backstage@theopera: The TDO Newsletter

June 8, 2012

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Opera for the Entire Family: The Sizzling Summer Edition

by Suzanne Calvin

We hope that by the time you read this, you’ve already received your brochure covering the fun-filled, free (or inexpensive) events that make up TDO’s exciting summer@theopera. And there are lots of things geared towards couples and families just like yours, including campTDO and performances of Georges Bizet’s charming Doctor Miracle for just $5 per person at Dallas Children’s Theater.

But summers are mighty long here in Texas, so, we want to lend a hand in your quest to keep the teens and tweens in your household from tweeting their thumbs off between now and Labor Day. Here’s a little list of summer opera, operetta and musical adventures that offer quality family time out of the heat, available online and elsewhere…

Read more on our blog >

Megan’s Musings

Vol. 9: Mary Dibbern

moderated by Megan Meister

I am sitting down with Mary Dibbern, who is new to the Dallas Opera musical staff. Mary will serve as our Music Director for Education and Family Programs. Mary is currently working with our young artists on the children’s opera, Jack and the Beanstalk.

Listen on our blog >

Fee-Free June is on!

This month, buy season tickets to The Dallas Opera, and we'll waive the handling fee - a $15 savings! Subscriptions start at just $75, and TDO offers 3-month interest-FREE payment plans!

The 2012–2013 Season features Verdi’s Aida, Puccini’s Turandot, and Argento’s The Aspern Papers.

From the Desk of Keith Cerny

Rivers and Deltas of Musical Time

In his fifth Off the Cuff column for TheaterJones, Keith Cerny looks at the origins of modern opera.

by TDO General Director & CEO Keith Cerny

One of our goals as a world-class performing arts organization is to present a range of repertoire, reflecting different compositional styles and time periods, all performed at the highest level of quality. Working with the Dallas Opera's artistic team on future programming, we continually strive to devise balanced seasons blending well-known, popular operas almost guaranteed to attract large audiences with more modern and contemporary work.

Everyone would agree that in the opera field, many of the works of Mozart, Verdi and Puccini qualify as "classics." But what defines a modern or contemporary work? That the work was written in the last few years? If so, how do we evaluate operas such as Daniel Catán's Il Postino, written in an idiom closely aligned with Puccini's style of a century ago? What place is there for significant works composed 80 or more years ago that are still in many ways too "modern" to appeal to a wide audience? (e.g., Schoenberg's 12-tone opera Moses und Aron, which premiered in 1951, although it was composed in 1930-32. And "Bravo!" to James Levine for having the courage to program and record this neglected work at the Met in 1999.)

Read more at TheaterJones >

Quote of the Week

“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.”

Beverly Sills


Kids Quote

“Dear Opera, I appreciate your performance here at our school. You were amazing and I hope you can come back if we have another Fine Arts Day! I’ve always wanted to sing opera! Sincerely, Kayla”

Facebook Question of the Week

In honor of Wagner’s birthday, what’s your favorite Wagner opera?

Richard Wagner


“Lohengrin. My favorite cartoon growing up was What’s Opera, Doc? In eighth grade, I stayed up to cassette tape record Lohengrin on PBS, holding the boombox to the tv speaker. I recorded the entire opera AND I still have those cassette tapes!! Wagner is my favorite composer.”

“Parsifal. Our first opera and still favorite. Nearly a dozen recordings on our CD shelves confirm this.”

“Walküre is very good. But I’m a horn player, so I’m a little biased. :)”

Join the fun on our Facebook page! >

campTDO™ is back by popular demand!


Thanks to our generous donors, in just our second summer, we are able to offer four times as many camps beginning June 18th.

We need to meet our fundraising goals before then so we have all the supplies we need for our happy campers. When you donate online before camp begins on June 18th, the Elsa von Seggern foundation will match it dollar-for-dollar. Just $10 sends one kid to camp. Your small gift makes a huge difference!

Click here to donate today — or click here to learn more about campTDO and how supporting it can land you a role on TDO’s Opening Night!

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