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The Dallas Opera Announces New Chrous Director & Head of Music


The Dallas Opera has announced the appointment of Paolo Bressan as its next Chorus Director and Head of Music beginning with the 2024-25 Season. Bressan has been an associate conductor with TDO since 2015, and this season conducted Family performances of Pépito and the National Vocal Competition. He also served as assistant conductor for this season’s productions of “Tosca,” “The {…}

News, Streaming

Patricia Racette, Lucas Meachem, Marjorie Owens, Nicholas Brownlee Headline The Dallas Opera’s 2024 Streaming Slate


The Dallas Opera has announced that it will be releasing free digital streams of its recent productions over the course of the next six months. First up is “Rigoletto” from 2022, directed by Tomer Zvulun and starring George Gagnidze, Madison Leonard, and René Barbera. Emmanuel Villaume conducts. Streaming Dates: April 1 – May 31, 2024 Then comes “Hansel and Gretel,” also {…}


Navasard Hakobyan Wins The Dallas Opera’s National Vocal Competition 2024


The Dallas Opera has announced the winners of its National Vocal Competition. Taking home first place was baritone Navasard Hakobyan. The Armenian singer is a second-year artists of Houston Grand Opera’s Butler Studio and won first prize at the 2022 Eleanor McCollum Competition Concert of Arias. He has performed at the Houston Grand Opera in “Madama Butterfly,” “La Traviata,” and {…}


Xabier Anduaga, Benjamin Appl, Madison Leonard & Yaritza Véliz Lead The Dallas Opera’s 2024-25 Season


The Dallas Opera has announced its 2024-25 season. Mainstage Opera The season opens with Verdi’s “La Traviata”  featuring Chilean soprano Yaritza Véliz, Spanish tenor Xabier Anduaga,  and baritone Alfredo Daza. Louisa Muller directs and Iván López Reynoso conducts. Performance Dates: Oct. 18-27, 2024 Claude Debussy’s “Pelléas and Mélisande” will be conducted by Ludovic Morlot and will star Benjamin Appl, Lauren {…}


The Dallas Opera Announces Nine Finalists for Dallas Opera National Vocal Competition


The Dallas Opera has announced the nine finalists of the Dallas Opera National Vocal Competition. The finals, which will be held on March 8, will showcase soprano Katerina Burton, soprano Adia Evans, soprano Elisa Sunshine, mezzo-soprano Lisa Marie Rogali, countertenor Cody Bowers, tenor Matthew Cairns, baritone Navasard Hakobyan, baritone Yeongtaek Yang,  and bass-baritone Jongwon Han. Finalists will be accompanied by {…}


Marjorie Owens Leads The Dallas Opera’s ‘Elektra’


The 2023-24 season continues at The Dallas Opera with Strauss’ “Elektra.” The production, which is set to be performed between Feb. 9 and Feb. 17, 2024, will feature soprano Marjorie Owens in the iconic title role, soprano Angela Meade as Chrysothemis, baritone Alfred Walker as Orest, and mezzo-soprano Jill Grove as Klytämnestra. The Dallas Opera’s production from the Lyric Opera {…}


The Dallas Opera Announces Two Major January Performances


The Dallas Opera has announced its programming for January 2024. First up is the Robert E. and Jean Ann Titus Family Recital featuring Lawrence Brownlee alongside pianist Myra Huang at Moody Performance Hall. They present music by Owens, Evans, Marx, Simon, Barnes, Spencer, Sneed, Okpebholo, and Thompson. Performance Date: Jan. 21, 2024 Then comes the Hart Institute for Women Conductors Showcase {…}

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The Dallas Opera to Team Up with Dallas Mavericks


The Dallas Opera is teaming with the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks for a series of education and community engagement programs. The goal of the partnership is to “help both organizations build better communities in northeast Texas, and achieve more equitable arts access for the next generation.” “Our Dallas Mavericks brand is bigger than basketball,” said Gail O’Bannon, Dallas Mavericks Chief DEI {…}


Lucas Meachem Leads The Dallas Opera’s ‘The Diving bell and the Butterfly’


(Credit: Kyle Flubacker) The Dallas Opera is set to present the world premiere of “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.” The opera by composer Joby Talbot and librettist Gene Scheer will star baritone Lucas Meachem and mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke. The cast will also include tenor Richard Croft, soprano Deanna Breiwick, bass Kevin Burdette, soprano Andriana Chuchman, tenor Andrew Bidlack, soprano Jocelyn {…}