who strives to empower women to look and feel their best, Abi Ferrin’s brand is being launched nationally by better boutiques and retailers like Nordstrom. Elements of her collection are made by Cambodian women rescued from the sex trade and, through the philanthropic arm of her company, The Freedom Project, they are provided with counseling, training, shelter and alternatives to abusive employment. Abi includes a hand-crafted Freedom Project element on every Made-in-the-USA garment, bringing her motto, Fashion+Freedom+Purpose, full circle.

Khanh Nguyen, Fashion Designer: She is the award-winning Creative Director and Designer of her own label, Nha Khanh, consisting of designs that focus on modern glamour, inspired by art, architecture and most importantly, nature. The designs are ethereal; meticulously constructed, and host an ease about them that allows for an effortless sensibility. The company offers seasonal “advanced contemporary” ready-to-wear; a custom Atelier collection, which hosts one-of-a-kind and custom pieces; as well as a bridal line. The Nha Khanh mission is to empower a woman with inner-strength through her clothing with a focus on “elegance with a modern edge”.

Nicolas Villalba, Couturier and Fashion Designer: The international award-winning owner and principal designer of Nicolas Villalba -- COUTURE. Originally an evening wear designer, Nicolas now specializes in all things custom, including bridal, menswear, costumes, and linens. After graduating with a BFA in Fashion Design, Nicolas was chosen to represent the U.S. in the European design competition, “Etoilles de la Mode” where he became the first American to win the “Prix du Public.” He was also honored with the Fashion Group International “Rising Star Award,” the “Excellence in Design” award and the DIFFA “Legend of Style” award. He was a two-time winner in the 2011 Dallas Voice Reader’s Choice Awards for Best Designer – a first for the magazine. .Villalba does private label work for Stanley Korshak, Neiman-Marcus, TODD Events, and other high-end retailers. He can be reached at his design studio for new client consultations.

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ESCADA Today: Today ESCADA has interpreted its brand values in a new, updated way: cool glamour, sensual femininity and modern elegance are the hallmarks of the ESCADA brand line. ESCADA stands for fashion dressing women appropriately for every occasion. The brand offers a lifestyle concept filled with everything from must-have everyday items for business and leisure to red carpet occasions. The ESCADA women is naturally drawn to the limelight and loves a feminine and glamorous yet fresh, modern style. The ESCADA SPORT line today creates casualwear for sexy, dynamic women with a youthful spirit who love an easy, uncomplicated and relaxed chic. The collection focuses on knitwear, jersey, outerwear and denim and offers items that can be mixed and matched. Exclusive, enchanting color palettes highlight seasonal trends and prints in every collection. Innovative fabrics, high-quality detailing and embroideries as well as excellent fit and exclusive workmanship reinforce the high-end level of all ESCADA collections.

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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

For high-resolution, digital photographs suitable for print
To arrange an interview
Or for additional information
Please contact Suzanne Calvin, Manager/Director Media & PR
214.443.1014 or suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org

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

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

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

Ticket Information for the 2013-2014 Dallas Opera Season

All performances are in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center. Subscriptions are now on sale to the general public, starting at just $76. Single Tickets starting at $19 and Flex Subscriptions are also on sale. Family performances are $5 (Family Performance Subs are $12 for three family performances) and are on sale now. For more information or to make your purchase, contact The Dallas Opera Ticket Services Office at 214.443.1000 or visit us online, 24/7, at www.dallasopera.org.

THE DALLAS OPERA 2013-2014 SEASON INFORMATION
The Dallas Opera celebrates its Fifty-Seventh International Season in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in the Dallas Arts District. Evening performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees will begin at 2:00 p.m. unless otherwise stated. English translations will be projected above the stage at every performance and assistance is available for the hearing impaired.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jennifer Higdon (and Cat), Working Like a Dog

by Suzanne Calvin

Higdon-Beau

Yes, she’s unbelievably genuine, gifted, and grounded -- but she is also a product of her own impressive work ethic that keeps her steadily moving from one project to the next (as well as publishing her own compositions and managing all the other aspects of her professional life with aplomb). Jennifer Higdon came to Dallas recently as part of our acclaimed “Composing Conversations” series -- designed to bring audiences together, face-to-face, with the world’s greatest living composers.

Check out the wonderful write-ups of the evening by “The Observer’s” Classical Music Critic Katie Womack (read her take here) and by Gregory Sullivan Isaacs, Classical Music Critic for “Theater Jones.” Read his assessment here.

I also find it interesting that both journalists used the photo of Higdon with her cat. While a cat certainly makes a better prop than most, I think the reason people keep gravitating to this  charming photo by Candace DiCarlo is because it suggests something particular about Jennifer Higdon: the laid-back style, the ability to deftly maneuver through unfamiliar territory, the subtle elegance she conveys in both her presence and in her work.

Or, perhaps we all love cats. Yes, that could be it. In any event, we can’t wait for an excuse to lure her back. I wonder what we could dangle in front of her? Hmmmmmmmmm…..

Suzanne Calvin, Manager/Director Media and PR

A special thanks to Northern Trust and their loyal and generous support of the Dallas Opera OnStage Dinner!

by Megan Meister

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From left: Jonathan Pell, TDO Artist Director; Keith Cerny, TDO General Director & CEO; Graeme Jenkins, TDO Music Director; Mark Flagg, Dallas Opera Board Member and Northern Trust’s Dallas Region President.

Northern Trust has sponsored this elegant annual soirée since 1992 and this year’s event on Monday, April 22nd featured mezzo-soprano (and rising star) Sasha Cooke performing such rarities and classics as  “Amor” by William Bolcom, “What a Movie” from Trouble in Tahiti by Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin’s “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess and “Can’t Help Lovin’ dat Man” from Show Boat by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein.  The evening concluded with a special tribute to Dallas Opera Music Director Graeme Jenkins honoring his twenty illustrious years as music director of the Dallas Opera. Continue reading →

2013 Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition Results

by Suzanne Calvin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Saturday, March 23, 2013
Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014 Or Megan Meister 214.443.1071
suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org megan.meister@dallasopera.org

The 25th Annual
“Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition”
Awards $25,000 in Cold, Hard Cash!
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28-Year-Old Bass Nicholas Masters
Takes Top Prize and $10,000 Cash!
Also Named Winner of the “People’s Choice
Award” for an additional $1,500
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Second Place ($7,000) Goes to 23-Year-Old
Bass-Baritone Matthew Stump
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Third Place ($5,000) Awarded to 26-Year-Old
Soprano Audra Methvin
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Event Honors Katherine and Michael Phillips
For Their Generous Support of the Arts, Education and Civic Organizations, including the Dallas Opera and The Women’s Board of the Dallas Opera Continue reading →

Fondly Remembered

by Suzanne Calvin

Jolie-Humphreys

This year’s Juanita and Henry S. Miller Founders Award Luncheon presented by the Women’s Board of the Dallas Opera was especially poignant, due to the untimely and unexpected passing of Vance Miller just days before. Here’s a lovely write-up from Jeanne Prejean on her site, “My Sweet Charity,” with all the details.

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(Top photo, Jolie Humphreys, event co-chair.  Bottom photo, Carmen (event co-chair) and Brown Glenn.  Courtesy of Jeanne Prejean at “My Sweet Charity.”)

 

Suzanne Calvin, Manager/Director Media & PR

More Than 10K Sign Up for Opera Stadium Simulcast

by Suzanne Calvin

Above the ten thousand mark, and counting. Today we reported reaching our first official milestone in connection with the upcoming April 13th Cowboys Stadium Simulcast of Puccini’s TURANDOT. Sponsored by The Dallas Foundation, everything is free from the parking to your seat -- unless you decide to hit the concession stands (in which case, you’re on your own). There’s a tasty new addition to the evening’s entertainment -- more details in the release below.  (Photo courtesy of Karen Almond, Dallas Opera)

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friday, March 8, 2013
Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014 Or Megan Meister 214.443.1071
suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org megan.meister@dallasopera.org
THE DALLAS OPERA IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE
THE FIRST MILESTONE ACHIEVED!
MORE THAN 10,000 RSVPs FOR
FREE APRIL 13TH COWBOYS STADIUM SIMULCAST!
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PUCCINI’S “TURANDOT” LIVE!
Sign Up Now at dallasopera.org/cowboys
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A Hot New Addition to the Program:
Lee Hoiby’s Appetizing Short Opera
“BON APPETIT!”
STARRING SUSAN NICELY AS JULIA CHILD
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With the World’s Largest Cartoon Screening of the 1957 Chuck Jones Masterpiece, “WHAT’S OPERA, DOC?”

SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 2013
Stadium Doors Open at 6:00 PM
WB Classics Cartoon at 6:45 PM
“Bon Appétit!”at 7:00 PM
Live Opera Simulcast at 7:30 PM
FREE SEATS, FREE PARKING, PAID CONCESSIONS
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WITH SUPPORT FROM THE DALLAS FOUNDATION

DALLAS, TX, MARCH 8, 2013 – The Dallas Opera, in partnership with Cowboys Stadium and with support from The Dallas Foundation, is delighted to report that the first milestone has been achieved: more than 10,000 tickets have been requested for the free April 13th Dallas Opera Cowboys Stadium Simulcast at One Legends Way in Arlington, TX. Of that number, over 40% of the households have no previous purchase history or simulcast history with the Dallas Opera; while more than half of the tickets were requested by households that either attended or requested tickets for the initial simulcast last April.
Our second Cowboys Stadium Simulcast will center on that evening’s live performance of Giacomo Puccini’s TURANDOT, as it happens on the Shannon and Ted Skokos Stage in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center. The curtain will go up at 7:30 p.m. Patrons will be able to enjoy a complete, unabridged performance on the world’s largest high-definition video board structure, consisting of four massive viewing screens (the largest, 72 feet tall and 160 feet wide) suspended directly above the playing field.
At 6:45 p.m., prior to the live performance, the Dallas Opera will present the world’s largest cartoon screening (based on screen size): Warner Brothers Classics 1957 masterpiece, “What’s Opera, Doc?” starring Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd and voted the #1 cartoon ever produced (in 1994, by a thousand members of the animation field). Directed by animation legend Chuck Jones, the cartoon pokes fun at opera’s most persistent stereotypes, Wagnerian heft, and Elmer Fudd’s never-ending pursuit of that “wascally wabbit!”
An exciting new element has been added to the program: At 7:00 p.m., the Dallas Opera will present a recording of the Dallas Opera’s recent live presentation of composer Lee Hoiby’s “Bon Appétit!” created for actress Jean Stapleton in 1989 and starring acclaimed mezzo-soprano Susan Nicely as Julia Child, the chef-who-became-an-international icon (with a little help from SNL comedian Dan Aykroyd).
Based on segments of Julia Child’s popular cooking show, The French Chef (winner of the first Emmy Award given to an educational program), and incorporating Child’s actual dialogue as shaped by librettist Mark Shulgasser, this laugh-out-loud modern opera was performed in English at the Dallas Farmer’s Market Demonstration Kitchen to enthusiastic audiences and unanimous rave reviews.
Gregory Sullivan Isaacs of Theater Jones wrote: “Bon Appétit! and Nicely’s excellent performance of it was overwhelmingly received by the audience. A number of patrons asked “Who is Lee Hoiby and why have we never heard of him?
“Well, here is the answer. Hoiby was one of the great opera composers of modern times and it is absolutely shameful that his marvelous theatrical works do not grace the stage of every opera company in the world. The composer was unfairly maligned for writing in a tonal style during the era of wild experimentation and dissonance…Now that the pendulum has swung back the other way…it is time to say a big mea culpa to Hoiby and get his stuff on the stage.”

Miss Nicely was accompanied by pianist Mary Dibbern, Music Director for Education and Family Programs at the Dallas Opera in performances supported by The Perot Foundation Education and Community Outreach Programs.

Free general admission tickets for the entire evening can be obtained through the Dallas Opera website at www.dallasopera.org/cowboys.

“In 2012, The Dallas Foundation helped the Dallas Opera bridge the distance between two very different cultures: the world of professional opera and the world of professional football,” explained Mary Jalonick, President of The Dallas Foundation. “The Dallas Foundation is proud to again be the presenting sponsor of the Dallas Opera’s 2013 simulcast of Turandot on April 13th.
“If you didn’t have a chance to attend last year, don’t miss this opportunity to experience a world-class performance at the world-class Cowboys Stadium.”

“We are excited to partner with the Dallas Opera for a second Cowboys Stadium Simulcast,” said Dallas Cowboys Executive Vice President of Brand Management Charlotte Anderson. “Our organization greatly admires and respects The Dallas Opera’s original thinking and stewardship in making ground-breaking events like these a reality because we truly value the importance of the arts in our community.”

“It’s been a personal goal of mine to bring tremendous artists and unforgettable entertainment to the widest possible audience here in North Texas,” commented Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny, “and nothing does that better than opera, as shown by the many thousands who attended last spring’s Cowboys Stadium Simulcast of Mozart’s The Magic Flute.”
“The Dallas Opera is extremely honored that The Dallas Foundation is supporting this event for a second consecutive year and we are equally grateful for the generosity of the Jones Family, who encouraged this extraordinary collaboration with the Cowboys organization from the moment we made our dream known to them.”
“I hope that the centralized location of Cowboys Stadium will—once again—attract music and theater lovers from here to the Red River, to this free simulcast of Puccini’s final and most glorious masterpiece,” Mr. Cerny adds, “especially those who, for a variety of reasons, have perceived opera as an intimidating or challenging art form, rather than an incredibly exciting way to spend an evening with those you love.
“We want to set a fun and relaxed tone, right from the start, with our special screening of a phenomenally popular cartoon that’s a subversive work of genius: Warner Brothers Classics’ ‘What’s Opera, Doc?’ made in 1957, the year the Dallas Opera was launched. That famously huge white horse Bugs rides will never be any bigger than on the screens at Cowboys Stadium; and I, for one, can’t wait!”

“Now,” adds Dallas Opera Artistic Director Jonathan Pell, “by being able to include Lee Hoiby’s charming Bon Appétit! in an already stellar line-up, we’re going to give simulcast patrons one unrepeatable, unforgettable night at the opera! We’ll begin with an out-and-out spoof, proceed to a clever comic tribute, and end with one of the grandest of grand operas in the entire repertoire.
“And each of them, in its own way, is a thoroughly enjoyable masterpiece.”
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Single tickets for the remaining mainstage productions of the Dallas Opera’s “Pursuits of Passion” Season are on sale now, starting at just $19, through the Dallas Opera Ticket Services Office at 214.443.1000 or online at www.dallasopera.org. Student Rush best-available tickets can be purchased at the lobby box office for $25 (one per valid Student I.D.) ninety minutes prior to each performance.
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EVENTS AND GUEST ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE “PURSUITS OF PASSION” SEASON
IS CONVENIENTLY AVAILABLE ONLINE, 24/7
VISIT WWW.DALLASOPERA.ORG

For high-resolution, digital photographs suitable for print
To arrange an interview
Or for additional information
Please contact Suzanne Calvin, Manager/Director Media & PR
214.443.1014 or suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org

The Dallas Opera’s 2012-2013 “Pursuits of Passion Season”
Is Presented by Texas Instruments Foundation

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

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

Ticket Information for the 2012-2013 Dallas Opera Season

All performances are in the new Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center. Single Tickets for TURANDOT, THE ASPERN PAPERS and family performances are on sale now. Tickets for the mainstage productions start for a new low price of $19! For more information, contact The Dallas Opera Ticket Services Office at 214.443.1000 or visit us online at www.dallasopera.org.

THE DALLAS OPERA 2012-2013 SPRING SEASON INFORMATION
The Dallas Opera celebrates its Fifty-Sixth International Season in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in downtown Dallas. Evening performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees will begin at 2:00 p.m. English translations will be projected above the stage at every performance. Assistance is available for the hearing impaired.

TURANDOT by Giacomo Puccini
April 5, 7(m), 10, 13, 19 & 21(m), 2013
Puccini’s Last Masterpiece—Riddled with Passionate Romance and Unforgettable Music!
An opera in three acts first performed in Milan at La Scala, April 25, 1926
Text by Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni, based on Carlo Gozzi’s fable, Turandot.
Time: Legendary times
Place: Peking, China
Conductor: Marco Zambelli
Stage Director: Garnett Bruce
Production Design: Allen Charles Klein
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Lise Lindstrom* (Princess Turandot), Antonello Palombi (Calaf), Hei-Kyung Hong (Liu), Christian Van Horn* (Timur), Jonathan Beyer (Ping), Joseph Hu (Pang), Daniel Montenegrio* (Pong), Ryan Kuster* (A Mandarin), Steven Haal (Emperor Altoum).

THE ASPERN PAPERS by Dominick Argento
April 12, 14(m), 17, 20, 28(m), 2013
The Games People Play—Both Young and Old—To Achieve Their Twisted Desires!
An opera in two acts first performed in Dallas, November 19, 1988.
Text by Dominick Argento, based on a Henry James novella.
Time: Legendary
Place: Lake Como, Italy
Conductor: Graeme Jenkins
Stage Director: Tim Albery
Scenic Design: Andrew Lieberman*
Costume Design: Constance Hoffman*
Lighting Design: Thomas Hase
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Assistant Director: Michael Mori
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Susan Graham* (Tina), Alexandra Deshorties (Julianna Bordereau), Nathan Gunn (The Lodger), Joseph Kaiser* (Aspern), Dean Peterson (Barelli), Sasha Cooke* (Sonia), Eric Jordan* (A painter), Jennifer Youngs* (Olimpia).

* Dallas Opera Debut
** American Debut
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The Dallas Opera is supported, in part, by funds from: City of Dallas, Office of Cultural Affairs; TACA; 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 Mrs. William W. Winspear and the Elsa von Seggern Foundation for their continuing support.

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Raising a Glass to the Fellow Who Raises His Baton

by Suzanne Calvin

The Women’s Board of the Dallas Opera organized a splendid “Toast to Graeme Jenkins” to mark the beginning of his final season as our music director. This marks the Maestro’s 20th season with TDO, so there were plenty of musical memories. I thought it was interesting that the Chorus chose to honor him with a beautiful rendition of one of Verdi’s greatest: “Va pensiero” from “Nabucco.”

Get all the details here from Jeanne Prejean at MY SWEET CHARITY.

(Photo of Graeme Jenkins in the orchestra pit of the Winspear Opera House conducting our new production of TRISTAN UND ISOLDE.  Photo by Karen Almond, Dallas Opera)

Suzanne Calvin, Manager/Director Media & PR

Aida sings Rachmaninoff, Puccini, Tchaikovsky…

by Suzanne Calvin

Tonight at 8:00 at the University of North Texas Murchison Performing Arts Center, renowned soprano Latonia Moore (currently dazzling critics and audiences in the title role of the Dallas Opera’s Aida) will do one of the many things she does best: stepping in for an ailing singer. As she did earlier this year at the Metropolitan Opera, the phenomenal Miss Moore will go onstage to perform a series of art songs and opera arias. Tickets can be purchased at the door, just $20. However, do note that you can enjoy hours of Latonia as the star of AIDA both Friday night and Sunday afternoon for as little as $19. That’s less than her UNT concert. More details on Latonia’s return to her alma mater in this story from the “Denton Record-Chronicle.”

Suzanne Calvin, Manager/Director Media and PR

“Tic, Tock,” says the clock

by Suzanne Calvin

Still time (about half an hour) to get here to find out the ins and outs of creating and commissioning new operas with two of the best in our field, Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny and Fort Worth Opera General Director Darren Woods.

Oh, did I mention the moderator? Art and Seek producer-reporter Jerome Weeks.

Be there!

Suzanne Calvin, Manager/Director Media and PR

November at the Dallas Opera

by Suzanne Calvin

No turkeys here-just great music and good fun! See all the reasons to make the Dallas Opera a bigger part of your family life this November. Keep scrolling…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014 Or Megan Meister 214.443.1071
suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org megan.meister@dallasopera.org

NOVEMBER BRINGS THE FAMILY TOGETHER
AT THE DALLAS OPERA!
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FINAL PERFORMANCES OF VERDI’S AÏDA
WILL ALSO TAKE CENTERSTAGE

DALLAS, OCTOBER 2, 2012 – The Dallas Opera is wild about families during the month of November. Join us on Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. for TDO’s Family Concert featuring mezzo-soprano Amanda Crider, baritone David Pershall, Maestro Christian Capocaccio and the Dallas Opera Orchestra in the splendid Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at AT&T Performing Arts Center.
Tickets are on sale now at the ridiculously low price of $5 apiece! FREE lobby activities will begin at 12:30 p.m. and everyone is cordially invited to take part. Following lots of hands-on fun, you and your family members will take your seats for a delightful concert of some of opera’s greatest hits—a matinee filled with arias and overtures you’re sure to know and love!

Saturday, November 10, 2012 brings us back to the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at AT&T Performing Arts Center for the oh-so-charming, family-friendly opera DOCTOR MIRACLE. There will be two performances of this zany, gently romantic, one-act operetta about love and omelettes at 10:30 a.m. and at 2:00 p.m. with lobby activities between performances at 12:30 p.m. Contact the Dallas Opera at 214.443.1000 or purchase online at dallasopera.org. $5 tickets will also be available at the door prior to each performance.

Come November, there will be just three performances remaining of Verdi’s brilliant and beloved AÏDA: Saturday, November 3rd at 7:30 p.m., Friday, November 9th at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 11th at 2:00 p.m. You won’t want to miss this opera with Texas-born soprano Latonia Moore singing the title role, fresh from her acclaimed Metropolitan Opera debut earlier this year. As Dallas Opera Artistic Director Jonathan Pell has said “patrons will have a chance to fall in love with AÏDA like never before.”
Subscriptions for the mainstage productions of the Dallas Opera’s “Pursuits of Passion” Season are on sale now, starting at just $75, through the Dallas Opera Ticket Services Office at 214.443.1000 or online at www.dallasopera.org. Single tickets begin at a new low price of $19. Student Rush best-available tickets can be purchased at the lobby box office for as little as $15 (one per valid Student I.D.) ninety minutes prior to each Dallas Opera performance.

November Calendar of Events

1.) Thursday, November 1, 2012
“A Toast to Graeme Jenkins” The Women’s Board of the Dallas Opera invites you to celebrate 20 years of leadership from Maestro Graeme Jenkins, the Mrs. Eugene McDermott Music Director, beginning his farewell season with The Dallas Opera. Wine and hors d’oeuvres, Business Attire
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Hamon Hall, Winspear Opera House
2403 Flora Street
Dallas, TX 75201
Cost: $75 per person, RSVP: 214.443.1049

2.) Saturday, November 3, 2012
JACK & THE BEANSTALK at Timberglen Branch Dallas Public Library
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Timberglen Branch Library
18505 Midway Road
Dallas, TX 75287
Cost: Free, open to the public, dallasopera.org/RSVP to receive an event reminder

3.) Saturday, November 3, 2012
“A?DA: Saturday Night Performance”
The pursuit of passion leads to divided loyalties in the ancient capital of Memphis, where Aïda, an Ethiopian princess enslaved by conquering Egyptians, struggles to reconcile her love of country with her searing desire for the heroic captain, Radames. Complicating matters, the Egyptian princess Amneris carries a fiery torch for the same military commander, whose love for the alluring “slave girl” (sung by the acclaimed Latonia Moore) could cost him his honor — or his life! An international ensemble cast will breathe new life into Verdi’s enormously popular drama. Call for tickets now!
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Winspear Opera House
2403 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201
Cost: Single tickets start at $19 online. Subscriptions start at $75 for all three productions. Call 214.443.1000 or visit us online at dallasopera.org/tickets

4.) Sunday, November 4, 2012
“Family Concert with Mezzo-Soprano Amanda Crider, Baritone David Pershall, Maestro Christian Capocaccio and the Dallas Opera Orchestra”
A parade of opera’s greatest hits. From Mozart to Puccini and Bizet to TDO favorite Jake Heggie, we’ll have something for opera fans of all ages including fun family friendly activities prior to the performance that will be free and open to the public.
Time: 12:30 PM Lobby Activities
2:00 PM Performance Begins
Location: Winspear Opera House
2403 Flora Street
Dallas, TX 75201
Cost: $5 Performance. Lobby activities Free, open to the public
Call 214.443.1000 or visit us online at dallasopera.org/tickets

5.) Wednesday, November 7, 2012
“Brownbags@theopera” Join us in Sammons Park at the AT&T Performing Arts Center for a free noontime recital featuring Hannah Rigg, a rising star of the opera world, performing a variety of musical selections. This enjoyable program is being brought to you by CultureMap Dallas. Bring lunch or purchase from one of the many area food trucks; tables and chairs provided.
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: Sammons Park
2403 Flora Street
Dallas, TX 75201
Cost: FREE

6.) Thursday, November 8, 2012
Cabaret@TDO featuring Rod Gilfry
A thank-you concert for all full (3-performance) Dallas Opera Season Subscribers, “Cabaret@TDO featuring Rod Gilfry” will feature a Dallas Opera favorite Gilfry performing in the intimacy of the Winspear Opera House.
COST: FREE, for full (3-performance) season subscribers only.
SEATING IS LIMITED, Subscribers may reserve their tickets at dallasopera.org/mytdo or call 214.443.1000.
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Winspear Opera House
2403 Flora Street
Dallas, TX 75201

7.) Friday, November 9, 2012
“A?DA: Friday Night Performance”
The pursuit of passion leads to divided loyalties in the ancient capital of Memphis, where Aïda, an Ethiopian princess enslaved by conquering Egyptians, struggles to reconcile her love of country with her searing desire for the heroic captain, Radames. Complicating matters, the Egyptian princess Amneris carries a fiery torch for the same military commander, whose love for the alluring “slave girl” (sung by the acclaimed Latonia Moore) could cost him his honor — or his life! An international ensemble cast will breathe new life into Verdi’s enormously popular drama. Call for tickets now!
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Winspear Opera House
2403 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201
Cost: Single tickets start at $19 online. Subscriptions start at $75 for all three productions. Call 214.443.1000 or visit us online at dallasopera.org/tickets

8.) Saturday, November 10, 2012
“DOCTOR MIRACLE” $5 Family Matinee
Dallas Opera presents DOCTOR MIRACLE by Georges Bizet Sung in English. Part of our family friendly programming this 1-act comedic opera is presented in partnership with the SMU & UNT Vocal Department.
Time: 10:30am Performance I
12:30pm Lobby activities
2:00pm Performance II
Cost: $5
Location: Winspear Opera House
2403 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201
Call 214.443.1000 or visit us online at dallasopera.org/tickets

9.) Saturday, November 10, 2012
“Inside the Dallas Opera” our monthly program that takes you, the listener, backstage and behind-the-scenes for a look at timely issues and upcoming productions, hosted by Suzanne Calvin.
Time: TBD (after the Saturday afternoon opera)
Listen: WRR 101.1 FM

10.) Saturday, November 10, 2012
“Music & Masterpieces”
This ambitious experimental partnership combining great music and the visual arts will be launched on Saturday, November 10th at 2:00 p.m. at the DMA’s Horchow Auditorium with a special program devoted to the exhibition Posters of Paris: Toulouse-Lautrec and His Contemporaries. French-Canadian soprano Nathalie Paulin will perform in a recital accompanied by Michael Heaston, Head of the Music Staff at TDO.
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Dallas Museum of Art
1717 North Harwood
Dallas, TX 75201
Cost: FREE with RSVP dallasopera.org/RSVP

11.) Sunday, November 11, 2012
“A?DA: Sunday Matinee II”
The pursuit of passion leads to divided loyalties in the ancient capital of Memphis, where Aïda, an Ethiopian princess enslaved by conquering Egyptians, struggles to reconcile her love of country with her searing desire for the heroic captain, Radames. Complicating matters, the Egyptian princess Amneris carries a fiery torch for the same military commander, whose love for the alluring “slave girl” (sung by the acclaimed Latonia Moore) could cost him his honor — or his life! An international ensemble cast will breathe new life into Verdi’s enormously popular drama. Call for tickets now!
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Winspear Opera House
2403 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201
Cost: Single tickets start at $19 online. Subscriptions start at $75 for all three productions. Call 214.443.1000 or visit us online at dallasopera.org/tickets

12.) Wednesday, November 14, 2012
SINGLE TICKETS GO ON SALE
TURANDOT & THE ASPERN PAPERS single tickets will be priced, starting at $19, and may be purchased conveniently online, 24/7, at dallasopera.org or by contacting the friendly staff at the Dallas Opera Ticket Services Office at 214.443.1000.

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

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The Dallas Opera’s 2012-2013 “Pursuits of Passion Season”
Is Presented by Texas Instruments Foundation

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

AMERICAN AIRLINES – OFFICIAL AIRLINE OF THE DALLAS OPERA
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Ticket Information for the 2012-2013 Dallas Opera Season

All performances are in the new Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center. Subscriptions start at just $75 and are on sale now. Single Tickets for AÏDA and family performances go on sale September 10th. For more information, contact The Dallas Opera Ticket Services Office at 214.443.1000 or visit us online at www.dallasopera.org.

THE DALLAS OPERA 2012-2013 SEASON INFORMATION
The Dallas Opera celebrates its Fifty-Sixth International Season in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in downtown Dallas. Evening performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees will begin at 2:00 p.m. English translations will be projected above the stage at every performance. Assistance is available for the hearing impaired.

AÏDA by Giuseppe Verdi
October 26 –The Linda and Mitch Hart Season Opening Night Performance
Starring Latonia Moore, The Charron and Peter Denker Rising Star for 2012!
October 28(m), 31, November 3, 9, 11(m), 2012
Verdi’s Complex and Intimate Love Story Set in Spectacular Ancient Egypt!
An opera in four acts first performed at Khedivial Opera House, Cairo on December 24, 1871.
Text by Antonio Ghislanzoni, based on a scenario written by French Egyptologist Auguste Mariette.
Time: Old Kingdom
Place: Egypt
Conductor: Graeme Jenkins
Stage Director: Garnett Bruce
Costume Design: Peter J. Hall
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Latonia Moore (Aida), Antonello Palombi (Radames), Nadia Krasteva* (Amneris), Lester Lynch (Amonasro), Orlin Anastassov* (Ramfis), Ben Wager (The King of Egypt), Jonathan Yarrington* (Messenger), and NaGuanda Nobles* (Priestess).

TURANDOT by Giacomo Puccini
April 5, 7(m), 10, 13, 19 & 21(m), 2013
Puccini’s Last Masterpiece—Riddled with Passionate Romance and Unforgettable Music!
An opera in three acts first performed in Milan at La Scala, April 25, 1926
Text by Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni, based on Carlo Gozzi’s fable, Turandot.
Time: Legendary times
Place: Peking, China
Conductor: Marco Zambelli
Stage Director: Garnett Bruce
Production Design: Allen Charles Klein
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Lise Lindstrom* (Princess Turandot), Antonello Palombi (Calaf), Hei-Kyung Hong (Liu), Christian Van Horn* (Timur), Jonathan Beyer (Ping), Joseph Hu (Pang), Daniel Montenegrio* (Pong), Ryan Kuster* (A Mandarin), Steven Haal (Emperor Altoum).

THE ASPERN PAPERS by Dominick Argento
April 12, 14(m), 17, 20, 28(m), 2013
The Games People Play—Both Young and Old—To Achieve Their Twisted Desires!
An opera in two acts first performed in Dallas, November 19, 1988.
Text by Dominick Argento, based on a Henry James novella.
Time: Legendary
Place: Lake Como, Italy
Conductor: Graeme Jenkins
Stage Director: Tim Albery
Scenic Design: Andrew Lieberman*
Costume Design: Constance Hoffman*
Lighting Design: Thomas Hase
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Assistant Director: Michael Mori
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Susan Graham* (Tina), Alexandra Deshorties (Julianna Bordereau), Nathan Gunn (The Lodger), Joseph Kaiser* (Aspern), Dean Peterson (Barelli), Sasha Cooke* (Sonia), Eric Jordan* (A painter), Jennifer Youngs* (Olimpia).

* Dallas Opera Debut
** American Debut
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The Dallas Opera is supported, in part, by funds from: City of Dallas, Office of Cultural Affairs; TACA; 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 Mrs. William W. Winspear and the Elsa von Seggern Foundation for their continuing support.

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