THE DALLAS OPERA REMINDS YOU, THERE’S JUST ONE MONTH LEFT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 12 MONTHS OF KINDNESS

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Monday, November 16, 2015

THE DALLAS OPERA REMINDS YOU, THERE’S JUST
ONE MONTH LEFT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE
12 MONTHS OF KINDNESS
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All Proceeds Benefit
BECOMING SANTA CLAUS
In Memory of Chloe Shea
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“PHOTOS WITH SANTA”
November 21, 2015 in the Winspear Opera House
12:30-1:30 p.m. and 3:00-4:00 p.m.
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“FASHION FOR KINDNESS”
November 29, 2015 in the Ritz Residences, Dallas
1:00-2:00 p.m. Fashion Show & Reception
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“READING FOR KINDNESS”
December 19, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.
Bookmarks Branch of Dallas Pub. Library at NorthPark
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BECOMING SANTA CLAUS Coloring Book Available at All
“12 Months of Kindness” events and world premiere performances
DALLAS, NOVEMBER 16, 2015 – The Dallas Opera wants to remind you that we are
approaching the final month of the “12 Months of Kindness” campaign, designed to support
the upcoming world premiere production of Mark Adamo’s BECOMING SANTA CLAUS,
opening on Friday, December 4th at 7:30 p.m. in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at
the AT&T Performing Arts Center.
Both the new holiday-themed opera and the campaign are dedicated to Chloe Shea, who
passed away before her fourth birthday, following a ten-month struggle with brain cancer.
The 12 Months of Kindness Committee has focused on sharing opportunities to give back
to other families, all year long, while raising awareness and support for BECOMING SANTA
CLAUS.
Coat drives, sock drives, toy drives, and other philanthropic efforts have been key
components of each “12 Months of Kindness” event. These events have involved the whole
family, from two-year-olds to teenagers, instilling an understanding and appreciation for
philanthropy and kindness.
To date, the Committee has raised $79,000 for BECOMING SANTA CLAUS in memory
of Chloe Shea, and is on track to meet its $100,000 goal.
To learn more or register for an upcoming event, visit:
www.dallasopera.org/kindness
“PHOTOS WITH SANTA”
Saturday, November 21, 2015
12:30-1:30 p.m. and 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Winspear Opera House, 2nd Floor Lounge
$20 donation for a photo with Santa to take home
Act of Kindness: A non-perishable food pantry item for the North Texas Food Bank
“FASHION FOR KINDNESS”
Sunday, November 29, 2015
1:00-2:00 p.m. Fashion Show and Reception
The Ritz Residences
$20 donation for children under 12 to participate in fashion show
(Child must arrive in favorite holiday outfit at 12:30 p.m.)
$10 donation per person to attend fashion show
Act of Kindness: An unwrapped, new toy for “Toys for Tots”
All proceeds benefit Becoming Santa Claus in memory of Chloe Shea.

“READING FOR KINDNESS: BECOMING SANTA CLAUS Coloring Book Reading”
Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.
The Bookmarks Branch of the Dallas Public Library, NorthPark
A Celebrity Guest Reads this 22-page Coloring Book, Attendance is FREE
The Dallas Opera has created a special coloring book, Becoming Santa Claus, to be
distributed to children’s hospitals in advance of the December 6th simulcast. Dallas-area high
school art students submitted designs earlier this year, to be incorporated into this unique
coloring book. Their original creations will be exhibited in the Winspear Lobby throughout
these performances. The Becoming Santa Claus coloring book will also be available at every
performance of this world premiere production – and at all “12 Months of Kindness” events – for
a donation of $20 per book.
THE 12 MONTHS OF KINDNESS COMMITTEE
Maile Shea, Chair
Carrie Ellen Adamian
Yasmin Bhatia
Jennifer Blankenship
Milene Carvalho
Alise Cortez
Ashley Crump
Veronica Diaz
Mimi Edmonds
Jennifer Franklin
Belinda Hancock
Molly Lang
Patricia de Leon
Sarah Little
Rhonda Marcus
Catherine Nettune
Melanie Schoenvogel
Sarah Shaw
Shenley Smith
Stacie Whitley

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS, 2015-2016 SEASON SPONSOR FOR THE
DALLAS OPERA’S “SEEKING THE HUMAN ELEMENT” SEASON
Ticket Information for the 2015-2016 Dallas Opera Season
All performances are in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center
unless otherwise described. Single Tickets range from $19 to $275. Flex Subscriptions are on sale now
starting at $75. Family performance tickets are just $5. 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 2015-2016 FALL SEASON INFORMATION
The Dallas Opera celebrates its Fifty-Ninth International 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 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. The
Joy and Ronald Mankoff Pre-Opera Talk will begin one hour prior to curtain, at most performances
excluding FIRST NIGHT of the season.
GREAT SCOTT by Jake Heggie
October 30, November 1(m), 4, 7 & 15(m), 2015
A Thrilling Dallas Opera World Premiere!
Libretto by Terrence McNally*
Time: Present Day
Place: A Major American City
Conductor: Patrick Summers
Stage Director: Jack O’Brien
Set and Costume Designer: Bob Crowley
Lighting Designer: Brian MacDevitt*
Projections Designer: Elaine J. McCarthy
Wig & make-up Designer: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Joyce DiDonato* (Arden Scott) (The Marnie and Kern Wildenthal Principal Artist) Ailyn Pérez
(Tatyana Bakst), Frederica von Stade (Mrs. Edward “Winnie” Flato), Nathan Gunn (Sid Taylor), Anthony
Roth Costanzo* (Roane Heckle), Kevin Burdette (Eric Gold/The Ghost of Bazzetti), Rodell Rosel*
(Anthony Candolino), Michael Mayes* (Wendell Swan).
A Brand-New Dallas Opera Production!
TOSCA by Giacomo Puccini
November 6, 8(m), 11, 14, 20 & 22(m), 2015
A passionate and timeless masterpiece in a beloved period production
An opera in three acts first performed in Rome, Italy on January 14, 1900
Text by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa after Victorien Sardou’s 1887 French-language play, La Tosca
Time: Early 19th century
Place: Locations in and around the City of Rome
Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume
Stage Director: Ellen Douglas Schlaefer*
Set and Costume Designer: Ulisse Santicchi
Lighting Designer: Marie Barrett
Wig & make-up Designer: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Children’s Chorus Master: Melinda Cotten
Starring: Emily Magee (Floria Tosca), Giancarlo Monsalve* (Mario Cavaradossi), Raymond Aceto
(Baron Scarpia), Ryan Kuster (Angelotti), Dale Travis* (A Sacristan), William Ferguson (Spoletta), Wes
Mason (Sciarrone).
One of The Dallas Opera’s Most Popular!
BECOMING SANTA CLAUS by Mark Adamo
December 4, 6(m), 9 & 12, 2015
An Eagerly Awaited Dallas Opera World Premiere!
Libretto by the composer, Mark Adamo.
Time: Now
Place: An Elven kingdom in the far, far north; also, the stable of the first Christmas
Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume
Stage Director and Choreographer: Paul Curran
Set and Costume Designer: Gary McCann*
Lighting Designer: Paul Hackenmueller*
Projections Designer: Driscoll Otto*
Wig & make-up Designer: David Zimmerman
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Jennifer Rivera* (Queen Sophine), Jonathan Blalock (Prince Claus), Matt Boehler* (Donkey),
Hila Plitmann* (Yan), Lucy Schaufer* (Ib), Keith Jameson (Yab), Kevin Burdette (Ob).
Another New Dallas Opera Production!
* 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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