• Fri. Mar 24th, 2023

Dallas Opera’s 2023-24 season will embody a world premiere and Strauss’ ‘Elektra’


Mar 16, 2023

Delayed two years by the coronavirus pandemic, Joby Talbot’s The Diving Bell and the Butterfly will lastly have its Dallas Opera premiere in November. The 2023-24 lineup additionally contains the corporate’s first presentation of Richard Strauss’ Elektra in 25 years.

Elektra and two viewers favorites, Puccini’s Tosca and Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet, will probably be introduced in productions new to Dallas. Music director Emmanuel Villaume will conduct all however the Gounod, which will probably be paced by principal visitor conduct Nicole Paiement. Remaining performances of all 4 operas will probably be livestreamed.

The story of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Nov. 3, 5, 8 and 11), a couple of man rendered principally motionless and speechless by a stroke, would appear unlikely for an opera. However the libretto by Gene Scheer, who additionally supplied texts for Talbot’s Everest and Jake Heggie’s Moby-Dick, tells the story by the primary character’s recollections and the reactions of different characters.

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The opera relies on a memoir by Jean-Dominique Bauby, an editor of the French style journal Elle. Was a 2007 movie directed by Julian Schnabel, it data Bauby’s willpower to dictate his life story through a system of eyeblinks laboriously recorded by a secretary.

Baritone Lucas Meachem, final seen right here within the 2022 Barber of Seville, will painting Bauby, in a solid additionally together with Sasha Cooke, Richard Croft, Deanna Breiwick, Kevin Burdette, Andriana Chuchman and Andrew Bidlack. The manufacturing will reunite stage director Leonard Foglia and set and projection designer Elaine McCarthy, who beforehand collaborated on Moby-Dick and Everest.

Primarily based on Sophocles’ tragedy, Elektra (Feb. 9, 11, 14 and 17) will function Marjorie Owens within the title function, with Angela Meade as Chrysothemis, Denyce Graves as Klytämnestra, Alfred Walker as Orest and Clifton Forbis as Aegisth. The solid for Tosca (Oct. 13, 15, 18 and 21) will embody Ewa Plonka (Tosca), Joseph Calleja (Cavaradossi) and Gihoon Kim (Scarpia).

Lengthy Lengthy and Golda Schultz will painting the star-crossed lovers in Romeo and Juliet (March 1, 3, 6 and 9, 2024), with Raymond Aceto as Friar Laurence, Eugene Villanueva as Mercutio, Andrew Turner as Tybalt, Donnie Ray Albert at Capulet, Claudia Chapa as Gertrude and Emily Sierra as Stephano.

The season’s different choices will embody a Individuals’s Selection Live performance (Oct. 7), the Titus Household Recital by tenor Lawrence Brownlee (Jan. 21, 2024), the Hart Institute for Girls Conductors Showcase Live performance (Jan. 28) and the Nationwide Vocal Competitors (March 8). Household Operas, for youngsters 3 and older, will probably be The Billy Goats Gruff (Oct. 14 and March 10, 2024) and Pépito (Nov. 12 and March 2, 2024).


Subscription renewals can be found now; new subscriptions go on sale April 19. Single tickets will probably be bought beginning July 21. Data: 214-443-1000, dallasopera.org.

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