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The Dallas Opera to Offer Free Simulcast of Verdi's LA TRAVIATA

The Dallas Opera to Offer Free Simulcast of Verdi's LA TRAVIATAThe Dallas Opera announces a free public simulcast at beautiful Klyde Warren Park featuring the classic romance LA TRAVIATA, by Giuseppe Verdi. The special presentation takes place in Downtown Dallas Friday, October 27, 2017 (program begins at 6:30 p.m., curtain at 7:30 p.m.).

It is a live opera simulcast of the production being performed in the Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center and is presented on a large high definition video screen. The opening night simulcast is made possible in part by The Rosemary and Roger Enrico Foundation. This event will mark the 16th live simulcast presented by The Dallas Opera.

Klyde Warren Park is located at 2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway, Dallas, TX 75201. Sign up today for reminders and updates about activities at www.dallasopera.org/simulcast. This is a free, public space and no reservations are required to attend.

The public is encouraged to arrive early, bring blankets or chairs, and secure their spot on the lawn. A variety of wining-and-dining options include Savor, serving New American cuisine; Relish, a take-away burger and hot dog kiosk; and other nearby eateries and food trucks. Those interested in attending are advised to mark their calendars and register at www.dallasopera.org/simulcast.

La Traviata is the tale of a woman of questionable virtue sacrificing her happiness for the man she loves. Violetta Valéry is based on an actual person who was portrayed in the famed novel The Lady of the Camellias, which also inspired the movie "Pretty Woman" starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. Newcomers will likely recognize much of the music in this renowned opera, featured prominently in that popular 1990 romantic comedy.

"It is part of our mission at The Dallas Opera to serve the community through programs like our free public simulcasts, and we are delighted to present this classic Italian opera in Klyde Warren Park for our 16th Simulcast. For those who have yet to try opera, experiencing this magical art form in the relaxed setting of the park is a memorable and fun experience. Bring your friends and family, and we're sure you'll be cheering 'bravo' with thousands of other patrons by the end of the evening!" said Keith Cerny, the Kern Wildenthal General Director and CEO of The Dallas Opera.

"We are thrilled to host the Dallas Opera's La Traviata simulcast this fall and hope our patrons will enjoy the simulcast as well," said Klyde Warren Park President Tara Green. "We are thankful to celebrate our partnership with the Dallas Opera for the 5th year in a row."

The fun begins early at 6:30 p.m. with KLUV Radio's popular morning jockey Jody Dean, who hosts the event with KristIan Roberts, Education Program Senior Manager for The Dallas Opera. Activities include a trivia contest, behind-the-scenes interviews with the cast, and a cartoon. The company will also be accepting donations for the non-profit organization, Locks of Love.

The amorous antics of cartoon classic character Pepé Le Pew, the skunk, will be featured in the Looney Tunes short For Scent-imental Reasons from Warner Bros. Audience members of all ages will delight in the caper as Pepé tries to woo the lovely Penelope Pussycat. The 1949 cartoon, in which all voices were done by Mel Blanc, won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.

The Dallas Opera is proud to partner with Locks of Love, a non-pr-ofit organization that provides hairpieces to disadvantaged children with medical hair loss. Donations of hair will be accepted at the simulcast, and donors will receive a complimentary pair of opera tickets to see The Dallas Opera's production of Samson & Dalila on Sunday, November 5. Hair must be at least 10" and bundled in a ponytail or braid. Each hairpiece by Locks of Love is crafted from human hair, custom-made for each child, and helps restore a sense of normalcy to their everyday lives. Visit www.dallasopera.org/simulcast for complete information.

Soprano Georgia Jarman, will sing the lead role of the fatally ill courtesan, Violetta Valéry. She'll be making sparks with tenor Zach Borichevsky, who is making his Dallas Opera debut in the role of Alfredo, her true love. For another key role, Alfredo's father, Giorgio Germont, The Dallas Opera is bringing back an extraordinary baritone: Vladislav Sulimsky from Belarus. Two dynamic Italians will be making their company debuts, conductor Carlo Montanaro and director Stefania Panighini to lead the production. The chorus is a magnificent presence in this opera and will be prepared by acclaimed Dallas Opera Chorus Master Alexander Rom.

Sung in Italian, with English language translations projected above the stage, La Traviata can also be experienced at five additional performances: October 29, November 1, 4, 10, 12, 2017 in the Winspear Opera House with tickets starting at just $19. Tickets may be purchased online, 24/7, at www.dallasopera.org or by contacting The Dallas Opera Ticket Office at 214.443.1000.

Klyde Warren Park serves as a central gathering space for Dallas and its visitors. The 5.2 acre deck park, designed by the Office of James Burnett, is an urban green space built over the recessed Woodall Rodgers Freeway between Pearl and St. Paul streets in downtown Dallas. Klyde Warren Park is a highly active space, providing daily free programming for the public ranging from yoga to lecture series to outdoor concerts and films. The park is privately operated and managed by the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation. For more information on programming, volunteering or to make a donation to support free daily programs, visit www.KlydeWarrenPark.org.

The complete season schedule, artist and production team bios, synopses and more can be found at www.dallasopera.org.

Founded in 1957, The Dallas Opera is an internationally-recognized innovator dedicated to the overall advancement of the operatic art form and the support of established and emerging artists, as well as the education and development of new opera audiences in North Texas-and beyond. These goals are achieved by commissioning and producing world-class opera; through ground-breaking institutes, national competitions and topical programs; and by presenting opera in both traditional and non-traditional formats and venues in order to attract patrons of every age, background, educational level, and ethnicity-while engaging with more than 87,000 people in our community each year. TDO is equally committed to the task of responsible stewardship and is managed with efficiency and accountability, to the highest possible standards.

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