Dallas Opera To Present FIRST NIGHT 2019 With Dallas Zoo

By Francisco Salazar
The Dallas Opera is set to present a two-day celebration to mark the opening of the Dallas Opera’s 2019-2020 “Standing Ovation” Season: FIRST NIGHT.”
FIRST SIGHT and FIRST NIGHT 2019 are the official opening events of a season-long observance of TDO’s tenth anniversary in the internationally-acclaimed Winspear Opera House, which is set to be chaired by Kim and Greg Hext.
In a press release serving chair Kim Hext said, “In a remarkably short time, FIRST NIGHT has come to represent the quintessential Opening Night celebration with its potent combination of glamour, theatricality, great music, and fine cuisine—in a truly magical setting.”
She added, “Greg (Hext) and I were so honored to be asked to Chair this year’s FIRST SIGHT and FIRST NIGHT, coinciding with the tenth anniversary of the opening of the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House and performances of Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute.’ We would love for this season’s spectacular kick-off events to ‘raise the bar’ on the next decade of Dallas Opera Opening Weekends.”
This season’s FIRST NIGHT will see The Dallas Opera “take a walk on the wild side” and partner with the nationally-renowned Dallas Zoo, which will have special two-and-four-footed representatives present for the Opening Night festivities.
Festivities are set to begin 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019 with a red carpet entrance and private reception. The arrivals will be followed at 6:00 p.m. with a seated theme dinner carefully prepared by Wolfgang Puck Catering and Chaired by Carol and Don Glendenning.
Then the opening performance of the “The Magic Flute” will begin at 8 p.m. with  Emmanuel Villaume leading the performance.