Lucas Meachem, Jamie Barton & Joyce DiDonato Highlight Dallas Opera’s 2020-21 Season

By Francisco Salazar
(Credit: Cory Weaver/The Dallas Opera)

The Dallas Opera has announced its 2020-21 season celebrating its 64th season. This season will showcase five main stage productions and a number of concerts. Here is a look.

Main Stage

The season opens with Mozart and Da Ponte’s “Le Nozze di Figaro.” Emmanuel Villaume conducts a new production by Kyle Lang. The  production is set to star Andrei Bondarenko, Golda Schultz, Phillippe Sly, Sara Gartland, Virginie Verrez, Kevin Burdette, Lucy Schaufer, David Cangelosi, Blake Friedman, and Jocelyn Hansen.

Performance Dates: Oct. 9-25, 2020

Wagner’s “Lohengrin” returns to Dallas in a new production by internationally-acclaimed French director/designer Louis Désiré with Gwyn Hughes Jones in the title role and acclaimed soprano Anne Schwanewilms. Emmanuel Villaume conducts the producton which also stars Stefan Kocan, Mark Delavan, and Catherine Martin.

Performance Dates: Oct. 30-Nov. 7, 2020

Joby Talbot and Gene Scheer will present the world premiere of their new opera “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.” The world-premiere will be conducted by TDO Music Director Emmanuel Villaume and directed by Leonard Foglia, who reunites the successful design team of Robert Brill (set design), David C. Woolard (costume design), and Elaine J. McCarthy (projection design) that provided the unforgettable visual impact of “Everest.”

The opera will star Lucas Meachem, Richard Croft, Clifton Forbis, Sasha Cooke, Andriana, Deanna Breiwick, Andrew Bidlack, and Jocelyn Hansen.

Performance Dates: March 5-13, 2021

Gluck and Calzabigi’s “Orfeo ed Eurdice” returns to the stage with Lidiya Yankovskaya conducting a new production by Chas Rader-Shieber. The cast stars Jamie Barton in her acclaimed turn as Orfeo, Madison Leonard, and Gabrielle Gilliam.

Performance Dates: April 9-17, 2021

Jennifer Rowley brings her acclaimed turn in Puccini, Illica, and Giacosa’s “Tosca” to the Dallas stage. Keri-Lynn Wilson conducts the production by Jose Maria Condemi. The cast also stars Gianluca Terranova and Ambrogio Maestri.

Performance Dates: April 16-May 2, 2021

Season Events 

The Opening Night will include an Exclusive Pre-Performance Dinner and After Party with the Cast of “The Marriage of Figaro.”

Event Date: Oct. 9, 2020

Joyce DiDonato stars in “VIVA DIVA!” which will be a gala concert featuring Jake Heggie’s song cycle, Camille Claudel: Into the Fire (composed for the artist), ”The Death of Cleopatra” by Berlioz, and two works by Beethoven in celebration  for the composer’s 250th Birthday celebration. Music Director Emmanuel Villaume conducts the evening.

Performance Date: Nov. 6, 2020

Benjamin Appl will showcase an art song recital with some of his favorite works in the repertoire.

Performance Dates: Jan. 31, 2021

The Hart Institute for Women conductors will showcase six of the world’s most promising conductors—all of them women.

Performance Dates: February 19, 2021 

The Dallas Opera will showcase its annual National Vocal competition displaying some of the most promising voices in the industry.

Performance Dates: May 1, 2021

Family Performances

Bizet, Battu, and Halévy’s “Doctor Miracle” will be presented with Production Designs by Tommy Bourgeois and featuring The Dallas Opera Orchestra.

Performance Dates: Oct. 24, 2020 & March 6, 2021

John Davies with Music by Sir Arthur Sullivan ‘s “Jack and the Beanstalk” in a brand new Dallas Opera production.

Performance Dates: Oct. 10, 2020 & March 27, 2021