In This Issue
· The Feature:
  Dedication, in every
  sense of the word

· Special Feature
  A preview of the
  2007-2008 season

· WWG 

· Winspear Webcam

· Video Blogs:
  John Gage

· The Guild Gets A


Broadcast on WRR Classical 101.1 FM of TDO's Production of THE BARBER OF SEVILLE  Amici Night at Dallas Theater Center  Broadcast on WRR Classical 101.1 FM of TDO's Production of MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS  Broadcast on WRR Classical 101.1 FM of TDO's Production of BLUEBEARD'S CASTLE Inside The Dallas Opera - DO Shoot the Diva!Movie Screening: "Tosca" (1992)  Broadcast on WRR Classical 101.1 FM of TDO's Production of LA RONDINE  Click here to see upcoming events

oct Click here to view upcoming eventsBroadcast on WRR Classical 101.1 FM of TDO's Production of LOHENGRIN  Dallas Opera Night at Shakespeare at the Park - MacbethAmici di Opera Season Launch PartyUptown Art WalkOpera In a Box Inside The Dallas Opera - Our Golden Moment  Amici di Opera Cocktail Lecture: MACBETH





William W. Winspear

It is with tremendous gratitude and affection that the staff and members of The Dallas Opera family dedicate the upcoming 2007-2008 Season to the memory of one of the most generous benefactors the city of Dallas has ever seen.

A great many people deserve to be called a “friend of the arts” by virtue of their loyal and enthusiastic support and patronage.  Nevertheless, in the case of the late William W. Winspear, “Friend of the Arts” takes on a far deeper and more personal meaning.  Bill’s love of music and art was as central to his outlook, his intellect and personality as his devotion to his wife, children, and thirteen grandchildren. 

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 Where in the World is Graeme?


 Did you know?

Two plays that inspired a couple of the operas being performed in our upcoming season were written for the same famous turn-of-the-century actress, Sarah Bernhardt. French playwright Victorien Sardou wrote "La Tosca" for her in 1887, which she performed in Paris, and later, Anglo-Irish playwright Oscar Wilde wrote "Salome," in French, hoping she would perform the title role.  She never did but managed to keep Wilde as a friend.


0708season_blocksmallSingle tickets went on sale this week to the general public for The Dallas Opera’s 2007-2008 Season, “Death by Diva!” and the response has been tremendous! 

People are excited about the returning international stars including Ruth Ann Swenson, Rod Gilfry, Nathalie Paulin, Stephen Costello, Brandon Jovanovich, Eric Halfvarson, Indira Mahajan, Gordon Hawkins, Judith Forst, Allan Glassman and – of course – our esteemed Music Director Graeme Jenkins.

They are also thrilled to have the opportunity to witness Russian soprano Tatiana Serjan and Italian baritone Alberto Gazale in their much-anticipated American stage debut in our season opener, Verdi’s Macbeth.

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LAST MONTH'S SURVEY RESULTS: Due to the number of artists receiving great reviews all year, we are certain that every production has someone you can get excited about.  But with 39% of the popular vote, The Merry Widow's Ruth Ann Swenson has proved that her fan base is as warmly enthusiastic as the character she's portraying!



Director of Production John Gage gives Guild members a preview of the new Winspear Opera House

Members of the 2007-2008 Guild Board and Committees recently met at the Preview Center of the Dallas Center for Performing Arts.  John Gage, the Director of Production for The Dallas Opera joined the Guild for an informative talk about the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts and its many wonderful features.  He discussed the production options which will be possible in the new, state-of-the-art opera house, and the fact that two productions will run simultaneously over a two week period. 

Guild members were enthralled with the design and the many features guaranteed to add to the comfort and pleasure of Dallas Opera patrons, as they continue to enjoy top-notch productions.

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macbeth_spokenShakespeare Dallas is producing Macbeth this October to conclude it’s critically acclaimed 2007 Shakespeare in the Park series. Experience the power of Shakespeare’s spoken text on October 6th at the Samuell-Grand Amphitheatre. October 6th is Dallas Opera Night at Shakespeare in the Park. Mention at the gates that you are with the Opera and enter early at 7:00 p.m. to get the best seats in the house. Also enjoy a special pre-show discussion with a panel of artists from The Dallas Opera and Shakespeare Dallas discussing the distinct challenges of producing Macbeth as either an opera or a play.

Purchase Tickets Online at

$7 adults/$4 seniors and students. Children 12 and under are free.

Saturday, October 6th, at 7:00 PM


Samuell-Grand Amphitheatre
1500 Tenison Parkway
Dallas, Texas 75223


Come out and enjoy a beautiful evening strolling the boulevard at the fall Uptown Dallas Art Walk.  Stop by any of the participating galleries to experience intriguing art, sample appetizers from some of the finest Uptown restaurants and enjoy entertainment by the Dallas Opera, all while sipping the hottest Uptown cocktails.  All this and more can be found right on the McKinney Avenue Trolley line and it’s free, so don’t miss out!  Learn more at

WHEN: Thursday, October 11 from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 Tanisha at for more information


50th Anniversary season to be broadcast on WRR Classical 101.1 FM
Friday, August 31, 2007 - Friday, October 5, 2007


This Friday is your one and only chance to hear mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves and bass Robert Lloyd singing "Bluebeard's Castle," recorded in the superb acoustics of the Meyerson Symphony Center!

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. 

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
Click here for a map. 
Cost: FREE
RSVP: by Monday, October 1

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 

fleming2The “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 special guest star Grammy Award-winning jazz trumpeter Chris Botti, will be held Saturday, November 17, 2007 at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center located in the Downtown Dallas Arts District.

Gala ticket prices are $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.

Concert only tickets are also available and begin at $85. Click here to buy.

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

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