backstage@theopera: The TDO Newsletter

October 18, 2012

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Marcello Giordani in Concert with Conductor Evan Rogister

Why Your Donation Is So Important

We are so thankful for our Friends of The Dallas Opera. Not only do our donors support the opera on the stage, but these contributions literally bring music to our kids and area schools and curriculums. 

We wanted to share some thoughts from children who recently saw TDO’s Doctor Miracle at Silberstein Elementary.

Original artwork inspired by Doctor Miracle
Emeralda G., 4th grade

“Thank you for coming to our school because I never seen an opera before and now I know how great it is.” —Aleida M., 5th grade

“I have never heard such wonderful voices in my life.” —Maria G., 3rd grade

“It was the best show I have ever seen.” —Gizelle, 3rd grade

“I want to see it again, and again and again.” —Christian C., 4th grade

“I like your voice, it made me clap as hard I can.” —Jonathan M., 4th grade

“Thank you so much for coming to our school. Y’all are cool.” —Adrian, 3rd grade

“I hope you come again to my school and I will be waiting for you to come again.” —Perla S., 5th grade

Your gifts help make TDO education programs, like Doctor Miracle, happen. Please give the gift of opera to children in our community today. Become a Friend and Donate today.

Thank you for all you do for The Dallas Opera.

Megan’s Musings

Vol. 14: Lester Lynch

moderated by Megan Meister

I am sitting down with baritone Lester Lynch, Amonasro, King of Ethiopia in Dallas Opera's recent production of Aida. Lester was last with the Dallas Opera in 2008 as Crowne in the critically-acclaimed production of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.

Listen on our blog >

Offer only good through 12/6/2012. Discount can be applied with promo code 17165 if not entered automatically. Offer cannot be combined with any other offer. Valid on new orders only.

From the Desk of TDO's Artistic Director

Jonathan Pell: Chicago

by TDO Artistic Director Jonathan Pell

I sat at the gate in an airplane for two and a half hours this morning at DFW hoping my flight would be cleared to take off for Chicago.  High winds had slowed air traffic into O’Hare and I had auditions scheduled this afternoon with eleven young singers from the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Center and a ticket for this evening’s performance of Elektra.

After the announcement of a second delay I began to think that I would have to get off and give up, but we finally pulled away from the gate after some of the passengers who had left the plane re-boarded and I arrived in Chicago without further incident.

The auditions were good and I was happy to have the chance to once again hear soprano Kiri Deonarine, who won the Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition in 2010. She was supposed to make her Dallas Opera debut next season, but I agreed to release her from her commitment to sing a very small role with us so that she can make her Metropolitan Opera debut in a more significant part.

Read more on our blog >

Quote of the Week

“Music takes us out of the actual and whispers to us dim secrets that startle our wonder as to who we are, and for what, whence, and whereto.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Kids Quote

“Some people think music education is a privilege, but I think it's essential to being human.”

Jewel, singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist

Today in History


Maria Callas opened the Dallas Civic Opera's first season with a concert on November 21, 1957.


Designer Paulette Martsolf and models Alexandra Hicks, Rhonda Marcus, Jennifer Brickman Roberts as Aida's entourage on the red carpet, Pursuits of Passion Opening Night, October 26, 2012.

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