by Olin Chism
Seventeen ninety-one was a terrible year for Mozart personally, but a fabulous year for Western Music.
And, of course, The Magic Flute. It was Mozart’s last opera, completed and premiered barely two months before his death on Dec. 5th. He never knew what a worldwide success it was going to be, but he had hints: There were at least 20 performances in the short interval between its premiere and his death, and his supposed arch-rival, Antonio Salieri, praised the opera highly after attending a performance as Mozart’s guest.
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Olin Chism is a veteran classical music critic and arts writer serving the North Texas community. He currently reviews for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and KERA’s Art and Seek blog.
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I am sitting down with bass Raymond Aceto, Sarastro in TDO’s production of The Magic Flute opening on Friday, April 20th. Ray was last with TDO in last season’s critically-acclaimed production of Verdi’s Rigoletto as Sparafucile.
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From the Desk of Jonathan Pell
by TDO Artistic Director Jonathan Pell
I need a statistician to figure the odds! At last night’s opening night party following the first performance of The Magic Flute I discovered something truly extraordinary about three members of our cast.
[Last] Saturday, which happens to be the simulcast of Magic Flute to Cowboys Stadium is Caitlyn Lynch’s birthday. Caitlyn sings the role of First Lady in the production. The next Magic Flute performance is on May 4th, which turns out to be Maya Lahyani’s birthday, who sings Third Lady. The performance after that is May 6th, and that is Lauren McNeese’s birthday, who sings Second Lady!
All three of these wonderful singers are making their Dallas Opera debuts in this production. Isn’t it amazing that they were all born within a few days of each other and were born under the sign of Taurus? No wonder they make such a well-matched trio!
Click to watch a highlight reel of the simulcast performance of The Magic Flute, including the Three Ladies!
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Quote of the Week
| ||“In opera and football, you are part of a group, a team, with one common goal in mind - to perform together at a high level. Athletic competition amongst teams requires teamwork. Every person has to pull their respective weight, do their respective jobs and are held accountable for doing so if the team is to be successful.|
Same thing on stage. Each person - from the make-up artist, to the individual instrumentalists, to the conductor, the chorus, supers, principles - we all have to do our part to ensure the highest standard of artistic expression is being presented. In both, when everyone is putting forth their respective best efforts, magic happens, and the team wins.”
— Morris Robinson
Bass, TDO Debut as Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni, 2010