Live Simulcast of Dallas Opera's CARMEN Set for Klyde Warren Park, 10/25-11/10
The Dallas Opera, in partnership with Klyde Warren Park and with support from The Dallas Arts District, is delighted to announce our first-ever artistic collaboration: a live simulcast of one of the most popular operas in the repertoire, Georges Bizet's 1875 masterpiece, CARMEN, starring the gorgeous and gifted French mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine in her American debut.
The Klyde Warren Park Simulcast, the sixth simulcast presented by the Dallas Opera since 2010, will enable music lovers (as well as those who just want to be part of a fun-filled major event) to bring blankets and picnics-or take advantage of the variety of available dining options ranging from an on-site restaurant to nearby eateries and food trucks (beer and wine will be available for purchase as well)-and enjoy an evening of spectacular entertainment, live, from the Margaret McDermott Performance Hall of the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center.
Attendees will, in fact, be asked to become participants in the evening as the Dallas Opera stages a "Toreador Song Sing-a-long," and other ways to keep things lively in the hour-and-a-half prior to curtain. For those who prefer people-watching in the park, you will have twice the opportunity, as the action in the park will be supplemented by glamorous live shots from FIRST NIGHT and interviews conducted backstage at the Winspear.
The curtain for CARMEN will be half-an-hour later than usual, at 8:00 p.m.
"Klyde Warren Park was conceived and designed for these types of activities-activities that bring the performing and visual arts to everyone. These programs help provide a way to promote and showcase art to those who may not otherwise experience these performances," remarked Jody Grant, Chairman, Woodall Rogers Park Foundation.
"It has been clear from the day Klyde Warren Park officially opened," commented Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny, "that it was attracting huge and impressively diverse crowds to the Arts District; people seeking a community oriented green-space capable of serving as a much-needed Central Park. However, it answers other needs as well: the layout is perfect to accommodate hundreds (even thousands) for the Dallas Opera's Opening Night Simulcast of Carmen, being performed live in the Winspear-just around the corner."
"With enthusiastic support from The Dallas Arts District and the park's management team," he adds, "we hope to draw an exciting mix of Klyde Warren Park fans and dedicated opera lovers that Friday night, to thrill to the music and drama of one of the world's best-loved operas in this extraordinary open-air setting."
"All are welcome in the Dallas Arts District, which works to be inclusive and collaborative at every opportunity and continues to set new attendance records each year," notes Dallas Arts District Executive Director Catherine Cuellar.
"Through this partnership with our stakeholders at The Dallas Opera and Klyde Warren Park, we are helping to cultivate the next generation of opera fans," she added, "and what better way to do it than with Carmen? It's got many of opera's greatest hits. Even people who don't yet know they like opera will recognize these songs from 'Looney Tunes' cartoons and have fun singing along."
The 2013-2014 "By Love Transformed" Season officially opens with our first CARMEN to be performed in the critically acclaimed acoustic of the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House.
Renowned mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine, hailed as "Best Newcomer" in the 2011 French Classical Music Awards, Margaine will have her hands full with two head-turning, heart-melting Don Josés: tenors Brandon Jovanovich, who last captivated us as Pinkerton, and Bruno Ribeiro (making his company debut).
This truly phenomenal cast, from Mary Dunleavy in the role of Micaëla to Dwayne Croft as Escamillo the Toreador, will bring on the sizzle-as well as the steak!
Featuring classic Jean-Pierre Ponnelle scenery from the San Francisco Opera, this production conducted by Maestro Emmanuel Villaume, the Dallas Opera's highly acclaimed new music director, will make all the other good/bad girls of opera seem tame, if not lame, in comparison.
Georges Bizet's colorful, sensual and passionate nineteenth-century masterpiece will be staged by veteran American director Bliss Hebert, who last directed our critically acclaimed 2012 production of La traviata, the notable U.S. debut of Greek soprano Myrtò Paptanasiu, our "Maria Callas Debut Artist of the Year."
American tenor Brandon Jovanovich will sing the role of Don José on Oct. 25 (the evening of the Klyde Warren Park Simulcast), Oct. 27, and 30, while TDO newcomer, Portuguese tenor Bruno Ribeiro will portray the obsessed lover on Nov. 2, 8 and 10, 2013.
This outstanding international cast includes soprano Danielle Pastin in her company debut as Frasquita; mezzo Audrey Babcock in her Dallas Opera debut as Mercédès; bass Kyle Albertson (another company debut) as Zuniga; baritone Stephen LaBrie as the smuggler, La Dancaire; tenor Victor Ryan Robertson as Remendado and baritone John David Boehr in his TDO debut as Moralès.
Mr. Jovanovich, who enthralled Dallas audiences in our 2010 production of Madame Butterfly (described by Huffington Post's Rodney Punt as the definitive Pinkerton of our time), has been dazzling critics recently in the title role of Wagner'sLohengrin. San Francisco Chronicle Classical Music Critic Joshua Kosman wrote: "Jovanovich combined sweet-toned lyricism and ardent heroism in just the proportions required for this tricky role. His singing was thrillingly pure and tireless, his stage presence simultaneously tender and aloof."