Dallas Opera Single Tickets On Sale July 14
Now is the time to prepare to scale a new summit in North Texas arts and entertainment! Single tickets for Dallas Opera's 2014-2015 "Heights of Passion" Season, presented by Texas Instruments, and popular TDO Family Performances in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center will go on sale to the general public Monday, July 14, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.
The Dallas Opera's hotly anticipated season consists of six operas in five outstanding productions, including a spectacular, much-anticipated world premiere! Single tickets start at the low price of $19 and may be purchased, 24/7, at www.dallasopera.org/tickets/ or by calling our friendly and helpful ticket office professionals at 214-443-1000-beginning July 14th.
Full season and Flex subscriptions are available for purchase today. Subscriptions for all five productions begin at the amazing low price of just $95! Flex subscriptions (three operas or your choosing) start at just $75 and four opera packages are available, as well.
This is one of the best chances yet to experience the consummate art form-and introduce it to the loved ones in your life! Share world-renowned singers performing with TDO's superb orchestra and chorus under the baton of Music Director Emmanuel Villaume and prestigious guest conductors. Share the breathtaking sets and costumes, the passions, the action-and immerse yourself in some of the finest music ever composed.
Sold-out houses are becoming more common; we recommend that you plan your 2014-2015 Dallas Opera Season today by consulting the production line-up below:
THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO, the spirited comedy by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with Italian bass Mirco Palazzi starring as the clever servant, Figaro. (Oct. 24 - The Linda and Mitch Hart Season Opening Night Performance, 26 (m), 29, Nov. 1, 7, 9)
LA WALLY by Alfredo Catalani starring soprano Latonia Moore and tenor Carl Tanner, paired with the world premiere of EVEREST the first opera by British composer Joby Talbot-working with librettist Gene Scheer (Moby-Dick). A modern-day opera, EVEREST confronts the tragic events of an ill-fated 1996 expedition on the world's highest peak. (Jan. 30, Feb. 1(m), 4, & 7, 2015)
LA BOHÈME, Giacomo Puccini's passionate love story, stars Grammy award-winning Latina soprano Ana María Martínez as Mimi and tenor Bryan Hymel as Rodolfo. (Mar. 13, 15(m), 18, 21, 27, 29, 2015)
IOLANTA by Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky is a rarely produced gem performed by a superb Russian/American ensemble and conducted by TDO Music Director Emmanuel Villaume. (Apr. 10, 12(m), 15 & 18, 2015)
"This incredible season offers a carefully conceived balance of productions, each with its own special attributes," explains Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny. We are pleased to return to a five-production season that includes much-loved classics, opera rarities, and premieres. I'd like to personally invite both experienced aficionados and classical music newcomers to take advantage of these magnificent offerings and join us for a season of high adventure!"
The Dallas Opera kicks off the upcoming season with a brilliant domestic comedy, Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. Patrons will tap along to one of the best-known overtures in Western Music. After a series of entertaining twists and turns, the title character, Figaro, finally weds his true love. Our distinguished music director, Emmanuel Villaume, is scheduled to conduct this acclaimed 18th century masterpiece.
Next, TDO will present one of the most fascinating and controversial operas of the 20th century: Salome, Richard Strauss' explosive, late-Romantic masterpiece set in biblical times. We are delighted to present superstar soprano Deborah Voigt and baritone Greer Grimsley in their long-awaited TDO debuts.
The Dallas Opera is particularly proud to produce another exciting world premiere, Everest, based on a harrowing true story. British composer Joby Talbot has promised an evocative and imaginative score to go with the insightful libretto by Gene Scheer. This new work will be conducted by Dallas Opera Principal Guest Conductor Nicole Paiement and staged by Leonard Foglia.
To complement the mountain theme, the Dallas Opera has paired Everest with La Wally, a love story-possibly based on real people as well-set high in the Austrian Alps. Soprano Latonia Moore, who wowed audiences in TDO's 2012 season opener, Aida, will sing the title role. Her transcendent voice is sure to effortlessly scale the challenges of composer Alfredo Catalani's score and she will be partnered with acclaimed tenor Carl Tanner.
La bohème, although tragic, is always a tremendous crowd-pleaser with its romantic storyline, familiar characters, and unforgettable melodies. This opera features two remarkable Latina sopranos, Ana María Martínez and Davinia Rodriguez, in starring roles in this exceptional all-star cast also headed by tenor Bryan Hymel.
We close the Dallas Opera's "Heights of Passion" season with Tchaikovsky's rarely performed, Iolanta, a gentle fairy tale about a young princess born blind. This gorgeous work features a superb Russian/American ensemble conducted by Maestro Villaume. Happily, love prevails-in the end.
"We hope everyone will be attracted to these extraordinary operas and rush to purchase their subscriptions now" adds Dallas Opera Marketing Director Carrie Ellen Adamian. "At the very least, mark your calendar to purchase single tickets to the productions you most desire, when they go on sale next month."
Guest stars making highly anticipated Dallas Opera debuts this season include:
Deborah Voigt, soprano, making her TDO debut as Salome, is an internationally revered performer. "As Salome, the inexhaustible Miss Voigt is on stage and singing throughout most of the evening. Her Salome stealthily evolves, morphing from naïve young girl into sexual predator, expanding vocally from lyric tenderness to Wagnerian power and majesty." (Washington Times)
Greer Grimsley, "with a deep resonance and round tones full of strength and delicate nuance - Grimsley was phenomenal," according to the Times Picayune about Mr. Grimsley, baritone, who is starring as John the Baptist in Salome.
Susan Bickley, mezzo-soprano, as Queen Herodias in her long-awaited company debut. The Guardian called her performances "heartstoppingly direct, seamlessly expressive, and perfectly even in tone...a marvel in every respect."
Nicole Car, "Car's honeyed voice, clear expression and delightfully focused performance was used to impressive effect right from the opening scene," (The Daily Telegraph Australia regarding her performance in Eugene Onegin). The soprano, who will make her American debut at TDO as Countess Almaviva, is already being hailed as the next Joan Sutherland.
Carl Tanner will make his Dallas Opera debut as Hagenbach in La Wally. Uptempo Magazine proclaimed "the quality of Tanner's voice gave a lasting impression with its vastly dynamic and resonant timber," following the tenor's Metropolitan Opera debut.
Ekaterina Scherbachenko, a Russian soprano who has made Iolanta a signature role, was described by Opera magazine as "exquisitely sensitive and fine-tuned in the title role."
Sergei Skorokhodov, who according to The St. Petersburg Times "possesses a strong, clear voice, with an exceptionally winning upper register," will portray Count Vaudemont in the Tchaikovsky rarity.
Returning to the Dallas Opera stage this season are many highly regarded artists:
Mirco Palazzi According to the Associated Press, the bass-baritone showed "great spirit and comic timing" in his U.S. debut as Leporello, stealing the Dallas Opera's 2010 production of Don Giovanni.
Latonia Moore, "her voice was radiant, plush and sizable at its best, with gleaming top notes that broke through the chorus and orchestra," wrote The New York Times after the soprano stepped into the role of Aida at New York's Metropolitan Opera to cover for an ailing lead-and came out a star.
Robert Brubaker "Brubaker sang with exceptional control over color and dynamic projection (in the role of King Herod), reveling in one of Strauss' most intricate acting assignments," hailed the Louisville Journal.
Andrew Bidlack A young tenor starring in Everest was recently praised by The Dallas Morning News for his performance in TDO's Die Tote Stadt: "a standout is Andrew Bidlack's Albert, with a bright beautiful tenor of considerable power."
Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano, also starring in Everest, was praised by Opera News: "Cooke's attractive, erotic stage presence struck plenty of sparks...but without question she also delivers the vocal goods. She possesses a firm, fruity mezzo, straight-toned in quality, which allows the listener to luxuriate in her unerring sense of pitch."
Bryan Hymel, "sang the leading tenor role of Rodolfo showing his high notes are easily among the best in the business. The rest of his voice is so attractive, and his presence so winning..." said the Philadelphia Inquirer on his performance in La bohème in which he is starring with TDO.
Ana María Martínez, a Latin American soprano starring in La bohème, drew rave reviews from Opera News as "a radiantly vulnerable Mimi, consistently employing her darkly textured lyric soprano with great sensitivity to dynamics and text."
Davinia Rodriguez, a soprano described by The Seattle Times as "dramatically convincing and vocally resplendent," will star as Musetta in La bohème.
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.
The Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House is conveniently located in the heart of the Arts District at 2403 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201.