WRR and TDO Take You to the Opera

by Suzanne Calvin

 

The Dallas Opera and the premier Classical Music Radio Station in Texas are taking you to the opera this October -- and you don’t even have to put on your shoes. It’s part of the station’s ongoing “Saturday Afternoon at the Opera” series, at noon each Saturday, but for the month leading up to TDO’s new ‘Pursuits of Passion’ Season, it will be programmed and presented by Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny. Get all the dates, times and details in the release below:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, August 30, 2012

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

THE DALLAS OPERA AND WRR, 101.1 FM
ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE
“Saturday Afternoon at the Opera” for the month of October will be hosted by
Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny
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Airing at Noon on October 6, 13, 20 & 27, 2012
On WRR, Classical 101.1 FM
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Cerny’s Personal Picks Include the Dallas Opera’s Critically Acclaimed New Production of Wagner’s TRISTAN & ISOLDE
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Works Linked to the Upcoming “Pursuits of Passion” Season:
Verdi’s FALSTAFF
Adams’ NIXON IN CHINA
And Britten’s THE TURN OF THE SCREW

DALLAS, AUGUST 30, 2012 – The Dallas Opera and WRR, 101.1 FM, the classical music station for all of North Texas, are pleased to announce plans for the debut of Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny as programmer and guest host of WRR’s “Saturday Afternoon at the Opera” for the entire month of October. These programs will provide a lead-in to the Dallas Opera’s new season, opening on Friday, October 26th with TDO’s FIRST NIGHT celebrations and the Linda and Mitch Hart Season Opening Night Performance.
WRR’s original, locally produced series of operatic masterworks is designed to highlight new recordings, classic opera recordings of yesteryear, and the finest artists of both yesterday and today.

“Three of the selections for this series,” explains Keith Cerny, “are linked to the mainstage works in our upcoming season: FALSTAFF is an exemplary tribute to a life fully lived; creative and evolving to the last. It shows that Giuseppe Verdi’s tremendous musical gifts included his ability to grow as a composer.
“NIXON IN CHINA by John Adams is one of the great modern masterpieces of opera, conveniently set in Beijing, which also serves as the setting for our second mainstage production this season, Giacomo Puccini’s TURANDOT. These two, larger-than-life works share more than a spot on the globe. They also explore (to a greater or lesser degree) the clash of cultures, and the brinkmanship that so often defines the nature of international relations.
“I chose a recording of Benjamin Britten’s THE TURN OF THE SCREW, based on another story by the great American novelist Henry James, the author of THE ASPERN PAPERS. The Dallas Opera will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of our 1988 world premiere of Dominick Argento’s opera of the same name in 2013. It seemed particularly appropriate to turn to this dark Britten masterpiece to give us a taste of James’ unique storytelling style.
“However,” Cerny adds, “my fourth personal pick is one that music lovers in Dallas are still talking about—TDO’s mesmerizing new production of Richard Wagner’s TRISTAN & ISOLDE, which starred Clifton Forbis and Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet in the title roles. This will be an exclusive one-time-only broadcast of this highly acclaimed 2012 production and I am delighted to be able to bring it to radio audiences throughout North Texas on Classical 101.1.”

The series broadcast schedule for the month of October is as follows:

FALSTAFF by Giuseppe Verdi
Saturday, October 6, 2012 at Noon on WRR, 101.1. FM
Sir Georg Solti conducts the RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Geraint Evans in the title role, Giulietta Simionato as Mistress Quickly,
Mirella Freni as Nannetta, Robert Merrill as Ford and Alfredo Kraus as Fenton
A classic 1964 recording!

NIXON IN CHINA by John Adams
Saturday, October 13, 2012 at Noon on WRR, 101.1 FM
Edo de Waart conducts the Orchestra of St. Luke’s
James Maddalena as Nixon, Sanford Sylvan as Chou En-lai, Carolann Page as Pat Nixon, John Duykers as Mao T’se-tung, and Trudy Ellen Craney as Madame Mao

THE TURN OF THE SCREW by Benjamin Britten
Saturday, October 20, 2012 at Noon on WRR, 101.1 FM
Sir Colin Davis conducts Members of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House,
Covent Garden; starring Helen Donath as the Governess, Heather Harper as Miss Jessel,
Robert Tear as Quint, Ava June as Mrs. Grose, Michael Ginn as Miles,
Lilian Watson as Flora, and Philip Langridge singing the Prologue

TRISTAN UND ISOLDE by Richard Wagner
Saturday, October 27, 2012 at Noon on WRR, 101.1 FM
An exclusive broadcast of the Dallas Opera’s critically acclaimed 2012 production of Wagner’s groundbreaking masterpiece, with a stellar international ensemble cast:
Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet, Clifton Forbis, Mary Phillips, Jukka Rasilainen,
Kristinn Sigmundsson, Stephen Gadd, Aaron Blake and Quincy Roberts.
Music Director Graeme Jenkins conducted the Dallas Opera Orchestra and Chorus.
Production Conceived, Directed and Designed by Christian Räth.
Projections designed by Elaine J. McCarthy, Austin Switser, and Vita Tzykun.
Your one and only chance to hear this phenomenal TDO performance.

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Single tickets for the 2012-2013 Season are subject to dynamic pricing (the earlier they are purchased and the less-in-demand, the lower the price) and will go on sale – for as little as $19 – on September 10, 2012. Subscriptions start at just $75. Inner Circle seating may be priced higher.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT “AUGUST AT THE DALLAS OPERA”
IS CONVENIENTLY AVAILABLE ONLINE, 24/7
VISIT WWW.DALLASOPERA.ORG AND CHECK THE CALENDAR LISTINGS
Or dallasopera.org/summer

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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

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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 go on sale September 10, 2012, starting at just $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 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.

AIDA by Giuseppe Verdi
October 26: The Linda and Mitch Hart Season Opening Night Performance
Featuring Latonia Moore, The Charron and Peter Denker Rising Star (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: John Copley
Costume Design: Peter J. Hall
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Latonia Moore (Aïda), 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 Montenegro* (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
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Assistant Director: Michael Mori
Starring: Susan Graham* (Tina), Alexandra Deshorties (Juliana 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. Cartier is the official jeweler and watchmaker of The Dallas Opera. Rosewood Crescent Hotel is the official hotel 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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Artistic Director Jonathan Pell, Glimmerglass Part III

by tdoadmin

Yesterday was a busy but rewarding day, starting in the morning with auditions with the rest of the apprentice artists.

There were many colleagues joining me at Glimmerglass this weekend, and these auditions were attended by representatives from several artists’ managements, schools of music and various opera companies.

There were two very interesting singers, mezzo-soprano Stephanie Lauricella (whose audition was interrupted by a fire alarm going off but she seemed unphased by the disruption) and a young baritone from Texas, John Boehr.

John, who has been a winner in the Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition, is already set to make his debut with us next season.  This was his second season as an apprentice at Glimmerglass, and a lucky one for him.

One of his assignments was to cover Dwayne Croft as “Professor Harold Hill” in THE MUSIC MAN, and now that the production is being taken to Dubai in October for four performances, John will be taking over the role opposite Elizabeth Futral since Dwayne will be at the Met.

Yesterday’s matinee of Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson’s LOST IN THE STARS, an adaptation of Alan Payton’s CRY, THE BELOVED COUNTRY, was a performance I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

A deeply affecting story about Apartheid in South Africa in the 1940’s, this revival of a nearly forgotten work was a powerful theatrical experience that boasted a towering performance by Eric Owens as “Stephen Kumalo” a Black South African minister whose son is arrested for murder.

In a simple, but infinitely reconfigurable set of corrugated metal walls created by Michael Mitchell, a South African designer, the action played out simply and powerfully.

Superbly conducted by John DeMain, who was given permission by the Kurt Weill Foundation to tinker with and improve the ending, the work has now been restored to the repertoire and needs to be seen and heard by more people than were able to attend the performances in Cooperstown.

The production was wonderfully and sensitively directed by Tazewell Thompson.

As magnificent as Eric Owens was in the central role, he was by no means alone in bringing this piece back to life.  The rest of the cast included wonderful performances by Sean Panikkar (“Cassio” in the Dallas production of OTELLO which opened the Winspear Opera House in 2009) as a cross between a narrator and a Greek Chorus, and two outstanding apprentices in featured roles, Brandy Lynn Hawkins and Chrystal E. Williams, both mezzo-sopranos who had stood out in the auditions I heard on Friday in more traditional repertoire.  Several young members of the ensemble were brought over from South Africa to lend the production remarkable authenticity.

I was emotionally drained by this extraordinary performance and to be perfectly candid, didn’t really want to see another performance last night, which I thought would dilute the experience of the afternoon.

I am certainly glad though that I didn’t miss the performance last night.

Glimmerglass Festival’s Artistic and General Director Francesca Zambello staged a brilliant modern dress version of Verdi’s AIDA, which included a controversial touch of “waterboarding” Radames during Amneris’ “judgment scene.”. It was incredibly powerful.

The singing was merely good with one exception (Eric Owens, who was really wonderful as Amonasro, in a grueling double performance day) but perhaps not at the highest international standards for these demanding roles.  This young and attractive cast, though, was deeply committed to the concept and gave wonderful performances nonetheless.

The orchestra and chorus played and sang beautifully under conductor Nader Abbassi, head of the Cairo Opera, who has conducted this opera many times, including performances at the Pyramids of Giza.

A wonderful weekend at Glimmerglass has come to an end, but next summer sounds quite interesting with productions of Wagner’s THE FLYING DUTCHMAN, Verdi’s rarely performed early comedy, KING FOR A DAY, a new work by composer David Lang on a double bill with Pergolesi’s STABAT MATER, and Nathan Gunn as “Lancelot” in Lerner and Loewe’s CAMELOT.

The elephants on the front lawn outside the Alice Busch Opera Theater at Glimmerglass (made from grapevine and willow by artist Elizabeth Schoonmaker) that were director Francesca Zambello’s response to the inevitable question about this summer’s production of AIDA—“Will there be elephants ?”

Artistic Director Jonathan Pell, Glimmerglass Part II

by tdoadmin

The opera house at Glimmerglass.

Yesterday morning before the apprentice auditions I was able to make a quick stop at the Fenimore Art Museum, renowned home of the Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art (a part of which was recently shown at the Dallas Museum of Art) for a special opera exhibition.  Featuring costumes and original design sketches on loan from the Metropolitan Opera archives, there were pieces from ARMIDE (operas based on the same libretto as the version done here, but by Gluck and Rossini, not Lully) and AIDA.  It was a small exhibition, but quite interesting for opera lovers visiting Cooperstown.

I was to hear 26 apprentice singers yesterday, but 3 of them cancelled.  It is the final weekend of the festival, and I am sure that they are all exhausted since many of them are in all four productions.  I will hear another group of apprentices this afternoon before the matinee, so perhaps one or two of the singers who had to cancel yesterday will rally for today.

Perhaps I am prejudiced, but several of the singers who really impressed me yesterday have Dallas connections.

Mezzo Catherine Martin (who attended UNT), and baritones Norman Garrett and Thomas Cannon (who was a Dallas Opera Emerging Artist and sang in our most recent production of MADAME BUTTERFLY), all have been finalists in the Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition, and all stood out in yesterday’s auditions.

Two other mezzos made strong impressions, Brandy Hawkins and Chrystal Williams (another product of the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, which produced several of the best apprentices I heard recently in Santa Fe) but perhaps the most promising singer was a 20 year old Mozart tenor from South Africa named Makudupanyane Senaoana.  He seemed to sing the aria “Ich baue ganz” from THE ABDUCTION FROM THE SERAGLIO in one breath.

Yesterday afternoon following the audition was an hour long recital in the theatre given by tenor Noah Stewart, who is here this summer to sing “Radames” in AIDA.  He was plugging the release of a new CD that has already risen to number one on the classical chart in Great Britain and has just come out in the States.    It was a “crossover” program taken mostly from what is on the recording, and he was exquisitely and sensitively accompanied by Michael Heaston, who is head of the music staff at Glimmerglass, and who has been the head of the music staff in Dallas for many years.

Last night’s performance was an enchanting production of Meredith Willson’s THE MUSIC MAN, starring Dwayne Croft and Elizabeth Futral, both of whom have sung with The Dallas Opera.  Part of the Glimmerglass mission statement under Francesca Zambello is dedicated to performing one classic American musical every season unamplified and with the original orchestrations.  Having singers the calibre of Dwayne and Elizabeth guarantee that these shows will be well sung but the joyous surprise is how adept these two are with the dialogue since speaking on stage seems to be such a challenge to most opera singers.

Utterly natural in their delivery, they looked and sounded great.

This production was slightly updated from 1912 to circa 1940 for no apparent reason other than to allow Elizabeth to look smashing in trousers and Dwayne to look snazzy in a “zootsuit.”

Energetically staged by Tony nominated director and choreographer Marcia Milgrom Dodge and authoritatively conducted by John DeMain, it was a wonderful evening of old-fashioned musical theatre.

Needless to add, the audience went wild at the end clapping rhythmically at the curtain call while the orchestra reprised “Seventy-six Trombones.”

Corporate Citizenship, Indeed!

by Suzanne Calvin

The Texas Instruments Foundation has deep roots in our community and they were made deeper still by the foundation’s generous allocation of $1.5 million in vital grant monies to a dozen key arts organizations--including the Dallas Opera.  Commitment is easily talked about, but rarely so well expressed.

Read all about it on the Texas Instruments website.

Suzanne Calvin, Manager/Director Media and PR

Safe for All Ages and Budgets

by Suzanne Calvin

After looking at a friend’s tickets for a single pre-season game for a major sports franchise; I don’t want to hear any more complaints about opera being “too expensive.” In fact, I want you to more-or-less empty your wallet, grab the kids or grandkids, and come to the Winspear for some outstanding family friendly programs at the AT&T Performing Arts Center that won’t make a dent in your checking account--courtesy of the Dallas Opera. See the release that follows.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Monday, August 27, 2012
Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014 Or Megan Meister 214.443.1071
suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org megan.meister@dallasopera.org

Fall Brings Charming and Uplifting
TDO Family Programming
Presented by
The Perot Foundation Education and Community Outreach Programs,
Chase, Kimberly-Clark Corporation
& Texas Instruments, Inc.
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JACK AND THE BEANSTALK
TDOpage2stage
Saturday, October 27th 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 Mezzo-Soprano Amanda Crider, Baritone David Pershall and Maestro Christian Capocaccia
Sunday, November 4th 2:00 p.m.
At the Margot & Bill Winspear Opera House
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DOCTOR MIRACLE
$5 FAMILY PERFORMANCE,
Saturday, November 10th 2:00 p.m.
At the Margot & Bill Winspear Opera House
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DALLAS, AUGUST 27, 2012 – The Dallas Opera is delighted to offer three consecutive weekends of family-friendly programming designed to introduce “you and yours” to the extraordinary world of opera. TDO will present a brand new program for the fall called TDOpage2stage on Saturday, October 27, 2012. At 12:30 p.m., the lobby of the Margot & Bill Winspear Opera House in the AT&T Performing Arts Center will open for a special kick-off event with a legendary special guest from the world of sports to introduce you to our new TDO Kids Book Club, along with lots of other lobby activities as well.
The excitement doesn’t end there—TDO will host the first public performance of John Davies’ witty opera adaptation of the familiar tale of JACK AND THE BEANSTALK starting at 2:00 p.m., featuring soprano Hannah Riggs 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 timeless children’s story was brought to life by Dallas Opera Production Designer Tommy Bourgeois. Dallas Children’s Theater’s Education Director Nancy Schaeffer staged the work for the Dallas Opera.
Single tickets for this event go on sale on Monday, September 10th at 10:00 a.m. for just $5 apiece!

On Sunday, November 4th the Dallas Opera will host a fun-filled afternoon of free arts-related activities starting at 12:00 p.m. and concluding with the Dallas Opera Family Concert at 2:00 PM featuring mezzo-soprano Amanda Crider, fresh off her crowd-pleasing TDO debut as Violetta’s friend “Flora” in our critically acclaimed romantic hit, LA TRAVIATA. She will appear with baritone David Pershall, who is “as handsome as it gets,” with an effortless legato line, according to Larry Kellum of the Connecticut Town Times. “One can see why the Metropolitan Opera has added him to their roster next season.”
These rising stars and the Dallas Opera Orchestra will perform under the baton of Maestro Christian Capocaccia, former Assistant Conductor of the Dallas Opera.
Ms. Crider will be performing “Voi che sapete”, and Mr. Pershall will sing “Hai gia vinta la causa” from Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro (“The Marriage of Figaro), among other concert highlights. Mr. Pershall will also perform an aria from Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s 2010 Dallas Opera world premiere, Moby-Dick, “Captain Ahab, I must speak with you”. Both Ms. Crider and Mr. Pershall will perform selections from Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia (“The Barber of Seville”), along with memorable arias from Bizet’s always sizzling Carmen.
Don’t miss out on this tremendous (and perfectly priced) program!

Just $5 per ticket! Buy on-line, 24/7, at dallasopera.org or call 214.443.1000. First four tickets FREE for ALL current TDO subscribers to use at any performance in the TDO Family Series. What better chance to introduce the extraordinary music, the magic, and the incredible excitement of opera to your children, grand-children or loved ones!

The Dallas Opera Educational/Family Series is presented by The Perot Foundation Education and Community Outreach Programs, Chase, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, and Texas Instruments, Inc., and made possible in part by grants from The David M. Crowley Foundation, the Rosewood Foundation, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

On Saturday, November 10, 2012 a Family Matinee performance of Georges Bizet’s romantic, one-act operetta about love and omelets, DOCTOR MIRACLE, at the Margot & Bill Winspear Opera House located at 2403 Flora Street, Dallas 75201. Tickets for the 2:00 p.m. performance are family budget-priced at $5 apiece! Contact the Dallas Opera at 214.443.1000 or purchase online at dallasopera.org. Tickets will also be available at the door.

DOCTOR MIRACLE was composed for a competition when Georges Bizet (world-renowned for his operas Carmen and The Pearl Fishers) was just eighteen years old. A youthful vitality permeates this story, set in 19th century Padua, Italy, in the home of the Mayor, his wife Veronica, and his love-struck daughter, Laurette. She’s enamored of the ever-resourceful Silvio, an army captain, who dons one disguise after another to infiltrate the household, in order to win the hand of the girl he adores. Sound simple? Guess again!
The SMU cast of DOCTOR MIRACLE features soprano Coretta Smith as Laurette, mezzo-soprano Rachel Alexander as Veronica, baritone Njabulo Mthimkhulu as The Mayor, and tenor Zach Hess in the triple role of Silvio/Pasquin/Doctor Miracle.
The cast and the Dallas Opera Orchestra will perform under the baton of Maestro Christian Capocaccia, former Assistant Conductor of the Dallas Opera.
The classic storybook set and costumes were designed by Production Designer Tommy Bourgeois.
These performances feature a new English translation by Dr. James Hampton, who has also staged the work for the Dallas Opera.
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Subscriptions for the three 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 dallasopera.org. Single tickets for all Family Performances and AÏDA go on sale September 10th at 10 a.m., starting at a new low price of just $19! 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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“JACK & THE BEANSTALK” KEY BIOS:

MARY DIBBERN (Music Director for Education and Family Programs)
The American pianist Mary Dibbern joined the Music Staff of The Dallas Opera as Music Director for Education and Family Programs in June 2012. She is an internationally known specialist in the field of vocal coaching, recital accompaniment, recordings, University level master classes, Young Artists Program teaching, television and radio appearances in Europe, the United States and Asia. Dibbern was graduated summa cum laude from SMU with a Master of Music in accompaniment under the direction of Maestro Paul Vellucci. She then moved to Paris to work with the great French musicians Nadia Boulanger and Pierre Bernac. She resided in France from 1978 to 2009, where she was guest coach for the Opéra National de Paris (Bastille), and the operas of Nice, Bordeaux, Lyons, Toulouse, Dijon, Châtelet, the Opéra-Comique, the Festival de Radio France-Montpellier and in Europe at the Théâtre Municipal de Lausanne, the Círculo Portuense de Opera, the Lithuanian National Opera (Vilnius), the Latvian National Opera (Riga) and at the Shanghai Opera House where she was in charge of musical and language preparation for the first French-language productions. In the US, she was guest coach at Seattle Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Kentucky Opera, Opera Memphis and Hawai’i Opera Theatre. She was Head of Music at Minnesota Opera for three seasons, where she collaborated closely with composer Kevin Puts and librettist Mark Campbell on their world premiere “Silent Night” which subsequently won the Pulitzer Price for Music 2012. Mary Dibbern is the author of seven books on French music published by Pendragon Press and is the Editorial Consultant for Musik Fabrik’s publications of works by French composer Jacques Leguerney She is a recording artist for Harmonia Mundi France, Claves and Maguelone.

NANCY SCHAEFFER (Stage Director)
Nancy Schaeffer has served Dallas Children’s Theater since its founding in 1984, first as a teacher and actor and now as Director of all Education Programs and outreach activities. A graduate of Western Kentucky University, Ms. Schaeffer has directed numerous DCT productions including Junie B. Jones…; How I Became a Pirate; don’t u luv me?; Madeline’s Christmas; EAT (It’s Not About Food); Goodnight Moon; The Secret Life of Girls; Stuart Little; If You Give a Mouse a Cookie; The Island of the Skog; Honk!; Babe, the Sheep-Pig; Jack & the Giant Beanstalk; The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; Bunnicula; Lyle the Crocodile; Miss Nelson is Missing (1999 &2010); Miss Nelson is Back!; If You Give a Moose a Muffin and If You Give a Pig a Party (both of which she adapted for the stage); and twelve productions of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever! Ms. Schaeffer also directed DCT’s highly successful touring production of The Stinky Cheeseman and Other Fair(l)y (Stoopid) Tales which toured the US and then traveled to Shanghai, China playing at the 2006 Shanghai International Children’s Culture and Arts Expo. As Education Director, Ms. Schaeffer oversees numerous programs including: DCT Academy, which offers year-round classes to more than 1,800 young people, ages 3 through 18; Curtains Up On Reading, an in-school residency program that integrates drama, literature, language arts, social studies, and history; After School and Summer Drama Classes that benefit “at-risk” youth through eight after-school satellite arts programs, and DCT’s Teen Scene, which nurtures the theater audiences and professionals of tomorrow by opening communication between teens, theater professionals and the community at large. She is also the primary contact with area Educators and District Leaders as well as other Education Directors from area cultural institutions. She also recently directed Shared Stories- a museum theater project with the 6th floor museum being created as a part of the upcoming programs honoring the 50th anniversary of the death of President John F. Kennedy.

TOMMY BOURGEOIS (Production Designer)
Tommy Bourgeois has been associated with The Dallas Opera for over 25 years. He has been an integral part of our Costume Shop and is the Head of the Properties Department. Mr. Bourgeois has designed costumes and scenery for Ballet Austin, including Romeo and Juliette, The Nut Cracker and an original production of Taming of the Shrew commissioned by the Kennedy Center. Other costume designs include Six Flags over Texas’ Christmas Show, Jazz land in New Orleans and Dixie Stamped in Tennessee. In addition to designing costumes for various theatres in Dallas, Tommy served as Master Carpenter and Costumer for the Lyric Opera Of Dallas for 4 years from 1986- 1989. He is currently the set designer for the Order of the Alamo Coronation that takes place in San Antonio every spring during Fiesta. Tommy earned a MA in Theatre Design and Dramatic Criticism at Southwest Texas University and went on to earn an MFA at Southern Methodist University where he studied with Bill and Jean Eckhart. In New York, Mr. Bourgeois was the assistant to Beni Montressor on ballets and operas in New York, NY and abroad and worked in the Fashion industry for Joseph Abboud and Emanuel Ungaro.

“JACK & THE BEANSTALK” CAST:

HANNAH RIGGS (Jack)
Soprano Hannah Rigg, a native of Tomball, TX, received her B.M. in Vocal Performance (2010) from East Texas Baptist University and her M.M. in Vocal Performance (2012) from The Meadows School of the Arts at SMU. Her operatic and musical theatre roles include Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), Minerva (Orpheus in the Underworld), Belinda (Dido and Aeneas), Hansel (Hansel and Gretel), Dorothy (The Wizard of Oz), Ruth (The Pirates of Penzance), and Dina (Schoolhouse Rock Live!). In concert performances in the Dallas area, Hannah has been heard as soloist in John Rutter’s Gloria and Mozart’s Requiem. Among her numerous awards, scholarships and honors are the Roy and Sue Johnson Opera Theatre Award (2012), Sigma Alpha Iota Scholastic Award (2010), Outstanding Music Student Award (2010), Dexter Lee Riddle Music Scholarship Award (2009), Sharon Faulkner Memorial Scholarship (2008) and the Janice Walker Wrotenbery Scholarship (2007). Hannah was recently named to “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges” and in the fall, she continues her studies at SMU, working towards a Performer’s Diploma in Voice with her teacher Dale Dietert.

EMILY HUESKE (Mother/Wife)
Mezzo-soprano Emily Hueske of Tolland, Connecticut has quickly established herself in the Dallas/Fort Worth music community. She has been heard as a soloist with the Arts District Chorale in a performance of Rossini’s Petite messe solonnelle at the Dallas Museum of Art and has also been a soloist with the Plano Civic Chorus and the Women’s Chorus of Dallas. She is a member of both the Fort Worth Opera Chorus and The Dallas Opera Chorus. This coming season she will be singing the role of Mother/Giant’s wife in The Dallas Opera’s outreach production of Jack and the Beanstalk. As a member of UNT Opera she has sung the role of Alisa in Lucia de Lammermoor and was invited to perform selected opera scenes at the Center for Contemporary Opera’s 2012 Gala in New York City. In the New England region Ms. Hueske has performed with a wide variety of ensembles including the Boston Opera Project, Manchester Symphony Orchestra, Nashua Symphony Orchestra, Old North Festival Chorus and Opera Boston. She has also been a soloist with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, the Hartford Chorale and the Simsbury Light Opera. She has sung the role of Madame de la Haltiere in Massenet’s Cendrillon with the New England Conservatory Opera Theatre, as well as the role of Cecilia March in Adamo’s Little Women. In the summer of 2006 she was selected to sing the role of Mrs. Gibbs in the Western Regional premiere of Ned Rorem’s Our Town with the Aspen Opera Theatre Center. Ms. Hueske received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from the University of Connecticut and completed a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance at the New England Conservatory in Boston, MA. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of North Texas studying with Dr. Stephen Austin.

TRAVIS McGUIRE (Giant/Trouble)
Travis Wiley McGuire graduated from Southern Methodist University with an M.M. in Voice Performance, studying under Virginia Dupuy, Martha Gerhart, and Simon Sargon. His B.A. Degrees in Music and Biblical Text are from Abilene Christian University, where he studied under Julie Pruett. In Abilene, he appeared as Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro, as Gianni Schicchi, and as Frank Maurrant in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene. He also sang with the Abilene Opera Association as the Imperial Registrar in Madama Butterfly, as Sonora in La Fanciulla del West, and as Smee in Peter Pan. McGuire’s appearance as Prison Warden Frank in the Abilene Tri-Collegiate Opera’s Die Fledermaus was described in the Abilene Reporter News as displaying a “well-developed comedic bent” and “great vocal abilities.” In 2008, McGuire participated in the Los Angeles-based program, OperaWorks! where he worked with noted coach, Ann Baltz. He has also recently appeared in several of the the SMU Opera Ensemble’s “Opera Free for All” series concerts, in addition to appearances as the Narrator in The Old Maid and the Thief, the Sorceror in Dido and Aeneas, Alcindoro in La Boheme, Grandpa Moss in an award-winning production of Aaron Copland’s The Tender Land, and the Learned Judge in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Trial by Jury.

“DOCTOR MIRACLE” KEY BIOS:

CHRISTIAN CAPOCACCIA (Conductor)
Italian conductor Christian Capocaccia continues to distinguish himself as an artist of keen insight and musicianship. His ease on the podium and comfortable coaching style with singers throughout each season have made him a favorite with orchestras, opera companies and vocalists. 2012 begins with Mr. Capocaccia assuming the post of Music Director of the Stamford Young Artists Philharmonic. In September, Mr. Capocaccia will lead performances of Donizetti’s I Capuleti e I Montecchi with AsLiCo (Associazione Lirica e Concertistica Italiana). In October, he returns to the Dallas Opera for performances of Bizet’s Dr. Miracle, his first production with the company since leaving in 2011. During the 2011/12 Season, Mr. Capocaccia coached emerging vocalists at the 10th International Opera Program of Artescénica in Torreón and Saltillo, Mexico. Later on in the season he led Manhattan School of Music’s Opera Scenes production, with director Richard Gammon. In the spring, Mr. Capocaccia was called upon to fill in last minute for rehearsals of Golijov’s La Pasión según San Marcos for the Argentine premier of the piece at the Teatro Colon, where he displayed tremendous confidence and skill, learning the piece overnight, and delivering insight and direction to the great appreciation of the theatre staff and musicians alike. 2011 saw the conclusion of three years as assistant conductor with the Dallas Opera, under Maestro Graham Jenkins. In the 10/11 season, Mr. Capocaccia made his Winspear Opera House debut conducting the Dallas Opera Orchestra and guest singers in a program of opera highlights, in addition to assisting on productions of Don Giovanni, Roméo et Juliette and Rigoletto. Born in Rome, he began studying the violin at the age of 9. He attended the Santa Cecilia Music Conservatory. He earned his Diploma under Paolo Ciociola and completed his studies with world-renowned violinist Nina Beilina in New York. Subsequently he studied composition under Boris Porena and Luciano Pelosi, and conducting with Piero Bellugi and Donato Renzetti. A graduate of Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington under David Effron he has participated in Master classes with Herbert Blomstedt, Gustav Meier and Leonard Slatkin.

JAMES HAMPTON (Stage Director)
James Hampton has received critical acclaim as both a stage director and singer. The Washington Post applauded his “pungent”, “tightly paced” direction of Ned Rorem’s opera Our Town at The Catholic University of America. For The University of Texas at Austin, he has directed productions of Handel’s Rinaldo, Orff’s Antigone, Robert Ward’s Roman Fever, and numerous opera scenes evenings. He has directed Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor and Menotti’s The Medium for East Carolina University. On stage, he has been praised for his “mellifluous tenor” (The Towson Times) and “flair for comedy” (The Washington Post). He has been a soloist with the Metro Opera Project, The Texas Early Music Project, The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Austin, Cockpit in Court Summer Theater, The Johns Hopkins Chorale, and the Handel Choir of Baltimore. Ensemble credits include the Washington Opera, Baltimore Opera, Washington Concert Opera and the Deutsch Oper Berlin. James received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The University of Texas at Austin and is the Artistic Services Manager for The Dallas Opera.

TOMMY BOURGEOIS (Production Designer)
Tommy Bourgeois has been associated with The Dallas Opera for over 25 years. He has been an integral part of our Costume Shop and is the Head of the Properties Department. Mr. Bourgeois has designed costumes and scenery for Ballet Austin, including Romeo and Juliette, The Nut Cracker and an original production of Taming of the Shrew commissioned by the Kennedy Center. Other costume designs include Six Flags over Texas’ Christmas Show, Jazz land in New Orleans and Dixie Stamped in Tennessee. In addition to designing costumes for various theatres in Dallas, Tommy served as Master Carpenter and Costumer for the Lyric Opera Of Dallas for 4 years from 1986- 1989. He is currently the set designer for the Order of the Alamo Coronation that takes place in San Antonio every spring during Fiesta. Tommy earned a MA in Theatre Design and Dramatic Criticism at Southwest Texas University and went on to earn an MFA at Southern Methodist University where he studied with Bill and Jean Eckhart. In New York, Mr. Bourgeois was the assistant to Beni Montressor on ballets and operas in New York, NY and abroad and worked in the Fashion industry for Joseph Abboud and Emanuel Ungaro.

“DOCTOR MIRACLE” CAST BIOS:

CORETTA SMITH (Laurette)
Lyric Soprano Coretta Smith is a second year graduate in the Master of Music program in Vocal Performance at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and a student of Barbara Hill-Moore. Coretta received her Bachelor of Music Degree from Abilene Christian University in May of 2010. In February 2012, she sang the role of La Contessa in the SMU opera production of Le Nozze di Figaro. In July 2012, Ms. Smith made her European debut as Pamina from Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with the Amalfi Coast Music Festival. Other roles include the title role in Cendrillon and the Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte. Ms. Smith has been a Finalist in regional competitions for the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the Dallas Chapter of the Negro Business and Professional Women’s Organization.

RACHEL ALEXANDER (Veronica)
Rachel graduated as a music performance major from Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi in 2011. Rachel continued as a freshman in graduate school, furthering her education of the voice at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where she has studied with Virginia Dupuy (voice teacher), Simon Sargon (coach), Hank Hammett (acting director), in addition to Maestro Paul Phillips. She has worked on pieces by Handel, Massenet, Gounod, De Falla, Obradors, and Schubert, among others. Rachel sings in the University Park United Methodist Church Choir. In February 2012, Rachel played Cherubino in SMU’s production of the opera Le Nozze di Figaro by Mozart. In regards to her future career plans, Rachel expresses a “hope to have an active performing career, do some teaching and masterclasses, and then come back to Mississippi to build up Mississippi Opera. Mississippi has one of the oldest opera companies in the nation, but most Mississippians don’t even know that it exists. It is such a great opportunity, and it is begging to be put in the spotlight.”

NJABULO MTHIMKHULU (The Mayor)
Njabulo Mthimkhulu makes his TDO2Go and Student Performances @ the Winspear debut with these performances. He has sung Marullo in Rigoletto and de Bretigny in Manon with the Cape Town Opera and was a soloist for Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Missa Cellensis, Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Schubert Mass in G. His repertoire includes the title role in Don Giovanni, the Count in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Rambaldo in La Rondine. He made his European debut in Sweden as Jean in Boesman’s Julie. Upcoming engagements include the Count in Le Nozze di Figaro with Southern Methodist University. Mr. Mthimkhulu is currently working on his Artist Diploma at Southern Methodist University.

ZACH HESS (Silvio/Pasquin/Doctor Miracle)
Zachary Hess has been described as “marvelous” by the Nashville Scene and “outstanding” by the Nashville Parent. Mr. Hess’ roles in Doctor Miracle will mark his debut with TDO2Go. Mr. Hess was most recently seen in Opera Avanti’s scenes program, singing Faust in Boito’s Mefistofele and Tom Rakewell in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress. Other roles include Alfredo in La traviata with Repertory Opera Theater of Washington, DC, Tamino in The Magic Flute, Captain Tarnitz in The Student Prince for Nashville Opera, and Anthony Hope in Sweeney Todd with Tennessee Repertory Theatre. Mr. Hess was also a member of the Mary Ragland Young Artist Program at Nashville Opera. On the concert stage, Mr. Hess has sung the tenor solo in Theodore Dubois’ The Seven Last Words of Christ in Harrisonburg, Virginia, as well as the tenor solo in Mozart’s “Coronation” Mass with the Masterworks Chorus of the Shenandoah Valley.

“FAMILY CONCERT” KEY BIOS:

CHRISTIAN CAPOCACCIA (Conductor)
Italian conductor Christian Capocaccia continues to distinguish himself as an artist of keen insight and musicianship. His ease on the podium and comfortable coaching style with singers throughout each season have made him a favorite with orchestras, opera companies and vocalists. 2012 begins with Mr. Capocaccia assuming the post of Music Director of the Stamford Young Artists Philharmonic. In September, Mr. Capocaccia will lead performances of Donizetti’s I Capuleti e I Montecchi with AsLiCo (Associazione Lirica e Concertistica Italiana). In October, he returns to the Dallas Opera for performances of Bizet’s Dr. Miracle, his first production with the company since leaving in 2011. During the 2011/12 Season, Mr. Capocaccia coached emerging vocalists at the 10th International Opera Program of Artescénica in Torreón and Saltillo, Mexico. Later on in the season he led Manhattan School of Music’s Opera Scenes production, with director Richard Gammon. In the spring, Mr. Capocaccia was called upon to fill in last minute for rehearsals of Golijov’s La Pasión según San Marcos for the Argentine premier of the piece at the Teatro Colon, where he displayed tremendous confidence and skill, learning the piece overnight, and delivering insight and direction to the great appreciation of the theatre staff and musicians alike. 2011 saw the conclusion of three years as assistant conductor with the Dallas Opera, under Maestro Graham Jenkins. In the 10/11 season, Mr. Capocaccia made his Winspear Opera House debut conducting the Dallas Opera Orchestra and guest singers in a program of opera highlights, in addition to assisting on productions of Don Giovanni, Roméo et Juliette and Rigoletto. Born in Rome, he began studying the violin at the age of 9. He attended the Santa Cecilia Music Conservatory. He earned his Diploma under Paolo Ciociola and completed his studies with world-renowned violinist Nina Beilina in New York. Subsequently he studied composition under Boris Porena and Luciano Pelosi, and conducting with Piero Bellugi and Donato Renzetti. A graduate of Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington under David Effron he has participated in Master classes with Herbert Blomstedt, Gustav Meier and Leonard Slatkin.

AMANDA CRIDER (Mezzo-Soprano)
Amanda Crider made her Dallas Opera debut last season as Flora Bervoix in La traviata. Her current season includes Prince Orlofsky in Knoxville Opera’s production of Die Fledermaus, an appearance with the Greeley Philharmonic, and her return to both Apollo’s Fire and Seraphic Fire in Handel’s Messiah. Recently she appeared as Clarina in La cambiale di matrimonio (Opera Omaha), First Secretary in Nixon in China(Eugene Opera), mezzo soloist in Chansons Madécasses with New World Symphony, and symphonic debuts with the Eugene Symphony (Mozart’s Requiem) and the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra (Handel’s Messiah). She has appeared numerous times with Florida Grand Opera including performances as Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro and Mercédès inCarmen. She has also sung with New York City Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Gotham Chamber Opera, and the Tanglewood Music Center. Showing her versatility, she has sung Nellie Forbush in South Pacific for Anchorage Opera and Opera Boston. She has been lauded for her early music interpretations including two seasons with Glimmerglass Opera (Pastore #3 in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo and Sesto in Handel’s Giulio Cesare) and performances with Apollo’s Fire, Seraphic Fire, and The Bach Festival Society of Florida. She has been a finalist in competitions such as the José Iturbi International Voice Competition and Jensen Foundation Voice Competition, and is a recipient of a Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshana Foundation.

DAVID PERSHALL (Baritone)
American baritone David Pershall is quickly making a name for himself on stages around the world with his seductive voice and engaging stage presence. This year he joins the roster at the Metropolitan Opera as the first cover of Lord Cecil in Maria Stuarda. He will also be making his premier as Zurga in Les Pêcheurs de Perles at VirginiaOpera and appearing in concert performances with Dallas Opera. Other recent performances include Schaunard in La Bohème with the Den Norske Opera & Ballet, Robert Baker in Bernstein’s Wonderful Town with the Giuseppe Verdi Orchestra di Milano, Vaughn Williams’ Sea Symphony with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, Carmina Burana with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia & Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor with the Opera Theater of Connecticut, as well as the title role of Don Giovanni at Yale School of Music. David has won many prestigious vocal competitions including 1st Prize in the Fritz and Lavinia Jensen Foundation Competition, 1st Prize in the Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition, 1st Prize in the Connecticut Opera Guild Competition, 1st Prize in the Hugo Kauder Competition for Voice, the Presser Music Foundation Award, and the Thomas Stewart Award for Vocal Excellence. His other awards include prizes in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Giulio Gari Foundation Competition, the Opera Index Competition, the George London Foundation, the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, the David L. Kasdon Memorial Prize for the Outstanding Singer in the Yale School of Music, and an Artist Grant Award from the National Bel Canto Vocal Competition.

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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. 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.

AIDA by Giuseppe Verdi
October 26: The Linda and Mitch Hart Season Opening Night Performance
Featuring Latonia Moore, The Charron and Peter Denker Rising Star (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: John Copley
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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Artistic Director Jonathan Pell, Glimmerglass Part I

by tdoadmin

Otsego Lake, the setting for the Glimmerglass Festival.

The Glimmerglass Festival in upstate New York is my last stop on my summer travels.  This is only the second season under general and artistic director Francesca Zambello and is filled with interesting repertoire in unusual productions.

Last night was Jean-Baptiste Lully’s ARMIDE, first performed in 1686, and was a co-production with Toronto’s Opera Atelier, a company dedicated to performing Baroque opera.  The entire cast from Canada was brought to the festival intact, and it was interesting to observe a production so dedicated to early performance style, both musical and theatrical.

The sets and costumes were colorful, but alas the singers for the most part were not.  Obviously cast for their youth and beauty and ability to move gracefully, only soprano Peggy Kria Dye in the title role was completely successful vocally.

More a ballet with occasional arias, the production style was a little too precious for my taste, but the audience seemed to love it.

I have auditions this morning and again tomorrow, and will hear all the apprentice singers (who make up the chorus and sing some of the smaller roles.)  This summer’s repertoire required an unusually large group and I will hear about 40 young singers over two days.

FIRST Things First

by Suzanne Calvin

 

If you were anywhere in the vicinity of the intersection of Flora Street and Jack Evans on the evening of October 21, 2011 -- you already know what a blockbuster of an event this was. The great thing is, having pulled it off in spectacular fashion once, it should be even better this go ’round. Check out the release and make your reservations now.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friday, August 24, 2012

Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014
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Or Megan Meister 214.443.1071
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THE DALLAS OPERA IS PROUD TO PRESENT
“FIRST NIGHT 2012”
THE OPENING NIGHT CELEBRATION OF THE 2012-2013 SEASON, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE OPENING NIGHT PERFORMANCE OF AÏDA, WITH ENDOWED SUPPORT UNDERWRITTEN BY LINDA AND MITCH HART
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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2012 AT 6:30 P.M.
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THE MARGOT AND BILL WINSPEAR OPERA HOUSE AT THE AT&T PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

FIRST NIGHT Honorary Chairs: Patti & John Cody,
Amy & Vernon Faulconer, Caroline Rose Hunt,
Joyce & Harvey Mitchell, and Shannon & Ted Skokos
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Kaki Hopkins, FIRST NIGHT Chair
Tincy Miller, Advisory Chair
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LINDA AND MITCH HART SEASON OPENING NIGHT PERFORMANCE, ENDOWED SUPPORT

DALLAS, AUGUST 24, 2012 – The Dallas Opera is proud to announce initial details regarding 2012’s FIRST NIGHT, the Opening Night celebrations in conjunction with the Linda and Mitch Hart Season Opening Night Performance of AÏDA that marks the eagerly awaited launch of the company’s 2012-2013 “Pursuits of Passion” Season, presented by Texas Instruments Foundation.
The event, hosted by the Dallas Opera, will focus on the compelling power of art married to contemporary design in each of the mainstage operas (as well as the overtly passionate season theme) that comprise the company’s fourth season in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center: Verdi’s Aïda, Puccini’s Turandot, The Aspern Papers by Dominick Argento—and our delightful family production of Georges Bizet’s Doctor Miracle.
It is the vision of 2012 FIRST NIGHT Chair Kaki Hopkins to incorporate these far-flung masterpieces from all corners of the globe into one fabulous night designed to create an all-encompassing ambiance of mystery and timeless beauty—from the red carpet arrivals to the elegant post-performance dinner. She also plans to recognize the Dallas Opera’s recent foray into producing opera simulcasts in sports venues with a Red Carpet theme of “Arts and Sports Together.”
The thrills begin on the red carpet, at 6:00 p.m. the evening of Friday, October 26, 2012 at the plaza entrance to the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in the Dallas Arts District.

FIRST NIGHT Presenting Sponsor – Dinner and Opening Night Festivities
THE DALLAS OPERA

SEASON PRESENTER
TEXAS INSTRUMENTS FOUNDATION

SEASON OPENING NIGHT UNDERWRITERS
LINDA AND MITCH HART

FIRST NIGHT Honorary Chairs
Patti and John Cody
Amy and Vernon Faulconer
Caroline Rose Hunt
Joyce and Harvey Mitchell
Shannon and Ted Skokos

FIRST NIGHT Advisory Chair
Tincy Miller

FIRST NIGHT Advisory Committee
Linda Custard
Patsy Donosky
Gene Jones
Connie Klemow
Nancy Marcus
Sharon McCullough
Cynthia Melnick
Joyce Moore
Deanna Sandlin
Ellen Terry
Marnie Wildenthal

FIRST NIGHT Chair
Kaki Hopkins

FIRST NIGHT Vice-Chairs
Rhonda Sargent Chambers
Lynn Mock

FIRST NIGHT CORPORATE CHAIR
Kathleen Gibson

FIRST NIGHT DINNER CHAIRS
Holly and Tom Mayer

FIRST NIGHT RECEPTION CHAIRS
Elaine and Bill Blaylock

FIRST NIGHT HOST CHAIRS
Carol and Don Glendenning

FIRST NIGHT Supporting Partners
PaperCity
Marie Dean Public Relations

The FIRST NIGHT team, chaired by Kaki Hopkins with assistance from Vice-Chairs Rhonda Sargent Chambers and Lynn Mock, anticipates a particularly glittering grand entrance featuring, not only of notables and celebrities, but internationally acclaimed fashion designers who have returned to create breathtaking designs for the celebrities invited to model these creations, as representatives of the Dallas Opera’s 2012-2013 Season—leaving their significant “footprints” on these sumptuous, red-carpet celebrations!
Miss Chambers, of RSC Productions, and Red Carpet Co-Chair Marisa Huckin will greet the guests and announce their arrivals. The Red Carpet Manager will be former Dallas Opera Director of Production John Gage.
Also assisting on the red carpet that evening will be the FIRST NIGHT public relations corp, Marie Dean of Marie Dean PR, Chair; and Gianna Madrini, Style Editor of “Global Fashion News,” Fashion Media Chair.

“FIRST NIGHT, in its encore year, will celebrate the masterpieces of the 56th International Season of the Dallas Opera in a unique and really exciting way,” explains Chair Kaki Hopkins. “The red-carpet extravaganza will feature well-known athletes and persons associated with the sports world, to reflect our theme of ‘Arts and Sports Together.’ They will be wearing exquisite creations by five of the finest fashion designers working today. Each designer will create a glorious gown inspired by one of the operas of the season—and by the divas who have captured our imaginations!”
“Be there to applaud the artists’ work on these stellar role models,” she adds, “and to enjoy every moment of this inspired Red Carpet extravaganza.”

The guests will move into Nancy B. Hamon Hall for the 6:30 p.m. reception, chaired by Elaine and Bill Blaylock. This interlude for refreshments and convivial conversation will serve as an “appetizer” for the rest of the evening, beginning with a star-studded Opening Night performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s grand and glorious AÏDA, starring Texas-born soprano Latonia Moore, The Charron and Peter Denker Rising Star, in the coveted title role, Bulgarian mezzo-soprano Nadia Krasteva in her company debut as Amneris, Italian tenor Antonello Palombi as Radames, and baritone Lester Lynch as Amonasro, King of Ethiopia. The season opener will be conducted by Dallas Opera Music Director Graeme Jenkins and staged by Garnett Bruce.
Following the opera, the Dallas Opera’s special guests will adjourn to Annette Strauss Square next door, for a cosmopolitan, late-night dining experience chaired by Holly and Tom Mayer inside a lavishly decorated tent.
Party-goers will savor delectable dishes by Wolfgang Puck Catering and a host of exceptional wines in one of five magnificent seating areas designed and distinctively decorated with a 2012-2013 Season opera in mind.

“An event is only as extraordinary as the ideas behind it,” explains Dallas Opera General Director & CEO Keith Cerny, “and the foundations of the Dallas Opera’s FIRST NIGHT celebrations are the fertile imaginations, the phenomenal talent and the creative genius of many of opera’s greatest names: Verdi, Puccini, Bizet, and Argento, as well as some of the brightest stars in sports, fashion, and contemporary design.”
“Opera always endeavors to appeal to our highest ideals, our better selves,” adds Mr. Cerny. “I think you will see this reflected in every aspect of this extraordinary night.
“Everyone associated with this event should be proud of their tremendous contributions to the company, to the future of the performing arts, and to this community we love. In fact, each of our chairs, hosts, and committee members has demonstrated already that the art of self-giving may be the most valuable art form of all.”

One of last season’s couture designers, Nicolas Villalba of NDV Inc., expressed his delight at the opportunity to create a new design to adorn the red carpet: “Last year, I had such a wonderful time working with my lovely model, Linda Ivy, and with sponsors Don and Ellen Winspear. For me, however, the most exciting aspect of the evening was making opera so accessible to the public. I loved the concept of “Opera under the stars.”
Added couturier Abi Ferrin: “FIRST NIGHT is an exciting way for Dallas designers to showcase their artistry, while supporting the Dallas Opera and the Winspear Opera House. I am honored to be included.”
Paulette Martsolf of Allie-Coosh, participating for the first time in this event, responded with enthusiasm: “The opportunity to be a part of FIRST NIGHT is a thrill. My passion for the arts goes far beyond fashion design. Hopefully, the four modern-day gowns I’ve designed for Aïda’s Entourage will honor this pinnacle night and the outstanding efforts of the Dallas Opera.”

ADDITIONAL MEMBERS OF THE 2012 FIRST NIGHT EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Leesa Alhadef
Barbara Bigham
Delilah and Sam Boyd
Carolyn and Colon Brown
Scott Chase
Linda Claycomb
Kay Copp
Nicole Dabbert
Marie Dean
Tiffany Divis
Patricia Granowski
Liz Kimple
Ann Lardner
Liz Minyard Lokey
Greg McConeghy
Jo Anne McCullough
Pat McEvoy
Tom McGurren
Michelle Mew
Connie Miles
Kim Miller
Laurey Peat
Melinda Rathke
Dawna Richter
Tanya Roberts
Carol Seay
Brian Shivers
Gloria McCall Snead
Samuel Stiles
Anne and Steve Stodghill
Jeanette Wharton
Ellen Winspear
Jocelyn White
Stacie and Mark Whitley
Debra Witter
Denise and Larry Wolford

Special Representative: Alison Hunsicker, The Women’s Board of the Dallas Opera.

The event is black-tie and valet service will be provided on the Flora Street side of the Winspear Opera House for all dinner guests.
Tickets for FIRST NIGHT begin at $500 per person. For additional information regarding FIRST NIGHT packages and options, contact Dallas Opera Special Events Manager Morgan Vaughn at morgan.vaughn@dallasopera.org.

KEY BIOS

Kaki Hopkins, Chair, FIRST NIGHT: Kaki is a seasoned chair of fundraising events for the arts, medicine and education, with leadership positions on the boards of the Dallas Opera; Dallas Theater Center (a leading actress/director with DTC for a decade); Chiapas International; TACA; The Dallas Arboretum and Vickery Meadow Learning Center, among others; and various auxiliary organizations for the arts and medicine. Kaki has been honored with numerous awards for leadership, both locally and nationally, and has taught acting, stage movement and voice at Trinity U. (San Antonio) and U. of New Mexico. She played an instrumental role in making last season’s FIRST NIGHT a resounding success and one of the most memorable opera galas ever and also chaired the highly successful Chihuly Gala at the Dallas Arboretum. She also served her country as Director of Music and Theater for the 7th Army Training Center in Germany for more than two years.

Tincy Miller, Advisory Chair, FIRST NIGHT: “Tincy” Miller is a life-long activist and advocate for education, a principal in a nationally renowned real estate firm, and a highly regarded civic leader who is called upon frequently to lead community and cultural causes. In 2003, Tincy was appointed Chair of the Texas State Board of Education, having served on the board for nearly two decades. She previously served on the board’s Committee on Instruction and as its Chair, and has led the Task Force on Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She has also served on the board and as president of L.I.F.T. (Literacy Instruction for Texas). Tincy has chaired major fund raising events for United Cerebral Palsy, The Dallas Opera, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, TACA, and the Crystal Charity Ball, to name only a few. Her awards are numerous, including the 1999 Tom Landry Award of Excellence in Volunteerism.

Rhonda Sargent Chambers, FIRST NIGHT Vice-Chair / Co-Chair, FIRST NIGHT Red Carpet: As a model, instructor, and speaker, Rhonda Sargent Chambers has been a respected figure in the fashion community for over 30 years. In addition to her work with Dallas-based Kim Dawson Agency and top international modeling agencies, she produces fashion shows and events through her company, RSC Show Productions. Rhonda is also regular contributor on the subjects of fashion and style to WFAA’s “Good Morning Texas” and ParkCitiesMom.com.

Lynn Mock, FIRST NIGHT Vice-Chair: Lynn Parr Mock, Chairman of the 2004 Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition, received her BME from Southwestern University and an MM in Vocal Performance from The University of Texas at Austin. She balances performing commitments with board service to many fine arts organizations. Lynn is currently serving on the Board of Directors of The Dallas Opera (for which she chairs the Education Committee), as Chairman of the Board of The Friends of WRR, and on the Board of Visitors at Southwestern University. Lynn is also co-founder of “Lone Spring Arts.”

Holly and Tom Mayer, Co-Chairs, FIRST NIGHT Dinner: TDO Board of Directors Executive Committee Vice-President, Development, Holly Mayer and Dallas Opera Board Member Dr. Tom Mayer have made the Dallas Opera one of their chief causes for more than a decade, in addition to providing significant support to the Dallas Theater Center and the Dallas Arboretum. As a dedicated arts leader, Holly helped raise $1.7 million for TDO’s 50th Anniversary Celebration, chaired a successful two-year campaign (ending in 2005) to wipe TDO’s accumulated deficit off the books, pioneered innovative audience outreach initiatives, and helped establish a young professionals program. Holly has also served on the President’s Advisory Council of the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts (ATTPAC).

Elaine and Bill Blaylock, Co-Chairs, FIRST NIGHT Reception: Bill, the Vice President and Senior Tax Council for Texas Instruments, and Elaine, the Controller at Prince of Peace Catholic School, have been active members of the Dallas Opera since 1993 when Elaine began working in the Dallas Opera Guild’s “Adopt an Artist” program. Eventually, the pair served as Presidents of the Guild (1999-2000). Among other highlights, they created the Bessylee Penland Endowment Fund for the annual Vocal Competition and facilitated the development of the TDO/SMU Emerging Artists Program. Bill currently serves on the TDO Executive Committee while Elaine, who has served as Chairman of the TDO Education Committee, now serves as a trustee for both the Dallas Opera and PORTopera in Portland, Maine.

Carol and Don Glendenning, FIRST NIGHT Host Chairs: Carol, Chair of the Policy Committee at Strasburger & Price, LLP, and Don Glendenning, Co-Chair of the Corporate and Transactional Department of Locke Lord LLP and Managing Partner of the Dallas office have devoted countless hours to their community, as well as their nationally recognized law practices. Carol serves on the Boards of The Dallas Opera, the Dallas Regional Chamber, the YWCA of Metropolitan Dallas, United Way Foundation, The Dallas Friday Group, and the St. Paul Medical Foundation. Don, the recipient of the 2011 Justinian Award from the Dallas Bar Association for extraordinary volunteer service to the community, is Co-Chair of The Campaign for Parkland; President of Scenic Dallas and Scenic Texas; Past Chairman of the Thanks-Giving Foundation and the Dallas Zoological Society; Past President of the Human Rights Initiative of North Texas and Rice University DFW Alumni, in addition to sitting on numerous Boards supporting a multitude of worthy causes.

Marisa Huckin, Co-Chair, FIRST NIGHT Red Carpet: A former professional show jumper with a Master’s degree in psychology from the University of Dallas, Marisa Huckin is a member of the Children’s Cancer Fund Board of Directors who co-chaired the organization’s 2010 luncheon—netting more than a quarter-of-a-million dollars for the cause. She went on to chair the 2010 Dallas Children’s Theater annual cabaret gala fundraiser and will returned last fall to chair a new event for CCF she described as “just jeans and a lot of fun.”

John Gage, Red Carpet Manager: Dallas Opera’s former Director of Production John Gage began his career in opera production as Stage Manager of St. Paul Opera for their 1972 summer season. He served in similar roles with the Opera companies of Santa Fe, Milwaukee, Miami, and Dallas, where her served as the Production Stage Manager for three years, beginning in 1978. In May 1980, he assumed the position of General Director of the Florentine Opera company in Milwaukee, a job he held for the next nine years. He then spent several years guiding the Columbus, Ohio, opera company through a financially difficult period, before returning to The Dallas Opera. Mr. Gage created the Director of Production position, retiring last year.

Michael Faircloth, Couture Designer: Mr. 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, Couture 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.

Geoffrey Henning, Couture Designer: Canadian-born Geoffrey Henning has been VP of Design for Women at JCPenny for nine years, in addition to custom design for an elite clientele. Henning is a frequent guest on NBC “Weekend Today” and was featured as a man of style in Modern Luxury magazine. He serves as chairman of Dallas Fashion Incubator and on the boards of Texas Next Top Designer and Starlight Foundation. Most recently, he received the coveted Legend of Style, Fashion Legacy Award from DIFFA Dallas.

Paulette Martsolf, Couture Designer: A Newfoundland native who garnered top design school honors in Toronto and studied in Paris, France. As owner of Allie-Coosh, Paulette offers cutting-edge daytime, evening and jewelry designs for the refined woman seeking trends as well as comfort. She has produced or been featured in prestigious fashion shows from Dallas to Santa Fe, and has served as a board member for Fashion Group International and contributed to Dallas Assistance League; Junior Charity League for Parkland Rehabilitation; Salvation Army Annual Fashion Show; Texas Discovery Gardens; American Heart Association; United Way; MDA Telethon; SafeHaven; The Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse; American Cancer Society; Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International; Roundup for Autism; and many more worthy causes.

Khanh Nguyen, Couture 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, Couture 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, and even custom 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.” In 2010, this winner of the DIFFA Legend of Style Award launched a popular men’s shirt collection under the label, “A great Shirt”. Villalba also does private label work for Stanley Korshak, Neiman-Marcus, TODD Events, and other high-end retailers.

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Single tickets for the 2012-2013 Season are subject to dynamic pricing (the earlier they are purchased and the less-in-demand, the lower the price) and will go on sale – for as little as $19 – on September 10, 2012. Subscriptions start at just $75. Inner Circle seating may be priced higher.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT “AUGUST AT THE DALLAS OPERA”
IS CONVENIENTLY AVAILABLE ONLINE, 24/7
VISIT WWW.DALLASOPERA.ORG AND CHECK THE CALENDAR LISTINGS
Or dallasopera.org/summer

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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

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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 go on sale September 10, 2012, starting at just $19 – new low price. 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.

AIDA by Giuseppe Verdi
October 26: The Linda and Mitch Hart Season Opening Night Performance
Featuring Latonia Moore, The Charron and Peter Denker Rising Star (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: John Copley
Costume Design: Peter J. Hall
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Latonia Moore (Aïda), 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 Montenegro* (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
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Assistant Director: Michael Mori
Starring: Susan Graham* (Tina), Alexandra Deshorties (Juliana 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. Cartier is the official jeweler and watchmaker of The Dallas Opera. Rosewood Crescent Hotel is the official hotel 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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Artistic Director Jonathan Pell, Santa Fe Opera Part VI

by tdoadmin

Last night was the second of two apprentice concerts showcasing the young singers who participate in this extraordinary program.  These forty young artists are selected from across the country (I was told that this year there were nearly one thousand applicants) and last night’s program was every bit as interesting and exciting as the first concert last week.

Extended scenes from eight different operas, fully staged and costumed with scenic elements and accompanied by piano, featured a wonderful array of talent.

As with last week’s posting, I can’t mention them all, but outstanding performances were given by baritones Zachary Nelson and Jonathan Michie, who couldn’t have been more contrasting in style, in scenes from ANDREA CHENIER and GIANNI SCHICCHI respectively.

Tenors Matthew Newlin and Matthew Grills both stood out in large ensemble scenes taken from the 2011 Pulitzer Prize winning opera SILENT NIGHT (Mr. Newlin) and Puccini’s GIANNI SCHICCHI (Mr. Grills.)

There were also two sopranos who stood out for me, first was Lindsey Russell as a fleet voiced “Zerbinetta” in a scene from the prologue from ARIADNE AUF NAXOS, and second was Sara Heaton as “Juliette” simply lovely in the wedding quartet from Gounod’s ROMEO AND JULIET.

I return to Dallas this morning, but head out again on Wednesday for Cooperstown, New York and the Glimmerglass Festival, the last stop on my summer travels searching for the world’s most talented artists to bring to the Dallas Opera.

Artistic Director Jonathan Pell, Santa Fe Opera Part V

by tdoadmin

Last night’s performance of Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hoffmannsthal’s ARABELLA was utterly delightful.  Wonderfully directed by British director Tim Albery (who returns to Dallas in April to stage THE ASPERN PAPERS) and conducted with romantic sweep by Sir Andrew Davis, this was Santa Fe Opera at its best.  Long known for its tradition of doing a major (and some minor) Strauss opera nearly every season, this is not an easy opera to pull off.  The romantic troubles of a young countess whose family is broke and dependent on her to make a brilliant marriage to save them is a fairly thin story line, but somehow Hoffmannstahl’s text and Strauss’s music make this trivial story compelling.

Erin Wall as “Arabella” was simply radiant (although perhaps her glow was partly because she is several months pregnant, a fact which was cleverly disguised by the costume department.)  A former winner of the Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition, it was a thrill to hear this wonderful artist in this demanding role. Her duet with soprano Heidi Stober, as her sister Zdenka (disguised as a boy because their impoverished parents cannot afford to raise two daughters) was just one of the musical highlights of the evening.

Another soprano (and another winner of the Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition) Kiri Deonarine, sang “Fiakermilli’s fiendishly difficult coloratura aria in the second act with real panache and received a rousing ovation from the audience who were obviously charmed by her performance.

In stunning sets and costumes designed by German designer Tobias Hoheisel, the entire cast seemed inspired.

Tomorrow night is the second of two Apprentice Concerts, designed to showcase the talented young singers who flock here every summer to become the Santa Fe Opera chorus and sing small roles and cover major ones.  Last week’s concert revealed a number of extremely promising young artists, so I am really looking forward to tomorrow night’s program.