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Talent Scout: Dallas Observer’s Lauren Smart On 100 Creatives And 2015 Masterminds

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Jeff Gibbons and Justin Ginsberg are two of the Dallas Observer 2015 Mastermind winners. Photo: Can Turkyilmaz/Dallas Observer

The Dallas Observer announces its annual Mastermind awards, recognizing six artists or groups who’ve made a splash in the last year. The weekly is also wrapping up a year-long project, a list called 100 Creatives. Lauren Smart, arts editor at The Observer, tells KERA’s Anne Bothwell how difficult it was for the staff at the weekly to narrow the field.

 

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How did you decide who would make the list?

I really started when I decided what 100 Creatives was going to mean.  We came up with this phrase, cultural entrepreneurs. What made a cultural entrepreneur? And when we started to talk about it, it was usually people who were doing something in addition to their own art practice. Anyone creating their art, but then also using that creativity to spark artistic practices in other people.

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Cedar Fever? We Get A Tour of Where The MAC Is Headed Downtown

back entrance1The back entrance on Gano Street for what’s officially known as 1601 South Ervay. All photos: Jerome Weeks

In October, Claude Albritton III, co-founder of the MAC, the McKinney Avenue Contemporary in Uptown, announced the MAC would be moving. The arts venue with its galleries, cafe and theaters would become something like an arts village in the Cedars area south of downtown. Albritton recently gave KERA’s Jerome Weeks a tour inside the South Ervay street location.

 

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The Big Deal: Goya: A Lifetime of Graphic Invention At The Meadows Museum

Photo: Meadows Museum

Photo: Meadows Museum

In honor of their 50th anniversary, the Meadows Museum will be presenting a series of exhibitions and programs that will continue through 2015. One of those special events includes the current exhibition Goya: A Lifetime of Graphic Invention.  More than 200 works by the great Spanish painter and graphic artist are on display.  Sign up for a chance to take a friend to the exhibition on view until March 1, 2015.

If you appreciate this Big Deal, you might also want to take the opportunity to sign up for our other Big Deal this week, tickets to see the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s presentation of Lalo & Schumann featuring cellist Adolfo Gutiérrez Arenas at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth.

PLEASE NOTE: Only Art&Seek e-newsletter subscribers can win the Big Deal.  If you are not a subscriber take care of that first, then sign up below for a chance to see Goya: A Lifetime of Graphic Invention at the Meadows Museum.

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The Big Deal: Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Presentation Of Lalo & Schumann

Photo: Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

Photo: Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

International cellist Adolfo Gutiérrez Arenas will make his US concerto debut with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra under the adept baton of Miguel Harth-Bedoya. First up in the program will be Edouard Lalo’s very imposing Cello Concerto. It will then be followed by another rarely-performed romantic piece – Robert Schumann’s uplifting 2nd symphony. Win this Big Deal and your pair of orchestra section seats will be good for the Jan. 30 performance at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth.

Perhaps the thought of listening to the Spanish cellist live will have you in the mind to sign up for our other Big Deal this week, passes to see Goya: A Lifetime of Graphic Invention a special exhibition at the Meadows Museum on the campus of SMU.

PLEASE NOTE: Only Art&Seek e-newsletter subscribers can win the Big Deal.  If you are not a subscriber take care of that first, then sign up below for a chance to see Adolfo Gutiérrez Arenas perform with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.

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Flickr Photo Of The Week

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Congratulations to Matt Harvey of Addison, the winner of the Flickr Photo of the Week contest. Matt has won our contest multiple times. His last win was in Feb. 2014. He follows last week’s winner Jörg Marx of Sandsbach, Lower Bavaria, Germany.

If you would like to participate in the Flickr Photo of the Week contest, all you need to do is upload your photo to our our Flickr group page. It’s fine to submit a photo you took earlier than the current week, but we are hoping that the contest will inspire you to go out and shoot something fantastic this week to share with Art&Seek users. If the picture you take involves a facet of the arts, even better. The contest week will run from Tuesday to Monday, and the Art&Seek staff will pick a winner on Friday afternoon. We’ll notify the winner through FlickrMail (so be sure to check those inboxes) and ask you to fill out a short survey to tell us a little more about yourself and the photo you took. We’ll post the winners’ photo on Tuesday.

Now here’s more from Matt.

Title of photo: One Arts Plaza, Reflected

Equipment: Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 w/ a 14-42mm lens

Tell us more about your photo:  I was on an evening photowalk with one of the photography groups I occasionally meet up with and was looking for different perspectives on the sights and architecture of the Arts District. This particular scene stood out to me since it nicely contrasted the chaotic nature of the tree’s branches with the satisfying regularity of One Arts Plaza’s straight, man-made lines.

 

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Art&Seek Jr: MLK Day Happenings

Art&Seek Jr. is one mom‘s quest to find activities to end the seemingly endless chorus of the “I’m Bored Blues” while having fun herself.  Impossible you say? Check back on Tuesdays for kid-friendly events that are fun for adults, too.

Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with one of these family-friendly activities going on around town this weekend.

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Dallas Opera’s Next Season Has Auxiliary, Back-Up World Premiere. Plus There’s A New Live Free Simulcast.

medium_5441019728 Back when tuberculosis was romantic! Pucini’s La Boheme to be given a free simulcast March 21.

We already knew the Dallas Opera’s 2015-2016 season highlight was going to be Great Scott, the world-premiere opera by Jake Heggie, the composer of Moby-Dick, featuring such luminaries as Frederica von Stade, Nathan Gunn and Joyce DiDonato. But just so that particular opera wouldn’t get lonely, the company today announced the rest of its season, which includes a second world premiere. This one is called Becoming Santa Claus, a holiday fantasy created by composer Mark Adamo, best-known for his works, Lysistrata and Little Women.

The remainder of the season will include Show Boat, the landmark Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein musical, Puccini’s Tosca and Jules Massenet’s masterpiece, Manon. Current opera subscribers can start renewing online today, while regular season subscriptions go on sale in April.

Oh, and the company will present its 10th live simulcast March 21 — this time of La Boheme at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Once again, it’ll be free but you’ll need to get tickets online at http://dallasopera.org/simulcast/

The full releases:
THE DALLAS OPERA IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE
THE COMPANY’S 59TH INTERNATIONAL SEASON:
SEEKING THE HUMAN ELEMENT
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FIVE EXTRAORDINARY WORKS – INCLUDING TWO DALLAS OPERA WORLD PREMIERES: JAKE HEGGIE AND TERRENCE MCNALLY’S “GREAT SCOTT” AND MARK ADAMO’S “BECOMING SANTA CLAUS”
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OPENING NIGHT OF THE SEASON:
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2015 AT 8:00 PM
THE MARGOT AND BILL WINSPEAR OPERA HOUSE
AT THE AT&T PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

DALLAS, JANUARY 12, 2015 — The Dallas Opera is proud to announce the five phenomenal mainstage productions of the 2015-2016 Season, “Seeking the Human Element,” to be presented in the magnificent Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center located in the Dallas Arts District.
The season line-up was announced this afternoon by Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny, with special guests that included composer Jake Heggie and one of opera’s brightest stars: mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato.
The 59th International Season consists of works from the 19th and 20th centuries – in addition to two eagerly awaited Dallas Opera world premieres. This season also marks the company’s first exploration of the musical theater repertoire, as TDO stages one of the genuine landmarks in American Theater in a popular production by acclaimed director Francesca Zambello.
The Dallas Opera’s 2015-2016 Season explores the circumstances that prompt individual initiative, self-sacrifice, artistic integrity, the quest for social justice, and plain, old-fashioned “gumption,” in five outstanding stories designed to engage and inspire for many years to come.
The first performance of the 2015-2016 Season takes place the evening of Friday, October 30, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. (please note special time for the Linda and Mitch Hart Season Opening Night Performance, in conjunction with The Dallas Opera’s high-profile FIRST NIGHT celebrations). Performances of the five productions that constitute the season will continue through the final curtain calls on Sunday, May 1, 2016.

“From the company’s first venture into the greatest repertoire of the American Musical Theater to the enthusiastic response generated by the decision to schedule two world premieres in a single season,” explains Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny, “there’s every indication that The Dallas Opera is attuned to the desires of an increasingly diverse and sophisticated twenty-first century audience.
“Despite the many challenges of our times, American Opera is experiencing a remarkable golden age,” Mr. Cerny adds. “Commissioning, guiding and supporting intelligent new works and world-class productions are important facets of the mission of this company—and will be, for as long as I am privileged to lead it. I am also proud to say that The Dallas Opera has been a significant contributor to the technological advancement of this art form in recent years, both onstage and off.
“However, we will always honor and remember where we came from; presenting extraordinary artists in iconic productions each season, along with rarely performed gems from every era. We hope you’ll want to be a part of this adventure!”

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Among the highlights of the upcoming season are 20 Dallas Opera debuts; however, every Dallas Opera performance will feature internationally renowned singers, exceptional conductors, and other artists of the top rank—whether new to TDO or returning to the scene of earlier triumphs.
Each TDO production will feature the outstanding talents of the Dallas Opera Orchestra and Dallas Opera Chorus, led by some of the finest conductors at work in the world today: Dallas Opera Music Director Emmanuel Villaume, Patrick Summers, and Graeme Jenkins.
Off-stage, the talent roster reads like a theatrical “Who’s Who”: preeminent producers and stage directors including Jack O’Brien, David McVicar, E. Loren Meeker, Francesca Zambello and Paul Curran; in addition to illustrious designers Bob Crowley, Gary McCann, Paul Tazewell, Mark McCullough, Tanya McCallin, Peter J. Davison, Ulisse Santicchi and David Zimmerman.
As always, each of these outstanding works will be performed in their original languages (English, French and Italian) with English translations projected above the stage at every performance.

2015-2016 DALLAS OPERA SEASON
“Seeking the Human Element”

GREAT SCOTT
A Dallas Opera world premiere
By Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally
October 30, Nov. 1(m), 4, 7 & 15(m), 2015

TOSCA
By Giacomo Puccini
November 6, 8(m), 11, 14, 20 & 22(m), 2015

BECOMING SANTA CLAUS
A Dallas Opera world premiere by Mark Adamo
December 4, 6(m), 9, 12, 2015

MANON by Jules Massenet
March 4, 6(m), 9 & 12, 2016

SHOW BOAT
By Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II
April 15, 17(m), 20, 23, 29 & May 1(m), 2016

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The benefits of becoming a Dallas Opera subscriber include priority seating, lost ticket replacement, invitations to special events and dramatic savings over the price of single tickets.
Renewal packets for season subscribers are being mailed to patrons shortly; however, Dallas Opera Season Subscribers are eligible to renew their seats for the 2015-2016 Season, beginning today, January 12, 2015, and an email with renewal instructions and options will be sent this afternoon.
New Dallas Opera patrons can purchase their subscriptions for the 2015-2016 Season in April, 2015. Subscriptions for all five productions can be purchased for as little as $95.

Single tickets will go on sale to the general public in July, 2015, starting at just $19. All single tickets for individual performances 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 will also be available for purchase online throughout the season at www.dallasopera.org.
The Margot and Bill Winspear Opera house is located in the heart of the 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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The 2015-2016 Season, “Seeking the Human Element,” officially opens on the evening of Friday, October 30th at 8:00 PM (please note special time)—The Linda and Mitch Hart Season Opening Night Performance—with the world premiere of Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally’s eagerly anticipated GREAT SCOTT, featuring a phenomenal, once-in-a-lifetime cast headed by America’s favorite mezzo-soprano, Joyce DiDonato, in the title role of Arden Scott.
This full-length opera by renowned composer Jake Heggie and Tony Award/Drama Desk Award-winner Terrence McNally marks the duo’s first major collaboration since Dead Man Walking (2000) and Heggie’s first opera since his 2010 Dallas Opera triumph with Moby-Dick, a modern-day masterpiece which has since gone on to win critical acclaim in sold-out performances from Canada to Australia.
The world premiere will be conducted by the distinguished Patrick Summers in his first TDO appearance since Moby-Dick, staged by Broadway legend and Tony Award-winner Jack O’Brien, and designed by Tony and Olivier Award-winner Bob Crowley.
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, Daughter of Pompeii – the 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 pro-football team’s first national championship game (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.
Superstar mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, who 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,” leads a brilliant all-star cast that includes soprano Ailyn Pérez, 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.
The cast also includes 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.
Rounding out the GREAT SCOTT cast is counter-tenor Anthony Roth Costanzo in his company 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, attracting attention 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. Tenor Garrett Sorenson portrays Anthony Candolino and baritone Michael Mayes sings the role of Wendell Swann—both in their Dallas Opera debuts.
Dallas Opera Principal Guest Conductor Nicole Paiement will serve as Associate Conductor of GREAT SCOTT.
The Dallas Opera Chorus will be prepared by Chorus Master Alexander Rom.

Performances will continue on November 1(m), 4, 7 & 15(m), 2015 in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House, selected by Southern Living as the best new venue for opera. All evening performances besides the Opening Night of the Season will begin promptly at 7:30 PM. Sunday matinees begin at 2:00 PM.
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.

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The second production of the Dallas Opera’s 2015-2016 Season, opening on Friday, November 6, 2015 at 7:30 p.m., is Giacomo Puccini’s immortal TOSCA in one of The Dallas Opera’s most beautiful and beloved traditional productions.
It’s not enough to live for art when the winds of change threaten to radically reshape the political landscape. However, famed Roman diva Floria Tosca, one of opera’s most unforgettable female characters, sung by soprano Emily Magee (Don Giovanni, The Marriage of Figaro), and her beloved painter, Cavaradossi, portrayed by the charismatic Chilean tenor Giancarlo Monsalve in his Dallas Opera debut, share a love that can withstand any test or torture Baron Scarpia (Raymond Aceto, praised by Gregory Barnett of Opera News for his “powerful, pathologically evil baron”) can devise.
That doesn’t guarantee a happy ending; just the promise of a riveting musical experience.
Experience one of Puccini’s greatest works—and expect edge-of-your-seat excitement!
Love, lust and loyalty blend with political intrigue and religious fervor in this superb action-packed opera conducted by critically acclaimed Music Director Emmanuel Villaume, who inspired Edward Seckerson of Grammophon (U.K.) to recently write: “The refinement of Villaume’s conducting is a constant source of delight.”
Emily Magee is described by Robert Levine of Classics Today as “a super Tosca, singing with clarity and grand tone, delivering outrage and tenderness in equal proportions. Her ‘Vissi d’arte’ is gorgeous.” The New York Times, too, has praised her “richly resonant soprano.”
Giancarlo Monsalve, according to The Washington Times, “displayed a smooth, flexible tenor range…his diction remained superb as he accurately hit each top note”; and Rebecca Evans of DC Theater Scene added: “All that needs to be said about Monsalve is that his presence is unparalleled. Bravo.”
Also featuring tenor William Ferguson as Spoletta (a singer described by The Denver Post as “unforgettable…with a pliable, expressive voice” and by The Advertiser as possessing “an absolutely swoonworthy” top range), baritone Dale Travis in his TDO debut as a Sacristan, and bass Ryan Kuster as Angelotti, an escaped political fugitive.
This breathtaking Dallas Opera production was designed by Ulisse Santicchi, an Italian master in his field and staged by director Ellen Douglas Schlaefer in her company debut.

Sung in Italian, with English language translations projected above the stage, TOSCA can be experienced at any of five additional performances: November 8(m), 11, 14, 20 & 22(m), 2015 in the Winspear Opera House.
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The third production of the “Seeking the Human Element” Season, opening on Friday, December 4, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in the Winspear Opera House, is another outstanding world premiere: BECOMING SANTA CLAUS by American composer Mark Adamo (Little Women), an original new work brimming with the true spirit of the holidays!

In an Elven kingdom in the Far, Far North, Prince Claus (Juan José de León) is about to celebrate his 13th birthday with a party to end all parties.  If the evening proceeds without a hitch, a family curse is lifted; and the working elves get their first day off in a thousand days.  However, Queen Sophine’s best-laid plans for her son fall victim to a host of last-minute cancellations from relatives around the world.  A bright star has signaled a momentous birth.  Claus, who has filled the emotional gaps in his own life with possessions, decides to dazzle this newborn with an assortment of the very latest toys before discovering that love is the most treasured gift of all.  Also starring Jennifer Rivera, “a powerful stage presence,” in her company debut.

BECOMING SANTA CLAUS will be conducted by Dallas Opera Music Director Emmanuel Villaume, applauded by Anthony Tommasini of The New York Times for eliciting “glowing and nuanced playing from the orchestra.” This family friendly opera will be staged by award-winning Scottish stage director Paul Curran, former artistic director of the Norwegian National Opera.
Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Rivera (Queen Sophine), a former New York City Opera “Debut Artist of the Year,” has earned accolades on both sides of the Atlantic for her extraordinary vocalism and versatility, prompting Opera News to write of her “ravishing mezzo bloom from top to bottom.”
Tenor Juan José de León, a graduate of the University of North Texas who pursued post-graduate studies at Southern Methodist University, most recently completed a residency at Pittsburgh Opera and made his 2013 Metropolitan Opera debut in the American premiere of Nico Muhly’s Two Boys, “a dark, ambitious and innovative work” (The New York Times). “The thrust of de León’s voice is thrilling to experience,” wrote Mark Kanny of TribLive.
Bass Matthew Boehler makes his company debut in the role of Donkey. His voice, wrote Madison.com, “has fantastic dexterity and power.”
Production designer Gary McCann leads a team that includes lighting designer Paul Hackenmueller and Driscoll Otto, designing projections for this world premiere production.
There are other wonderful surprises in store but, just like Christmas, you’ll have to wait and see.
Discover the real meaning of this very special time all over again, and make this world premiere opera your most joyful, tuneful family tradition!

Additional performances of BECOMING SANTA CLAUS sung in English, with English language supertitles projected above the stage) will take place in the magnificent Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House on December 6(m), 9 & 12, 2015. Don’t be surprised if Adamo’s newest opera proves to be the hit of the North Texas holiday season! Ensure your seats by renewing your Dallas Opera subscription today.

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The fourth production in The Dallas Opera’s upcoming season is Jules Massenet’s heart-wrenching MANON, opening March 4, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in the Winspear Opera House.
This production, by Sir David McVicar for Lyric Opera of Chicago, marks the return of Dallas Opera Music Director Emeritus Graeme Jenkins to conduct, in his first appearance with TDO since The Aspern Papers in 2013. E. Loren Meeker will direct.
MANON stars soprano Ailyn Pérez in the title role (an adorable Zerlina in our 2010 Don Giovanni opposite Paulo Szot, the 2012 Richard Tucker Award winner will make her Metropolitan Opera debut next month as Micaëla). Praised by Kronenzeitung for her “sumptuous lyric soprano voice (which) displays every nuance of expression and emotion,” she will be singing opposite another Dallas Opera favorite, tenor Stephen Costello (Moby-Dick) in the role of Chevalier des Grieux. San Diego News Network writes “Costello’s voice is passionate and powerful, but with a quality of impetuosity and innocence.” The role of Lescaut will be performed by French-Irish baritone Edwin Crossley-Mercer in his exciting Dallas Opera debut. Jean-Luc Macier of Opéra Magazine describes him as “a demonstration of pure class with perfect vocals, and excellent style.”
The star-studded international cast also includes bass-baritone David Pittsinger, extolled in The Washington Times for a brilliant delivery that provided “the perfect mix of romance, passion, and masculine bravado” in his company debut as Le Comte. Greg Fedderly, “one of the nation’s superb character tenors” (Opera Warhorses) makes his company debut as Guillot de Morfontaine. Baritone Troy Cook sings the role of Brétigny.
The three actresses: Pousette, Javotte and Rosette will be portrayed by Canadian soprano Katherine Whyte, mezzo-soprano Kathryn Leemhuis, and mezzo-soprano Audrey Babcock (respectively).

Set in late 19th century France, this timeless tale of young love and the allure of life’s unavoidable temptations stars American soprano Ailyn Pérez, described by The New York Times as “a beautiful woman who commands the stage” singing the title role opposite tenor Stephen Costello (Moby-Dick), “a prodigiously gifted singer” at the head of an all-star cast. Can a woman with a taste for the best things in life sacrifice it all – for the one man whose love is both unconditional and never-ending?

The production design is by Tanya McCallin, wig and make-up design by David Zimmerman and chorus preparation by Dallas Opera Chorus Master Alexander Rom.
Additional performances will be on March 6(m), 9 & 12, 2016 in the Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center.
One of the perks of subscribing is a 20% discount on all additional single tickets purchased for friends, family, co-workers—or yourself. Learn more today at dallasopera.org.

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The Dallas Opera’s 2015-2016 Season Finale is the work that changed American Musical Theater forever, in a brilliant Francesca Zambello production created for Lyric Opera of Chicago. SHOW BOAT, opening on Friday, April 15, 2016 at 7:30 p.m., carries us down the Mississippi through love’s choppy waters, as life rolls on for Magnolia and the gambling man she adores. This 1927 masterpiece by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II stars Canadian soprano Andriana Chuchman, praised by The Chicago Tribune for radiating “enough vocal allure, physical beauty and charm to light up the stage,” in the role of Magnolia Hawks and “elegant” baritone Michael Todd Simpson (Huffington Post), a Dallas Opera favorite, as the irresistible Gaylord Ravenal.
This production also marks the company debut of Alyson Cambridge as Julie, whose secret reveals shameful attitudes that once hovered beneath the surface of American life.
In the iconic role of “Joe,” bass Morris Robinson, a commanding Commendatore in TDO’s 2010 Don Giovanni, “brings a penetratingly deep operatic bass to ‘Ol Man River’,” according to Mark Swed of the Los Angeles Times.
Soprano Angela Renée Simpson, with a voice that can “bring the house down” (Opera News) will perform the role of Queenie.
Broadway dancer, singer, actor Lara Teeter makes his Dallas Opera debut as Cap’n Andy, the owner of The Cotton Blossom, and Cindy Gold as Parthy Ann Hawks.
Conducted by Music Director Emmanuel Villaume and staged by E. Loren Meeker, “whose megawatt talent lights up the stage” (Berkshire Fine Arts), our season finale is a high watermark in this season’s altogether extraordinary journey.
Based on the novel by Edna Ferber, SHOW BOAT is the source of memorable musical numbers including “Make Believe,” “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man” and “Ol’ Man River.” The landmark musical also tackled such taboo subjects as racism, addiction and miscegenation on this journey through the lives of those associated with the show boat.
Additional performances are scheduled for April 17(m), 20, 23, 29 & May 1, 2016 in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House.
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The Dallas Opera has presented five American premieres, as well as three world premiere works in its illustrious 58-year history. It also continues to create fresh, new productions of established masterpieces and rarities of the genre.
Evening performances during the 2015-2016 Season will begin at 7:30 PM, unless otherwise stated (including an 8:00 p.m. curtain for the Linda and Mitch Hart Season Opening Night Performance). All Sunday matinees are slated to begin at 2:00 p.m.
The “Joy and Ronald Mankoff Pre-Opera Talks,” a free background lecture for the opera being performed, takes place in Nancy B. Hamon Hall located just off the Winspear Opera House lobby one hour prior to each performance, except for Opening Night of the Season.
Dallas Opera performs works in their original languages. Easy-to-read English translations are projected above the stage during every Dallas Opera performance and special headsets are available for the hearing impaired.
No late seating is permitted at Dallas Opera performances once the house doors are closed.
Flex subscriptions begin at $75 for the 2015-2016 Season. Full Subscriptions begin at $95.

“It is my sincere hope that, over the course of this season, ours eyes will be opened—many times—to the power and wonder of this shared experience we call ‘opera”,” adds Music Director Emmanuel Villaume.
“Won’t you join us?”

For additional information about the coming season, call The Dallas Opera Ticket Services Office at 214-443-1000 or visit us online at www.dallasopera.org.
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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT “JANUARY AT THE DALLAS OPERA”
IS CONVENIENTLY AVAILABLE ONLINE, 24/7
VISIT WWW.DALLASOPERA.ORG AND CHECK THE CALENDAR LISTINGS
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214.443.1014 or [email protected]
THE DALLAS OPERA IS THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE
ANOTHER OUTSTANDING, FREE COMMUNITY EVENT AT AT&T STADIUM IN ARLINGTON!
SIMULCAST NUMBER TEN:
LA BOHÈME
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SPONSORED BY THE DALLAS FOUNDATION
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SATURDAY, MARCH 21, 2015
Stadium Doors Open at 6:00 PM
Live Opera Performance at 7:30 PM
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Free Seating, Free Parking, Paid Concessions
Free Tickets Available Tomorrow Through TDO Website:
www.dallasopera.org/simulcast

DALLAS, TX, JANUARY 12, 2015 – The Dallas Opera, in partnership with AT&T Stadium and with support from our founding sponsor, The Dallas Foundation, is extremely proud to announce the company’s fourth stadium simulcast—and the tenth free Dallas Opera simulcast since 2010—scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX (home of the Dallas Cowboys).
Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. The curtain time for that evening’s live performance of Giacomo Puccini’s beloved 19th century masterpiece, LA BOHÈME, from the Shannon and Ted Skokos Stage in the Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas is 7:30 p.m.
Patrons will be able to enjoy this landmark live simulcast on the world’s largest high-definition video board structure, comprised of four massive viewing screens (the largest, 72 feet tall and 160 feet wide) suspended directly above the playing field.
This performance will take place as part of The Dallas Opera’s nationally recognized, free public simulcast program, which has attracted more than 50,000 attendees over the past four years.
The Dallas Opera’s 2015 AT&T Stadium Simulcast is expected to draw thousands more to enjoy one of the greatest “date nights” in opera: Puccini’s charming, touching and highly romantic masterpiece about life among the young bohemians of the Latin Quarter of Paris has been a popular favorite since it first premiered in 1896. This Dallas Opera production was designed by the late Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, with costumes by the late Peter J. Hall, both legendary designers.
The conductor of LA BOHÈME will be Riccardo Frizza in his much-anticipated company debut. Maestro Frizza is described by Seen and Heard as “totally convincing, conducting his forces with both strength and gentleness, always supporting the singers and getting fine results from the orchestra.” TDO will welcome back acclaimed singer-turned-director Peter Kazaras to marshal the throngs that breathe life into this zesty and colorful production.
And what a cast!
Grammy Award-winning Latin American soprano Ana María Martínez returns to the Dallas Opera (following her star turn in our 2008 production of Die Fledermaus) to sing the role of the frail seamstress, Mimi. According to Mark Thomas Ketterson of Opera News, Ms. Martinez has shown herself to be “a radiantly vulnerable Mimi, consistently employing her darkly textured lyric soprano with great sensitivity to dynamics and text.”
Described as Britain’s “go-to tenor for grand opera,” New Orleans native Bryan Hymel will portray the poet Rodolfo with a voice described by Anthony Tommasini of The New York Times as “dark-hued and muscular, with a quick vibrato and earthy texture…Mr. Hymel sang with unflagging stamina and impetuous abandon, capped with some exciting full-voiced top notes.” He made his 2011 Dallas Opera debut as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, which earned the artist a nomination for the 2012 “Maria Callas Award” for achieving one of the most notable debuts that season.
Soprano Davinia Rodriguez, born in Spain’s Canary Islands and now living in Italy, makes her Dallas Opera debut in this production as the irrepressible Musetta. Praised by The Seattle Times as “dramatically convincing and vocally resplendent,” Ms. Rodriguez will be paired with baritone Jonathan Beyer (Captain Gardiner in the Dallas Opera’s 2010 world premiere production of Moby-Dick) as the equally mercurial Marcello. Diana Burgwyn of Opera Now found Mr. Beyer “totally at ease with his physical and vocal self (with) a rounded, sure baritone voice and excellent diction.” Added Tom Huizenga of The Washington Post: “Beyer has the luxury of a robust, handsome voice, and promising years ahead.”
The international ensemble cast includes Russian bass Alexander Vinogradov, an artist who made his acclaimed Bolshoi Theatre debut at the age of 21. He will sing the role of the philosophical Colline. Native son Steven LaBrie, winner of the 2009 Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition, is a baritone who dazzled in the role of the smuggler, Le Dancaïre in our 2013 Carmen. He continues to impress audiences with his acting as well as his vocal abilities. Opera Now labels LaBrie “a young baritone to watch.”
Bass Stefan Szkafarowsky, from New York City, sang in the Dallas Opera’s triumphant 2011 production of Boris Godunov and will return to our stage for the dual roles of Benoit the landlord and Musetta’s unfortunate suitor, Alcindoro.
Lighting design is by Thomas C. Hase. Wig and make-up design is by David Zimmerman and chorus preparation by Dallas Opera Chorus Master Alexander Rom.
The children’s chorus will be prepared by Melinda Cotten.

The Dallas Opera’s AT&T Stadium Simulcast is one of six performances of the opera that will take place on March 13, 15(m), 18, 21, 27 & 29(m), 2015 in the Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center.
Free general admission tickets to The Dallas Opera’s La bohème AT&T Stadium Simulcast can be obtained through the Dallas Opera website, beginning tomorrow, January 13, 2015, at www.dallasopera.org/simulcast.

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“The Dallas Foundation has been pleased to support The Dallas Opera’s simulcasts to AT&T Stadium since 2012, helping to provide families throughout our community the chance to experience world-class opera in this unique and relaxed setting,” remarked Mary M. Jalonick, President of The Dallas Foundation. “This successful partnership has inspired our Board of Governors to pledge our continued support of these efforts through 2017.  The Dallas Foundation is proud to be the Founding Sponsor of The Dallas Opera AT&T Stadium Simulcasts.”

“We are excited that for the fourth year the Dallas Opera will once again hold their simulcast at AT&T Stadium,” adds Dallas Cowboys Chief Brand Officer Charlotte Jones Anderson. “Each of the past three simulcasts has been a huge success, and we look forward to continuing that tradition by bringing in another great show this year. The Dallas Opera has done an outstanding job with each of its events, and it is a great honor to share in this incredible cultural event in our local community.”

“It’s been a personal goal of mine to engage the finest world-class artists to create an unforgettable entertainment experience for people from all walks of life,” commented Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny, “and nothing does this better than opera—a spectacular art form made even more so when viewed on the largest high-definition screens in the country.
“The Dallas Opera is deeply honored that our founding sponsor, The Dallas Foundation, is supporting this event for a fourth consecutive year and we are equally grateful for the generosity of the Jones Family, who encouraged this extraordinary collaboration with the Cowboys organization from the moment we made our dream known to them.
“I am certain that the centralized location of AT&T Stadium will—once again—prove to be an irresistible magnet,” Mr. Cerny added. “With free parking, a wear-what-you-want dress code, phenomenal performances in one of the most popular operas ever, on-screen supertitles and plenty of available concessions—this night will continue to redefine 21st century opera as a user-friendly entertainment experience.”
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Single tickets for the remaining mainstage productions of the Dallas Opera’s “Heights of Passion” Season—including the world premiere production of Joby Talbot and Gene Scheer’s EVEREST—are on sale now, starting at just $19, through the Dallas Opera Ticket Services Office at 214.443.1000 or online at www.dallasopera.org. Student Rush best-available tickets can be purchased at the lobby box office for as little as $25 (one per valid Student I.D.) ninety minutes prior to each performance.

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New Home For Dallas Holocaust Museum

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Here’s what the new Holocaust Museum may look like. Note: This pix updates a previously published photo.

Plans are underway to give the Dallas Holocaust Museum a new home. Museum officials say they have purchased two parcels of land near the West End, not far from the museum’s current home at 211 Record St.  The museum will be built on one site, between Pacific and Ross Aves, and Houston and Lamar Sts. The land was purchased last year. The other site nearby will be used for parking. It was purchased in 2005.

The Berenbaum Group has completed an initial stage of exhibition design. (Michael Berenbaum formerly worked with the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.) The plan is to design exhibition space first, and then the building around it. Omni Plan developed conceptual designs for the building.

The project doesn’t yet have a budget or timeline, and museum staff have only had initial conversations with potential funders.

The museum will continue to focus on preserving evidence of, and educating about, the Holocaust. And it will also tackle topics such as contemporary genocide, Civil Rights, and current events. “Given all that is happening in the world today, and the constant and destructive force of hatred and prejudice, we are more convinced than ever that North Texas needs this museum,” according to a statement from the museum.

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Lobby concept for a new Holocaust Museum.

 

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Wanna Live Forever? Step 1: See “The Immortalists”

Guest blogger David Alvarado is a New York-based documentary filmmaker focused on science, technology and the future. He was born and raised in Dallas, attended the University of North Texas and later received his MFA from Stanford University. He founded Structure Films, a documentary start-up that aims to make science storytelling accessible, artful and entertaining. (He’s also a former KERA intern!)

 

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Bill Andrews and Aubrey de Grey, the subjects of “The Immortalists”

What would the world look like if human beings didn’t grow old? How would being ‘forever young’ alter the human condition, economy, environment and religion? Is it possible, and if it is, is it desirable? As co-directors, we (that’s me, Dallas native David Alvarado & California based Jason Sussberg) first started thinking about these questions in the basement of Stanford University’s CCRMA (computer music center), where we were hired as editors to work on an experimental music performance immediately after finishing graduate school.

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David Alvarado.

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One More 2014 List: Joan Davidow’s Art Favorites

Rehearsal, by Francis Aly. Photo: Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

“Rehearsal,” by Francis Alys. Photo: Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

We’re squeaking in one last look at 2014. KERA Commentator Joan Davidow sent along her 14 favorite art sites in 2014. Enjoy!

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