Aida sings Rachmaninoff, Puccini, Tchaikovsky…

by Suzanne Calvin

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

Suzanne Calvin, Manager/Director Media and PR

“Tic, Tock,” says the clock

by Suzanne Calvin

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

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

Be there!

Suzanne Calvin, Manager/Director Media and PR

November at the Dallas Opera

by Suzanne Calvin

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

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

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

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

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

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

November Calendar of Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ticket Information for the 2012-2013 Dallas Opera Season

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Inside Laura Claycomb (Rated PG)

by Suzanne Calvin

My, what pearly white teeth she has!  With good reason, it turns out.  But I don’t want to take away too much from the CultureMap story below.

(Photo of Laura Claycomb as Gilda in the Dallas Opera’s RIGOLETTO by production photographer Karen Almond)

CULTURE MAP
SOPRANO SPOTLIGHT
5 questions for hometown girl and Dallas Opera diva Laura Claycomb
BY ELAINE LINER
09.30.12 | 12:25 pm

Before her October 7 afternoon recital at Dallas Museum of Art’s Horchow Auditorium, opera star Laura Claycomb had to see the dentist. She lives in Italy now, but the Highland Park High School and SMU grad still gets her teeth cleaned in Dallas. (She was also visiting her parents.)
Claycomb, who wowed audiences and critics last year in Dallas Opera’s Rigoletto (watch her sing that opera’s “Caro Nome” aria) and was named 2012’s Maria Callas Debut Artist of the Year, opened her mouth again to answer five questions for us.
CultureMap: “Recital” sounds so old-fashioned. Why not “concert”?
Laura Claycomb: I should just say “in concert with piano.” The whole word “recital” sounds like I’m going to recite poems or something. But a recital is a great way to introduce yourself to opera. It’s like a mini-opera in every song. Not only do you get this person singing acoustically with no microphones, you’re sitting close to them. You don’t have to look at me with binoculars. It’s just me and the piano. It’s a journey through a lot of songs with your favorite singer.
“Something opera newbies may not know is that there are no microphones. In opera you hear these voices that are powerful enough to be heard over a 60-piece orchestra.”
(Get the bulk of Elaine Liner’s up-close interview with Laura Claycomb right here, ending in the rather surprising “either-or” proposition below.)

CM: When opera singers get together offstage, what do they talk about?
LC: The conversation usually turns to mucous or sex. Or sometimes both, which is not the greatest thing to put together. Those are the big topics.

Soprano Laura Claycomb will star next in Bellini’s La Sonnambula at Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet and Opera Theatre.

For her DMA recital (October 7, 2 pm), she’ll be accompanied by pianist Keith Weber. On the program are some of Claycomb’s personal favorites, including Francis Poulenc’s 1939 song cycle “Fiançailles pour rire” with poetry by Louise de Vilmorin; Richard Strauss’ “Brentano Lieder, Op. 68,” a vocal showcase with texts by poet Clemens Brentano; and Olivier Messiaen’s “Chant de terre et de ciel” (“Songs of Earth and Sky”).
Tickets are $25 (which includes admission to the museum) and may be purchased at dallasopera.org or by calling 214-443-1000.

Tod Machover, Musical Genius and “Mad Scientist”

by Suzanne Calvin

“And other times, my hair is this big.”

Admittedly, he does have that 1930s black-and-white cinema mad scientist hairdo, no doubt inspired by the real life Albert Einstein. But there’s nothing remotely scary about cutting-edge composer and MIT Media Lab legend Tod Machover, who came to Dallas this week for an enthusiastic ”Composing Conversation” with Art&Seek producer-reporter Jerome Weeks, and a terrific live performance with soprano Sara Heaton.

Anyhoo…If you missed it, this “Observer” interview by Katie Womack is worth a look.  And if you DIDN”T miss the event, it’s worth a look too.  Read it right here.

Suzanne Calvin, Manager/Director Media & PR

6:30 Tonight (Tuesday, Sept. 18th) FREE at Hamon Hall

by Suzanne Calvin

If you haven’t other more pressing plans tonight, get thee to the Arts District for the 6:30 pm launch of this season’s “Composing Conversations” with MIT Media Lab legend Tod Machover, acclaimed American soprano Sara Heaton, and award-winning journalist Jerome Weeks moderating the discussion and helping us analyze the many facets of Machover. Details here from “The Dallas Morning News” and here from our exciting new partner, Art&Seek.

Paid parking throughout the District, the event itself is absolutely free. Grab a music-loving friend without delay.

(Image from The Atlantic)

Suzanne Calvin, Manager/Director Media & PR

Reminder #2: Donorbridge Day

by Suzanne Calvin

 

A cool million dollars in matching funds are available today, Donorbridge Day or “North Texas Giving Day”, presented by the Communities Foundation of Texas. A portion of any gifts of $25 or more will be matched by CFT between now and midnight tonight. Furthermore, there is an additional $10,000 bonus for the organization that experiences the largest increase in individual donors.

Go to DonorbridgeTX.org
Search for Dallas Opera and select “Donate Now.”

Questions? Call 214.443.1062 or contact tracey.hull@dallasopera.org.

We need your help and we are sincerely grateful for any gift you can offer today.

Suzanne Calvin, Manager/Director Media & PR

Reminder #1: About Next Tuesday the 18th

by Suzanne Calvin

If you have never heard MIT Media Lab inventor/composer/music revolutionary Tod Machover speak--trust me, you’ve missed something amazing. And in combo with moderation by Art&Seek’s Jerome Weeks, Machover-selected video segments, and a live performance featuring soprano Sara Heaton--it really will be an action packed conversation. For FREE, to boot!

We ought to be kidding, but we’re not. It’s all happening at 6:30 pm next Tuesday, September 18th in Hamon Hall in the Winspear Opera House. Paid parking is available throughout the Arts District; however, the event itself is F-R-E-E. Come and let your musical horizons be expanded. This imaginative evening includes audience Q and A.

Seating is limited; reserve yours now at 214.443.1044 or online at rsvp@dallasopera.org.

More details from Art&Seek’s Anne Bothwell right here.

Suzanne Calvin, Manager/Director Media & PR

Redefining “Game Face” for FIRST NIGHT

by Suzanne Calvin

Who’s got game? We’ll let you decide. Get your tickets now for the fantastic FIRST NIGHT celebrations at the Dallas Opera. There are fresh details contained in the release to follow:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, September 5, 2012

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

THE DALLAS OPERA IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE
THE CELEBRITY MODELS OF
“FIRST NIGHT 2012”
HONORING BASKETBALL LEGEND
NANCY LIEBERMAN AND RECOGNIZING
“ART AND SPORTS TOGETHER”
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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2012 AT 6:30 P.M.
THE MARGOT AND BILL WINSPEAR OPERA HOUSE
AT THE AT&T PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

FIRST NIGHT Celebrity Models:
Charlotte Jones Anderson, Brigetta Barrett,
Diane Krebs Johnston, and Martina Moravcova
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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, SEPTEMBER 5, 2012 – The Dallas Opera is thrilled to announce that this season’s FIRST NIGHT theme: Art and Sports Together, will be reflected both on and off the Red Carpet on the evening of Friday, October 26, 2012 as the Dallas Opera honors several great women from the world of sports, from the Olympic playing fields to the administrative offices of one of the best-known sports franchises in the world today.
At this evening’s FIRST NIGHT Announcement Party hosted by Anne and Steve Stodghill, it was revealed that Basketball Hall of Fame legend Nancy Lieberman will be this year’s special honoree—but the surprises didn’t end there!

FIRST NIGHT Chair Kaki Hopkins announced the designers and models, applauding them for accepting the Dallas Opera’s invitation to participate in this encore of last year’s successful event. The designers creating gowns inspired by leading characters of the season are all returning after last year’s adventurous beginning. They are: Michael Faircloth, Abi Ferrin, Geoffrey Henning, Khanh Nguyen, and Nicolas Villalba.
A new designer for a special feature this year, Paulette Martsolf, is designing for Aida’s entourage of several beautiful women attending the captive princess. Arriving in limousines and wearing the gowns as they walk the Red Carpet with their respective designers will be four incredibly talented women: Charlotte Jones Anderson, 2012 Olympic Silver Medalist Brigetta Barrett, five-time Olympian Martina Moravcova, and Kim Dawson Agency model Diane Krebs Johnston.
The sports figure who will represent the family opera, Dr. Miracle, in the finale of the Red Carpet program is yet to be announced.
The four attendants for Aida will be Alexandra Hicks, Rhonda Marcus, Shilah Phillips and Jennifer Roberts.

Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny spoke about the season and the operas that are being celebrated. He described the format of FIRST NIGHT as a four-part soiree composed of the sensational Red Carpet, lively Cocktail Reception, the highly-anticipated Linda and Mitch Hart Season Opening Night Performance of Aida to be conducted by Music Director Graeme Jenkins, and a cosmopolitan late-night fine dining experience in a lavishly decorated tent. There is limited seating for this important fundraising effort for The Dallas Opera, and Cerny urged patrons to make their reservations now, reminding them that performance tickets are sold separately and adding that the best seats are already going fast.

One of last season’s couture designers, Nicolas Villalba of NDV Inc., earlier 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.”

The “Pursuits of Passion” Season and each of the operas will also be represented on the Red Carpet by Honorary Chairs Joyce and Harvey Mitchell, Patti and John Cody, Shannon and Ted Skokos, Amy and Vernon Faulconer, and Caroline Rose Hunt.
The FIRST NIGHT Red Carpet Chair, Rhonda Sargent Chambers and her Co-Chair Marisa Huckin are joining the FIRST NIGHT team again and will oversee the pageantry of the event that night. They are again joined by retired Director of Production, John Gage, as the Red Carpet Manager.

The crowd attending FIRST NIGHT will be met by the paparazzi attracted to the red carpet opening of the Dallas Opera season. Red Carpet arrivals will begin shortly after 6:00 p.m. The Reception is 6:00 -- 7:30, Aida curtain is 7:30 p.m. and dinner is after the final curtain call.

FIRST NIGHT is black-tie, and valet service will be provided on the Flora Street side of the Winspear Opera House for all dinner guests.

TICKET INFORMATION

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

Geoffrey Henning, Fashion Designer: Canadian born, Geoffrey started in Toronto in fashion for Alfred Sung before moving to NYC, where he worked for Ann Taylor and NewYorkandCompany. He has been VP of Design for Women for JCPenney for nine years and does custom design for private clients. He is a frequent guest on television including NBC Weekend Today as fashion critic and was featured in Modern Luxury as man of style. Geoffrey has a keen interest in training young talent and currently serves as Chairman of Dallas Fashion Incubator and on the boards of Texas Next Top Designer and Starlight Foundation. Most recently, Geoffrey was presented with the coveted Legend of Style, Fashion Legacy Award by DIFFA Dallas. His fashion illustrations have been published in Italian VOGUE, British ELLE and many other international publications.

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

Nicolas Villalba, Fashion Designer: The international award-winning owner and principal designer of Nicolas Villalba Couture. Originally an evening wear designer, Nicolas now specializes in all things custom, including bridal, menswear, 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.

Charlotte Jones Anderson, FIRST NIGHT Model, Executive Vice President Brand Management/President of Charities, has earned a position of leadership among women in American professional sports. As the primary brand management executive, she oversees all strategies and applications surrounding the Dallas Cowboys identity. Under her guidance are the design of the team uniforms, memorabilia, licensed apparel and merchandising as well as the enormous job of entertainment, community service and philanthropy. She was highly involved in the design, decor, and overall presentation of the state-of-the-art Cowboys Stadium. Charlotte also supervises the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, the most recognized organization of its kind in the world. She was lauded for her ground-breaking approach to fundraising in kicking off the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Program at the Thanksgiving Day halftime celebration and serves on its national board. A graduate of Stanford University, she is married to Shy Anderson. They have three children Haley (19), Shy (17) and Paxton (11).

Brigetta Barrett, FIRST NIGHT Model: In press coverage about Brigetta’s triumph as a Silver Medalist at the London Olympic games, her personality jumped off the page. A singer and theater major at the University of Arizona, she was a joyful standout among her fellow Olympians because of her tendency to break into song at the drop of a hat. This young world-class athlete set a record for a collegiate athlete with her 6’8” medal jump and was the first American to medal in women’s high jump since 1988. She has won countless championships including collegiate standouts: three-time NCAA indoor All American and 3-time outdoor All American; NCAA Indoor Champion and Outdoor Champion. She not only jumps high, she keeps grades high, named an Academic All-American the last two years. She won Gold in both the US Championships and World Championships. A native of New York, Brigetta graduated from Duncanville High School and lived with her mother Lottie M. Barrett before leaving for Arizona University. She has two siblings, Takiya Barrett-Ross and Shawn-De Barrett.

Diane Krebs Johnston, FIRST NIGHT Model, is a Kim Dawson Agency model and has an acclaimed national career that has lasted for over 20 years. She is the hard working mom of two children and married to former Dallas Cowboy star, Daryl “The Moose” Johnston. Residing here in Dallas, Diane enjoys giving time to helping charities, while raising her two children, ages 12 and 11 and maintaining her modeling career.

Martina Moravcova, FIRST NIGHT Model, of Slovakia and currently of Dallas is a standout on the world stage of sports. She trained with Steve Collins at SMU and was inducted into the SMU Hall of Fame. A five-time Olympian swimmer (1992 Barcelona; 1996 Atlanta; 2000 Sydney; 2004 Athens; 2008 Beijing) and two-time Olympic silver medalist (2000 Sydney), she has amassed 7 World Championship golds, 8 silvers and 7 bronzes. In the European Championships, she has earned 21 golds, 18 silvers and 2 bronzes. Just counting golds: in the US Open A Nationals, 13; NCAA Championships, 13; Universiade, 5. While at SMU, she won 14 NCAA titles and was a 25-time All-American and winner of 26 Conference titles. She is a cherished personality in her native Slovakia, having received the Three Cross Award, the highest award of Slovakia, among many other non-sports related awards. She is a volunteer swimming coach at SMU and is married to Martin Valco. Dallas attorney and Consul of Slovak Republic to Texas. See other awards and accomplishments on her website: www.martinamoravco.com.

…Plus, a “Player to be Named Later.”

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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 “SEPTEMBER 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 – 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. 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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