Back by Popular Demand – Moby-Dick!

by Celeste Hart

Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s 2010 Masterpiece

Returns to the Company That Commissioned the Opera

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OPENING FRIDAY, NOV. 4, 2016

Curtain Time, 7:30 p.m.

The Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House

At The AT&T Performing Arts Center

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Additional Performances Nov. 6(m), 9, 12, 18 & 20(m)

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With Generous Support From

The Carol Franc Buck Foundation

And the National Endowment for the Arts

DALLAS, OCTOBER 7, 2016 – The Dallas Opera is very proud to present the eagerly anticipated revival of an historic Dallas Opera production: Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s critically acclaimed twenty-first century masterpiece: MOBY-DICK, starring world-renowned heldentenor Jay Hunter Morris as Captain Ahab.

The production will open with the Rosemary and Roger Enrico Foundation Performance on Friday, November 4, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center (2403 Flora St. in the Dallas Arts District).  Ticket prices start at just $19 (call 214.443.1000 or visit dallasopera.org).

Moby-Dick set a new standard for contemporary opera when it first took North Texas audiences by storm in 2010.  This revival of the universally acclaimed original production incorporates an epic set design by Robert Brill, stunning video projections by Elaine J. McCarthy, and period-authentic costumes designed by Jane Greenwood with lighting by Gavan Swift.

Heggie’s sweeping, neo-Romantic score will be performed by The Dallas Opera Orchestra and The Dallas Opera Chorus, as well as a host of international stars.

“This is a proud moment for the company.  Besides the exciting opportunity to showcase Texas tenor, Jay Hunter Morris, in one of his very favorite roles,” explains Keith Cerny, the Kern Wildenthal General Director and CEO, “it’s a special thrill to bring Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s masterpiece back to the Winspear Opera House stage, where this opera was born.

“Having just come to Texas six years ago as the general director and CEO, I will never forget the tremendous response from Dallas Opera audiences to this world premiere.  Clearly, music critics and patrons alike were enthralled; from Jake’s Prelude, accompanied by Elaine McCarthy’s morphing projections of a star field, to the poignant final notes of this stunning production.

“I consider Moby-Dick one of the finest operas of the past thirty years,” Mr. Cerny adds.  “For all these reasons, and more, I was determined to revive this production for North Texas audiences to enjoy – at least one more time.”

The Dallas Opera’s Moby-Dick is presented with generous support from The Carol Franc Buck Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts

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Mrs. Eugene McDermott Music Director Emmanuel Villaume, who conducts this revival, recently earned rave reviews for his podium artistry at this summer’s Santa Fe Opera Festival.  Maestro Villaume, conducting La fanciulla del West, was praised by Opera Warhorses for giving audiences “a passionate, rousing performance with a melodramatic sweep that suggested a deep appreciation by Villaume of Puccini’s score.”

Heidi Waleson of The Wall Street Journal noted that “Emmanuel Villaume conducted with sweep and urgency.”

His work at The Dallas Opera last season inspired Scott Cantrell of The Dallas Morning News to write that “Villaume does an impressive job of coordinating both singers and orchestra in some very complicated music.” 

“Keith Cerny and I are excited to program works that patrons have longed to experience just as much as we do. My energies are devoted to sharing this most relevant and revealing of art forms with North Texas and all the world,” explains Maestro Villaume.

“We invite everyone to join us in the magnificent Winspear Opera House, to experience the musicianship and incomparable artistry that can only be fully appreciated in an outstanding live performance.”

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MOBY-DICK, a production by Leonard Foglia originally commissioned and produced by The Dallas Opera, “opened in a blaze of glory” in 2010.  In the years since, it has been met with thunderous applause and critical acclaim in ports of call all around the world.

Composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer based their work on Herman Melville’s sprawling, epic tale of Captain Ahab’s obsession with a great white whale—and the destruction it brings upon his crew.  The opera splendidly illustrates the danger, tensions, and exhilaration of life aboard a 19th century whaling ship, as shipmates battle the harsh forces of nature in addition to Ahab’s brewing madness.

“The creation of Moby-Dick remains so incredibly vivid, fresh and joyful to me that it’s almost impossible to believe it has been six and a half years since The Dallas Opera premiere. It was easily one of the most meaningful and exciting times in my life. The joyful and adventurous spirit in the company and the community was inspiring,” writes composer Jake Heggie.  

The result of our combined work was more than we could ever have imagined: an immense success for the company, and a powerful new American opera that has since traveled to Australia, Canada and across the USA. The memorable East Coast premiere was at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. with several Supreme Court justices in attendance. Moby-Dick will soon be on its way to Europe, as well. A DVD was made at the San Francisco Opera and the production was telecast nationally on PBS as a featured part of Great Performances’ 40th Anniversary Season.

“Friends, this is truly rare for a new American opera!!

Moby-Dicks return to Dallas is no less remarkable, for it is rare indeed that a new opera returns this soon to its company of origin (i.e. Dead Man Walking has yet to return to the San Francisco Opera since its premiere 16 years ago). But soon we will see Ahab, Starbuck, Greenhorn, Queequeg and the crew of the Pequod return home to the great Winspear Opera House in the original magical, breathtaking production by Leonard Foglia, Robert Brill, Elaine McCarthy and all. Another milestone in the life of an American opera that Dallas can truly claim as its own,” adds Mr. Heggie. 

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George Loomis of the Financial Times (U.K.) raved that audiences “…can warm to Heggie’s musically lush, aptly proportioned and forthrightly tonal score (which) also boasts striking melodies, vivid atmospheric scenes and vocal lines capable of showing off voices.”

Texas-born Tenor Jay Hunter Morris will star in the role of Captain Ahab, which has become a signature role for the Dallas Opera favorite. Hailed as a force of nature in his portrayal, “…he sang with pressurized fury that practically shook the seats of the…Opera House,” exclaimed Richard Scheinin of the San Jose Mercury News.

“Enduring three hours strapped into a peg leg, Morris sang the heldentenor role with the dramatic intensity of a man possessed, tempered by the character of a stoic New Englander.  It was an admirable interpretation,” wrote Jane Rosenberg of Seen and Heard International.

The Marnie and Kern Wildenthal Principal Artist, Stephen Costello, “bright-toned, sympathetic” returns to The Dallas Opera to reprise his role as Greenhorn. David Patrick Stearns of Gramophone (U.K.) reviewed the tenor’s poignant performance on the San Francisco Opera DVD; “Singing with more ease and richness of tone than anytime previously, Stephen Costello (Greenhorn) projects a sense of profound personal revelation in the final moments when, rescued at sea, he owns his own name (‘Call me Ishmael’).

Baritone Morgan Smith also reprises his role as Starbuck for which he earned unanimous critical acclaim. Joshua Kosman of the San Francisco Chronicle touted his performance as joining “vocal splendor, moral authority and deep empathy in a phenomenal combination.”

Scott Cantrell of The Dallas Morning News also singled out his portrayal for special praise: “Morgan Smith’s strong, dense baritone perfectly suits the sturdy Quaker Starbuck.”

Making his Dallas Opera debut is up-and-coming South African bass-baritone, Musa Ngqungwana, made possible with support from The Charron and Peter Denker Rising Stars Endowment Fund. Maria Nockin of Opera Today wrote Mr. Ngqungwana portrayed “an intense, commanding Queequeg whose musings showed the spiritual side of the voyage.”

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MOBY-DICK was originally directed in 2010 by Leonard Foglia, who later staged the critically acclaimed 2015 world premiere of Joby Talbot and Gene Scheer’s Everest. According to Heidi Waleson of The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Foglia’s “staging brilliantly captured the immediacy and peril of the piece.”  Keturah Stickann, who also worked on the original 2010 production, will direct the 2016 revival of Mr. Foglia’s landmark production.

“It is particularly gratifying to bring Moby-Dick back to The Dallas Opera,” writes librettist Gene Scheer.

“Jake and I worked on the piece for about two-and-a-half years before handing it over to the gifted artists who would interpret our work.

“One never quite knows what one has—until a piece is being performed before an audience.  Opening night of Moby-Dick (the world premiere in 2010) is something I’ll never forget.

“About 90 minutes before the curtain went up, I went into the Winspear Opera House with little gifts for the production team, working intently at the production table on the lighting for Act Two.  The challenges were formidable, the clock was ticking, and everyone was completely focused on using every possible moment to realize our collective vision for the piece.

“I walked behind director Leonard Foglia, lighting designer Don Holder, set designer Robert Brill, and projections designer Elaine McCarthy—leaving a little gift with each one.  To this day, I doubt they knew where those gifts came from, since they were completely focused on the stage (and only the stage!).

Moby-Dick was embraced and supported in a stunning fashion by the people working at The Dallas Opera.  It is a particular pleasure to have the piece return to the place where it began, not only to celebrate the success of this opera, but to celebrate the incredible effort and dedication of all those who made it possible.”

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Sung in English, with English language translations projected above the stage, MOBY-DICK can be experienced at any of five additional performances: November 6(m), 9, 12, 18 & 20(m), 2016 in the Winspear Opera House with tickets starting at just $19.  Tickets may be purchased online, 24/7, at www.dallasopera.org or by contacting the friendly professionals in The Dallas Opera Ticket Services Office at 214.443.1000.

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EVENTS, GUESTS AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION IS CONVENIENTLY AVAILABLE ONLINE, 24/7

VISIT WWW.DALLASOPERA.ORG AND CHECK THE CALENDAR LISTINGS

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FOR HIGH-RESOLUTION PHOTOGRAPHS

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

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

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Season Opening Excitement – Tchaikovsky’s Treasure Eugene Onegin!

by Celeste Hart

THE DALLAS OPERA IS PROUD TO PRESENT

TCHAIKOVSKY’S 1879 MASTERPIECE!

EUGENE ONEGIN

CONDUCTED BY MUSIC DIRECTOR

EMMANUEL VILLAUME

Starring Baritone Andrei Bondarenko as Onegin

Soprano Svetlana Aksenova in her American Debut as Tatyana

 

THE LINDA AND MITCH HART 

SEASON OPENING NIGHT PERFORMANCE

Friday, October 28, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.

The Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House

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Opening Weekend Sponsor

The Eugene McDermott Foundation

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TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

STARTING AT $19

dallasopera.org or 214-443-1000

         

DALLAS, TX, SEPTEMBER 30, 2016 – Celebrating its 60th Year, the grand passions and lush melodies of Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky’s EUGENE ONEGIN open The Dallas Opera’s exciting 2016-2017 Season. 

The Linda and Mitch Hart Season Opening Night Performance features an international all-star cast in this bittersweet story about love, pride and, ultimately, regrets.

The festivities begin on Friday, October 28, 2016 with The Dallas Opera’s FIRST NIGHT, centered on the performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1879 masterpiece (curtain time, 8:00 p.m.).

Opening weekend is generously sponsored this year by The Eugene McDermott Foundation.

Additional performances of ONEGIN are scheduled for October 30 (Sunday, 2:00 p.m. matinee), November 2 and 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center.

 Tchaikovsky is known throughout the world for his popular compositions which include the ballets The Nutcracker Suite, The Sleeping Beauty, and Swan Lake; his rousing 1812 Overture (featured at many Independence Day celebrations); and Romeo and Juliet (an orchestral piece).  Each of these works reflects his deeply felt Russian Romanticism; a natural and elegant gift for melody; and rich, sweeping orchestrations.

Eugene Onegin - The Dallas Opera marketing image - no photo creditThis much-loved opera is closely based on Russian poet Alexander Pushkin’s early nineteenth-century novel in verse, published in installments between 1825 and 1832. Born into Russian nobility, the man credited with writing the first works in Modern Russian Literature lived a life not unlike his fictional creations, even dying at the age of 37 in a duel with a French officer.

EUGENE ONEGIN will showcase the Dallas Opera Orchestra conducted by internationally renowned Emmanuel Villaume, the Mrs. Eugene McDermott Music Director, with magnificent Ukranian baritone Andrei Bondarenko in the title role. Jean-Claude Auvray’s original production will receive revival staging by Regina Alexandrovskaya in this production from Israeli Opera Tel Aviv-Jaffa.

“As we program each season, we strive to offer a variety of operas – reflecting a range of time periods, sung languages and compositional styles -- including well-known operas such as Eugene Onegin. The depth of talent in our cast, orchestra, chorus, and production team are certain to create a spectacular experience for our patrons. We hope audience members will join us for this beautiful and moving production from Tel Aviv,” said Keith Cerny, the Kern Wildenthal General Director and CEO.

Set in 19th century Russia, a naïve young country girl, Tatyana (soprano Svetlana Aksenova in her American debut), becomes smitten with an aristocrat, Eugene Onegin. She  confesses her love in a letter to the arrogant Onegin (sung by baritone Andrei Bondarenko) who rejects her affections. Pride and jealousy lead to a confrontation between Onegin and his friend Lensky (Stephen Costello), who is in love with Tatyana’s sister Olga (Kai Rüütel). Heated words escalate to a fatal duel. Years later, Onegin, attending a prominent ball alone, reflects on the emptiness of his life and his many regrets. He is captivated when a regal beauty enters the ball—it is Tatyana! Now it is Onegin who appears obsessed with the woman whose love he had scorned.

Eugene Onegin is one of the great Tchaikovsky masterpieces from a compositional viewpoint and he is said to have written the work with ‘sincere passion.’ To interpret and conduct this poignant and romantic piece will be very exciting. I hope patrons will also find it inspiring!” said Conductor Emmanuel Villaume.

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The FIRST NIGHT festivities on Opening Night, chaired by Ellen and Don Winspear, begin with a red carpet entrance outside the Winspear Opera House, beginning at 5:30 p.m.  Sammons Park is the setting for the elegant Pre-Performance Dinner, starting at 6:00 p.m. Culinary genius Wolfgang Puck will cater the event chaired by Matrice Ellis-Kirk and Ambassador Ron Kirk.

The celebrations continue after the opera with the FIRST NIGHT After Party with the cast from 11:00 p.m. until 1:30 a.m.  Tickets for FIRST NIGHT are sold separately from opera tickets and more information is available at www.dallasopera.org/firstnight.

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Andrei Bondarenko, who made his exciting American debut as Robert in Dallas Opera’s eye-opening 2015 production of Iolanta, returns in the title role.

“Andrei Bondarenko, is perfect for the role of Onegin…with such allure as to make clear why such a ripe and ready girl as Tatyana would fall so helplessly in love,” wrote Melanie Eskenaziof musicOMH. He is the winner of the prestigious 2011 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition Song Prize. Upcoming performances include roles with Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bayerische Staatsoper, Scottish Opera, and Opernhaus Zurich.

Svetlana Aksenova, a native of St. Petersburg, Russia, stars in the pivotal role of Tatyana, in her eagerly-anticipated American debut. Ms. Aksenova is a member of the ensemble of the Basel Theatre and performed at such theaters as the Dortmund Opera House, Dutch National Opera, and Deutsche Oper Berlin.  Her roles last season included Emma in Mussorgsky’s  Khovanshchina, Lisa in Pique Dame at Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam, and Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly at the Royal Swedish Opera, Filarmonica de Jalisco, and Festival di Caracalla in Rome.

“The care with the interpretation of the text, from which you can extract contrasting and rare beauty effects, was the mark of…(Tatyana) Svetlana Aksenova.” (Estadao)

 Tenor Stephen Costello, the Marnie and Kern Wildenthal Principal Artist, will portray Lenksy in his seventh mainstage appearance with The Dallas Opera.

Opera News sums up his many gifts saying, “A first-class talent…an intelligent, well-trained singer whose enormous talent and natural musical instincts mark him for potential greatness.” Last spring he starred in The Dallas Opera’s Manon to rave reviews as the smitten des Grieux. He will also reprise the role of Greenhorn in TDO’s November production of Moby-Dick.

Mezzo-soprano Kai Rüütel of Estonia makes her Dallas Opera and American debut as Olga, Tatyana’s sister.

“…Kai Rüütel is evidently a highly musical and truly dramatic mature artist,” observed Musical Criticism. Of her performance for the University of London Symphony Orchestra in Gustav Mahler’s “Rückert-Leider,” according to Seen and Heard International, the statuesque Rüütel performed with “warmth, dramatic conviction and a pleasing hint of sensuality.”

This production also marks the long-awaited return of Russian bass Mikhail Kazakov, who made a stunning 2011 company debut in the title role of Boris Godunov

Dallas Morning News Classical Music Critic Scott Cantrell enthused that Kazakov’s Boris produced “thrilling sounds to paste you against the seatback, but also every nuance of expressivity.”  In Onegin, Mr. Kazakov will sing the role of Prince Gremin.

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Music Director Emmanuel Villaume received several glowing reviews while conducting Santa Fe Opera’s production of La Fanciulla del West.

According to Opera Today, “Best for last: the Santa Fe Opera orchestra was in absolutely superb form. From the first hammered chords, Emmanuel Villaume was firmly, thrillingly in charge of a reading that was stunning from initial downbeat to finale cut-off. The Maestro was a cunning Pied Piper, leading his amassed forces with meticulous dramatic intent and unfaltering attention to detail, whether nurturing articulate solo statements, or guiding lush ensembles (oh, those gorgeous tutti strings!). Under Villaume, the band and cast rose to meet every atmospheric requirement that Puccini (and Puccinians) could dare to wish.”

French Stage Director Jean-Claude Auvray has directed operas for close to 50 years in all the leading opera houses around the world including Paris, Barcelona, Marseille, Orange, London, Avignon, and many others. Most recently he directed Cavalleria rusticana (Mascagni),  Pagliacci (Leoncavallo), Un ballo in mascheraLa forza del destino (Verdi), Le nozze di Figaro and Die Zauberflöte (Mozart), Peter Grimes (Britten), Fidelio (Beethoven), L’Africaine (Meyerbeer), and many others.

Russian Regina Alexandrovskaya is the production’s revival Stage Director whose operatic directorial credits include Antony and Cleopatra by Samuel Barber, The Beggar’s Opera by John Gay, and Moon Wolves by Andrey Semenov at the MTYA Theatre. She has worked at the Israeli Opera house in Tel Aviv on various productions since 1999, amongst them: Don PasqualePique DameLa JuiveRigolettoCarmenElektraAlpha & OmegaBilly BuddOtelloLa TraviataEugene OneginAndrea ChenierAïda , Madama Butterfly, Nabucco, FalstaffCosi fan tutteBoris Godunov, and many others. She has worked with opera directors Jean-Claude Auvray, David Pountney, David Alden, and Mariusz Trelinski.

The production is choreographed by Cooky Chiapalone and The Dallas Opera Chorus will be prepared by acclaimed Chorus Master Alexander Rom.

All performances take place in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House located in the heart of the Dallas Arts District at 2403 Flora St., Dallas TX 75201. 

The Joy and Ronald Mankoff Pre-Opera Talks, a free, pre-performance lecture, will be conducted one hour prior to curtain at most performances. More perspective can be gained through “Opera Insights” presented by The Dallas Opera Guild. The informative panel discussion featuring artists, directors and designers, takes place the Sunday afternoon prior to opening. For more details, visit dallasopera.org.

Single tickets, starting at just $19, are on sale now, with seating subject to availability. Tickets may be purchased online, at the door, at the ticket office, or by calling 214.443.1000. Subscriptions for the five opera season start at $95, and flex subscriptions (three opera productions) start at $75 and are available now at www.dallasopera.org.

For more information, consult the friendly staff in the Ticket Office at 214-443-1000 or visit us online at www.dallasopera.org.

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The Dallas Opera Family Performances are generously supported by Texas Instruments and the Betty and Steve Suellentrop Educational and Outreach Fund, with additional support from Lockheed Martin, Kimberly-Clark, and Holly Energy Partners.

TDO Family Performances are a part of the Perot Foundation Education and Community Outreach Programs.

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EVENTS, GUESTS AND ARTISTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

FOR HIGH-RESOLUTION PHOTOGRAPHS

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

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

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Ticket Information for the 2016-2017 Dallas Opera Season

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

FREE SIMULCAST OF THE MAGNIFICENT PRODUCTION OF MOBY-DICK!

by Celeste Hart

THE DALLAS OPERA IS PROUD TO PRESENT ITS FOURTEENTH

FREE LIVE SIMULCAST -- IN TWO LOCATIONS!

MOBY-DICK

Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s 2010 Masterpiece

Returns as a High-Definition Adventure

For Audiences in Klyde Warren Park (Dallas)

And Kay Yeager Coliseum (Wichita Falls)

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FRIDAY, NOV. 4, 2016

Curtain Time, 7:30 p.m.

Live from the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House

At The AT&T Performing Arts Center

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Pre-Performance Entertainment includes the 1948

Warner Bros. Classic Cartoon: “Buccaneer Bunny”

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Support for “MOBY-DICK: The Simulcast” from

The AT&T Performing Arts Center

And The Priddy Foundation

DALLAS, SEPTEMBER 26, 2016 – The Dallas Opera is thrilled to announce the fourteenth in a series of free public simulcasts, this time involving a game-changing Dallas Opera production: Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s critically acclaimed twenty-first century masterpiece: MOBY-DICK, starring world-renowned heldentenor Jay Hunter Morris as Captain Ahab.

The special simulcast presentation in Dallas and Wichita Falls, Texas, will coincide with opening night of the production on Friday, November 4, 2016 (program begins at 6:30 p.m., curtain time, 7:30 p.m.). Patrons across North Texas will have two simulcast venues to choose from:

  • The Greater Dallas Simulcast will be held at Klyde Warren Park, located at 2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway, Dallas, TX 75201. Sign up today for reminders at dallasopera.org/simulcast.  This is a free, public space and no reservations of any kind are required to attend.
  • The “Opera in the Falls” Simulcast will take place in Kay Yeager Coliseum, 1000 5th Street, Wichita Falls, TX 76301. Sign up today at dallasopera.org/operainthefalls.  Presenting Sponsor, The Priddy Foundation.

This superb, action-packed opera will originate from the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center and will be presented on high-definition LED screens.  There is no charge for admission to either venue.

Moby-Dick set a new standard for contemporary opera when it first took audiences by storm in 2010.  The original production incorporates an epic set design by Robert Brill, stunning video projections by Elaine J. McCarthy, and period-authentic costumes designed by Jane Greenwood with lighting by Gavan Swift.

Heggie’s sweeping, neo-Romantic score will be performed by The Dallas Opera Orchestra and The Dallas Opera Chorus, as well as internationally acclaimed singers conducted by the Mrs. Eugene McDermott Music Director Emmanuel Villaume.

The simulcast itself will be produced by The Dallas Opera and hosted from Klyde Warren Park by KLUV’S Jody Dean and Kristian Roberts, Education Program Senior Manager for The Dallas Opera.

The Wichita Falls Simulcast will be hosted locally by KFDX 3 News Anchor Gwyn Bevel.

Support for The Dallas Opera’s Moby-Dick Simulcast is generously provided by the AT&T Performing Arts Center and The Priddy Foundation (the Presenting Sponsor for the Wichita Falls Moby-Dick Simulcast).

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Something new will be added to the mix this fall: The Dallas Opera Arts Reach Committee (headed by Maile Shea) will host a Family Activity Zone at Klyde Warren Park from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. that same day.  Fun-filled activities for the kiddos will include

  • A “Show and Tell” session featuring actual props from the Dallas Opera production of Moby-Dick
  • A scavenger hunt in the park
  • A Moby-Dick-inspired photo opportunity
  • Additional educational activities and crafts

The pre-performance festivities (beginning at 6:30 p.m.) will include opportunities for trivia lovers to win prizes, as well as a special screening of the hilarious 1948 Warner Brothers cartoon “Buccaneer Bunny,” directed by Fritz Freleng and pitting a cheerfully cheeky Bugs Bunny (“What a maroon!”) against frustrated Pirate (Yosemite) Sam.

The cartoon begins on a remote island where the pirate is attempting to bury his treasure. Bugs, in a rabbit hole nearby, preens with jewels from the cache, prompting Pirate Sam to warn him that “Dead rabbits tell no tales.”

From there, the action leaps aboard the anchored pirate ship – and the inevitable chase is on!

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 The November 4th Dallas/Wichita Falls simulcasts will mark the fourteenth free public simulcast in TDO’s ongoing series—as well as the company’s first simulcast in Wichita Falls!

Wichita Falls Mayor Glenn Barham says his city “has a lot of good things happening…A live simulcast of Moby-Dick will be a great opportunity for many in our community to see exactly what the arts offer.

“We are looking forward to this simulcast and will be on the front row—if the seats are available.”

“Since launching The Dallas Opera’s free simulcast program six years ago, with support from The Dallas Opera Board and our union partners,” notes Keith Cerny, the Kern Wildenthal General Director and CEO, “it has proven to be one of our most significant innovations, attracting tens of thousands to experience opera in many different cities and venues—in an entirely different way.  For first-time opera-goers, this event is a real eye opener!

“And what a thrill to see The Dallas Opera simulcasts evolving into a popular North Texas tradition!  These days, I’m asked by people from all walks of life, when we plan to host our next simulcast.  It’s especially gratifying to be able to present a revival of this extraordinary Dallas Opera world premiere production—with the phenomenal Jay Hunter Morris as Ahab, renowned artists like Stephen Costello and Morgan Smith who created these roles in 2010, and a few new twists!”

“Audiences in both cities,” Cerny adds, “can expect an unforgettable theatrical experience from this powerful twenty-first-century classic with its all-star cast.” 

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Klyde Warren Park Simulcast - SM - Photo by Karen Almond (640x427)

KLYDE WARREN PARK Simulcast audience enjoys fabulous opera on the big screen! (Photo by Karen Almond)

The public is encouraged to arrive early to secure their spot on the lawn and take advantage of the variety of available wining-and-dining options ranging from Savor, serving New American cuisine and classic cocktails and desserts in a modern on-site “gastropub,” to other nearby eateries and food trucks.  Those interested in attending are advised to mark their calendars and stand up to be counted at www.dallasopera.org/simulcast/.

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Music Director Emmanuel Villaume, who conducts this revival, recently earned rave reviews for his podium artistry at this summer’s Santa Fe Opera Festival.  Maestro Villaume, conducting La fanciulla del West, was praised by Opera Warhorses for giving audiences “a passionate, rousing performance with a melodramatic sweep that suggested a deep appreciation by Villaume of Puccini’s score.”

Heidi Waleson of The Wall Street Journal noted that “Emmanuel Villaume conducted with sweep and urgency.”

His work at The Dallas Opera last season inspired Scott Cantrell of The Dallas Morning News to write that “Villaume does an impressive job of coordinating both singers and orchestra in some very complicated music.”

“Keith Cerny and I are excited to program works that patrons have longed to experience just as much as we do. My energies are devoted to sharing this most relevant and revealing of art forms with North Texas and all the world,” explains Maestro Villaume.

“We invite everyone to join us in Klyde Warren Park, Kay Yeager Coliseum in Wichita Falls, and—of course—the magnificent Winspear Opera House, to experience the musicianship and incomparable artistry that can only be fully appreciated in an outstanding live performance.”

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MOBY-DICK, a production by Leonard Foglia originally commissioned and produced by The Dallas Opera, “opened in a blaze of glory” in 2010.  In the years since, it has been met with thunderous applause and critical acclaim in ports of call around the world.

Composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer based their work on Herman Melville’s epic tale of Captain Ahab’s obsession with a great white whale—and the destruction it brings upon his crew.  The opera splendidly illustrates the danger, tensions, and exhilaration of life aboard a 19th century whaling ship, as shipmates battle the harsh forces of nature in addition to Ahab’s brewing madness.

George Loomis of the Financial Times (U.K.) raved that audiences “…can warm to Heggie’s musically lush, aptly proportioned and forthrightly tonal score (which) also boasts striking melodies, vivid atmospheric scenes and vocal lines capable of showing off voices.”

Texas-born Tenor Jay Hunter Morris will star in the role of Captain Ahab, which has become a signature role for the Dallas Opera favorite. Hailed as a force of nature in his portrayal, “…he sang with pressurized fury that practically shook the seats of the…Opera House,” exclaimed Richard Scheinin of the San Jose Mercury News.

“Enduring three hours strapped into a peg leg, Morris sang the heldentenor role with the dramatic intensity of a man possessed, tempered by the character of a stoic New Englander.  It was an admirable interpretation,” wrote Jane Rosenberg of Seen and Heard International.

The Marnie and Kern Wildenthal Principal Artist, Stephen Costello, “bright-toned, sympathetic” returns to The Dallas Opera to reprise his role as Greenhorn. David Patrick Stearns of Gramophone (U.K.) reviewed the tenor’s poignant performance on the San Francisco Opera DVD; “Singing with more ease and richness of tone than anytime previously, Stephen Costello (Greenhorn) projects a sense of profound personal revelation in the final moments when, rescued at sea, he owns his own name (‘Call me Ishmael’).

Baritone Morgan Smith also reprises his role as Starbuck for which he earned universal critical acclaim. Joshua Kosman of the San Francisco Chronicle touted his performance as joining “vocal splendor, moral authority and deep empathy in a phenomenal combination.”

Scott Cantrell of The Dallas Morning News also singled out his portrayal for special praise: “Morgan Smith’s strong, dense baritone perfectly suits the sturdy Quaker Starbuck.”

Making his Dallas Opera debut is up-and-coming South African bass-baritone, Musa Ngqungwana. Maria Nockin of Opera Today wrote Mr. Ngqungwana portrayed “an intense, commanding Queequeg whose musings showed the spiritual side of the voyage.”

 

MOBY-DICK was originally directed in 2010 by Leonard Foglia, who later staged the critically acclaimed 2015 world premiere of Joby Talbot and Gene Scheer’s Everest. According to Heidi Waleson of The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Foglia’s “staging brilliantly captured the immediacy and peril of the piece.”  Keturah Stickann, who also worked on the original 2010 production, will direct the 2016 revival of Mr. Foglia’s landmark production. 

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Sung in English, with English language translations projected above the stage, MOBY-DICK can be experienced at any of five additional performances: November 6(m), 9, 12, 18 & 20(m), 2016 in the Winspear Opera House with tickets starting at just $19.  Tickets may be purchased online, 24/7, at www.dallasopera.org or by contacting the friendly professionals in The Dallas Opera Ticket Services Office at 214.443.1000.

 

About Klyde Warren Park

Klyde Warren Park is a 5.2-acre deck park, bridging Uptown Dallas to Downtown Dallas. The park includes a performance pavilion, restaurant, dog park, children’s park, great lawn, shaded walking paths, water features, free Wi-Fi, ping pong and foosball tables, and a reading and games area. The mission of Klyde Warren Park is to provide free daily programs to all visitors. Klyde Warren Park is privately operated and managed by the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For more information on programming, volunteering or to make a donation to support free daily programs, please visit www.KlydeWarrenPark.org.

About Kay Yeager Coliseum

Kay Yeager Coliseum was completed in 2003 as the final addition to the Wichita Falls Multi-Purpose Events Center complex. This entertainment venue is the cornerstone of the complex featuring permanent seating for 6,500 people and a variety of set-up options for conventions, sporting events, concerts and more.  Kay Yeager Coliseum is home to the Wichita Falls Wildcats hockey team, as well as the site for events including Midwestern State University graduation ceremonies, Ranch Roundup and WWE Wrestling.  Other events include concerts from top-name entertainers like Cher, Miranda Lambert, and Papa Roach.  Kay Yeager Coliseum also includes an NBA-quality basketball floor, indoor soccer and football turf, locker rooms, training rooms and suites, as well as a state-of-the-art digital scoreboard.  For additional information, visit www.wfmpec.com.

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EVENTS, GUESTS AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION IS CONVENIENTLY AVAILABLE ONLINE, 24/7

VISIT WWW.DALLASOPERA.ORG AND CHECK THE CA
LENDAR LISTINGS

 

EMERGING ARTISTS – APPLY NOW TO THE GUILD VOCAL COMPETITION!

by Celeste Hart

THE DALLAS OPERA GUILD VOCAL COMPETITION IS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FROM ACCOMPLISHED, YOUNG AMERICAN SINGERS!

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Chaired by Dr. Brian Zeger

TDO Orchestra and Finalists Conducted by

Mrs. Eugene McDermott Music Director

Emmanuel Villaume

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Finals Round Scheduled for Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House

The AT&T Performing Arts Center, Dallas, Texas

 

DALLAS, TX -- The Dallas Opera is pleased to announce that applications for the expanded and updated Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition, scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. (the free Semi-Finals Round, open to the public) and Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. (Finals Round) are now being accepted.

Applications MUST be submitted via YAP Tracker, along with a $35 entry fee. Go to www.dallasopera.org/vocal for the link.  The deadline for applications is 11:59 p.m. (Central Time) on Sunday, November 20, 2016.

Those chosen by preliminary round judges to advance to the competition semifinals in the acoustically acclaimed Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center will be personally notified in mid-January 2017, with a public announcement to follow in early February.

Competitors in the 2016 Competition took home prize monies totaling $18,500.  Although this competition has as its primary focus artists in the 18 to 34 age range, singers of any age may apply and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

April 2016 Finalists: (L-R) Virginie Verrez, Alexandra Loutsion, Sol Jin, Kang Wang, Adam Lau, Daniel Miroslaw

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

As the competition sought to gain even greater prominence and significance, The Dallas Opera and The Dallas Opera Guild made significant changes in 2015, prompting Dallas Morning News Classical Music Critic Scott Cantrell to write that the competition had “considerably upped its ante.”  This year, the evolution continues:

  • In order to attract the most talented applicant pool with the greatest potential, the eligibility criteria for applicants changed. Today, it is open to residents of all 50 states and U.S. Territories, including international students attending American colleges, universities, and music conservatoriesAlso eligible are active members of any young artist program associated with an American opera company.
  • The Finals Round, taking place on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 7:30 pm in the Winspear Opera House as part of The Dallas Opera’s annual Spring Gala, will be accompanied by The Dallas Opera Orchestra, conducted by TDO’s internationally acclaimed Music Director, Emmanuel Villaume. Up to six finalists will participate, singing two arias each.

 The impact of these changes was immediately perceived.  Senior Classical Music Critic Gregory Sullivan Isaacs of theaterjones.com wrote: “The results surely exceeded expectations for this newly re-envisioned competition…It won’t take long to situate itself at the top of such events and become an important gold star on any young artist’s résumé.” 

Judges for the expanded 29th Annual Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition will be drawn from distinguished performers and opera administrators including Keith Cerny, The Dallas Opera’s Kern Wildenthal General Director & CEO and the Mrs. Eugene McDermott Music Director Emmanuel Villaume.

The Dallas Opera is very pleased to announce the return of renowned arts administrator, educator and adjudicator Dr. Brian Zeger as Chair of the Judges Panel for the 2017 Vocal Competition.  On the faculty of The Juilliard School since 1993 and Artistic Director of Vocal Arts at Juilliard since 2004, Dr. Zeger is also the former Executive Director of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.

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

Commented General Director & CEO Keith Cerny: “The Guild Competition took a bold step forward in recent years and the result has been tremendously gratifying!  Emmanuel Villaume and The Dallas Opera Orchestra have brought a significant level of excitement to these performances and clearly inspired last year’s finalists to rise to the occasion.

“However, each competition brings an entirely new set of challenges and gives us additional opportunities to build upon our previous successes. 

“Working closely with Dr. Brian Zeger, our esteemed adjudicators, and the Guild, we continually seek new ways to attract the very finest young singers of this generation.  Their presence on the Winspear stage also promises to make our annual Spring Gala one of the most sought-after tickets in town.”

 

Judges for the 2017 Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition:

Brian Zeger, Chair

Artistic Director of Juilliard’s Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts

Keith Cerny

General Director and CEO, The Dallas Opera

Emmanuel Villaume

Music Director, The Dallas Opera

Andreas Melinat

Director of Artistic Planning, Lyric Opera of Chicago

Pal Moe

Casting Director Bavarian State Opera,

Casting Consultant to Glyndebourne Festival and Opera d’Lille

Joshua Winograde

Senior Director of Artistic Planning, Los Angeles Opera

Diane Zola

Director of Artistic Administration, Houston Grand Opera

Dallas Opera Guild Co-President Jana Irwin explained that “The Dallas Opera Guild views this annual competition as the capstone of our philanthropic and supportive endeavors.  The need to support the future of opera is so profound, particularly as it relates to young and somewhat unknown singers.  As singers are selected, their professional stature automatically increases due to press and media exposure.  However, the competition itself provides additional benefits for these singers, as well as the local opera community.  It is truly a win-win situation for all concerned.”

Dallas Opera Guild 2017 Vocal Competition Chairs Bob and Patsy Brooks write: “The Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition gives singers pursuing a professional opera career the opportunity to showcase their talents and compete with other singers for financial rewards.  Best of all is the chance to perform before a panel of distinguished judges celebrated throughout the opera world.”

ABOUT THE 2017 DALLAS OPERA GUILD VOCAL COMPETITION

Potential applicants are encouraged to check TDO’s website for more information about the application process: www.dallasopera.org/vocal.  The entry fee is $35.  Applications must be submitted exclusively through YAP Tracker — no later than 11:59 p.m. (Central Time) on Sunday, November 20, 2016.  Semi-Finalists will be notified by January 10, 2017.  Additional info can be obtained by contacting The Dallas Opera at vocalcompetition@dallasopera.org.

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

HISTORY OF THE DALLAS OPERA GUILD VOCAL COMPETITION:

In February of 1987, then-Dallas Opera Guild Presidents Connie and Jerry Klemow proposed establishing a Guild-sponsored scholarship fund to financially assist qualified singers seeking a career in opera. With the approval of The Dallas Opera management and the enthusiastic support of Artistic Director Nicola Rescigno, a committee comprised of Pat Blankenship, Nora Sands and Maria Santarelli, chaired by Connie Klemow, was entrusted to formulate a plan. Soon, the committee welcomed the assistance of then-General Director Plato Karayanis, company dramaturg Roger Pines and Dallas Morning News Classical Music Critic John Ardoin.

Mr. Ardoin suggested a grants program be established in lieu of a scholarship fund or a competition. His suggestion was considered and the concept accepted. It was decided to focus on applicants from North Texas, ages 18-35 with some professional experience. Roger Pines named the program “The Career Development Grant for Singers” (CDGS) and after 20 months of planning the first CDGS program was presented on October 8, 1988 at SMU’s Caruth Auditorium. 

However, for any program to remain dynamic, change and growth must occur. During these past 27 years there have been many changes. From the initial grants program, the concept evolved into The Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition which, until 2014, was focused on vocalists with a Texas connection, both natives and temporary residents. A “People’s Choice Award” and Encouragement Awards were added and, today, financial awards are given directly to the winners to use at their discretion. Through this event, the Guild continues to recognize and honor members of The Dallas Opera community who have demonstrated a special interest in promoting the careers of talented young singers, or, have given exceptional support to The Dallas Opera and the Guild. Jonathan Pell, former Artistic Director of The Dallas Opera, led the Judge’s panel for the first 26 years.

The vocal competition was significantly reimagined and expanded in its 27th year, under the leadership of Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny, to allow applicants from all 50 states and U.S. Territories. Dr. Brian Zeger, Artistic Director of Juilliard’s Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts and former Executive Director for the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program of the Metropolitan Opera now chairs a judge’s panel that includes leading figures in American Opera administration and classical music.

The competition was expanded to take place over a two-day period. 2017 participants will be heard during Saturday’s semi-finals and the selected finalists will perform again Sunday evening, accompanied by The Dallas Opera Orchestra under the direction of the Mrs. Eugene McDermott Music Director Emmanuel Villaume. Both events are held in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House in the AT&T Performing Arts Center and, this year, for the very first time, the Finals Round will be incorporated into the company’s glamorous, annual Spring Gala.

The Dallas Opera Guild remains dedicated to its original commitment to recognize, honor and support exceptionally talented young singers. The distributed award monies are funded anew each year. Guild members graciously donate their time, energy, money and talents to ensure that this prestigious annual competition succeeds in cultivating the next generation of world-class artists.

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EVENTS, GUESTS AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE DALLAS OPERA

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

Supers or Extras Needed for Upcoming Production of Moby-Dick

by Celeste Hart

ATHLETIC, AGILE, ADVENTUROUS,

AND UNAFRAID OF HEIGHTS?

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OPEN CALL FOR SUPERNUMERARIES

FOR TDO’S FALL PRODUCTION OF

HEGGIE AND SCHEER’S MOBY-DICK

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

The Dallas Opera Rehearsal Center

(Karayanis Rehearsal Production Center)

4301 S. Fitzhugh, Dallas, 75210

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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EVENTS, GUESTS AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE DALLAS OPERA

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

 

FOR HIGH-RESOLUTION PHOTOGRAPHS

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

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

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The Dallas Opera Family Performances are generously supported by

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

Educational Outreach Fund.

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TDO Family Performances are a part of the

Perot Foundation Education and Community Outreach Programs

Ticket Information for the 2016-2017 Dallas Opera Season

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

 

THE DALLAS OPERA 2016-2017 FALL SEASON INFORMATION

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

 

Keith Cerny to Receive Arts Leadership Award!

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

Season Opening Excitement – FIRST NIGHT!

by Celeste Hart

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

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

Please click here for all the details about FIRST NIGHT! 

Announcing FIRST NIGHT – Opening Night Events!

by Celeste Hart

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

FIRST NIGHT!
Presented by Deutsche Bank Wealth Management

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

Red Carpet Arrival
Gourmet Delights by Wolfgang Puck

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

Glittering After Party with Cast

FIRST NIGHT CHAIRS
ELLEN AND DON WINSPEAR

 Honorary Chairs Joyce and Harvey Mitchell

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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QUICK FACTS

2016-2017 FIRST SIGHT/FIRST NIGHT
PRESENTED BY THE DALLAS OPERA
FIRST SIGHT Fashion Show and Luncheon
NorthPark Center Presenting Sponsor
Thursday, October 27, 2016
11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Kick-Off Event for 60 Year Celebration
Chairs: Ellen and Don Winspear
Honorary Chairs: Joyce and Harvey Mitchell
Luncheon Chairs: Tiffany Divis, Kara Goss, Rhonda Marcus
Featuring: Fashions by Italian Luxury Brand Versace
Catering: Wolfgang Puck
Location: Winspear Opera House
Tickets: Start at $300
www.dallasopera.org/firstsight

 

FIRST NIGHT
Deutsche Bank Wealth Management Presenting Sponsor
Pre-Performance Dinner and After Party
Friday, October 28, 2016
5:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

Celebrating the 60th Year of The Dallas Opera
Chairs: Ellen and Don Winspear
Honorary Chairs: Joyce and Harvey Mitchell
First Night Dinner Chairs: Matrice Ellis-Kirk, Ambassador Ron Kirk
Featuring: Red carpet glamour; gourmet black tie dinner prior to the Linda and Mitch Hart Season Opening Night Performance of Eugene Onegin
Location: Sammons Park in Front of the Winspear Opera House – Tent
Catering: Wolfgang Puck
Tickets start at $1000
www.dallasopera.org/firstnight

 

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

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

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

2016-2017 DALLAS OPERA SEASON

EUGENE ONEGIN
By Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky
October 28, 30(m), November 2, 5, 2016

MOBY-DICK
By Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer
November 4, 6(m), 9, 12, 18, 20(m), 2016

MADAME BUTTERFLY
By Giacomo Puccini
March 10, 12(m), 15, 18, 24, 26(m), 2017 

THE TURN OF THE SCREW
By Benjamin Britten
March 17, 19(m), 22, 25, 2017 

NORMA
By Vincenzo Bellini
April 21, 23(m), 26, 29, May 7(m), 2017

Season subscriptions are on sale and prices start at $95 for all five opera productions. The benefits of becoming a Dallas Opera subscriber include substantial savings off single ticket prices, priority seating, lost ticket replacement, ticket exchanges and invitations to special events. For more information, please contact the friendly staff in The Dallas Opera Ticket Services Office at 214-443-1000 or visit us online at www.dallasopera.org.

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

 

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

 

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

by Celeste Hart

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

 Please click the link for the podcast! 

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

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