FIRST NIGHT 2013 at the Dallas Opera

by Suzanne Calvin

Something for everyone on FIRST NIGHT at the Dallas Opera! Read on…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Monday, September 30, 2013

Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014
Suzanne.Calvin@dallasopera.org
Or Megan Meister 214.443.1071
Megan.Meister@dallasopera.org

THE DALLAS OPERA IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE
“FIRST NIGHT 2013”
“BY LOVE TRANSFORMED”
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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2013 AT 5:30 P.M.
THE MARGOT AND BILL WINSPEAR OPERA HOUSE AT THE AT&T PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
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NGP ENERGY CAPITAL MANAGEMENT, Presenting Sponsor
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Lynn Mock, FIRST SIGHT/FIRST NIGHT Chair
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Pre-performance black-tie dinner at 6:00 followed by 8:00 p.m. Performance of Carmen, concluding with on-site After Party
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LINDA AND MITCH HART SEASON OPENING NIGHT PERFORMANCE, ENDOWED SUPPORT

DALLAS, SEPTEMBER 30, 2013 – The Dallas Opera is thrilled to revive—by popular demand—the exciting festivities marking the opening of a new season, known as FIRST NIGHT. The one-night-only celebrations presented by NGP Energy Capital Management will take place both inside and outside the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in the Dallas Arts District, on Friday, October 25, 2013 beginning at 5:30 p.m. with a lavish black-tie dinner at 6:00 provided by Puck Catering in a beautifully appointed tent in Sammons Park (located just off the main promenade to the Winspear Opera House).
The menu and dinner music, as well as the artistic design, will reflect the cultural influences that dominate the 2013-2014 Season – “By Love Transformed.”
Sophisticated models will show off their extraordinary opera-inspired couture gowns, designed especially for the occasion by five internationally acclaimed fashion designers: Elizabeth Anyaa, Michael Faircloth, Abi Ferrin, Khan Nguyen and Nicolas Villalba. Several of the gowns and original sketches will be auctioned online by FIRST SIGHT sponsor, Heritage Auctions, beginning on October 25th. Continue reading →

The Dallas Opera Global Simulcast of “Death and the Powers”

by Suzanne Calvin

Yes, Virginia, we’re going global -- on February 16, 2014. Read all about it in the release posted below and let your friends in target cities know, so they can mark their calendars now.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014
Suzanne.Calvin@dallasopera.org
Or Megan Meister 214.443.1071
Megan.Meister@dallasopera.org

National Press Representation:
Kirshbaum Demler & Associates: adamm@kirshdem.com or 212-222-4843

THE DALLAS OPERA PRESENTS
OPERA ON A WORLD STAGE!

Death and the Powers:
THE GLOBAL
INTERACTIVE SIMULCAST
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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2014
AT 2:00 P.M. (Central Time)
THE MARGOT AND BILL WINSPEAR OPERA HOUSE AT THE AT&T PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, DALLAS TX
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Remote locations throughout the U.S. and Europe, including the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, with new interactive capabilities and views!
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PRODUCED BY: TOD MACHOVER, KEITH CERNY,
BOB ELLIS, MIT MEDIA LAB
AND THE DALLAS OPERA
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Death and the Powers supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

DALLAS, SEPTEMBER 11, 2013 – The Dallas Opera is privileged to announce an extraordinary and unprecedented experiment in twenty-first century opera: “The Dallas Opera’s Global Interactive Simulcast” of acclaimed American composer Tod Machover’s DEATH AND THE POWERS, scheduled to take place in Dallas on Sunday, February 16th at 2:00 p.m. Central Time, originating in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center and being simulcast to as many as ten locations in Europe and the U.S.
The Dallas Opera is currently in negotiations with a wide-range of venues and organizations located in the San Francisco Bay Area, Silicon Valley, Bing Concert Hall at Stanford University, New York City and its boroughs, Philadelphia, Paris, Los Angeles, London and Stockholm—as well as the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in the Dallas Arts District, which has already shown a keen interest in the questions raised by Machover’s “robot pageant” opera and has partnered with both the Dallas Opera and the MIT Media Lab’s “Opera of the Future” program to support this innovative approach to the art form and attract new generations to opera.
DEATH AND THE POWERS, with music by composer/inventor Tod Machover and text by librettist Robert Pinsky (one of America’s foremost living poets) received rave reviews at its sold-out 2010 Monte Carlo world premiere and subsequent engagements in Boston and Chicago.
However, this unprecedented Dallas Opera Global Simulcast offers far more than a mere stage production; patrons will experience Simon Powers’ perspective from within “The System,” as well as a “robot’s eye view” of the opera, while tapping into a variety of interactive features. Those attending the simulcast anywhere in the world will have an opportunity to interact with the main performance onstage—through cellphones, tablets and other handheld devices—in order to influence the visual elements in the Winspear Opera House in real time, as they unfold. Continue reading →

Falling Headfirst Into the Arts

by Suzanne Calvin

With a new school year getting underway, it’s the perfect time to work a little culture into your fall family plans. Check out a few of the easily affordable options below.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Monday, August 26, 2013
Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014 Or Megan Meister 214.443.1071
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A Fall Filled With Enchanting Tales
TDO Family Programming
Presented by
Texas Instruments
With additional support from Lockheed Martin
Part of “The Perot Foundation Education and Community Outreach Programs”
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JACK AND THE BEANSTALK
Saturday, October 26th 2:00 p.m.
At the Margot & Bill Winspear Opera House
AT&T Performing Arts Center
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THE DALLAS OPERA FAMILY CONCERT
With Soprano Joanna Mongiardo, Mezzo-Soprano Emily Fons and Maestro Anthony Barrese
Sunday, November 3th 2:00 p.m.
At the Margot & Bill Winspear Opera House
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THE ELIXIR OF LOVE
$5 FAMILY PERFORMANCE,
Saturday, November 9th 2:00 p.m.
At the Margot & Bill Winspear Opera House

DALLAS, AUGUST 26, 2013 – The Dallas Opera is happy to present three weekends of family-friendly programming guaranteed to introduce you and your loved ones to the big, beautiful world of opera. The Dallas Opera Educational/Family Series, part of The Perot Foundation Education and Community Outreach Programs, is presented by Texas Instruments and made possible with additional support from Lockheed Martin.
TDO will present its ever-popular thirty-minute opera by John Davies—a comical adaptation of the familiar tale of JACK AND THE BEANSTALK—on Saturday, October 26th starting at 2:00 p.m. and featuring tenor Jonathan Yarrington as Jack, mezzo-soprano Emily Hueske as Mother/Wife and Bass Travis McGuire as Giant/Trouble. The cast will be accompanied by TDO’s Music Director for Education and Family Programming, Mary Dibbern.
This entrancing children’s tale was brought to life by Dallas Opera Production Designer Tommy Bourgeois. Nancy Schaeffer, Dallas Children’s Theater’s Education Director, staged the work for the Dallas Opera. Continue reading →

October at TDO: “Just the facts, ma’am.”

by Suzanne Calvin

Coming back from a wind-swept, sea salt, sun-addled holiday weekend, we thought many of you could use a little help in sorting through the upcoming events in October. Get out your Day Planner (digital or otherwise) and have at it!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014
Or Megan Meister 214.443.1071
suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org
megan.meister@dallasopera.org

A FASHION-FORWARD AND STYLISH OCTOBER
AT THE DALLAS OPERA!
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FIRST SIGHT Fashion Show and Luncheon:
Thursday, October 24 at 10:00 a.m.
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FIRST NIGHT Festivities Begin
Friday, October 25 at 5:30 p.m.
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Season Opening Opera: Bizet’s CARMEN
Friday, October 25, 2013 / Curtain Time: 8:00 p.m.!
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2013-14 Season to Launch with FIRST SIGHT Fashion Show and Luncheon, a Free Simulcast at Klyde Warren Park, The Linda and Mitch Hart Season Opening Night Performance, and FIRST NIGHT Dinner, celebrations, and After Party at the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House in the AT&T Performing Arts Center!

DALLAS, SEPTEMBER 3, 2013 – Get out your dancing shoes, try on the tux, and select your most stylish ensemble or your most outlandish Carmen costume, as Dallas gets ready for a fabulous new season of opera during a particularly fashion-forward month of October!

The Dallas Opera will present an extraordinarily diverse 57th International Season, “By Love Transformed,” sponsored by Texas Instruments Foundation, which will officially kick off when the curtain rises on Friday, October 25, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. (please note the unusual curtain time). The Dallas Opera’s 2013-2014 Season will open with Georges Bizet’s 1875 masterpiece CARMEN in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center. Single tickets for the Linda and Mitch Hart Season Opening Night Performance and subsequent Sunday matinees and evening performances begin at the low price of just $19 and are on sale now.
Full season subscriptions are now available for as little as $76 for all four outstanding mainstage productions. The Dallas Opera also has two-performance and three-performance subscriptions available as well.
FIRST NIGHT festivities, presented by NGP Energy Capital, get underway at 5:30 p.m. on the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House Red Carpet at the AT&T Performing Arts Center located in the Dallas Arts District. The lavish dinner is 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. followed by Carmen at 8:00 p.m. The emcees will be faces—and voices—you already know and love, and celebrity guests that evening will include a contingent of top-tier fashion designers accompanying their head-turning models. Together, they will elevate people-watching to the status of art with their “opera-inspired” couture gowns!
Special pre-performance activities will take place in front of a giant outdoor screen in Klyde Warren Park in the Dallas Arts District, including a “Carmen Costume Contest” for men, women and pets—and a “Toreador Song Sing-a-long.” The public is invited to bring a blanket and a picnic basket, and enjoy the evening’s events as they unfold at our free simulcast of CARMEN. Continue reading →

A “Sweet” Article by Our FIRST NIGHT Chair

by Suzanne Calvin

FIRST NIGHT/FIRST SIGHT Chair Lynn Mock lends a warm-yet-elegant air to the proceedings wherever she goes--whether in the real world or in cyberspace. She gives us her personal take on the newly developed FIRST SIGHT high fashion event, the inspiring Dallas Opera season, and the black-tie extravaganza that is FIRST NIGHT on Jeanne Prejean’s must-read philanthropy blog: “My Sweet Charity.”

Enjoy the article right here.
Suzanne Calvin, Director of Media and Public Relations

Hot Ticket!

by Suzanne Calvin

It’s not just the weather that’s heating up, it’s the first events of the fall season at the Dallas Opera -- including a new “Music & Masterpieces” program in partnership with the Dallas Museum of Art. Details to follow:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014 Or Megan Meister 214.443.1071
suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org   megan.meister@dallasopera.org

THE DALLAS OPERA PRESENTS
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
THE DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART

AN ENCORE SEASON OF
“MUSIC & MASTERPIECES”
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TENOR DAVID PORTILLO IN RECITAL
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Special Gallery Tour of Hispanic Art and Artists
In the DMA Collection
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Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.
Horchow Auditorium, Dallas Museum of Art

DALLAS, AUGUST 14, 2013 – The Dallas Opera is excited to announce details of the first performance of a new season of “Music & Masterpieces,” in partnership with the Dallas Museum of Art and in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month. “Music and Masterpieces,” an increasingly popular project developed by these two leading arts organizations, seeks to partner the performing and visual arts by style, era, or country of origin to create a more fully rounded understanding of both. Experts from the field of opera and the visual arts will underscore subtle connections and define movements within the culture that influenced their creations—in addition to underscoring the way we experience these great masterpieces on canvas, in stone, or on stage today.
Join the Dallas Opera on Sunday, September 15th at 2:00 p.m. at the DMA’s Horchow Auditorium when Texas-born Tenor David Portillo, accompanied by pianist Jason Smith, will perform a recital steeped in the complex and sophisticated Hispanic heritage of North, South and Latin America.
Tours of the DMA’s collection at 3:00 pm will feature works of art ranging from pre-Columbian works from Mesoamerica and South America to modern Mexican paintings and mosaics.
Metroplex audiences will remember David Portillo from his appearance last spring as Tonio in Fort Worth Opera’s production of The Daughter of the Regiment. John Norine Jr. of Theater Jones wrote that the singer was “Always at ease, always intensely musical—Portillo navigates the tricky score with ease. The real benchmark comes early for the role of Tonio with the aria ‘Ah! Mes Amis!’ (‘Ah! My Friends!’). This minefield of an aria ends with nine high C’s in the final section, coming in rapid succession. Its place in the opera doesn’t allow for the singer to warm into it; the notes are there or they’re not. On opening night, they were, wowing the audience and bringing the opera to a halt with the audience applause.”

Highlights from the afternoon program will include Alberto Evaristo Ginastera’s “Cinco Canciones populares Argentinas” (“Five Popular Argentine Songs”). Also on the program will be several Carlos Gardel art songs. One very popular song that will be performed is “El Dia Que Me Quieras” (“The Day You Love Me”). Composer Gustavo Santaolalla proclaimed it “one of the most beautiful melodies ever written.”
Joaquín Turina’s “Poema en forma de canciones” (“Poem in the Form of Songs”) also will be included in this memorable afternoon program; a work widely considered one of Turina’s best-known and best-loved songs.
Also on the program will be three art songs by Maria Grever, the first successful Mexican woman composer. One of the songs to be performed is “Te quiero, dijiste” (“Magic Is the Moonlight”) written for the 1944 Esther Williams film Bathing Beauty. Among the legendary artists who recorded this song were Rosemary Clooney, Dean Martin and Nat King Cole.
The program is carefully designed to enhance a special gallery tour of Hispanic art and artists represented in the DMA’s collection; a tour that will take place immediately following the recital on Sunday, September 15th.

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Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period. The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico celebrates its independence day on September 16.

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KEY BIOS:

DAVID PORTILLO (Tenor)
Texas tenor David Portillo has established a reputation as an accomplished vocalist with “honeyed, perfectly focused singing” (Chicago Tribune). The 2012-2013 season brought David’s return to the Lyric Opera of Chicago as David in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, the premiere of Jean-Jacques Rousseau with Grand Theatre Geneve in Switzerland, his role and house debut as Percy in Anna Bolena with Minnesota Opera, Tonio in The Daughter of Regiment at Fort Worth Opera Festival followed by Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Central City Opera. The 2013-2014 season and beyond brings Gonzalve in L’heure Espagnole with the Seito-Kinen Festival in Japan, Ralph Rackstraw in HMS Pinafore with Arizona Opera, Narciso in Il Turco in Italia with both Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg and Opera Angers –Nantes, a reprise of his Almaviva for his Palm Beach Opera debut, his return to Opera Company of Philadelphia as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni and to the Opera Theatre of St. Louis in The Dialogues of the Carmelites, and house debuts with Washington National Opera and the Aix-en-Provence Festival.
In 2011 David split the summer between Don Ottavio with Opera Theatre of St. Louis and Rinuccio in Gianni Schicci with the Castleton Festival in Virginia. David joined the roster of Teatro alla Scala last fall, where he covered the role of Don Ottavio. His other engagements for the 2011-2012 season included his house debut as Almaviva with Tulsa Opera, his role debut as Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with Pittsburgh Opera, his role debut as Renaud in Gluck’s Armide presented by the Metropolitan Opera and Juilliard School, and his return to Opera Theatre of St. Louis as Ferrando in Cosí fan tutte. He also sang the role of Ferdinand in Thomas Ades’ The Tempest for the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Italy.
David recently sang Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Pittsburgh Opera, Ferrando in Cosí fan tutte for Virginia Opera, Tonio in La fille du Regiment for Dayton Opera, and returned to the Lyric Opera of Chicago to sing Trin in La Fanciulla del West and cover Hyllus in Hercules. David’s performance as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni with Fort Worth Opera was heralded by Opera News as “passionate and fully-fleshed, not the ineffective blusterer of many productions.” That same year, he returned to Wolf Trap Opera Company as Narciso in Il Turco in Italia and Francis Flute in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He also took the concert platform as soloist for Haydn’s Creation, Beethoven’s Symphony No.9, and Verdi’s Requiem for the Colorado Music Festival, Phoenix Symphony, and Elmhurst Symphony, respectively. A graduate of the Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago, he performed Gastone in La traviata and the Sailor in Tristan und Isolde for the company. He has also covered Fenton in Falstaff, Nadir in Les pêcheurs de perles, and Conte Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia.
David is also an alumnus of both the Merola Opera Program at San Francisco Opera and Wolf Trap Opera in Vienna, Virginia where his performances were met with public and critical acclaim. Other roles to his credit include Albert Herring, Alfredo in La traviata, Sam Kaplan in Street Scene and the Chevalier de la Force in Dialogues of the Carmelites.
A versatile recitalist, David has appeared with Steven Blier and also performed a Schwabacher Debut Recital under the auspices of the San Francisco Opera Center. In response, the San Francisco Chronicle found that “His tenor rang out clearly and brightly, his diction was exemplary, and he moved with easy assurance from the 17th century to the 20th and through realms in between.” David is the recipient of numerous prizes for his artistry, including a 2009 Shoshana Foundation Grant, 2009 American Opera Society of Chicago Award, 2009 Sullivan Foundation Encouragement Award, 2008 Winner of the Men’s Prize of the Union League of Chicago Young Adult’s Music Competition, and 2009 Winner of the Bel Canto Scholarship Foundation Competition. He is also a two-time recipient of a Shouse Career Development Grant from the Wolf Trap Foundation.

JASON SMITH (Accompanist)
Jason Smith serves as a Vocal Coach on faculty at Southern Methodist University, a position he has held since 2007. He first came to Texas to serve as the Young Artist Coach and Pianist, then Principal Coach for the Ft. Worth Opera. Besides his responsibilities at SMU, he still is active on the musical rosters of both Ft. Worth and Dallas Opera companies. Jason has also been on the Vocal Coaching faculty at the Seagle Music Colony in the Adirondack State Park for ten consecutive summers. He received a Masters of Music in Opera Coaching from Florida State University after completing a two-year Young Artist appointment at the Utah Opera in Salt Lake City. His Bachelor’s in Music in Piano Performance comes from the University of Utah.

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About the Dallas Museum of Art
Established in 1903, the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) ranks among the leading art institutions in the country and is distinguished by its innovative exhibitions and groundbreaking educational programs. At the heart of the Museum and its programs is its global collection, which encompasses more than 22,000 works and spans 5,000 years of history, representing a full range of world cultures. Located in the vibrant Arts District of downtown Dallas, the Museum welcomes more than half a million visitors annually and acts as a catalyst for community creativity, engaging people of all ages and backgrounds with a diverse spectrum of programming, from exhibitions and lectures to concerts, literary events, and dramatic and dance presentations. In January 2013, the DMA returned to a free general admission policy, and launched DMA Friends, the first free museum membership program in the country.

The Dallas Museum of Art is supported, in part, by the generosity of Museum Partners and donors and by the citizens of Dallas through the City of Dallas/Office of Cultural Affairs and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

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: Chris Alexander
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), William Ferguson* (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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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

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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 →