Raising a Glass to the Fellow Who Raises His Baton

by Suzanne Calvin

The Women’s Board of the Dallas Opera organized a splendid “Toast to Graeme Jenkins” to mark the beginning of his final season as our music director. This marks the Maestro’s 20th season with TDO, so there were plenty of musical memories. I thought it was interesting that the Chorus chose to honor him with a beautiful rendition of one of Verdi’s greatest: “Va pensiero” from “Nabucco.”

Get all the details here from Jeanne Prejean at MY SWEET CHARITY.

(Photo of Graeme Jenkins in the orchestra pit of the Winspear Opera House conducting our new production of TRISTAN UND ISOLDE.  Photo by Karen Almond, Dallas Opera)

Suzanne Calvin, Manager/Director Media & PR

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