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March 1, 2012

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In This Issue

The Mystery of the Lighthouse

Megan’s Musings: Kevin Moriarty

From the Desk of Jonathan Pell

Featured Events

TDO Guild presents
Insights: The Lighthouse

Sun 3/4 3:00pm

The Dallas Opera Guild
Vocal Competition

Winspear Opera House
Sat 3/10 11:30am

The Lighthouse
Wyly Theatre
Fri 3/16 7:30pm
Sat 3/17 7:30pm
Sun 3/18 2:00pm

General Director’s Roundtable

“The Importance of Arts in Education”
Winspear Opera House
Tue 3/27 6:30pm

For more information, see our Events Calendar!

Aria of the Week

Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet singing Liebestod
 from Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde

Quote of the Week

“When my enemies stop hissing, I shall know I’m slipping.”

— Maria Callas

Muppet Corner

Beverly Sills in “Pigoletto”

The World of Opera

Mozart & Bach
For better grades, try Bach in the background.

Beethoven’s music influenced by his deafness
An analysis of some of Beethoven’s music suggests he minimized high notes while his hearing was declining.

Anatomy of a tear-jerker
A clue as to why certain songs make us cry.


The Mystery of The Lighthouse

by Wayne Lee Gay

Peter Maxwell Davies

The disappearance, in December of 1900, of the staff of three keepers at a remote lighthouse in the Flannan Isles of Scotland attracted attention not only throughout the British Isles but across Europe and the English-speaking world. 

No human suspect emerged, and no logical scenario entirely explained the obvious fact that three men, presumably living their lives routinely and doing their appointed tasks, were suddenly and simply no longer where they were supposed to be, or, for that matter, anywhere else.

After an initial report from a passing vessel that the lighthouse was not operating, a follow-up investigational landing from the British lighthouse service discovered an eerily calm scene. A single upturned chair in the kitchen of the living quarters provided the only clue of any disturbance; other than that, the lighthouse and living quarters were completely in order, except for the absence of the occupants. Although a mutual accidental death on the storm-wracked coast provides the most reasonable and likely explanation, the public has, in the ensuing decades, created narratives ranging from a murder-suicide to speculation of supernatural intervention and even extra-terrestrial abduction...

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The Lighthouse is selling fast!

Less than 200 tickets available for each performance. Do you have your tickets yet? Buy online today!

Megan’s Musings

Vol. 6: Kevin Moriarty

moderated by Megan Meister

I’m sitting here with Kevin Moriarty, Artistic Director for the Dallas Theater Center and our Director for The Lighthouse which opens on Friday, March 16th. Kevin is making his Dallas Opera debut as well as this being his first time directing an opera.

Listen on our blog >

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From the Desk of Jonathan Pell

Moby-Dick on the West Coast

by TDO Artistic Director Jonathan Pell

Basking in the glowing reviews for the Dallas Opera’s extraordinary production of Tristan & Isolde, I got on a plane for San Diego to attend the west coast premiere of Moby-Dick. It was wonderful to be reunited with this magnificent work which we commissioned for the opening season of the Winspear Opera House and which premiered there in April 2010. Most of the original cast and production team had been reassembled (only Stephen Costello and Jonathan Beyer of the principal singers were unable to join the crew for this “sailing of the Pequod,” and were replaced by Jonathan Boyd and Malcolm Mackenzie, respectively). The only other major change was conductor Joseph Mechavich who has ably succeeded Patrick Summers on the podium, and the production was just as stunning as we all remember it...

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Facebook Question of the Week

Favorite opera trouser role?

“Octavian, hands down.”

“Der Rosenkavalier.”

“Octavian, Cherubino, Xerxes, Sesto, Ruggiero. In that order!!!”

This week’s question: “What’s your favorite one-act opera?” Join the fun on our Facebook page!

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