backstage@theopera: The TDO Newsletter

February 7, 2013

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Sat 2/9 11:30a & 2:00p
Bon Appétit!  with Susan Nicely as Julia Child FREE with RSVP

Tue 2/26 6:30p
The Aspern Papers Book Club, Session 2 FREE with RSVP

Thu 2/28 11:30a
Juanita and Henry S. Miller Founders Luncheon

Tue 3/5 6:30p
Conversations with Keith FREE with RSVP

Wed 3/6 12:00p
brownbags@theopera FREE!

Sat 3/9 TBD
Inside the Dallas Opera on WRR 101.1FM

Sat 3/9 6:00p
Dallas Opera Gala featuring mezzo-soprano Susan Graham

Wed 3/20 12:00p
brownbags@theopera FREE!

Sat 3/23 11:30a
TDO Guild Vocal Competition
7:30p Finals
FREE with paid parking

Sun 3/24 3:00p
TDO Guild Opera Insights for Turandot & The Aspern Papers FREE with RSVP


Singing the Blues

by TDO General Director and CEO Keith Cerny

At TheaterJones, The Dallas Opera’s General Director and CEO Keith Cerny explores the idea that the operatic art form is addicted to the tragic.

As I have noted before in earlier installments of "Off the Cuff," opera is often defined by its stereotypes, even though these stereotypes often fail to stand up, under scrutiny.  One of the prevailing notions about opera is that it involves heroines who invariably die in tragic circumstances—whether from disease, murder or suicide—and usually taking a very long time to do it. The popular term "ABC opera" (Aida, Bohème, Carmen), subtly reinforces this perception, since all three operas involve heroines who die tragically.

Read more at TheaterJones >

Did you know? Single tickets start at $19 to see Susan Graham in The Aspern Papers!

Megan’s Musings

Vol. 16: David Pershall

moderated by Megan Meister

I am sitting down with baritone David Pershall who performed in our Family Concerts with the Dallas Opera Orchestra.

Listen on our blog >

From the Desk of TDO's Artistic Director

Doubt in Minneapolis

by TDO Artistic Director Jonathan Pell

Welcome to balmy Minneapolis/Saint Paul where the high today was –1° and the low tonight will be 18 degrees below zero!

Why did I fly up here? To attend a performance of a new opera of course!

Tonight was the third performance in the run of the world premiere of Doubt, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play and Academy Award-nominated film by John Patrick Shanley, with libretto by the author and music by Douglas Cuomo.

The reviews that I have read have been quite good, and now I know why.

Read more on our blog >

Aria of the Week

Susan Graham singing "When I am laid in earth" from Dido and Aeneas. Ms. Graham will be making her long-awaited TDO debut in April as Tina in The Aspern Papers.

Quote of the Week

“I don’t need the money, dear. I work for art.”

Maria Callas

Have you heard?

Tony Award-winning director Jack O'Brien is set to direct Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally's Great Scott starring Joyce DiDonato and commissioned by the Dallas Opera.


Shannon and Ted Skokos on the red carpet, Pursuits of Passion Opening Night, October 26, 2012.

Facebook Question of the Week

What movie would you like to see as an opera?

I was thinking Gone With The Wind! How about Dr Zhivago?

Gone with the Wind.

A Clockwork Orange.

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