Dallas Opera to present “Composing Conversations” on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts

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Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014                              Celeste Hart 214-443-1071

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THE DALLAS OPERA PRESENTS A NEW

 

“COMPOSING CONVERSATION

WITH IAIN BELL”

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Acclaimed Composer of A Harlot’s Progress;

Song Cycles:“The Undying Splendour” and

“The Hidden Place”

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In Conversation with Senior Classical Music & Opera Critic

Gregory Sullivan Isaacs of Theater Jones.com

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Thursday, March 27, 1:30 p.m.

Booker T. Washington High School

For the Performing and Visual Arts

Black Box Theater ~ Dallas Arts District

Conducted Before a Live Student Audience

 

            DALLAS, MARCH 17, 2014 – The Dallas Opera is proud to present the latest in our series of “Composing Conversations” on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Black Box Theater, 2501 Flora Street, Dallas.

The conversation, beginning at 1:30 p.m., will focus on the dynamic career of one of England’s most successful and accomplished composer-librettists, IAIN BELL. This insightful presentation will be conducted in front of a student audience, no general seating allowed.

 

           Mr. Bellis a prolific composer of vocal works whose music has been performed by some of the greatest singers of our generation at venues including London’s Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, and the Munich Opera Festival. 

           Mr. Bell’s first opera, A Harlot’s Progress, received its world premiere in 2013 at Vienna’s Theater an der Wien. It received tremendous critical acclaim with The New York Times praising the strength of Bell’s orchestral and vocal writing. His second opera, an adaptation of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol will receive its world premiere in December 2014, in Houston.

           The other half of this conversation, hosted by Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny, will be presented by the Senior Classical Music and Opera Critic for the performing arts website Theater Jones.com, Gregory Sullivan Isaacs.

            Mr. Isaacs is a composer in his own right (nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for composition), as well as an award-winning singer, conductor, musician and arts journalist who has written and reviewed for a variety of Texas publications. The conversation will explore all aspects of Mr. Bell’s working career, as well as his ideas about music, drama and theater.

 

The event will also include a performance element with a surprise guest; however this event is not open to the general public.

 

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KEY BIOS

 

COMPOSER IAIN BELL:

          

Mr. Bell’s opera A Harlot’s Progress, (libretto by British author Peter Ackroyd), was performed by a stellar cast headed by soprano Diana Damrau and baritone Nathan Gunn, and conducted by Mikko Franck, in a production by Jens-Daniel Herzog. It was described in Der Standard as “A soul devouring juggernaut” and labeled as “Cinematic, dramatic, and thrilling” in Kurier.

 

In the concert hall, he has worked with pianists including Helmut Deutsch, Roger Vignoles, Iain Burnside, and Julius Drake. Highlights include the world premiere of his song cycle “The Undying Splendour” at Carnegie Hall by tenor Alek Shrader and the UK premiere of his Queen Victoria themed “Day Turned into Night” at Wigmore Hall by Christine Rice. A recent performance of his orchestral song cycle “The Hidden Place” by Damrau and the RSO Wien conducted by Walter Kobera was recorded for broadcast.
 
In 2014, Bell’s plans include a Shakespearean song-cycle commission from and premiering at Wigmore Hall, a performance of “Day Turned into Night” at Dublin’s National Concert Hall, and the Dickens’ A Christmas Carol adaptation.

 

GREGORY SULLIVAN ISAACS:

SENIOR CLASSICAL MUSIC AND OPERA CRITIC FOR THEATER JONES.COM:

 

Gregory is a professional musician and music journalist who has held numerous musical directorships of opera, choral and symphonic organizations. In 2009, he was honored by being chosen as a fellow for the sixth annual NEA Arts Journalism Institute in Classical Music and Opera. Other honors include a Pulitzer Prize nomination in composition, a Peabody award for performance, and an ASCAP award for his commitment to American Music. He holds a Master’s degree in music from the prestigious music program at Indiana University in Bloomington. He also writes for other publications including Arts+Culture Magazine, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram and The Dallas Voice. He is a member of the Music Critics Association of North America and ASCAP.  Email: [email protected]

 

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Or for additional information

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214.443.1014 or [email protected]

 

The Dallas Opera’s 2013-2014 “By Love Transformed” Season

Is Sponsored by Texas Instruments Foundation

 

THE DALLAS OPERA WISHES TO EXPRESS ITS GRATITUDE TO OUR EXCLUSIVE PARTNERS:

 

AMERICAN AIRLINES – OFFICIAL AIRLINE OF THE DALLAS OPERA

LEXUS – OFFICIAL VEHICLE OF THE DALLAS OPERA

 

Ticket Information for the 2013-2014 Dallas Opera Season

   

            All performances are in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center.  Single Tickets starting at $19 and Flex Subscriptions are also on sale.  Family performances are $5 and are on sale now.  For more information or to make your purchase, contact The Dallas Opera Ticket Services Office at 214.443.1000 or visit us online, 24/7, at www.dallasopera.org.

 

 

THE DALLAS OPERA 2013-2014 SEASON INFORMATION

The Dallas Opera celebrates its Fifty-SeventhInternational Season in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in the Dallas Arts District. Evening performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees will begin at 2:00 p.m. unless otherwise stated.  English translations will be projected above the stage at every performance and assistance is available for the hearing impaired.

 

CARMEN by Georges Bizet

October 25 (special time, 8:00 p.m.), October 27(m), 30, November 2, 8 & 10(m), 2013

The most irresistible bad girl in opera—How can you possibly say “non”?

An opera in four acts first performed in Paris on March 3, 1875

Text by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy based on the novella by Prosper Mérimée

Time: 19th century

Place: Seville, Spain

Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume

Stage Director: Chris Alexander

Scenic Design: Jean-Pierre Ponnelle

Costume Design: Werner Iverke

Lighting Design: Thomas Hase

Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Children’s Chorus Master: Melinda Cotten

Starring: Clémentine Margaine**(Carmen), Brandon Jovanovich (Don José Oct. 25, 27, 30), Bruno Ribeiro* (Don José Nov. 2, 8, 10), Mary Dunleavy (Micaëla), Dwayne Croft (Escamillo), Danielle Pastin*(Frasquita), Audrey Babcock*(Mercédès), Kyle Albertson*(Zuniga), Steven LaBrie (Le Dancaïre), William Ferguson* (Remendado), John David Boehr*(Moralès).

 

DEATH AND THE POWERS by Tod Machover

February 12, 14, 15 & 16(m), 2014

Science fiction and poignant family drama combine in a major regional premiere!

An opera in one act first performed in Monte Carlo, Monaco at the Salle Garnier on September 24, 2010.

Text by Robert Pinsky, based on a story by Pinsky and Randy Weiner

Time: Unknown time in the future

Place: Earth, the home of billionaire Simon Powers

Conductor: Nicole Paiement

Stage Director: Diane Paulus*

Associate Director: Andrew Eggert*

Scenic Design: Alex McDowell*

Costume Design: David Woolard*

Lighting Design: Don Holder

Choreography: Karole Armitage*

Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman

Starring: Robert Orth (Simon Powers/Robot One), Joélle Harvey (Miranda/Robot Four), Patricia Risley(Evvy/Robot Three), Hal Cazalet*(Nicholas/Robot Two), Frank Kelley*(The United Way), David Kravitz*(The United Nations), Tom McNichols*(The Administration).

 

DIE TOTE STADT (“THE DEAD CITY”) by Erich Wolfgang Korngold

March 21, 23(m), 26, 29 and April 6(m), 2014

The Hitchcock-like tale of one man’s dark obsession with the woman he loved and lost.

An opera in three acts first performed in Hamburg & Cologne, Germany on December 4, 1920

Text by Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Paul Schott based on a novel by Georges Rodenbach, Bruges la morte

Time: End of the 19th century

Place: The city of Bruges in northwestern Belgium

Conductor: Sebastian Lang-Lessing*

Stage Director: Mikael Melbye*

Scenic Design: Mikael Melbye*

Costume Design: Dierdre Clancy*

Video Design: Wendall Harrington*

Lighting Design: Mark McCullough

Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman

Choreography: Matthew Ferraro*

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Starring: Mardi Byers*(Marietta), Jay Hunter Morris (Paul), Morgan Smith (Fritz), Weston Hurt (Frank), Katherine Tier*(Brigitta), Andrew Bidlack (Albert), Jan Lund**(Victorin), Jennifer Chung (Juliette), Angela Turner Wilson (Lucienne).

 

THE BARBER OF SEVILLE by Gioachino Rossini

March 28, 30(m), April 2, 5, 11 & 13(m), 2014

Figaro, a scheming barber and jack-of-all-trades plots to release a headstrong girl from her gilded cage!

An opera in two acts first performed in Rome on February 20, 1816

Text by Pierre-Augustin de Beaumarchais, from his comedy Le Barbier de Séville

Time: 18th century

Place: Seville, Spain

Conductor: Giuliano Carella*

Stage Director: Herb Kellner

Original Production: John Copley

Scenic Design: John Conklin

Costume Design: Michael Stennet

Lighting Design: TBD

Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Starring: Nathan Gunn (Figaro), Isabel Leonard*(Rosina), Alek Shrader*(Count Almaviva), Donato DiStefano (Dr. Bartolo), Burak Bilgili*(Don Basilio), Nathan De’Shon Myers (Fiorello), Christian Teague*(Ambrogio).

 

DALLAS OPERA FAMILY PERFORMANCES

Jack and the Beanstalk: October 26, 2013 and April 5, 2014

Family Concerts: November 3, 2013 and February 1, 2014

The Elixir of Love: November 9, 2013 and April 12, 2014

 

* Dallas Opera Debut

** American Debut

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The Dallas Opera is supported, in part, by funds from:  Texas Instruments Foundation, TACA, City of Dallas, Office of Cultural Affairs;the Texas Commission on the Arts and The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)American Airlines is the official airline of The Dallas Opera.  Lexus is the official vehicle of The Dallas Opera.  Advertising support from The Dallas Morning News.  A special thanks to the Elsa von Seggern Foundation for its continuing support.

 

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