Dallas Opera Administrative Offices Named for Noted Philanthropist

by Suzanne Calvin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014 Or Celeste Hart 214.443.1071
suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org celeste.hart@dallasopera.org

THE DALLAS OPERA IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE

THE NAMING OF THE COMPANY’S ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES:

ELSA VON SEGGERN OFFICE SUITE

IN HONOR OF A PASSIONATE OPERA LOVER AND
A LEGENDARY DALLAS PHILANTHROPIST
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IN CONJUNCTION WITH A NEW $5 MILLION GIFT FROM
E.F. VON SEGGERN CHARITABLE FOUNDATION TRUST

DALLAS, OCTOBER 6, 2015 – Nearly six years after the company’s move into the iconic Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, The Dallas Opera is thrilled to announce the naming of TDO’s administrative offices for one of the city’s most remarkable, colorful and generous patrons of the arts: the late Elsa von Seggern.

One of two women described as “godmothers” of The Dallas Opera (the late, great Maria Callas also shared that distinction), the name recognizes von Seggern’s past generosity, as well as a new five-million dollar gift to the company from the E.F. von Seggern Charitable Foundation Trust.

“The Elsa von Seggern Foundation was recognized in the 2011 unveiling of The Dallas Opera’s ‘21st Century Wall of Honor,” notes Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny, “for significant contributions to the artistic and financial strength of the company in this century.”

“The foundation’s incredibly generous gift of $5 million enables us to plan with greater confidence far into the future. In truth, the long-term impact of such a remarkable gift cannot be overestimated,” Cerny adds, “and is a wonderful way to pay tribute to Elsa’s historic involvement with The Dallas Opera since our earliest days in Fair Park.”

A self-described “treasurer-in-residence” for the company, Elsa von Seggern went so far as to underwrite TDO’s payroll during the lean years of the 1970s, guiding the implementation of proper business practices and setting the stage for the artistic successes that followed.

“Dallas and Texas have been good to me,” she was quoted as saying. “By universal law, you should put in where you take out; and that’s why I do it. I like the arts, and I wish that they could be supported in a big way.”

This child of German immigrants who grew up on a farm in Nebraska was introduced to opera through the Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts. The independent-minded von Seggern took several business courses enabling her to find work as a young stenographer in Omaha. She later sold dresses at a Chicago department store, learning the fundamentals of retail.
However, a single visit to Dallas was enough to change the trajectory of her life. In the midst of the Great Depression, she decided to stay, taking a job at a local insurance firm where a friend, L.C. Ferguson, eventually contacted her with the suggestion that they go into business together. From an original investment of $185, the Dallas-based company they founded (Shovel Supply Company) became a major supplier of heavy equipment to a variety of companies and contractors, including independent oil producers throughout the Southwest.

Besides her obvious business acumen, von Seggern possessed a relentless curiosity about people and places, a distinctive style and impeccable instincts.

Entrepreneurial success and the wealth that came with it gave Elsa von Seggern the freedom to travel to exotic locales (including Siberia in the early 1960s), study “esoteric philosophy,” and indulge her fascination with all things Egyptian. It also gave her the freedom to give back—generously—to her adopted home town of Dallas.

“Elsa’s mother instructed her youngest child to put her money where her mouth is,” explains Dwight E. “Gene” Saur, Jr., the original Trustee for the E.F. von Seggern Charitable Foundation Trust and the philanthropist’s longtime financial advisor. “She did so without hesitation,” he noted, “becoming one of the most generous patrons in Dallas Opera history.”

The Women’s Board of The Dallas Opera acknowledged her impact by presenting Elsa von Seggern with the inaugural ‘Juanita and Henry S. Miller, Jr. Founders Award’ in 1991, designed to recognize individuals who have made exceptional volunteer and philanthropic contributions benefiting the opera. Before she passed away in 1995, Elsa had served as the sole underwriter of fourteen Dallas Opera productions, among other gifts to the company.

“She was also a generous supporter of the Dallas Ballet, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth,” recalls Foundation Trustee Joe L. Sharp. “Yet, opera remained her grand passion, and the Foundation has made every effort to keep her memory fresh for new generations of opera audiences, by continuing to give generously in order to advance the cause of this art form in Dallas.

“We know how pleased Elsa would be to see her name continue to be associated with the opera company that captured her heart, and commanded so much of her time, love, and lavish attention.”

“There have been discussions with the E.F. von Seggern Charitable Foundation Trust for many years about the appropriate way to honor her lasting legacy at The Dallas Opera,” says Gae Whitener, Director of Development. “After a decade of personally working closely with the Foundation and learning about this remarkable woman, I’m delighted that the arrangement announced today will further spotlight “Miss von” and her pivotal role in the life of this company.”

In addition to being added to signage, letterheads and signatures, the Elsa von Seggern Office Suite will feature a new showcase to educate visitors about her life and legacy.
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EVENTS, GUESTS AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

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

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS, 2015-2016 SEASON SPONSOR FOR THE DALLAS OPERA’S “SEEKING THE HUMAN ELEMENT” SEASON

Ticket Information for the 2015-2016 Dallas Opera Season
All performances are in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center unless otherwise described. Single Tickets range from $19 to $275. Full and Flex Subscriptions are on sale starting at $75. Family performance tickets are just $5. For more information or to make your purchase, contact The Dallas Opera Ticket Services Office at 214.443.1000 or visit us online, 24/7, at www.dallasopera.org.

THE DALLAS OPERA 2015-2016 FALL SEASON INFORMATION
The Dallas Opera celebrates its Fifty-Ninth International Season in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in the Dallas Arts District. Evening performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees begin at 2:00 p.m. unless otherwise stated. English translations will be projected above the stage at every performance and assistance is available for the hearing impaired. The Joy and Ronald Mankoff Pre-Opera Talk will begin one hour prior to curtain, at most performances excluding FIRST NIGHT of the season.

GREAT SCOTT by Jake Heggie
October 30, November 1(m), 4, 7 & 15(m), 2015
A Thrilling Dallas Opera World Premiere!
Libretto by Terrence McNally*
Time: Present Day
Place: A Major American City
Conductor: Patrick Summers
Stage Director: Jack O’Brien*
Set and Costume Design: Bob Crowley
Lighting Design: Brian MacDevitt*
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Joyce DiDonato* (Arden Scott), Ailyn Pérez (Tatyana Bakst), Frederica von Stade (Mrs. Edward “Winnie” Flato), Nathan Gunn (Sid Taylor), Anthony Roth Costanzo* (Roane Heckle), Kevin Burdette (Eric Gold/Ghost of Vittorio Bazzetti), Michael Mayes* (Wendell Swan). A Brand-New Dallas Opera Production!

TOSCA by Giacomo Puccini
November 6, 8(m), 11, 14, 20 & 22(m), 2015
A passionate and timeless masterpiece in a beloved period production
An opera in three acts first performed in Rome, Italy on January 14, 1900
Text by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa after Victorien Sardou’s 1887 French-language play, La Tosca
Time: Early 19th century
Place: Locations in and around the City of Rome
Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume
Stage Director: Ellen Douglas Schlaefer*
Set and Costume Design: Ulisse Santicchi
Lighting Design: Marie Barrett
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Children’s Chorus Master: TBA
Starring: Emily Magee (Floria Tosca), Giancarlo Monsalve* (Mario Cavaradossi), Raymond Aceto (Baron Scarpia), William Ferguson (Spoletta), Dale Travis* (A Sacristan) and Ryan Kuster (Angelotti). One of The Dallas Opera’s Most Popular!

BECOMING SANTA CLAUS by Mark Adamo
December 4, 6(m), 9 & 12, 2015
An Eagerly Awaited Dallas Opera World Premiere!
Libretto by the composer, Mark Adamo.
Time: Now
Place: An Elven kingdom in the far, far north; also, the stable of the first Christmas
Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume
Stage Director: Paul Curran
Set and Costume Design: Gary McCann*
Video Design: Driscoll Otto*
Lighting Design: Paul Hackenmueller*
Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Jennifer Rivera* (Queen Sophine), Juan José de León (Prince Claus), Matt Boehler* (Donkey). Another New Dallas Opera Production

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

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World Premiere of Great Scott!

by Celeste Hart

BY JAKE HEGGIE AND TERRENCE McNALLY

CO-COMMISSIONED AND CO-PRODUCED WITH SAN DIEGO OPERA

STARRING JOYCE DIDONATO AS ARDEN SCOTT

 

Presenting Sponsor Eugene McDermott Foundation

 

OPENING NIGHT: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2015 AT 8:00 PM

THE LINDA AND MITCH HART SEASON

OPENING NIGHT PERFORMANCE,

THE MARGOT AND BILL WINSPEAR OPERA HOUSE

AT THE AT&T PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, DALLAS

 

With Additional Support from Hoblitzelle Foundation,

Diane B. Wilsey, Carol Franc Buck Foundation,

National Endowment for the Arts and

The Opera Fund, a program of OPERA America

 

Joyce DiDonato is the Marnie and Kern Wildenthal Principal Artist

            DALLAS, OCTOBER 2, 2015 – The Dallas Opera is proud to present one of the most eagerly anticipated new operas of the year: Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally’s GREAT SCOTT, featuring a once-in-a-lifetime cast headed by America’s favorite mezzo-soprano, Joyce DiDonato, in the title role of Arden Scott; also starring soprano Ailyn Pérez, mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade, baritone Nathan Gunn, countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, bass Kevin Burdette, tenor Rodell Rosel and baritone Michael Mayes.

            GREAT SCOTT, (Presenting Sponsor, Eugene McDermott Foundation) a co-commission/co-production of TDO and San Diego Opera, officially opens The Dallas Opera’s 2015-2016 Season, “Seeking the Human Element,” on the evening of Friday, October 30, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. (please note the later curtain time) in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas, Texas.

            The Linda and Mitch Hart Season Opening Night Performance will be followed by four additional performances on November 1(m), 4, 7 & 15(m), 2015.

            In addition to acclaimed American composer Jake Heggie and award-winning librettist Terrence McNally—who conceived the original story—Great Scott features a phenomenal production and artistic team.              In his first TDO appearance since Moby-Dick, the distinguished Patrick Summers will conduct the world premiere, Broadway legend and Tony Award-winner Jack O’Brien is staging the production, and Tony and Olivier Award-winner Bob Crowley (An American in Paris, Skylight, Once) has designed both sets and costumes for Great Scott in his Dallas Opera debut. 

            Other key contributors include Associate Conductor Nicole Paiement (Everest), Lighting Designer Brian MacDevitt (another multiple Tony winner!—most recently for The Book of Mormon) and renowned Projections Designer Elaine J. McCarthy (Moby-Dick, Everest, Iolanta).

            “It’s a homecoming for Terrence and a creative homecoming for me,” writes Great Scott composer Jake Heggie.  It’s also a homecoming for our brilliant director, Jack O’Brien, who made his Dallas Opera directorial debut in 1972, and has since created dozens of iconic Broadway shows, including Hairspray and The Full Monty.”

            This timely and poignant full-length opera marks Mr. Heggie and Mr. McNally’s first major collaboration since Dead Man Walking (2000), which was hailed as a “masterpiece” by the San Francisco Chronicle.  One of theater’s most prominent playwrights, Mr. McNally has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and has won multiple Tony and Drama Desk Awards, as well as an Emmy Award.

            Mr. Heggie’s 2010 collaboration with librettist Gene Scheer: Moby-Dick, now considered a modern-day masterpiece, premiered at The Dallas Opera and has since gone on to earn critical acclaim in sold-out performances from Canada to Australia.

            This star-studded 2015 Dallas Opera world premiere is generously supported by Hoblitzelle Foundation, Diane B. Wilsey, Carol Franc Buck Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and The Opera Fund, a program of OPERA America

            Miss Joyce DiDonato is the Marnie and Kern Wildenthal Principal Artist.

            “Having seen, first hand, the tremendous success of Moby-Dick in Dallas back in 2010, I was determined to give Jake a second opportunity to compose a major new work for The Dallas Opera,” explains Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny.  “With the support of TDO’s Executive Committee, I commissioned Jake to begin planning his next opera over four years ago, in the summer of 2011, and we were later joined by San Diego Opera.

            “All of us are absolutely thrilled to have begun rehearsals for this outstanding new work, featuring as it does the exceptional writing talents of Terrence McNally, a once-in-a-lifetime cast and an artistic ‘dream team.’ 

            “Critical anticipation and audience enthusiasm has been tremendous—even in advance of the premiere—and we are all looking forward to bringing this brilliant new work to the public on October 30th.”

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            In McNally’s original story and libretto, international opera star Arden Scott returns to her hometown to try to save the struggling opera company that launched her to fame and fortune. However, as American Opera prepares for the world premiere of Rosa Dolorosa, figlia di Pompei (“Rosa Dolorosa, Daughter of Pompeii”) the nearly 200-year old bel canto opera Arden recently discovered – she faces unexpected competition from an ambitious young soprano as well as community excitement surrounding the local professional football team’s first Super Bowl (Go Grizzlies!).  The fate of the opera company hangs in the balance as Arden is forced to consider the personal sacrifices she has made for her career, and comes to understand that true greatness is a matter of heart.

            “I’m a playwright because of opera,” says Great Scott librettist Terrence McNally, who was awarded the Dramatists Guild Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011, “so it was inevitable that I would say ‘yes’ when Jake Heggie asked me to write an opera with him.  That was Dead Man Walking.

            “Fifteen years later we’re in Dallas for the world premiere of our second collaboration, Great Scott, in the city where my passion for this impossible art form was ignited some 65 years ago.”

            “Filled with surprising characters, plot twists and turns,” writes Mr. Heggie, “Great Scott unfolds as deeply touching, human and completely hilarious.”

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          Composer Jake Heggie has written more than 250 songs, as well as chamber, choral and orchestral works.  His operas: Moby-Dick, Dead Man Walking, Out of Darkness, Three Decembers, To Hell and Back, The End of the Affair, and The Radio Hour—most, in collaboration with writers Terrence McNally and Gene Scheer, have been produced to great acclaim on five continents. Following Great Scott, his next major project is an opera based on Frank Capra’s 1946 film classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” for Houston Grand Opera.

           Inducted into The Theater Hall of Fame in 1996, librettist Terrence McNally, “a probing and enduring dramatist” (The New York Times), has had a significant impact on American Theater through such Tony Award-winning works as Love! Valour! Compassion! and Master Class, as well as his books for Ragtime and Kiss of the Spider Woman.  Other works include Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune; Lips Together, Teeth Apart; The Lisbon Traviata; It’s Only a Play; Corpus Christi and The Ritz.  McNally’s Mothers and Sons premiered on Broadway in 2014.

           Houston Grand Opera Artistic and Music Director and Principal Guest Conductor for San Francisco Opera, Patrick Summers commands a vast repertory.  Mr. Summers has led an array of productions at the Metropolitan Opera, including Madama Butterfly, Salome, and I Puritani, which were broadcast live in HD to movie theaters globally.  He has also conducted at the world’s preeminent opera companies, including Barcelona’s Gran Teatre Del Liceu, Lisbon Opera, Bordeaux Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Bregenz Festival, Welsh National Opera, Opera Australia, Seattle Opera, and Los Angeles Opera, as well as The Dallas Opera. 

           Maestro Summers is a constant collaborator with Jake Heggie. Together, they have premiered such works as Dead Man Walking, Three Decembers, Moby-Dick and, now, Great Scott.

           Director Jack O’Brien’s contributions to the Broadway stage include It’s Only a Play, Macbeth, The Nance, Dead Accounts, Catch Me If You Can, Impressionism, The Coast of Utopia, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Henry IV, The Invention of Love and many more.  Mr. O’Brien has successfully staged Il trittico at the Metropolitan Opera, Guys and Dolls at Carnegie Hall, and Much Ado About Nothing in New York’s Central Park.  The longtime Artistic Director of the Old Globe Theatre has also directed half-a-dozen movies for “American Playhouse” on PBS.

            Grammy Award-winning superstar mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, prompted Michael Church of The Guardian (U.K.) to write, “No other singer could match what this blonde bombshell from Kansas does, marrying coloratura with the serene liquidity of birdsong to an expressiveness of heart-stopping beauty.” She leads a brilliant all-star cast that includes in-demand soprano Ailyn Pérez (winner of the 2012 Richard Tucker Award), praised by the San Diego News Network for her “big, powerful, beautiful, lyrical and endlessly supple voice,” as Tatyana Bakst, a fiercely ambitious young singer from Eastern Europe, eager to assume the mantle of stardom—as quickly as possible. 

            Great Scott also stars the legendary Frederica von Stade as Mrs. Edward “Winnie” Flato, the founder and chief benefactor of the American Opera Company, who also happens to be married to the owner of the Super Bowl-bound local football team. Joshua Kosman of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote: “Even if she were not one of the great singers of our day, mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade could probably draw a full house…eager just to be in her presence and watch her be herself.  She’s that enchanting.” 

            In the role of architect Sid Taylor, the man from Arden Scott’s past who might not be content to remain there, is opera heart-throb Nathan Gunn, “a vivid, appealing stage presence, with that gorgeous, well-focused baritone” (Scott Cantrell, The Dallas Morning News); a singer who most recently dazzled Dallas Opera audiences as clever Figaro in The Barber of Seville and as the mysterious Lodger in TDO’s highly praised 2013 revival of Dominick Argento’s The Aspern Papers.  More recently, Gunn attracted glowing reviews as Inman in the Santa Fe Opera world premiere of Jennifer Higdon and Gene Scheer’s Cold Mountain.

            Sid’s eleven-year-old son, Tommy Taylor (a speaking role), will be played by Mark Hancock in his company debut.

            Rounding out the GREAT SCOTT cast is counter-tenor Anthony Roth Costanzo in his Dallas Opera debut as a no-nonsense stage manager and longtime friend of Arden Scott.  Mr. Costanzo possesses, “the kind of high-voltage, high-register male singing that comes once in a generation” (Ken Smith, Musical America).  

            Versatile bass Kevin Burdette (Beck Weathers in Everest), known for his “large powerful voice with a burnished robust sound” and “a vibrant personality” (Opera Today) performs the dual roles of conductor Eric Gold and The Ghost of Vittorio Bazzetti, the composer of Rosa Dolorosa, the long-lost, never-performed bel canto opera being championed by Arden.

            Rodell Rosel, a tenor, creates the role of Anthony Candolino, while baritone Michael Mayes sings the role of Wendell Swann, both in their company debuts.

            The Dallas Opera Chorus will be prepared by Chorus Master Alexander Rom.  Wigs and make-up designed by David Zimmerman.  The Assistant Conductor is Keith ChambersJ. Knighten Smit serves as Assistant Director; Hally Albers is the Stage Manager. 

            Choreography by John de los Santos.  Musical preparation by Robert Mollicone and Kirk Severtson.  Italian Language Consultant, Valentina Simi.

            All performances will take place in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House, selected by Southern Living magazine as the best new venue for opera.

            A free, pre-performance lecture (The Joy and Ronald Mankoff Pre-Opera Talks) will be conducted one hour prior to curtain at most performances.  The Dallas Opera Guild also hosts “Opera Insights,” a lively panel discussion featuring artists, directors and designers, on the Sunday afternoon prior to opening.  For more details, visit dallasopera.org.

            Single tickets, starting at just $19, are subject to availability.  Tickets may be purchased at the door – throughout the 2015-2016 Season – or in advance by calling 214.443.1000.  Subscriptions and single tickets are also available for purchase online throughout the season at www.dallasopera.org.

            Other than on FIRST NIGHT, the curtain for evening performances is at 7:30, except where noted; matinees begin Sunday afternoons at 2:00 p.m.

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

 

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

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EVENTS, GUESTS AND ARTISTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

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

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

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The Dallas Opera Family Performances are generously supported by

Texas Instruments and the Betty and Steve Suellentrop

Educational Outreach Fund.

TDO Family Performances are a part of the

Perot Foundation Education and Community Outreach Programs

 

Ticket Information for the 2015-2016 Dallas Opera Season

All performances are in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center unless otherwise indicated.  Single Tickets range from $19 to $275.  Full Subscriptions start at $99, Flex Subscriptions (three-performances of your choice) begin at $75.  Family performance tickets are just $5.  For more information or to make your purchase, contact The Dallas Opera Ticket Services Office at 214.443.1000 or visit us online at dallasopera.org

Perform with the Stars!

by Celeste Hart

TOSCA CASTING CALL

SEEKING FIFTEEN MALE “SUPERS” FOR NON-SPEAKING, NON-SINGING ROLES

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Performers to Appear in TOSCA at the Winspear Opera House

CASTING CALL:  Monday, October 5, 2015; 7:30-9:30 p.m.

 At the Dallas Opera Rehearsal Center

          DALLAS, September 28, 2015 -- The Dallas Opera is in need of fifteen men to perform on stage at the Winspear Opera House during the month of November in its magnificent production of Puccini’s TOSCA. The “Supernumeraries,” non-speaking, non-singing actors who enhance the opera, will perform in this classic, period production which opens on Friday, November 6, 2015.

            The casting call will take place on Monday, October 5, 2015 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Karayanis Rehearsal Production Center, 4301 S. Fitzhugh, Dallas, TX 75210.

            The rehearsal period will run from October 5-November 3, 2015 with specifics to be announced at a later date. The performance dates are November 6, 8 (matinee), 11, 14, 20, and 22 (matinee) and “supers” must be able to attend all performances in order to be considered.

             To apply, please complete the supernumerary information form available at: www.dallasopera.org/supers. Also separately, please send an email to supers@dallasopera.org to let our production department know you will be attending the casting call.

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

The Dallas Opera Rehearsal Center, where the casting call will take place, is just outside Fair Park (follow the signs to Gate 12) at 4301 S. Fitzhugh, Dallas, TX 75210.

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EVENTS, GUESTS AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT “JULY AT THE DALLAS OPERA”

IS CONVENIENTLY AVAILABLE ONLINE, 24/7

VISIT WWW.DALLASOPERA.ORG AND CHECK THE CALENDAR LISTINGS

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS, 2015-2016 SEASON SPONSOR FOR THE DALLAS OPERA’S “SEEKING THE HUMAN ELEMENT” SEASON

Ticket Information for the 2015-2016 Dallas Opera Season

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

 

 

Casting Call – SUPERS for Tosca

by Celeste Hart

Perform with the stars! The Dallas Opera is holding a casting call for the production of Tosca. Needed are approximately 15 men who will appear on the stage of the Winspear Opera House during the month of November. Supernumeraries are non-speaking, non-singing roles. 

Please join us at the casting call!

Date: Monday, October 5, 2015

Time: 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Location: Karayanis Rehearsal Production Center; 4301 S. Fitzhugh Avenue, Dallas, Texas, 75210

Rehearsal Period: October 5-November 3 (TBD)

Tosca Performance Dates: November 6, 8 (matinee), 11, 14, 20, 22 (matinee)

Please visit www.dallasopera.org/supers and complete the information form.

Also please send an email to supers@dallasopera.org separately to let us know you are attending the casting call! 

 

Audition for Dancers – Becoming Santa Claus

by Celeste Hart

THE DALLAS OPERA AUDITIONS ANNOUNCEMENT

SEEKING SIX DANCERS FOR ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY

Those with acrobatic skills are especially encouraged to audition.

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Performers to Appear in BECOMING SANTA CLAUS

A WORLD PREMIERE at the Winspear Opera House

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Audition:  Saturday, October 17, 11:00 a.m. -- 3:00 p.m.

All Auditions at the Dallas Opera Rehearsal Center 

             DALLAS, September 23, 2015 -- The Dallas Opera announces an incredible opportunity to take part in the world premiere of the highly anticipated holiday opera, BECOMING SANTA CLAUS. Six talented dancers with acrobatic skills are needed for the production which opens on Friday, December 4, 2015.

            The Dallas Opera is seeking a wide range of candidates with a good level of training in dance and theater. Performers with experience in ballet, jazz, other dance categories or acrobatics, will be considered. The audition will take place on Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at the Karayanis Rehearsal Production Center, 4301 S. Fitzhugh, Dallas, TX 75210.

            BECOMING SANTA CLAUS will be directed and choreographed by Paul Curran. Rehearsals begin on November 2, 2015 culminating in four performances on

December 4, 6, 9 and 12, 2015 in the Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center.

            The performers will be compensated for rehearsal time, as well as a per-performance fee.

             To schedule an audition, send your headshot and resume to Ahne Schield at ahne.schield@dallasopera.org.  Audition times will be determined on a first-come, first-served basis.

             BECOMING SANTA CLAUS, by American composer Mark Adamo, will be led by acclaimed conductor Emmanuel Villaume. The charming holiday production also features tenor Juan José de León, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Rivera and bass Matt Boehler.

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

            The Dallas Opera Rehearsal Center, where the auditions will take place, is just outside Fair Park (follow the signs to Gate 12) at 4301 S. Fitzhugh, Dallas, TX 75210.

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EVENTS, GUESTS AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT “JULY AT THE DALLAS OPERA”

IS CONVENIENTLY AVAILABLE ONLINE, 24/7

VISIT WWW.DALLASOPERA.ORG AND CHECK THE CALENDAR LISTINGS

 

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS, 2015-2016 SEASON SPONSOR FOR THE DALLAS OPERA’S “SEEKING THE HUMAN ELEMENT” SEASON

Ticket Information for the 2015-2016 Dallas Opera Season

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

 

THE DALLAS OPERA 2015-2016 FALL SEASON INFORMATION

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

 

GREAT SCOTT by Jake Heggie

October 30, November 1(m), 4, 7 & 15(m), 2015

A Thrilling Dallas Opera World Premiere!

Libretto by Terrence McNally*

Time: Present Day

Place: A Major American City

Conductor: Patrick Summers

Stage Director: Jack O’Brien

Set and Costume Designer: Bob Crowley

Lighting Designer: Brian MacDevitt*

Projections Designer: Elaine J. McCarthy

Wig & make-up Designer: David Zimmerman

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Starring: Joyce DiDonato* (Arden Scott) (The Marnie and Kern Wildenthal Principal Artist) Ailyn Pérez (Tatyana Bakst), Frederica von Stade (Mrs. Edward “Winnie” Flato), Nathan Gunn (Sid Taylor), Anthony Roth Costanzo* (Roane Heckle), Kevin Burdette (Eric Gold), Rodell Rosel* (Anthony Candolino), Michael Mayes* (Wendell Swan).
A Brand-New Dallas Opera Production!

 

TOSCA by Giacomo Puccini

November 6, 8(m), 11, 14, 20 & 22(m), 2015

A passionate and timeless masterpiece in a beloved period production

An opera in three acts first performed in Rome, Italy on January 14, 1900

Text by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa after Victorien Sardou’s 1887 French-language play, La Tosca

Time: Early 19th century

Place: Locations in and around the City of Rome

Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume

Stage Director: Ellen Douglas Schlaefer*

Set and Costume Designer: Ulisse Santicchi

Lighting Designer: Marie Barrett

Wig & make-up Designer: David Zimmerman

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Children’s Chorus Master: Melinda Cotten

Starring: Emily Magee (Floria Tosca), Giancarlo Monsalve* (Mario Cavaradossi), Raymond Aceto (Baron Scarpia), Ryan Kuster (Angelotti), Dale Travis* (A Sacristan), William Ferguson (Spoletta), Wes Mason (Sciarrone).
One of The Dallas Opera’s Most Popular!

 

BECOMING SANTA CLAUS by Mark Adamo

December 4, 6(m), 9 & 12, 2015

An Eagerly Awaited Dallas Opera World Premiere!

Libretto by the composer, Mark Adamo.

Time: Now

Place: An Elven kingdom in the far, far north; also, the stable of the first Christmas

Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume

Stage Director and Choreographer: Paul Curran

Set and Costume Designer: Gary McCann*

Lighting Designer: Paul Hackenmueller*

Projections Designer: Driscoll Otto*

Wig & make-up Designer: David Zimmerman

Starring: Jennifer Rivera* (Queen Sophine), Juan José de León (Prince Claus), Matt Boehler* (Donkey), Hila Plitmann* (Yan), Lucy Schaufer* (Ib), Keith Jameson (Yab), Kevin Burdette (Ob).

Another New Dallas Opera Production!

 

* Dallas Opera Debut

** American Debut

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

 

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2016 Vocal Competition Announced!

by Celeste Hart

Still Bigger Than Texas!

THE DALLAS OPERA GUILD VOCAL COMPETITION WILL BEGIN ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FROM ACCOMPLISHED EMERGING ARTISTS ON SEPT. 15TH

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“Powerhouse Jury” Chaired by Dr. Brian Zeger

TDO Orchestra and Finalists Conducted by Music Director Emmanuel Villaume

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Finals Round Scheduled for Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.

Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House

The AT&T Performing Arts Center, Dallas, Texas 

 

DALLAS, TX, SEPTEMBER 14, 2015 -- The Dallas Opera is pleased to announce that applications for the expanded and revised Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition, scheduled to take place on Friday, April 29, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. (Semi-Final Round) and Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. (Finals Round) will be accepted beginning tomorrow – Tuesday, September 15, 2015 – through Saturday, November 21, 2015.

Applications MUST be submitted via YAP Tracker, along with a $35 entry fee: https://www.yaptracker.com/applications/dallas-opera-guild-2016.

2015 Vocal Competition Finalists-L-R-Anthony Clark Evans, J'nai Bridges, Jungwon Choi, Sarah Mesko, Elizabeth Sutphen, John BrancyThose chosen by preliminary round judges to advance to the Semifinals Round in the acoustically acclaimed Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center will be notified on February 2, 2016. 

PHOTO ID: PHOTO BY KAREN ALMOND (L-R: 2015 Finalists: Anthony Clark Evans (Winner), J’nai Bridges, Jungwon Choi, Sarah Mesko, Elizabeth Sutphen, John Brancy)

 

Competitors in the critically acclaimed 2015 Competition took home prize monies totaling $18,500.  Although this competition has as its primary focus, artists in the 18 to 34 age range, singers of any age may apply and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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

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

  • In order to attract the most talented applicant pool with the greatest potential, the eligibility criteria for applicants changed. Today, it is open to residents of all 50 states and U.S. Territories
  • The Finals Round, taking place on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 6:30 pm in the Winspear Opera House, will be accompanied by The Dallas Opera Orchestra, conducted by TDO’s acclaimed Music Director, Emmanuel Villaume. Up to six finalists will participate, singing two arias each.

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

Judges for the expanded 28th Annual Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition will be drawn from distinguished performers and opera administrators and will also include General Director & CEO Keith Cerny, Music Director Emmanuel Villaume and TDO Artistic Administrator Ian Derrer.

The Dallas Opera is very pleased to announce the return of renowned arts administrator, educator and adjudicator Dr. Brian Zeger as Chair of the Judges Panel for the 2016 Vocal Competition.  On the faculty of The Juilliard School since 1993 and Artistic Director of Vocal Arts at Juilliard since 2004, Dr. Zeger is also the Executive Director of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program

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

Commented General Director & CEO Keith Cerny: “The Guild Competition took a bold step forward last year and the result was electrifying!  Emmanuel Villaume and The Dallas Opera Orchestra brought a tangible level of excitement to these performances and clearly inspired the finalists to do their absolute best. 

“I’m quite certain that this year’s competition will bring a whole new set of challenges and give us new opportunities to build on our previous success.  Working closely with Dr. Brian Zeger, our esteemed adjudicators, and the Guild, we are well on our way to creating an event that attracts the very finest young singers of this generation.”

The “powerhouse jury” — the judges for the upcoming 2016 competition — already includes:

 Judges for the 2016 Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition:

 Brian Zeger, Chair

Artistic Director of Juilliard’s Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts and Executive Director for the  Lindemann Young Artist Development Program of the Metropolitan Opera

Keith Cerny

General Director and CEO, The Dallas Opera

Emmanuel Villaume

Music Director, The Dallas Opera

Ian Derrer

Artistic Administrator, The Dallas Opera

Aidan Lang

General Director, Seattle Opera

Leonore Rosenberg

Associate Artistic Administrator, The Metropolitan Opera 

Joshua Winograde

Senior Director of Artistic Planning, Los Angeles Opera

Diane Zola

Director of Artistic Administration, Houston Grand Opera

Dallas Opera Guild Co-President Jana Irwin explained that “the life of The Dallas Opera Guild revolves around this annual competition, because all of us feel so strongly about the need to support the future of opera.  Greater prominence within the music industry can only translate into greater benefits for those lucky enough to be selected to participate, making this a win-win situation for all concerned.”

Dallas Opera Guild 2016 Vocal Competition Chair Ketty Fitzgerald explains that “the ultimate goal – now and always – is to serve the artists and this art form by creating a showcase for their talents that will help to advance their careers.  We are equally dedicated to providing financial assistance (with no strings attached) allowing the singer to determine exactly how that money should be spent.  In short, we give them room to breathe.”

ABOUT THE 2016 DALLAS OPERA GUILD VOCAL COMPETITION

Potential applicants are encouraged to check TDO’s website for more information about the application process, as well as YAP Tracker.  The entry fee is $35.  Applications must be submitted exclusively through YAP Tracker — no later than 11:59 p.m. on November 21, 2015.  Semifinalists will be notified on February 2, 2016.  Additional details regarding the changes to the competition may be found at www.dallasopera.org/vocal.

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

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EVENTS, GUESTS AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE DALLAS OPERA

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

FOR HIGH-RESOLUTION PHOTOGRAPHS

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

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

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TEXAS INSTRUMENTS, 2015-2016 SEASON SPONSOR FOR THE DALLAS OPERA’S “SEEKING THE HUMAN ELEMENT” SEASON

The Dallas Opera Family Performances are generously supported by

Texas Instruments and the Betty and Steve Suellentrop Educational Outreach Fund.

TDO Family Performances are a part of the

Perot Foundation Education and Community Outreach Programs

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Ticket Information for the 2015-2016 Dallas Opera Season

All performances are in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center unless otherwise indicated.  Single Tickets range from $19 to $275.  Full Subscriptions start at $99, Flex Subscriptions (three-performances of your choice) begin at $75.  Family performance tickets are just $5.  For more information or to make your purchase, contact The Dallas Opera Ticket Services Office at 214.443.1000 or visit us online, 24/7, at www.dallasopera.org.

THIRD CONSECUTIVE BALANCED BUDGET!

by Celeste Hart

For the First Time in Fifteen Years

TDO Records Three Balanced Budgets in a Row

Company Well-Positioned to Run the Demanding Gauntlet of Two World Premieres, Major Community Outreach Initiatives And an Innovative New Institute for Women Conductors this Fall

            DALLAS, TX, SEPTEMBER 11, 2015 – Building on two previous seasons that ended “in the black,” The Dallas Opera is very proud to announce that it has maintained a balanced operating result for a third consecutive fiscal year, as of June 30, 2015. 

            The company ended the year on firm financial footing, even as TDO continued to raise the artistic bar with such celebrated productions as Joby Talbot and Gene Scheer’s critically acclaimed 2015 world premiere, Everest, and a stunning new production of Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta.  

EVEREST Photo by Karen Almond (300x200)

            This marks the first time in fifteen years that TDO has been able to report three back-to-back balanced operating results, an outcome that positions the company for an especially inspiring 2015 Fall Season that includes two eagerly anticipated world premieres, the FIRST SIGHT/FIRST NIGHT celebrations, community engagement events, and the opera world’s first Institute for Women Conductors (Nov. 28 – Dec. 6, 2015) which drew more than a hundred applicants from around the world.

            In the season just ended, The Dallas Opera continued to put our peers on notice with a thorough re-structuring and expansion of The Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition.  “The results surely exceeded expectations for this newly re-envisioned competition,” wrote Gregory Sullivan Isaacs of Theater Jones.  “It won’t take long for the Dallas Opera’s vocal competition to situate itself at the top of the list of such events and become an important gold star on any young artist’s résumé.”

            Among other highlights was TDO’s release of its first Blu-Ray, Tod Machover’s Death and the Powers, recorded live on the Winspear Opera House stage during performances in February 2014.  “This is easily the most stunningly realized video production I’ve seen anywhere,” wrote Dallas Morning News Classical Music Critic Scott Cantrell, going on to describe the science-fiction opera as “a brilliant production” and a great accomplishment for the company.

            And, of course, there were the mainstage productions, including timeless classics like Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, conducted by Music Director Emmanuel Villaume and staged by director Kevin Moriarty of the Dallas Theater Center.  Noted Catherine Womack of D Magazine, TDO rose above the work’s inherent challenges to create performances “both musically satiating and utterly entertaining.”  The season also provided North Texas audiences with a rare opportunity to experience a Tchaikovsky opera relatively unknown in the West, Iolanta, described by David Weuste of Opera Pulse as “a brilliant ending to a wonderful season.” 

            However, the season’s high point may have been last winter’s world premiere of Joby Talbot and Gene Scheer’s Everest, garnering nearly universal critical acclaim from the likes of The Wall Street Journal, Opera News, Financial Times, American Record Guide, Opera, Opernwelt and Outside magazines.

            TDO’s emerging leadership role was confirmed most recently by Classical Music Critic David Patrick Stearns of The Philadelphia Inquirer, who stated “opera careers are now made in Dallas” in his assessment of current trends in contemporary American Opera production. 

            An elevated public profile in the second decade of the 21st century has enabled The Dallas Opera to attract more substantial media attention, generate greater community awareness, and launch important new programs and commissions – all of which have spurred single ticket sales and encouraged a steady stream of major gifts to the company from engaged individuals, foundations, corporations and trusts.

            “Highly effective leadership from our Board and Trustees, including Board Chair Steve Suellentrop, his predecessors, and the indefatigable Holly Mayer, Board Chair-Elect, have contributed dramatically to the company’s hard-earned financial stability” explains General Director and CEO Keith Cerny.

            “Significant multi-year gifts from the Titus Family (allowing us to create the much-needed Robert E. and Jean Ann Titus Art Song Recital Series) and other generous donations, including a $2.5 million gift from Betty and Steve Suellentrop and Hunt Consolidated, Inc. in support of The Dallas Opera’s education and community outreach programs have given us an opportunity to ‘think outside the opera box’ while improving our chances for continued artistic success in this rapidly changing cultural landscape,” Cerny adds.

            Over the past season, The Dallas Opera made more than 100,000 contacts across North Texas through its mainstage opera performances, free public simulcasts, and community outreach and family performances, in addition to education programs designed for children, teens and adults. 

            “Although the company has made great strides, there is still heavy lifting to be done,” cautions Board Chair Steve Suellentrop.  “It is my hope that music lovers from throughout the area will recognize the exceptional quality of what we have accomplished onstage, and want to share in the excitement of world-class opera with their generous support, their regular patronage and their enthusiastic word of mouth.”

            In addition to the recitals, family performances and Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally’s Great Scott, the mainstage production that will kick off the 2015-2016 Season, “Seeking the Human Element,” The Dallas Opera is also in the midst of preparing for one of the most eagerly anticipated social events of the fall: FIRST SIGHT/FIRST NIGHT (chaired by Ellen and Don Winspear) taking place on Thursday, October 29th and Friday, October 30th

            Our revival of the company’s tremendously popular production of Puccini’s Tosca (Nov. 6th through the 22nd ) will be followed by the inaugural Institute for Women Conductors at The Dallas Opera culminating in a public concert on Saturday, December 5th.  The world premiere of Mark Adamo’s wise and witty Becoming Santa Claus opens that same weekend with performances scheduled for Friday, December 4th, a 2:00 p.m. matinee on Sunday, December 6th, and additional performances on December 9th and 12th conducted by Emmanuel Villaume, with direction and choreography by Paul Curran.

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GREAT SCOTT Audition Announcement!

by Celeste Hart

THE DALLAS OPERA IS SEEKING FOUR MALE DANCERS
And ONE BOY SPEAKING ROLE!

Performers to Appear in GREAT SCOTT on the Winspear Opera House Stage

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Male “Athletic” Dancer Auditions:

Sunday, September 27, 2:00-5:30 p.m.

“Tommy” Auditions: Tuesday, September 29, 7:00 p.m.

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All Auditions at the Dallas Opera Rehearsal Center

          DALLAS, September 1, 2015 -- The Dallas Opera is in need of four talented male athletic dancers with acting experience and one boy for the speaking role of “Tommy Taylor,” to appear onstage in the company’s world premiere of GREAT SCOTT by Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally, opening Friday, October 30, 2015.

            Rehearsals begin on September 28, 2015 culminating in five performances on

October 30, November 1 (matinee), 4, 7 and 15, 2015 in the Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center.

            The performers will be compensated for rehearsal time, as well as a per-performance fee.

            For the four male dancers, The Dallas Opera is seeking candidates with strength, athleticism and the ability to convey a well-defined stage character.

            For the role of “Tommy Taylor,” TDO is seeking boy actors approximately 11 years old with skateboarding skills and the ability to learn a few shorts phrases in Italian.

            To schedule your audition, send your resume to Ahne Schield at ahne.schield@dallasopera.org.  Audition times will be determined on a first-come, first-served basis.

             Great Scott features a once-in-a-lifetime cast headed by America’s favorite mezzo-soprano, Joyce DiDonato, in the title role of Arden Scott. A production “dream team,” consisting of many of the greatest talents at work on the musical stage today, will create the opera.

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

            The Dallas Opera Rehearsal Center, where the auditions will take place, is just outside Fair Park (follow the signs to Gate 12) at 4301 S. Fitzhugh, Dallas, TX 75210.

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EVENTS, GUESTS AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT “JULY AT THE DALLAS OPERA”

IS CONVENIENTLY AVAILABLE ONLINE, 24/7

VISIT WWW.DALLASOPERA.ORG AND CHECK THE CALENDAR LISTINGS

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS, 2015-2016 SEASON SPONSOR FOR THE DALLAS OPERA’S “SEEKING THE HUMAN ELEMENT” SEASON

Ticket Information for the 2015-2016 Dallas Opera Season

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

THE DALLAS OPERA 2015-2016 FALL SEASON INFORMATION

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


GREAT SCOTT by Jake Heggie

October 30, November 1(m), 4, 7 & 15(m), 2015

A Thrilling Dallas Opera World Premiere!

Libretto by Terrence McNally*

Time: Present Day

Place: A Major American City

Conductor: Patrick Summers

Stage Director: Jack O’Brien

Set and Costume Designer: Bob Crowley

Lighting Designer: Brian MacDevitt*

Projections Designer: Elaine J. McCarthy

Wig & make-up Designer: David Zimmerman

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Starring: Joyce DiDonato* (Arden Scott) (The Marnie and Kern Wildenthal Principal Artist) Ailyn Pérez (Tatyana Bakst), Frederica von Stade (Mrs. Edward “Winnie” Flato), Nathan Gunn (Sid Taylor), Anthony Roth Costanzo* (Roane Heckle), Kevin Burdette (Eric Gold), Rodell Rosel* (Anthony Candolino), Michael Mayes* (Wendell Swan).
A Brand-New Dallas Opera Production!

 

TOSCA by Giacomo Puccini

November 6, 8(m), 11, 14, 20 & 22(m), 2015

A passionate and timeless masterpiece in a beloved period production

An opera in three acts first performed in Rome, Italy on January 14, 1900

Text by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa after Victorien Sardou’s 1887 French-language play, La Tosca

Time: Early 19th century

Place: Locations in and around the City of Rome

Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume

Stage Director: Ellen Douglas Schlaefer*

Set and Costume Designer: Ulisse Santicchi

Lighting Designer: Marie Barrett

Wig & make-up Designer: David Zimmerman

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Children’s Chorus Master: Melinda Cotten

Starring: Emily Magee (Floria Tosca), Giancarlo Monsalve* (Mario Cavaradossi), Raymond Aceto (Baron Scarpia), Ryan Kuster (Angelotti), Dale Travis* (A Sacristan), William Ferguson (Spoletta), Wes Mason (Sciarrone).
One of The Dallas Opera’s Most Popular!

 

BECOMING SANTA CLAUS by Mark Adamo

December 4, 6(m), 9 & 12, 2015

An Eagerly Awaited Dallas Opera World Premiere!

Libretto by the composer, Mark Adamo.

Time: Now

Place: An Elven kingdom in the far, far north; also, the stable of the first Christmas

Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume

Stage Director and Choreographer: Paul Curran

Set and Costume Designer: Gary McCann*

Lighting Designer: Paul Hackenmueller*

Projections Designer: Driscoll Otto*

Wig & make-up Designer: David Zimmerman

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Starring: Jennifer Rivera* (Queen Sophine), Juan José de León (Prince Claus), Matt Boehler* (Donkey), Hila Plitmann* (Yan), Lucy Schaufer* (Ib), Keith Jameson (Yab), Kevin Burdette (Ob).

Another New Dallas Opera Production!

 

* Dallas Opera Debut

** American Debut

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

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$5 Family Fun This Fall at TDO

by Suzanne Calvin

One of the season’s best entertainment bargains, and perfect for the entire family!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014 Or Celeste Hart 214.443.1071
suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org celeste.hart@dallasopera.org

TDO $5 Fall Family Performances
With Generous Support from Presenting Sponsor
Texas Instruments

And the Betty and Steve Suellentrop
Educational Outreach Fund
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Part of “The Perot Foundation Education and Community Outreach Programs”
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With additional support from
Lockheed Martin
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CONDUCTED BY
PETER MANNING & PAOLO BRESSAN
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“ROSSINI AND COMPANY”
A DALLAS OPERA FAMILY CONCERT
FEATURING THE DALLAS OPERA ORCHESTRA
Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, 2:00 p.m.
Margot & Bill Winspear Opera House

“BASTIEN AND BASTIENNE” by W.A. Mozart
$5 FAMILY PERFORMANCE WITH TDO ORCHESTRA
Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, 2:00 p.m.
Margot & Bill Winspear Opera House

DALLAS, AUGUST 18, 2015 – Forget about the heat and put those computers, tablets, and smart phones aside in order to take advantage of budget-minded, kid-friendly performances offered by The Dallas Opera (TDO) this fall!
The always popular Dallas Opera Family Performance Series is proudly presented by Texas Instruments, and made possible with additional generous support from the Betty and Steve Suellentrop Educational Outreach Fund and Lockheed Martin.
Five dollar single tickets are available now through The Dallas Opera Ticket Services Office at 214.443.1000 or 24/7 at dallasopera.org/family. Save by purchasing in advance; a three-pack subscription goes for just $12!

The FAMILY CONCERT: “ROSSINI AND COMPANY” is a parade of Gioachino Rossini’s greatest hits including a wide variety of arias and overtures by this 19th century Italian composer. Patrons may be surprised at just how many pieces they already know and love and this event is sure to be enjoyed by fans of all ages. Featuring The Dallas Opera Orchestra and led by the acclaimed British conductor and violinist, Maestro Peter Manning, Guest Conductor and Concertmaster for The Dallas Opera, this concert performances will be presented on Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House.
Prior to the concert, The C. Vincent Prothro Lobby will open at 12:30 p.m. for a host of hands-on crafts and activities for children.

“One of the most exciting developments during my five years in Dallas” explains General Director and CEO Keith Cerny, “has been our ability to expand our education and community outreach efforts to reach tens of thousands of people across North Texas. It has also enabled the Dallas Opera to invite newcomers – particularly children and families – to experience the richness, color and excitement of opera as it was meant to be experienced, in the magnificent Winspear Opera House.
“Thanks to our generous underwriters, this company is touching lives in a profound new way,” Cerny adds, “and reaching people who never knew that opera is easily accessible and highly entertaining.”

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BASTIEN AND BASTIENNE is a charming, short, fully-staged comic opera composed by a very, very young Mozart (he was only twelve!). It centers on a lad and lassie with remarkably similar names who fall in love but are separated – at least briefly – by worldly enticements. Bastienne, a shepherdess, believes her boyfriend, Bastien, has fallen for a girl he met in the big city. Colas, the local magician, listens as Bastienne pours out her broken heart. Could he possibly have something “up his sleeve” that will bring this loving couple back together? The one-act opera was meant to serve as a gentle parody of the 18th century pastoral works that were then all the rage onstage.
The renowned Paolo Bressan will conduct The Dallas Opera Orchestra in this delightful 1768 opera, which stars sopranos Alissa Roca and Anna Valcour sharing the role of Bastienne, and tenors Charles Karanja and Christopher Oglesby in separate casts as her beloved Bastien. The opera also features bass-baritones Mason Jarboe and Langelihle Mngxati as Colas, a magician of some wisdom and questionable skills.

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

FOR HIGH-RESOLUTION PHOTOGRAPHS

Contact Suzanne Calvin, Director of Media and PR at suzanne.calvin@dallasopera.org
Or Celeste Hart, Communications Manager at celeste.hart@dallasopera.org
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TEXAS INSTRUMENTS, 2015-2016 SEASON SPONSOR FOR THE DALLAS OPERA’S “SEEKING THE HUMAN ELEMENT” SEASON

Ticket Information for the 2015-2016 Dallas Opera Season
All performances are in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center unless otherwise indicated. Single Tickets range from $19 to $275. Full Subscriptions start at $99, Flex Subscriptions (three-performances of your choice) begin at $75. Family performance tickets are just $5. For more information or to make your purchase, contact The Dallas Opera Ticket Services Office at 214.443.1000 or visit us online, 24/7, at www.dallasopera.org.

THE DALLAS OPERA 2015-2016 FALL SEASON INFORMATION
The Dallas Opera celebrates its Fifty-Ninth International Season in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in the Dallas Arts District. Evening performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees begin at 2:00 p.m. unless otherwise stated. English translations will be projected above the stage at every performance and assistance is available for the hearing impaired. The Joy and Ronald Mankoff Pre-Opera Talk will begin one hour prior to curtain, at most performances excluding FIRST NIGHT of the season.

GREAT SCOTT by Jake Heggie
October 30, November 1(m), 4, 7 & 15(m), 2015
A Thrilling Dallas Opera World Premiere!
Libretto by Terrence McNally*
Time: Present Day
Place: A Major American City
Conductor: Patrick Summers
Stage Director: Jack O’Brien
Set and Costume Designer: Bob Crowley*
Lighting Designer: Brian MacDevitt*
Projections Designer: Elaine J. McCarthy
Wig & make-up Designer: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Joyce DiDonato* (Arden Scott) (The Marnie and Kern Wildenthal Principal Artist) Ailyn Pérez (Tatyana Bakst), Frederica von Stade (Mrs. Edward “Winnie” Flato), Nathan Gunn (Sid Taylor), Anthony Roth Costanzo* (Roane Heckle), Kevin Burdette (Eric Gold), Rodell Rosel* (Anthony Candolino), Michael Mayes* (Wendell Swan).
A Brand-New Dallas Opera Production!

TOSCA by Giacomo Puccini
November 6, 8(m), 11, 14, 20 & 22(m), 2015
A passionate and timeless masterpiece in a beloved period production
An opera in three acts first performed in Rome, Italy on January 14, 1900
Text by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa after Victorien Sardou’s 1887 French-language play, La Tosca
Time: Early 19th century
Place: Locations in and around the City of Rome
Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume
Stage Director: Ellen Douglas Schlaefer*
Set and Costume Designer: Ulisse Santicchi
Lighting Designer: Marie Barrett
Wig & make-up Designer: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Children’s Chorus Master: Melinda Cotten
Starring: Emily Magee (Floria Tosca), Giancarlo Monsalve* (Mario Cavaradossi), Raymond Aceto (Baron Scarpia), Ryan Kuster (Angelotti), Dale Travis* (A Sacristan), William Ferguson (Spoletta), Wes Mason (Sciarrone).
One of The Dallas Opera’s Most Popular!

BECOMING SANTA CLAUS by Mark Adamo
December 4, 6(m), 9 & 12, 2015
An Eagerly Awaited Dallas Opera World Premiere!
Libretto by the composer, Mark Adamo.
Time: Now
Place: An Elven kingdom in the far, far north; also, the stable of the first Christmas
Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume
Stage Director and Choreographer: Paul Curran
Set and Costume Designer: Gary McCann*
Lighting Designer: Paul Hackenmueller*
Projections Designer: Driscoll Otto*
Wig & make-up Designer: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Jennifer Rivera* (Queen Sophine), Juan José de León (Prince Claus), Matt Boehler* (Donkey), Hila Plitmann* (Yan), Lucy Schaufer* (Ib), Keith Jameson (Yab), Kevin Burdette (Ob).
Another New Dallas Opera Production!

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

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AUDITION NOTICE! Looking for a Few Good Men and Mezzos!

by Celeste Hart

THE DALLAS OPERA IS  STILL LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD MEN 
And MEZZO-SOPRANOS TO SERVE AS MEMBERS OF TDO’S AUXILIARY CHORUS 
FOR 2015-16

DALLAS, TX, August 12, 2015 – The Dallas Opera is pleased to invite talented local singing artists to audition for the company’s Auxiliary Chorus for the 2015-2016 Season.  This a wonderful opportunity to perform onstage in a paid, professional ensemble before a live audience in the magnificent Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center!

Singers are needed for both a mainstage production as well as a unique concert stage opportunity:

SHOW BOAT

Open auditions for African-American singers in all voice categories—especially mezzo-sopranos and tenors—who seek positions in the company’s choral ensemble for the 2015-2016 season production of SHOW BOAT, with music by Jerome Kern and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. TDO is presenting the Francesca Zambello production of SHOW BOAT, conducted by Dallas Opera Music Director Emmanuel Villaume with Alexander Rom, chorus master.

There are six performances of SHOW BOAT scheduled for April 15, 17, 20, 23, 29 & May 1, 2016. Music and staging rehearsals for the African-American choral ensemble will immediately precede the performance period and will begin in January 2016.

SYMPHONY NO. 13 in B flat minor, “BABI YAR” by Dmitri Shostakovich

Open auditions for baritones and basses seeking chorus positions in The Dallas Opera/AT&T Performing Arts Center presentation of SYMPHONY NO. 13 by Dmitri Shostakovich (sung in Russian) to be presented in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center on Sunday, April 24, 2016. Rehearsals will begin in January 2016. This one-time Classical Criterion Series performance will feature The Dallas Opera Orchestra conducted by Music Director Emmanuel Villaume with Alexander Rom, chorus master.

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HOW TO AUDITION:

Please contact chorusauditions@dallasopera.org, or call 214-443-1087 to request an audition time on one of the following dates:

Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 2:00-5:00 PM.

Location: Auditions will be held at the Karayanis Rehearsal Production Center in The Orchestra Room. Please arrive at least 15-20 minutes prior to your scheduled time. Warm-up rooms will be available to use on a first come, first served basis.

Karayanis Rehearsal Production Center

4301 South Fitzhugh Avenue

Dallas, TX 75210

Audition Requirements for new or Auxiliary Choristers:

Applicants must have two memorized selections to offer, including one aria or art song in English and one in another language, preferably Italian, French, German, or Russian. You may also be asked to sight-read or perform a rhythm exercise. An accompanist will be provided, but will not be available to rehearse with you prior to your audition. Applicants must provide legible hard copies of their selections in the correct key for the pianist. Applicants are required to prove that they have legal permission to work in the United States of America.

Rehearsals:

Rehearsals begin in August 2015 and continue through the end of The Dallas Opera season in the spring. There are occasional weekend-day rehearsals and matinee performances; however, rehearsals are generally conducted in the evening.

TDO is a signatory to a collective bargaining agreement with the American Guild of Musical Artists.

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