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In This Issue

Putting the Flavor in Family Programming

Megan’s Musings: Dr. Miracle Production Team

From the Desk of Artistic Director Jonathan Pell

Fashion@theOpera: Geoffrey Henning

The Muppets: Classical Chicken

The World of Opera: The Guardian’s top 50 operas, and how to survive your first one

Upcoming Events

October 29th
Lucia di Lammermoor
7:30 PM

October 29th
Lucia di Lammermoor Twitter Challenge
7:30 PM

October 30th
Doctor Miracle $5 Performance
2:00 PM

November 6th
Lucia di Lammermoor
2:00 PM

November 12th
Family Concert
3:00 PM

For more information, see our Events Calendar!

Aria of the Week

Here is Luciano Pavarotti singing the aria “Tombe degli avi miei” from Lucia di Lammermoor in 1978.

You Write the Caption!

From The Marriage of Figaro. Join the fun on our Facebook page!
Photo credit Karen Almond.

Kids Quote

“Dear Opera House, Thank you for a wonderful performance of Romeo & Juliet. The music was amazing. All the opera singers sang very well. Juliet was the best. She had an amazing voice. The first scene was my favorite scene. All the characters were how I imagined them to be. I hope to see another opera soon. Sincerely Isabelle”


Putting the Flavor in Family Programming

by Suzanne Calvin

There’s something slightly sticky-sweet about the term “family programming” that tends to remind me of applesauce: pleasant, easily digestible and just as easily forgotten when you’re done. Well, that is not what our “family programming” is about at the Dallas Opera.

Beginning with this month’s sprightly new production of Georges Bizet’s Doctor Miracle, the Dallas Opera is serving families (especially those with children) a tantalizing array of offerings designed to delight the musical palate, even as they tickle our funnybones. Working closely with the prestigious music programs of the University of North Texas and Southern Methodist University, the Dallas Opera has assembled two distinct casts of exceptionally talented young singers to take this show “on the road” from the Dallas Children’s Theater to the AT&T Performing Arts Center and beyond.

Read more >

Megan’s Musings

Vol. 2: Dr. Miracle Production Team

moderated by Megan Meister

For Volume 2 of Megan’s Musings, I got to sit down with the Production Team of our new Family Opera — Doctor Miracle by Bizet — Stage Director James Hampton and Production Designer Tommy Bourgeois. As part of “National Opera Week,” this Sunday, October 30th, Doctor Miracle will be making a stop at the Winspear — tickets are just $5 and the performance starts at 2:00 PM. For tickets, please call our box office at 214.443.1000 or

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From the Desk of

Artistic Director Jonathan Pell

This is one entry in the “Summer of Opera” series Mr. Pell posted while traveling this past summer.

Jonathan Pell

I am in Adelaide, and last night was the triumphant Australian premiere of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s Moby-Dick at the State Opera of South Australia. The reviews aren’t out yet, but if the audience response is any indication, the production will be as big a hit here as it was in Dallas.

It is gratifying to see and hear all the credit that The Dallas Opera is receiving for instigating the commission of the opera and putting together this international conssortium of producing companies.

Read more >

Photo credit Karen Almond.


Geoffrey Henning
and D’Andra Simmons

First Night designer Geoffrey Henning and model D’Andra Simmons wearing the “Tragic Obsessions” inspired design on Opening Night Friday, October 21, 2011 of Lucia di Lammermoor. More beautiful designs that were inspired by the Dallas Opera’s 2011/2012 “Tragic Obsessions” Season to follow.

See more >

Muppet Corner

The Muppets: Classical Chicken
A little classical music by the chickens.

The World of Opera

The Guardian’s list of top 50 operas
A sampling of the best the opera world has to offer.

How to survive your first opera
The Guardian explains how to introduce yourself to opera for the first time.


21st Century Major Endowment Wall

The price of a ticket is just the beginning of covering the costs of presenting international caliber opera in Dallas.  The generosity of donors has been critical to the longevity and success of the Dallas Opera.  On September 28th, General Director and CEO Keith Cerny unveiled a wall honoring those who have made contributions of $2 million or more to the company in the 21st Century.  We honor their commitment and invite you to view the wall in the west lobby of the Winspear Opera House.

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