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 In This Issue
· The Feature:
  The Callas Award

· Special Feature
  Four More Years!

· WWG 

· Summer

· Video Blogs:
   Graeme Jenkins

· Tantalizing

 June 2007

The Merry Widow lecture with Dr. Stephen Dubberly The Dallas Opera Road Trip to Frau Margot Amici di Opera Wine Tasting at Times Ten Movie Screening: "The Merry Widow"  July 2007 Lunchtime Lecture on Salome with General Director Karen Stone Click here to see the entire calendar of events




callas_award_hero     Season subscribers to The Dallas Opera have chosen immensely talented British tenor Christopher Ventris to be the recipient of the 2007 Maria Callas Debut Artist of the Year Award for his awe-inspiring portrayal of Richard Wagner’s Lohengrin in March of this year.  Mr. Ventris is only the second male singer ever to be awarded this prize. 

     The announcement was made May 24th by Music Director Graeme Jenkins at the annual appreciation dinner of The Dallas Opera Board and Trustees, held in the Crescent Ballroom of the Hotel Crescent Court in uptown Dallas.

     Mr. Ventris was unable to accept the award in person, due to an engagement in a production of Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk at Milan’s La Scala.  However, the singer remarked in a written statement presented to The Dallas Opera Board and Trustees:

     “I would like to thank all of the subscribers of The Dallas Opera who voted for me to be the recipient of this season’s Maria Callas Debut Artist of the Year Award.  My thanks must also go to Graeme Jenkins, Karen Stone and Jonathan Pell for inviting me to Dallas and giving me the opportunity to sing with the company during its 50th Anniversary Season.”

 Click here to read more about Christopher Ventris.

 Where in the World is Graeme?


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fourmoreyears_hero     It might sound like the rallying cry at a national political convention but, in fact, it’s great news for patrons of The Dallas Opera.

     Internationally renowned Music Director Graeme Jenkins was just signed a new contract with the company that will place him squarely at our podium for the next four years.  The contract, which runs until the end of May 2011, will secure Graeme’s services as we both move and settle-in to our new home in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House.

     The Music Director made it official following the Board and Trustee meeting at Hotel Crescent Court on May 24th.

     Graeme made his Dallas Opera debut with our acclaimed 1992 production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte, returning to assume the mantle of music director in 1994.  He has conducted more than forty Dallas Opera productions including Alfred Kirchner’s staging of Lohengrin in February; the 1996 Denyce Graves’ Carmen; 1997 productions of Billy Budd with Rod Gilfry and an equally legendary Katya Kabanova.  Graeme conducted the Ring Cycle – beginning in 1999; Beethoven’s Fidelio in 2002; awe-inspiring versions of The Magic Flute and Nabucco in 2006 and Mary Queen of Scots in 2007.

Click here to read more about Music Director Graeme Jenkins. 




Which character from the 51st "Death by Diva" Season would you most like to wine and dine?
Lady Macbeth
Anna Glawari (The Merry Widow)
Floria Tosca

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     On Thursday, October 11, 2007, 30 Dallas Opera Guild members led by Sandra and Bill Sanderson will travel to Toronto, Canada for a four day, three night opera trip. One of the real highlights of this trip is to attend two opera productions in the new Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. As The Dallas Opera prepares for its new Winspear Opera House, Guild members will have the opportunity to see a “sneak preview” as the Four Seasons is similar in size and used the same acoustician, Robert Essert. The two productions included in the trip are Verdi’s Don Carlos and Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro with some Dallas favorites: Nathalie Paulin and Donato de Stefano.

Click here for more information about the trip to Toronto. 


merry-widow-posterMovie Screening: "The Merry Widow" (1934)
Thursday, June 21, 2007

Please join us for a special FREE screening of the film "The Merry Widow" at the Angelika Theater at 6:00 PM.

"The small kingdom of Marshovia has a little problem. The main tax-payer, the wealthy widow Sonia (who pays 52 0f the taxes) has left for Paris So Count Danilo is sent to Paris, to stop her from getting married by a stranger, so that the danger of removing the money is banned. But this is not that easy as the ambassador in Paris has planned." - Internet Movie Database

To RSVP for this movie, e-mail Tanisha at

Lunchtime Lecture on Salome with General Director Karen Stone
Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Please join us for a special lunchtime lecture on Salome with General Director Karen Stone. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served!

Cost: FREE Time: 12:00 PM Location: Barnes and Noble on Northwest Hwy (Across for NorthPark Mall)

To RSVP for this lecture, e-mail Tanisha at

Movie Screening: "Tosca" (1992)
Tuesday, September 25, 2007

tosca_moviePlease join us for a special FREE screening of the film "Tosca" at 6:00 PM at the Angelika Theater.

"Puccini's Tosca is probably one of the most famous and well known opera in the Western world. This Italian production with Placido Domingo and Catherine Malfitano is simply superb: Malfitano is extremely well as Tosca, her dramatic soprano voice has always delighted me; and Domingo's Mario Cavaradossi is well played, although I'm more partial to Jose Carrera's Cavaradossi. Raimondi is excellent as the evil Scarpia, he is simply enjoying himself playing the villain. And as always, Puccini's melodic and well orchestrated music is so much a pleasure to listen." - Internet Movie Database

To RSVP for this movie, e-mail Tanisha at

Bravo 50! Concert & Gala
November 17, 2007 

flemingThe “Death by Diva!” season will mark the return of one of the most sought-after singers of our time, soprano Renée Fleming, for a special gala event celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the now-legendary Maria Callas concert that inaugurated The Dallas Opera in 1957. This Bravo 50! Concert & Gala, featuring Ms. Fleming and other guest artists, will be held Saturday, November 17, 2007 at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center located in the Downtown Dallas Arts District.

Gala ticket prices begin at $1,000 per person and include a pre-concert cocktail reception, concert with Renee Fleming, elegant seated dinner and dancing with The Hunter Sullivan Orchestra.

For more information, call Katie Buchanan at 214-443-1063 or e-mail her at


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