The Dallas Opera Confirms 2021 Spring Season, Announces Safety Protocols

By David Salazar

The Dallas Opera has confirmed its plans to move forward with the Spring edition of the 2021 season.

As previously announced, the company will open the season with “The Diving Bell and the Butterly” on March 5, followed by an abridged production of “Don Carlo,” “Le Nozze di Figaro,” and “Tosca.”

In a press release, general director and CEO Ian Derrer noted that all performances will last approximately 90 minutes and choral passages will be excised from the operas due to social distancing protocols.

“Our souls need Art in these difficult times, and our hearts, especially, are craving music. For this special season, TDO audiences will have the opportunity to be in the exceptional company of Talbot for his new opera, and our old friends Mozart, Verdi, and Puccini. We will present internationally celebrated singers in a format that will respect the safety of all. This will present some challenges, but we know that artistic quality and emotion will be present in the Winspear more than ever,” added Emmanuel Villaume, TDO’s Mrs. Eugene McDermott music director.

Moreover, there will be social distancing protocols in place with only 30 percent of the theater’s seating capacity used. Masks will be required for everyone but singers in performance; temperature checks and hand sanitizing will be mandatory for everyone that enters the theaters; special ventilation protocols will be instituted within the building, and there will be no intermissions for any performance.

Additionally, the organization noted that there will be on-demand videos of these productions for those that do not wish to attend the performances live.

Moreover, the company confirmed that the Hart Institute for Women Conductors Showcase Concert is set for Feb. 19, 2021, the National Vocal Competition will move ahead on May 1, 2021, and a concert featuring Joyce DiDonato will proceed as planned on May 10, 2021. Finally, a recital featuring Benjamin Appl will be postponed until January 2022.