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Monday, May 5, 2014

Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014                                 Or Celeste Hart 214.443.1071

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Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.

Horchow Auditorium, Dallas Museum of Art



            DALLAS, MAY 5, 2014 – The Dallas Opera in partnership with The Dallas Museum of Art is delighted to celebrate the final days of spring with a musical tribute to everyone’s favorite sentiment, “Love: In Mixed Musical Media.

“Music and Masterpieces,” an increasingly popular project developed by these two leading arts organizations, seeks to partner the performing and visual arts by style, era, or country of origin to create a more fully rounded understanding of both.  Experts from the field of opera and the visual arts will underscore subtle connections and define movements within the culture that influenced their creations—in addition to underscoring the way we experience these great masterpieces on canvas, in stone, or on stage today.

            Join the Dallas Opera on Saturday, May 31st at 2:00 p.m. at the DMA’s Horchow Auditorium when two critically acclaimed young artists: soprano Ava Pine and tenor Andrew Bidlack, accompanied by pianist Kate Stevens,will perform a recital that explores the various meanings of the world “love” from maternal to platonic to romantic, paired with projected selections from the DMA’s world-renowned permanent collection.  Reservations are recommended and may be made at http://dallasopera.org/rsvp/?event=dmammpine or by calling the helpful professionals in the Dallas Opera Ticket Services Office at 214.443.1000.

            The program is carefully designed to enhance a special gallery tour of representative art works; a tour that will take place immediately following the recital on Saturday, May 31st.

            Admission to the Museum is free. A Docent-led tour of the exhibit is also FREE, however, space is limited.  Tickets will not be issued in advance for the performance although you can sign-up to reserve your spot; all seating will be general admission in Horchow Auditorium. 






AVA PINE (Soprano)

Soprano Ava Pine, a native of Texas, continues to dazzle audiences and critics with her rewarding vocalism and compelling commitment to character, creating vivid and captivating portraits on stage.  Equally at home with opera, oratorio or recital, and accomplished in works ranging from baroque to contemporary, Ava brings great vocal and dramatic range to her work, as Opera News writes: “Ava Pine…all but stole the show.  By turns seductive, determined, wounded and moved, she sailed sweetly through a vast range of pitches.”  During the 2013-2014 season, Ava returns to Florentine Opera as Cleopatra in Handel’s Giulio Cesare and to Fort Worth Opera as Anna Sørensen in Puts’ Silent Night, as well as debuts with Kentucky Opera as Gounod’s Juliette and Tulsa Opera as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro. This season on the concert stage, Ava joins the San Luis Obispo Symphony for Golijov’s Three Songs for Soprano and Orchestra, returns to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra for their annual Christmas Celebration, as well as Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra for Mendelssohn’s Elijah.  Ava’s engagements during the 2012 – 2013 season included a debut with Wichita Grand Opera as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, and returns to Opera Colorado for Juliette in Roméo et Juliette and Fort Worth Opera for Marie in The Daughter of Regiment.  On the concert stage, she performed Messiah with the Kansas City Symphony, a recital of Viennese operetta for the Fort Worth Symphony’s New Year’s Eve celebration, a baroque recital with the Dallas Bach Society, and solo recitals in her hometown of Fredericksburg, Texas and as a guest artist with Texas Wesleyan University. Recently Ava debuted with Opera Colorado, singing her first Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, returned to Dallas Opera for Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, and to Fort Worth Opera for a role debut as Lysia in Adamo’s Lysistrata. She also returned to Florentine Opera as Blanca in the world premiere of Davis’s Rio de Sangre, the Fort Worth Opera for Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare, and debuted with Michigan Opera Theater as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte.  Recognized for her commitment to contemporary opera, Ava made her European debut with the BBC Symphony Orchestra as The Angel in the United Kingdom premiere of Angels in America, a role she first debuted with Fort Worth Opera. Ava spent two seasons with the Dallas Opera as the company’s first young artist in residence, and enjoys a strong relationship with the company, performing Juliette in matinees of Roméo et Juliette, Adele in Die Fledermaus, Elvira in L’italiana in Algeri, Lady in Waiting in Macbeth, Zozo in The Merry Widow, and Yvette in La rondine.



Tenor Andrew Bidlack made his Dallas Opera debut in Peter Maxwell Davies’ The Lighthouse in 2012 and returned this season to sing the role of Albert in Korngold’s Die tote Stadt.  Recent successes include his role debut as Rodrigo in Rossini’s Otello at Opera Southwest, the tenor solos in Händel’s Messiah with the Lexington Philharmonic and Tamino Die Zauberflöte at Florida Grand Opera. He appeared at Carnegie Hall for his debut with Lyric Opera of Chicago as The Young Collector in their production of A Streetcar Named Desire with Renée Fleming, a role he also sang in Chicago.  He has also appeared as Tonio in La fille du régiment with PORTopera, and Damon in Acis and Galatea at the Macau International Music Festival. Highlights of previous seasons include his New York City Opera debut as Baron Lummer in Intermezzo, and his return to Florida Grand Opera as Don Ottavio  in Don Giovanni and Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia.  In 2010, he made his South American debut as Oronte in Alcina at Teatro Municipal de Santiago in Chile.  At the Spoleto Festival in Italy, he appeared in The Saint of Bleecker Street, which was recorded and released on the Chandos label.  As an Adler Fellow at San Francisco Opera, he made his debut in The Little Prince and went on to appear as Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Count Albert in Die tote Stadt, the Simpleton in Boris Godunov and  Pedrillo in Die Entführung aus dem Serail.  











About the Dallas Museum of Art

Established in 1903, the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) ranks among the leading art institutions in the country and is distinguished by its innovative exhibitions and groundbreaking educational programs. At the heart of the Museum and its programs is its global collection, which encompasses more than 22,000 works and spans 5,000 years of history, representing a full range of world cultures.  Located in the vibrant Arts District of downtown Dallas, the Museum welcomes more than half a million visitors annually and acts as a catalyst for community creativity, engaging people of all ages and backgrounds with a diverse spectrum of programming, from exhibitions and lectures to concerts, literary events, and dramatic and dance presentations. In January 2013, the DMA returned to a free general admission policy, and launched DMA Friends, the first free museum membership program in the country.

The Dallas Museum of Art is supported, in part, by the generosity of Museum Partners and donors and by the citizens of Dallas through the City of Dallas/Office of Cultural Affairs and the Texas Commission on the Arts.


Ticket Information for the 2014-2015 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 and Flex Subscriptions are on sale 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 celebrates its Fifty-EighthInternational 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 begins one hour prior to curtain, at most performances excluding FIRST NIGHT of the season.


THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

October 24, 26(m), 29, November 1, 7 and 9(m), 2014

In a single crazy, romantic day, doors will be locked and unlocked, disguised donned, kisses exchanged and innermost hearts revealed—to some of the most memorable music Mozart ever composed.

An opera in four acts first performed in Vienna on May 1, 1786

Text by Lorenzo Da Ponte after the 1784 play La folle journée, ou Le mariage de Figaro by Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais

Time: The late 18th century

Place: Aguasfrescas near Seville, Spain, the Almaviva’s country house

Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume

Stage Director: Kevin Moriarty

Production Design: John Bury*

Lighting Design: Mark McCullough

Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman

Choreography: Joel Ferrell*

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Starring: Mirco Palazzi (Figaro), Beate Ritter** (Susanna), Joshua Hopkins (Count Almaviva), Nicole Car** (Countess Almaviva), Emily Fons (Cherubino), Diana Montague* (Marcellina), Kevin Langan (Doctor Bartolo), Doug Jones (Don Basilio), Angela Mannino (Barbarina), Adam Lau* (Antonio) and Jon Kolbet (Don Curzio).

Production Owned by Lyric Opera of Chicago


SALOME by Richard Strauss

October 30, November 2(m), 5, 8, 2014

Once in a great while, the term “over the top” doesn’t seem nearly high enough.

An opera in one act first performed in Dresden, Germany on December 9, 1905

Hedwig Lachmann’s German translation of Oscar Wilde’s French language play

Time: During the time of Jesus Christ

Place: King Herod’s palace on the Sea of Galilee

Conductor: Evan Rogister*

Stage Director: Francesca Zambello

Original Production: Francesca Zambello

Scenic Design: Peter J. Davison*

Costume Design: Anita Yavich

Lighting Design: Mark McCullough

Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Choreography: Yael Levitin*

Starring: Deborah Voigt* (Salome), Robert Brubaker (Herod), Greer Grimsley* (Jokanaan), Susan Bickley* (Herodias), Scott Quinn (Narraboth), Heather Johnson* (Herodias’Page), Bradley Garvin (First Nazarene), Grigory Soloviov* (First Soldier), Jason Grant (Second Soldier), Joseph Hu (First Jew), Jay Gardner (Second Jew), Julius Ahn* (Third Jew), Steven Haal (Fourth Jew), Patrick Guetti* (Fifth Jew), Tyler Simpson* (Second Nazarene), NaGuanda Nobles (A Slave) and Matthew Stump* (A Cappadocian).




LA WALLY by Alfredo Catalani

January 30, February 1(m), 4 and 7(m), 2015

The Climactic Final Act!

First performed in Milan, Italy on January 20, 1892

Text by Luigi Illica after Wilhelmine von Hillern’s story, Die Geyer-Wally

Time: Around the year 1800

Place: The Austrian Alps

Conductor: Anthony Barrese

Stage Director: Candace Evans

Scenic Design: TBD

Costume Design: TBD

Lighting Design: TBD

Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Starring: Latonia Moore (Wally), Carl Tanner* (Giuseppe Hagenbach) and Jennifer Chung (Walter)

A brand-new Dallas Opera production!


With EVEREST by Joby Talbot

January 30, February 1(m), 4 and 7(m), 2015

A Dallas Opera World Premiere!

Text by Gene Scheer

Time: Modern Day

Place: In the Death Zone on Mount Everest

Conductor: Nicole Paiement

Stage Director: Leonard Foglia

Scenic Design: Robert Brill

Costume Design: TBD

Video Design: Elaine J. McCarthy

Lighting Design: TBD

Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Starring: Andrew Bidlack (Rob Hall), Sasha Cooke (Jan Arnold), Kevin Burdette* (Beck Weathers) and Craig Verm* (Doug Hanson).


LA BOHÈME by Giacomo Puccini

March 13, 15(m), 18, 21, 27 and 29(m), 2015

A passionate and timeless masterpiece in a beloved period production

An opera in four acts first performed in Turin, Italy on February 1, 1896

Text by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica after Henry Murger’s novel Scènes de la vie de bohème

Time: mid-19th century

Place: The Latin Quarter of Paris, France

Conductor: Riccardo Frizza*

Stage Director: Harry Silverstein

Scenic Design: Jean-Pierre Ponnelle

Costume Design: Peter J. Hall

Lighting Design: Thomas C. Hase

Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Children’s Chorus Master: Melinda Cotton

Starring: Ana Maria Martinez (Mimi), Bryan Hymel (Rodolfo), Davinia Rodriguez* (Musetta), Jonathan Beyer (Marcello), Alexander Vinogradov* (Colline), Stephen LaBrie (Schaunard) and Stefan Szkafarowsky (Benoit).


IOLANTA by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

April 10, 12(m), 15 and 18, 2015

A rarely performed Tchaikovsky gem, set in Medieval Provence!

First performed in St. Petersburg, Russia on December 18, 1892

Text by Modest Tchaikovsky based on the Danish play King Rene’s Daughter by Henrik Hertz

Time: The 15th century

Place: Provence, a mountainous region in Southern France

Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume

Stage Director: Christian Räth

Scenic Design: TBD

Costume Design: TBD

Video Design: Elaine J. McCarthy

Lighting Design: Thomas C. Hase

Wig & make-up Design: David Zimmerman

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom

Starring: Ekaterina Scherbachenko* (Iolanta), Sergei Skorokhodov* (Count Vaudémont), Joanna Mongiardo* (Brigitta), Lauren McNeese (Laura), Tamara Mumford* (Marta), Andrei Bondarenko** (Robert, Duke of Burgandy), Mikhail Kolelishvili (Renè, King of Provence), Andrew Bidlack (Alméric), Vladislav Sulimsky** (Ibn-Hakia) and Jordan Bisch (Bertrand).



* Dallas Opera Debut

** American Debut


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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