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Did you know The Dallas Opera has been staging operas for students in the greater Dallas area for over forty years? One opera each season is selected, shortened to a more manageable length, modified to keep G-rated ears from burning and, finally, cast. The School Performances incorporate the sets and costumes from the production regular patrons enjoy; however, vocal demands make it necessary to select a different set of singers for these school day performances. A curriculum, based on the selected opera, is developed in order to train teachers and give them the materials and tools necessary to prepare their students for their special trip to The Dallas Opera which, for
most, is their first experience with this art form.
Click here to read more about the School Performances.
Director of Education Margery Anderson-Clive was hired for the 1977-1978 National Tour of Porgy and Bess (at the conclusion of the Broadway performances) as a chorus member, dancer and cover. Margery left behind a teaching job in New Jersey to join Houston Grand Opera’s tour. Her solo (behind the scrim) opened the show, accompanied by the character of Jasbo Brown at the keyboard. Mrs. Anderson-Clive says, "It was a fantastic experience and I just loved having the stage all to myself at the beginning of the opera."
For the third consecutive season, The Dallas Opera will be working, hand-in-hand, with graduate vocal performance students from Southern Methodist University’s graduate and Artist Certificate Program who are seeking new ways to expand their professional horizons. The Dallas Opera’s Emerging Artists Program encourages young, aspiring opera singers to get out there and perform, while creating a heightened awareness of The Dallas Opera in the North Texas community-at-large. This program accomplishes both parts of its mission by bringing a fresh take on opera into the classroom, the assisted living center, the library, and the nearby mall.
Here’s how it works: Qualified voice students are nominated by their music faculty prior to auditioning before a Dallas Opera representative. After discussing the student’s interests, availability and level of commitment, four candidates of various vocal types are chosen to take part in up to four performances each week (The fall tour runs from October 1, 2007 until November 16, 2007). These would include special events for The Dallas Opera Guild, Amici di Opera and other Dallas Opera outreach groups and departments.
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Please take this time to support TDO's School Performances
Your donated dollars will help bring the world of opera to over 12,000 area school children this year.
With increasing budget cuts for arts education, TDO’s Educational Series directly addresses this vital and growing need. Our program trains teachers to use a specific opera to teach core subjects using a specially developed integrated curriculum. Lessons are geared to the TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) objectives and prepare students for the standardized TAKS (Texas Assessment of Knowledge Skills) test. In March 2008 students will see Puccini’s Tosca as the culmination of their studies.
As a Friend of The Dallas Opera, your gift supplies much needed arts education to North Texas schools. Together we can build a bridge between the classroom and the arts. Join today!
50th Anniversary season to be broadcast on WRR Classical 101.1 FM
Friday, August 31, 2007 - Friday, October 5, 2007
Thanks to a thrilling collaboration between The Dallas Opera and WRR Classical 101.1 FM, listeners throughout North Texas will have an opportunity to hear every breathtaking moment of TDO's 50th Anniversary Season.
Beginning August 31, WRR will broadcast the entire 2006-2007 Dallas Opera season over six consecutive Fridays, beginning at 8:00 PM. In addition to the five regular season productions, Nabucco, The Barber of Seville, Mary Queen of Scots, La Rondine and Lohengrin, WRR also will broadcast the opera's special concert presentation of Bluebeard's Castle.
Amici di Opera Season Launch Party
October 9, 2007 - 6:30 PM
Kick off The Dallas Opera's "Death by Diva" Season with members of one of the fastest growing young professionals groups (25-45) in the city, Amici di Opera. Enjoy cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, win prizes and learn how you can become part of a remarkably diverse Arts organization.
Location: Reflection Fine Art Gallery, 2925 Fairmont Street, Dallas, TX
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RSVP:firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, October 1
Movie Screening: "Tosca" (1992)
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Please 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 email@example.com.
Bravo 50! Concert & Gala
Saturday, November 17, 2007
The “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 Renée 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 Katie@dallasopera.org.
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