Single Tickets for Dallas Opera's 2013-14 Season On Sale 7/8
The Dallas Opera is pleased to announce that single tickets for the 2013/2014 "By Love Transformed" Season in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center will go on sale to the general public next Monday, July 8, 2013 at 10:00 am.
Single tickets for each of the four productions, starting at the low price of $19, may be purchased at your convenience online atdallasopera.org or by contacting the friendly staff at the Dallas Opera Ticket Services Office at 214.443.1000.
The Dallas Opera, that same day, will also begin selling two-performance and three-performance subscriptions. Season 2-Pack subscriptions for our mainstage productions begin at the low, low price of $50. Take your pick of two mainstage productions you've been yearning to see. Season 3-Pack subscriptions start at just $75.
Season subscriptions for TDO's mainstage productions begin at the exceptional price of $76-that's for all four productions! The 2013-2014 "By Love Transformed" Season presented by Texas Instruments Foundation consists of:
- CARMEN by Georges Bizet, with Clémentine Margaine making her American debut in the title role.(Oct. 25 - The Linda and Mitch Hart Season Opening Night Performance, 27m, 30, Nov. 2, 8, 10m, 2013)
- DEATH AND THE POWERS by MIT Media Lab's Tod Machover, with Robert Orth as Simon Powers, a man transformed by the best technology that money can buy.
(Feb. 12, 14, 15 & 16m, 2014)
- DIE TOTE STADT ("The Dead City") by late-Romantic Viennese composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold, with Ann Petersen as Marietta and Jay Hunter Morris as Paul.
(March 21, 23m, 26, 29, April 6m, 2014)
- THE BARBER OF SEVILLE by Gioachino Rossini, with Nathan Gunn as the ever-resourceful Figaro!(March 28, 30m, April 2, 5, 11 & 13, 2014)
"The upcoming Dallas Opera season beautifully combines popular favorites, a remarkable rarity and a thrillingly high-tech, twenty-first-century opera," explains Dallas Opera Marketing Director Carrie Ellen Adamian, "and, as always, each of these works will be presented with world-class singers in phenomenal stage productions.
"These operas have a very distinct look, as well as sound: from a classic San Francisco Opera Carmen with sets by the legendary Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, to the extraordinary projections of the Royal Danish Opera's Die tote Stadt, the Magritte-inspired surrealism of Chicago Lyric's Barber of Seville, and the amazing designs of Steven Spielberg collaborator, Alex McDowell ("Minority Report"), forDeath and the Powers." Adds Ms. Adamian, "If you have ever had the slightest interest in discovering what opera is all about, this is the perfect season to begin that journey."
Attention-grabbing Dallas Opera debuts this season include:
- Hal Cazalet, a British tenor, making his company debut, originated the role of Nicholas in Tod Machover's Death and the Powers in 2010. The Chicago Tribune noted Cazalet "uses an athletic body and agile tenor to fine effect as the assistant Nicholas."
- Isabel Leonard, The Classical Review after seeing Miss. Leonard said she has "genuine star quality is a rarity on the opera stage - or anywhere - but it's abundantly clear that Isabel Leonard has it in spades." She is making her TDO debut as Rosina in Rossini's The Barber of Seville.
- Clémentine Margaine, "a rich, gorgeous blooming, warm mezzo-soprano" caused the Opera Currently to say "a great promise of a career!" is making her American Debut in the title role of Bizet's Carmen.
- Ann Petersen, the Danish soprano making her American Debut as Marietta in Korngold's Die Tote Stadt. Seen and Heard praised her for "an easy flexibility to her sound...that adds enormously to the intrinsic beauty of her singing."
- Bruno Ribeiro, Portuguese tenor making his TDO debut as Don José (Nov. 2, 8 & 10) who "gives rich voice to soulful pleadings" and was praised by Examiner.com for allowing "vulnerability to color his expressive tenor."
- Alek Shrader, making his TDO debut as Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville, "showed himself gifted with a still youthful, energetic personality, and an emotional fire that burns passionately" according to San Francisco Classical Voice.
Among the notable artists returning to the Dallas Opera stage this year are:
- Donato DiStefano, one of the most sought-after buffo basses in the world, who most recently charmed Dallas audiences in the title role of Don Pasquale, and he rarely fails to steal the show. Wrote Gregory Sullivan Isaacs of Theater Jones, "Musically, he was unassailable; as an actor, he was believable and funny" in that critically acclaimed production.
- Mary Dunleavy "melds outstanding acting ability with a flexible and gorgeous voice" (William Thomas Walker,cvnc.org), characteristics on display in her tour de force portrayal of all four love interests in the Dallas Opera's 2005 production of Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann, earning rave reviews and that season's "Maria Callas Debut Artist of the Year Award."
- Nathan Gunn, charmed TDO audiences in the much darker role of The Lodger in Argento's The Aspern Papers last season. TheaterJones noted that "Gunn has one of the most beautiful baritone voices around, and is handsome in a Cary Grant sort of way." Nathan is sure to continue his love affair with Dallas audiences as Figaro in The Barber of Seville.
- Brandon Jovanovich, an American tenor singing the role of Don José (Oct. 25, 27 & 30), enthralled Dallas audiences in our 2010 production of Madame Butterfly (and was described by Huffington Post's Rodney Punt as the definitive Pinkerton of our time). He has been dazzling critics recently in the title role of Wagner's Lohengrin. 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."
- Jay Hunter Morris has been conquering the opera world, one production at a time. About his performance in the San Francisco revival of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer's Moby-Dick, Mercury News critic Richard Scheinin wrote: "He sang with a pressurized fury that practically shook the seats of the War Memorial Opera House. Think Old Testament. Think King Lear." As Siegfried in the Metropolitan Opera's new Ring, Morris "found his own way to sing this heldentenor role with a lighter yet athletic and youthful sound. His clarion top notes projected nicely over the orchestra" (Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times).
- Robert Orth, "one of the finest singer/actors working in opera today" (Gregory Sullivan Isaacs, Theater Jones) made memorable Dallas Opera appearances as Officer 2/Blazes in our critically acclaimed 2012 production of Peter Maxwell Davies' The Lighthouse and as Stubb in the Dallas Opera world premiere of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer's Moby-Dick, was praised by Heidi Waleson of The Wall Street Journal for giving the opera "a touch of levity."
- Morgan Smith made an indelible impression on Dallas audiences in the world premiere production of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer's Moby-Dick. Critic Joshua Kosman of The San Francisco Chronicle felt that same depth of humanity in Smith's recent recap of the role: "The real star of the cast was baritone Morgan Smith, whose Starbuck joined vocal splendor, moral authority and deep empathy in a phenomenal combination."
Single tickets for the 2013-2014 Season are subject to dynamic pricing (the earlier they are purchased and the less-in-demand, the lower the price). Subscriptions are on sale now, starting at just $76. Inner Circle seating may be priced higher.