Dallas Opera's CARMEN to Open 10/25
The Dallas Opera is extremely proud to present the opening production of the 2013-2014 "By Love Transformed" Season: Georges Bizet's colorful, sensual and passionate 19th century masterpiece, CARMEN, one of the most beloved and popular works in the entire opera canon. CARMEN opens on Friday, October 25, 2013 in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in the Dallas Arts District.
The Linda and Mitch Hart Season Opening Night Performance will begin at 8:00 PM; it will be preceded by FIRST NIGHT red carpet arrivals and pre-performance dinner (beginning at 6:00 PM), chaired by Mary Beth and Jay Marshall.
The performance itself will be followed by the sensational after-party hosted by Chairs Rhonda and Fraser Marcus.
Subsequent performances of CARMEN are scheduled for October 27(m), 30, November 2, 8, and 10(m), 2013, with generous support from Alice W. and Richard D. Bass, Joy S. and Ronald Mankoff, Betty and Steve Suellentrop, Joanna and Peter Townsend, and James R. Seitz, Jr..
Full season subscriptions are still available, beginning at just $76, and single tickets start at a new low price of $19. Contact the Dallas Opera Ticket Services Office at 214.443.1000 or purchase online, 24/7, at dallasopera.org.
She's the woman no man can resist and, as performed by renowned French mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine in her American debut, who would want to say "non"? 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 in the Dallas Opera's 2010 production of Madame Butterfly, and Bruno Ribeiro (an acclaimed international star from Portugal) making his eagerly anticipated company debut.
This truly phenomenal cast, from American soprano Mary Dunleavy in the role of Micaëla to bass-baritone 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 Mrs. Eugene McDermott Music Director EmManuel Villaume will make all the other good/bad girls of opera seem tame, if not lame, in comparison.
Georges Bizet's 1875 masterpiece will be staged by American director Chris Alexander, The James R. Seitz, Jr., Stage Director in Honor of John Gage, who dazzled in his 2005 Dallas Opera debut with his staging of Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann, starring Mary Dunleavy and Marcus Haddock; returning in the spring of 2009 to direct the company's final performances in the Music Hall at Fair Park: a delightful and daffy rendering of Rossini's The Italian Girl in Algiers (L'italiana in Algeri).
American tenor Brandon Jovanovich will sing the role of Don José on Oct. 25, 27, and 30, while TDO newcomer, Portuguese tenorBruno 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 William Ferguson in his Dallas Opera debut 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's Lohengrin. San Francisco ChronicleClassical 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."
Portuguese tenor Bruno Ribeiro, on the other hand, "gives rich voice to soulful pleadings" and has been praised for allowing "vulnerability to color his expressive tenor" (examiner.com).