Pretty Yende, Leah Crocetto, Patricia Racette Among Major Stars Of Dallas Opera’s 2019-20 Season

By David Salazar

The Dallas Opera has announced its 2019-20 season and it features some of the most diverse programming of any season announcement to date.

The proceedings kick off with Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.” The classic opera will feature Paolo Fanale, Andrea Carroll, Markus Werba, Olga Pudova, and Morris Robinson, among others. Emmanuel Villaume conducts the score in a production originally directed by Sir Peter Hall.

Performance Dates: Oct. 18, 20, 23, 26; Nov. 1, 3 (2019)

Villaume will also lead a run of Rimsky-Korsakov’s “The Golden Cockerel” with Venera Gimadieva as the Queen of Shemakha. Nikolay Didenko, Kevin Burdette, Barry Banks, Vikto Antipenkó, Jeni Houser, Corey Crider, and Lindsay Ammann, round out the cast.

Paul Curran directs and choreographs the production.

Performance Dates: Oct. 25, 27, 30; Nov. 2 (2019)

Villaume also leads concert performances of Verdi’s “Don Carlo” in a four-act version that features Robert Watson in the title role. Leah Crocetto, Jamie Barton, Mariusz Kwiecien, and Morris Robinson take on the lead roles.

Performance Dates: March 20, 22, 25, 28 (2020)

The company will also present a double bill of Stravinsky’s ballet “Pucinella” in conjunction with Poulenc’s “La Voix Humaine.” The opera will be directed and performed by Patricia Racette while Nicole Paiement conducts.

Performance Dates: April 3, 4, 5, 8 (2020)

Lucas Meachem takes on the title role of Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville” with Pretty Yende as Rosina, and Lawrence Brownlee and Xabier Anduaga rotating the Count. Riccardo Frizza conducts a production by Christopher Mattaliano.

Performance Dates: April 24, 26, 29, May 2, 8, 10 (2020)

The final (and first) opera of the season will be Bizet’s “Dr. Miracle.” The performance is being given in partnership with North Texas Food Bank. Casts will be announced at a later date.

Performance Dates: Oct. 6, 2019 and arch 21, 2020