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

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
CARTIER – OFFICIAL JEWELER & WATCHMAKER OF THE DALLAS OPERA
ROSEWOOD CRESCENT HOTEL – OFFICIAL HOTEL 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 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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Conversations@the Opera

by Suzanne Calvin

If you haven’t made time to attend one of these, you’re losing out. Some of the most fascinating and meaningful conversations about music and art I’ve had the pleasure to attend in the past year are happening right in front of our noses -- in Hamon Hall at the Winspear Opera House. Keep scrolling for details on this season’s outstanding presentations, in partnership with KERA’s Art&Seek, or read the Art&Seek story here.

(Photo of MIT’s Tod Machover)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friday, August 31, 2012

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

THE DALLAS OPERA AND KERA’s ART&SEEK
ARE PLEASED TO PRESENT
“COMPOSING CONVERSATIONS” and
“CONVERSATIONS WITH KEITH”
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Moderated by Art&Seek Reporter/Producer
JEROME WEEKS
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Two Series Dedicated to Exploring and Discussing the Most Compelling Aspects of 21st Century Opera, Music, and Stagecraft -- with Music and Live Audience Q&A!
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“COMPOSING CONVERSATIONS” with MIT’s Tod Machover
And American Soprano Sara Heaton in Performance
TUESDAY, SEPT. 18, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.
Hamon Hall/the Winspear Opera House

“CONVERSATIONS WITH KEITH” on Commissioning New Works
Featuring Dallas Opera General Director & CEO Keith Cerny
And General Director Darren K. Woods, Fort Worth Opera
TUESDAY, OCT. 9, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.
Hamon Hall, Winspear Opera House
AT&T Performing Arts Center

DALLAS, AUGUST 31, 2012 – The Dallas Opera, in partnership with KERA’s “ART&SEEK”, is extremely proud to announce this season’s schedule for our ongoing series of “Composing Conversations” and “Conversations with Keith”, reflecting the company’s commitment to increasing our community footprint, while advancing the art form and making opera fresh and relevant to increasingly diverse 21st century audiences.
The first free public presentation will take place on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. in Nancy B. Hamon Hall (located in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Downtown Dallas) and will feature special guest Tod Machover, a near legendary Professor of Music and Media at the MIT Media Lab (Cambridge, Massachusetts) as he explores and explains his groundbreaking, critically acclaimed new opera, DEATH AND THE POWERS, and other recent projects marrying music and advanced technology.
Joining Professor Machover onstage to both perform—and illuminate the challenges and rewards of bringing his extraordinary compositions to life—will be acclaimed American opera artist Sara Heaton, “a glittering soprano with lyric power” (Boston Herald). Portraying the loving daughter, Miranda, in the U.S. premiere of DEATH, Ms. Heaton was singled out for her “daunting power and agility in the stratospheric notes of her final scene” (Chicago Classical Review). She has enjoyed equal critical success in recent roles at Santa Fe Opera, Chicago Opera Theater and the American Repertory Theater.
The conversation will be moderated by the award-winning KERA/Art&Seek Producer-Reporter Jerome Weeks, who also moderated the Dallas Opera’s highly acclaimed “Page to Stage” weekend with composer Jake Heggie, librettist Gene Scheer, and other special guests, in preparation for the company’s enormously successful 2010 world premiere of Moby-Dick.

“Starting with Tod Machover, this series brings some of the biggest names in cutting-edge contemporary music to North Texas,” says Art&Seek director Anne Bothwell. “Art&Seek is thrilled to partner with The Dallas Opera on these unique conversations with innovators in the opera world and throughout the music industry.”

“Tod is one of the most relentlessly upbeat, energetic and intellectually curious individuals I’ve ever encountered,” says Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny. “He moves from project to project without ever losing his passion and enthusiasm to create or invent; to find new doorways into familiar worlds as well as forging bold paths into the unknown. He’s the perfect subject to launch an exciting new partnership with KERA’s Art&Seek.”

According to The New York Times, Machover’s “mating of classical instruments with computer technology has led to developments like a hypercello played by Yo-Yo Ma, a hyperfiddle designed for the virtuoso Joshua Bell and the technology that helped create ‘Guitar Hero,’ the music video game.
“But over the same years, Mr. Machover has retained his enthusiasm for classical composition. From his 1987 adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s sci-fi classic “Valis” to his 1999 version of Tolstoy’s ”Resurrection” with a libretto by the American playwright Laura Harrington, Mr. Machover has searched like a scientist to find the right music to unlock each of his subjects.”
Jeremy Eichler of The Boston Globe says the sci-fi opera “sets its gaze on subjects both ancient and ultra-modern. In the former camp is the question of whether the soul, or something beyond the body, can live after our death. In the latter camp is the question of the deeper meanings of our infatuation with technology — the way we experience our lives increasingly through its prism…That trailblazing technology is itself put to the service of exploring these points is one of the work’s many ironies that cumulatively leave you with plenty to think about after the robots have powered down for the night.”
The Chicago Tribune gave the new work four stars: “Death and the Powers is a must-see for anybody who cares about the exciting new techno-driven direction music theater is taking in the early 21st century.”

Then, on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. in Hamon Hall, the Winspear Opera House, the Dallas Opera and KERA/Art&Seek will present the inaugural installment of “Conversations with Keith” featuring Dallas Opera General Director & CEO Keith Cerny with special guest Darren K. Woods, General Director of Fort Worth Opera. Together with moderator Jerome Weeks, they will dissect the various pitfalls, pratfalls and rewards involved in commissioning new works and how they help shape the companies who create them.

“Commissioning a new opera,” explains Cerny, “is a lot like a fellow playing poker in Las Vegas. He has carefully prepared, he knows the mathematical odds, he has experience with the house, and he’s holding a promising hand. Yet, ultimately, a gamble remains a gamble, and despite every effort to predict the outcome, one can never be certain of succeeding—in life or in art—until all of the cards have been dealt.”

The complete schedule for the two Dallas Opera “Conversations” series follows:

COMPOSING CONVERSATIONS

September 18, 2012 – Composer Tod Machover (Death and the Powers)
January 22, 2013 – Composer Dominick Argento (The Aspern Papers)
May 21, 2013 – Pulitzer Prize winning composer Jennifer Higdon (Cold Mountain)

CONVERSATIONS WITH KEITH

October 9, 2012 – “Commissioning New Works” with Darren K. Woods, Gen. Dir. FWO
March 5, 2013 – “Accessible versus Avante-Garde Music and Theater”

All “Conversations” begin at 6:30 p.m. in Nancy B. Hamon Hall in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House, AT&T Performing Arts Center. These events are FREE and open to the public. However, seating is limited and RSVPs are requested. To secure your seat for this extraordinary inside look at cutting edge opera-making, call 214.443.1044 or to reserve your seat online at rsvp@dallasopera.org. Paid parking ($5 to $15) is available throughout the Arts District.

KEY BIOS:

TOD MACHOVER has been called “America’s most wired composer” by the Los Angeles Times. He is widely recognized as one of the most significant and innovative composers of his generation, and is also celebrated for inventing new technology for music, including Hyperinstruments which he launched in 1986. Machover studied with Elliott Carter and Roger Sessions at The Juilliard School and was the first Director of Musical Research at Pierre Boulez’s IRCAM in Paris. He is the Muriel R. Cooper Professor of Music and Media at the MIT Media Lab (Cambridge, MA) – where he has worked since the Lab was founded in 1985 – and is Director of the its Hyperinstruments and Opera of the Future Groups. Since 2006, Machover has also been Visiting Professor of Composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Tod Machover’s music has been acclaimed for breaking traditional artistic and cultural boundaries, offering a unique and innovative synthesis of acoustic and electronic sound, of symphony orchestras and interactive computers, and of operatic arias and rock songs. Machover’s compositions have been commissioned and performed by many of the world’s most prestigious ensembles and soloists, including the Ensemble InterContemporain (Paris), the London Sinfonietta, Ensemble Modern, Speculum Musicae, BBC Scottish Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Pops, Houston Grand Opera, Bunkamura (Tokyo), Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Carnegie Hall, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Collage New Music, Speculum Musicae, Ars Electronica, Casa da Musica (Porto), American Composers Orchestra, Tokyo String Quartet, Kronos Quartet, Ying Quartet, Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell, Kim Kashkahian, David Starobin, Matt Haimovitz, and many more. His work has been awarded numerous prizes and honors, among others from from the Fromm and Koussevitzky Foundations, the National Endowment for the Arts, the German Culture Ministry, and the French Culture Ministry, which named him a Chevalier de l’Order des Arts et des Lettres. In 2007 he was awarded the Steinmetz Prize from the IEEE, and in 2010 received the prestigious Arts Prize from the World Technology Network, supported by CNN and Time Inc. Tod Machover is also celebrated for being one of the world’s most prominent innovators in designing new technologies for music performance and creation, such as Hyperinstruments, “smart” performance systems that extend expression for some of the great virtuosi, from Yo-Yo Ma to Prince, but also for the general public, from young people to families to seniors and the disabled. The popular videogames Guitar Hero and Rock Band grew out of Machover’s Lab. His Hyperscore software—which allows anyone to compose original music using lines and colors—has allowed children around the world to have their music performed by major orchestras as part of Machover’s Toy Symphony project. Machover is also known for his visionary operas, including VALIS (based on Philip K. Dick’s sci-fi classic); The Brain Opera (which invites the audience to collaborate live and online and has been installed since 2000 at Vienna’s House of Music); Skellig, which premiered in the UK in November 2008 to rave reviews; and the critically acclaimed, “robotic” Death and the Powers.

DARREN K. WOODS became general director of Fort Worth Opera in July 2001. Under his leadership, Fort Worth Opera has increased both subscription and donor bases while establishing a reputation for high-quality, dynamic productions. In May 2007, Fort Worth Opera changed its format to a spring festival season and mounted its first mainstage commissioned work – Frau Margot composed by Thomas Pasatieri on a libretto by Frank Corsaro. Within only four years, Fort Worth Opera also produced Jorge Martin’s Before Night Falls as its second world premiere, and Opera News hailed the Fort Worth Opera Festival as one of the best in the country. Demonstrating Mr. Woods’ dedication to young artists, the Fort Worth Opera Studio launched in 2002, and has now expanded to include four main young artists beginning their professional careers and four apprentice artists currently in the midst of their college training. In 2011, Mr. Woods was appointed vice chairman for the board of Opera America, the national service organization for the art form. He serves on the finance and information services committees for the board, and he chairs the artist services committee. Mr. Woods was appointed general director of the Seagle Music Colony in the summer of 1996 and continues as artistic director today. Since that time, Seagle Colony has expanded from nineteen young artists, a faculty of seven, and two productions to thirty-two artists selected from over 1,000 applicants, six productions, and a faculty of seventeen. The Colony recently expanded to include the new Frank and Dorothy Shames rehearsal studio and new construction continues to expand the campus. Past Seagle Colony artists have had recent debuts at the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and even on Broadway. Mr. Woods is in great demand as an adjudicator of vocal competitions. In recent seasons, he served as a panel judge for the Richard Tucker Foundation, the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Lieber Competition, the Denver Opera Guild Competition, the Dallas Opera Guild Competition, and the Marguerite McCammon Competition. Recently, Opera News named him as one of the opera field’s most influential leaders in the magazine’s August 2012 article Opera’s Next Wave. Prior to his appointment in Fort Worth, he was the general director of the Shreveport Opera in Louisiana. While in Shreveport, Mr. Woods founded Shreveport Opera Express, or SOX, a touring, arts-in-education program that involved schoolchildren working with professional artists in the schools. Before becoming an opera administrator, Mr. Woods performed as a professional operatic tenor for twenty years in such venues as New York City Opera, Carnegie Hall, Washington Opera, L’Opera Madrid, Opera Trieste, Seattle Opera, Dallas Opera, Baltimore Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and many others.

JEROME WEEKS is a producer-reporter for KERA’s Art & Seek. His arts reporting and criticism have appeared on KERA FM, KERA TV, and online at ArtandSeek.org.
A professional critic for more than two decades, he was the book columnist for The Dallas Morning News for ten years and the paper’s theater critic for ten years before that. His writing has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, Newsday, American Theatre and Men’s Vogue magazines. He has won five Katie Awards from the Dallas Press Club, a graduate journalism fellowship from Columbia University and a Knight Digital Media Fellowship to the University of California-Berkeley. In 2012, he received first place for specialty reporting from Texas Associated Press Broadcasters and the John G. Flowers Award for Excellence from The Texas Society of Architects. Jerome has appeared on Studio 360, C-SPAN’s Booknotes and KERA’s national documentary Sweet Tornado: Margo Jones and the American Theater. He is a member of both the National Book Critics Circle and the American Theatre Critics Association, and is a fellow of the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture.

American soprano SARA HEATON, noted for her “gleaming lyricism” by Opera News Online and her “sweet, pure soprano” by the Chicago Tribune, is gaining recognition as a sensitive performer of both opera standards and new works. This season, Sara won first prize in the Marie Kraja international singing competition in Albania. She had her American Opera Projects debut in Numinous City by Pete Wyer, and sang her first Nedda in Pagliacci with Symphony Pro Musica. Sara returned to Chicago Opera Theater to sing Lidochka in Shostakovich’s Moscow, Cheryomushki, and this summer covers Leila in The Pearl Fishers as a second-year Apprentice Artist with The Santa Fe Opera. Sara had her professional debut as Despina in Così fan tutte with Boston Baroque. She has sung with Boston Lyric Opera, the American Repertory Theater, Opera Boston, Central City Opera, Boston Midsummer Opera, Opera Providence, Opera North, and the New Philharmonia Orchestra. In the 2010-2011 Season, Sara received critical acclaim for her performance of Miranda in the US premiere of Tod Machover’s Death and the Powers, praised for her “daunting power and agility in the stratospheric notes of her final scene,” and was singled out as giving “the finest performance of the evening.” With Santa Fe Opera, she was hailed “a standout” for her performance of Gilda in the apprentice scenes program. Sara has received the Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshana Foundation, was a regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera competition, and a finalist in the Giulio Gari Competition. She won 2nd place in the Young Patronesses of the Opera Competition, received an Encouragement Grant from the Schuyler Foundation for Career Bridges, and was a semi-finalist in the Competizione dell’Opera in Germany. She holds a Masters of Music degree from Boston University and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania.

Biographical information about DALLAS OPERA GENERAL DIRECTOR AND CEO KEITH CERNY is available online at http://www.dallasopera.org/about/staff/general-director/

ABOUT ART&SEEK

Art&Seek brings North Texans news about arts, music and culture. The team’s arts journalists produce reports, interviews, criticism and video for KERA FM, KERA TV and online at ArtandSeek.org. Art&Seek’s calendar hosts profiles and events from more than 3,000 arts groups and venues. Highlights can also be heard on KERA FM and KXT 91.7 FM. Art&Seek is a service provided by KERA/North Texas Public Broadcasting.

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

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:

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Ticket Information for the 2012-2013 Dallas Opera Season

All performances are in the new Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center. Subscriptions start at just $75 and are on sale now. Single tickets go on sale September 10, 2012, starting at just $19. For more information, contact The Dallas Opera Ticket Services Office at 214.443.1000 or visit us online at www.dallasopera.org.

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

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

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

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

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

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FIRST NIGHT Back for Seconds

by Suzanne Calvin

Last year’s FIRST NIGHT generated such a unanimous standing ovation from press and public alike that we’re coming back for more. Jeanne Prejean of “My Sweet Charity” has the story.

(Designer Geoffrey Henning and model D’Andra Simmons on last season’s Red Carpet)

Suzanne Calvin, Manager/Director Media and PR

FIRST Things First

by Suzanne Calvin

 

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friday, August 24, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

SEASON PRESENTER
TEXAS INSTRUMENTS FOUNDATION

SEASON OPENING NIGHT UNDERWRITERS
LINDA AND MITCH HART

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

FIRST NIGHT Advisory Chair
Tincy Miller

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

FIRST NIGHT Chair
Kaki Hopkins

FIRST NIGHT Vice-Chairs
Rhonda Sargent Chambers
Lynn Mock

FIRST NIGHT CORPORATE CHAIR
Kathleen Gibson

FIRST NIGHT DINNER CHAIRS
Holly and Tom Mayer

FIRST NIGHT RECEPTION CHAIRS
Elaine and Bill Blaylock

FIRST NIGHT HOST CHAIRS
Carol and Don Glendenning

FIRST NIGHT Supporting Partners
PaperCity
Marie Dean Public Relations

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

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

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

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

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

ADDITIONAL MEMBERS OF THE 2012 FIRST NIGHT EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

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

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

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

KEY BIOS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nicolas Villalba, Couture Designer: The international award-winning owner and principal designer of Nicolas Villalba Couture. Originally an evening wear designer, Nicolas now specializes in all things custom, including bridal, menswear, and even custom linens. After graduating with a BFA in Fashion Design, Nicolas was chosen to represent the U.S. in the European design competition, “Etoilles de la Mode” where he became the first American to win the “Prix du Public.” In 2010, this winner of the DIFFA Legend of Style Award launched a popular men’s shirt collection under the label, “A great Shirt”. Villalba also does private label work for Stanley Korshak, Neiman-Marcus, TODD Events, and other high-end retailers.

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

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

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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. Rosewood Crescent Hotel is the official hotel of The Dallas Opera. Advertising support from The Dallas Morning News. A special thanks to Mrs. William W. Winspear and the Elsa von Seggern Foundation for their continuing support.

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