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Laura Claycomb Set for Dallas Opera Recital, 10/7

The Dallas Opera has announced the homecoming of renowned soprano Laura Claycomb, the Dallas Opera's 2011 "Maria Callas Debut Artist of the Year", will perform in recital on Sunday, October 7th at 2:00 p.m. at the DMA's Horchow Auditorium, accompanied by Grammy™ nominated collaborator and accompanist Keith Weber. 

            Tickets go on sale Monday, September 10th at 10:00 a.m. for just $25 (with no additional charge for admission to the Dallas Museum of Art), and may be purchased at your convenience, day or night, online at dallasopera.org or by contacting the friendly staff at the Dallas Opera Ticket Services Office at 214.443.1000.

            Highlights from the afternoon program-personal favorites selected for the occasion by Miss Claycomb-will include Francis Poulenc's 1939 song cycle "Fiançailles pour rire" with poetry by Louise de Vilmorin.  Poulenc praised Vilmorin for her "sensitive impertinence, libertinage, and appetite".  

            Also on the program will be Richard Strauss's "Brentano Lieder, Op. 68", a vocal showcase with texts by poet Clemens Brentano (1778-1842).  Strauss composed this song cycle in 1918 for soprano Elisabeth Schumann's 1921 American tour. 

            Olivier Messiaen's "Chant de terre et de ciel" ("Songs of Earth and Sky") of 1938 will also be included in this intimate afternoon recital.  Messiaen wrote this joyful-at times, ecstatic- song cycle as an expression of his profound love for his wife and infant son. 

            "It's nearly impossible to over-estimate the impact that Laura Claycomb had on our audiences when she made her 2011 Dallas Opera debut as Gilda," says Dallas Opera Artistic Director Jonathan Pell.  "In the midst of this extraordinary and powerful Rigoletto cast, Laura's breathtaking artistry and her ability to cast an almost magical spell over the public was something truly extraordinary.

            "Exceptional vocal beauty is difficult to define in words," Pell adds, "yet audiences know it when they hear it, and they will never forget it.  There are few singing artists of the caliber of Laura Claycomb, and the Dallas Opera is honored to be able to present her in this recital." 

            Miss Claycomb has been applauded around the world for her "limpid tone, dazzling technique and eloquence; even stratospheric pitches were negotiated with delicacy and pliancy" (Scott Cantrell, The Dallas Morning News).

            Seating for this one-time-only event is limited and tickets are available on a first come, first served basis beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, September 10th.  Contact the Dallas Opera Ticket Services Staff for additional details.


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