It was a bit soggy on the way to Jorg’s Cafe Vienna on Tuesday evening as everyone gathered for what was called “A Lecture and a Schnitzel.” But you would not have known it once you got inside Jorg’s in downtown Plano. Everyone had an Austrian beer in front of them and the conversation filled the entire restaurant.
As part of the Figaro in Flip-Flops Event Series, Dr. Stephen Dubberly gave a lecture on DIE FLEDERMAUS while everyone enjoyed a very authentic and totally amazing meal. To say that I left that night full is almost an understatement. The apple strudel definitely topped off the meal. But everyone left with more than their stomach full. We all left with new knowledge and appreciation for the opera. I know I can’t wait to see and hear Strauss’ use of the waltz in December.
Jennifer Schuder, Dir of MKT
Dallas Opera lovers were hosted to “A Night in Old Spain at the Meadows Museum” Thursday, June 19th. Our gracious hostess, arts and humanities lecturer Barbara Benac, traced the Spanish roots of “The Marriage of Figaro,” set in Seville, in a fascinating presentation that blended portraits and paintings from the extensive Meadows Museum collection with the private letters and published words of the men who created the now-legendary barber, Figaro.
The lecture was followed by docent-guided tours of several of the museum’s galleries, an experience that left many of us “ooing and ahhing” at the glorious range of secular and religious Spanish art, nestled like a jewel in the heart of the SMU campus!
I don’t know about you, but, I’m certain I’ll be back for more — and soon!
Suzanne Calvin, Assoc. Dir. of Marketing, The Dallas Opera