backstage@theopera: The TDO Newsletter

January 14, 2013

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Sat 1/12 TBD
Inside the Dallas Opera on WRR 101.1FM FREE!

Tue 1/22/13 6:30p
Composing Conversations with Dominick Argento FREE!

Sat 1/26/13 2:00p
Jack and the Beanstalk

Sun 1/27/13 2:00p
Music & Masterpieces in partnership with the DMA featuring Twyla Robinson FREE!

Tue 1/29/13 6:30p
The Aspern Papers Book Club FREE with RSVP

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Family Concert

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Marcello Giordani in Concert with Conductor Evan Rogister

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Bon Appétit!  with Susan Nicely as Julia Child FREE with RSVP


Opera Dreams Coming True

by TDO Artistic Director Jonathan Pell

At TheaterJones, The Dallas Opera’s artistic director Jonathan Pell writes on nurturing talent and introducing faces and voices to North Texas in 2012.

The year 2012 at the Dallas Opera showed incredible momentum, from start to finish, with the announcements of two thrilling new commissions (Great Scott, to be composed by Jake Heggie with a libretto by multiple Tony Award-winner Terrence McNally—and Everest, to be composed by Joby Talbot with a libretto by Gene Scheer), a history-making Cowboys Stadium simulcast of Mozart's The Magic Flute, and a reinvigorated education and community outreach program which included new family concerts and performances, as well as a brand-new production of Jack and the Beanstalk (based on music by Sir Arthur Sullivan) in partnership with Dallas Children's Theater.

For me, however, the year just ending was defined by two major impulses: this company's continued commitment to discovering and nurturing emerging talent, and exploiting the many extraordinary technological advances in stagecraft.

Read more at TheaterJones >

Did You Know? Single tickets start at $19 - or you can buy a 2-Opera Package and save 20% over single ticket prices!

Megan’s Musings

Vol. 15: Amanda Crider

moderated by Megan Meister

I am sitting down with mezzo-soprano Amanda Crider who sang Flora in last year's crowd favorite La traviata. Amanda is performing in our TDO Family Concert with the Dallas Opera Orchestra on Saturday, February 2nd. Tickets are on sale now and are just $5!

Listen on our blog >

From the Desk of TDO's General Director

Off the Cuff: Puccini’s Golden Dozen

by TDO General Director Keith Cerny

Having spent an exhilarating Christmas in beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico, ”back at the ranch,” I noted in last month’s “Off the Cuff” that Giacomo Puccini’s three most popular operas hold the second, fifth and seventh slots in Operabase’s list of most performed operas.

His fourth most popular opera, Turandot, comes in at a very respectable No. 16. These operas are such a consistent hit with audiences across the globe that over the last 15 years I have been asked numerous times by Board members of half a dozen different opera companies, “Why aren’t we doing more Puccini?” In fact, some have gone so far as to suggest that an entire season be constructed entirely of his late-19th and early-20th-century masterpieces.

Read more at TheaterJones >

Quote of the Week

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.”

Victor Hugo

Kids Quote

“Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.”

Albert Einstein

Today in History


On December 22, 1858, Giacomo Puccini was born in Lucca, Italy.


Jason and Laura Downing on the red carpet, Pursuits of Passion Opening Night, October 26, 2012.

Facebook Question of the Week

What musical moment moves you?

The prelude of La Traviata, and the final trio in Der Rosenkavalier!

Fanfare for the Common Man, Copeland

The end of Götterdämmerung. I cry every time I hear it.

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The World of Opera

Mezzo Denyce Graves talks about listening to Puccini for the first time

"Beyond 'Les Miz': Three Operas Based on Victor Hugo Novels

The Barber of Seville is an opera for everyone

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