2014-2015 Season: Heights of Passion

“Six works spanning more than two centuries of the world’s highest musical achievements.”

— General Director & CEO Keith Cerny

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La Wally / Everest

La Wally by Alfredo Catalani • Set high in the Austrian Alps, the first half of this exciting double bill is the climactic final act of an opera about a free-spirited and fiercely passionate young woman who realizes, too late, that love delayed isn’t always love denied. Soprano Latonia Moore, the star of our 2012 production of Aida, makes a triumphant return to the Dallas Opera stage as the strong-minded heroine of this Alpine romance. Tenor Carl Tanner makes his company debut as her beloved Hagenbach in this brand-new abridged production staged by director Candace Evans and conducted by Anthony Barrese.

Starring Latonia MooreCarl Tanner

Conductor Anthony Barrese • Director Candace Evans

Family Rating Adult themes, onstage death, suicide. Rated PG-13

Everest by Joby Talbot • On the slopes of Mount Everest, luck and the weather can turn with equal ferocity and swiftness, and dreams die even for the most valiant of men. British composer Joby Talbot’s first opera – a Dallas Opera world premiere with a libretto by Gene Scheer (Moby-Dick) – confronts the tragic events surrounding an ill-fated Everest expedition with a cast that includes tenor Andrew Bidlack, mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, bass Kevin Burdette, and baritone Craig Verm. This eagerly anticipated Dallas Opera world premiere will be conducted by Nicole Paiement and staged by Moby-Dick director Leonard Foglia, with stunning visuals designed by Elaine J. McCarthy.

Starring Andrew BidlackSasha CookeKevin BurdetteCraig Verm

Conductor Nicole Paiement • Director Leonard Foglia

Family Rating Adult themes, intense drama, language, onstage death. Rated PG-13

La bohème

by Giacomo Puccini • High in a Paris garret, a candle sputters out. And, as two strangers fumble in the dark, the spark of love is unexpectedly ignited. Puccini’s passionate and timeless masterpiece is presented in a beloved period production by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle and Peter J. Hall. Starring soprano Ana María Martínez as Mimi and tenor Bryan Hymel as Rodolfo at the head of an all-star international cast. This witty and romantic celebration of life lived “on the fringe” will be staged by Peter Kazaras and conducted by Riccardo Frizza in his company debut. There’s a little bohemian in all of us; isn’t it time you rediscovered yours?

Starring Ana María MartínezBryan HymelDavinia RodriguezJonathan BeyerAlexander VinogradovSteven LaBrie

Conductor Riccardo Frizza • Director Peter Kazaras

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Family Rating Adult themes, onstage death. Rated PG


by Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky • This rarely-performed Tchaikovsky gem, set in medieval Provence, tells the story of a kind-hearted young princess sheltered from the truth about herself – she was born blind. One day a stranger enters her private garden where, entranced by her beauty, he asks for a token to remember her by: a red rose. Through this simple request, many lives are changed forever. Love and duty, deception and faith collide in this gentle fairytale romance performed by a superb Russian/American ensemble, staged by German director Christian Räth (Tristan & Isolde), and featuring a gorgeous and lushly romantic score conducted by Dallas Opera Music Director Emmanuel Villaume.

Starring Ekaterina ScherbachenkoSergei SkorokhodovJoanna MongiardoLauren McNeeseTamara MumfordAndrei BondarenkoMikhail Kolelishvili

Conductor Emmanuel Villaume • Director Christian Räth

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Family Rating Drama, intense visuals. Rated PG

Past productions

The Marriage of Figaro

by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart • Figaro loves Susanna, but he’s not the only one. In a single crazy, romantic day, doors will be locked and unlocked, disguises donned, kisses exchanged and innermost hearts revealed – to some of the most memorable music Mozart ever composed. Leading this merry band is Italian bass-baritone Mirco Palazzi (Figaro), who charmed us out of our seats as Leporello in his 2010 U.S. debut, along with Austrian soprano Beate Ritter and Australian soprano Nicole Car in their exciting American debuts! Conducted by Music Director Emmanuel Villaume and staged by Dallas Theater Center Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty – this Figaro could very well be a marriage made in heaven!

Starring Mirco PalazziBeate RitterJoshua HopkinsNicole CarEmily FonsDiana MontagueKevin Langan

Conductor Emmanuel Villaume • Director Kevin Moriarty

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Family Rating Adult themes, attempted seductions. Rated PG-13
Sung in Italian with English supertitles

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by Richard Strauss • Once in a great while, the term “over the top” doesn’t seem nearly high enough. A king’s unbridled lust and his stepdaughter’s obsession with John the Baptist combine with explosive force in this lushly passionate rendering of Oscar Wilde’s play, set in ancient Judea. It’s a work that requires a phenomenal cast and the Dallas Opera delivers, starting with soprano Deborah Voigt in the title role and baritone Greer Grimsley as the prophet in their long-awaited company debuts! Conducted by Evan Rogister, this Biblical tale of lust and betrayal in the court of King Herod (sung by tenor Robert Brubaker) promises to reveal humanity at its most depraved and to uncover our deepest, darkest secrets…one veil at a time.

Starring Deborah VoigtRobert BrubakerGreer GrimsleySusan BickleyScott QuinnHeather Johnson

Conductor Evan Rogister • Director Francesca Zambello

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Family Rating Adult themes, intense drama, erotic dance, attempted seductions, simulated nudity, graphic visuals, offstage execution. Rated R
Sung in German with English supertitles

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