The Dallas Opera Introduces ‘TDO Connections’ as it Returns to Stage with ‘Madama Butterfly’

By David Salazar

The Dallas Opera is set to return to the stage with a production of “Madame Butterfly.”

The production, which opens at the Winspear Opera House, on Friday, Feb. 18, 2022 will star Latonia Moore, Evan LeRoy Johnson, Kirstin Chávez, Michael Adams, Martin Bakari, Hyung Yun, and Adam Lau. Music Director Emmanuel Villaume will conduct a production directed by Laurie Feldman.

There will be additional performances on Feb. 20, 23, and 26, 2022.

“It’s such a joy to be able to bring fully staged productions back to the Winspear Opera House,” said Ian Derrer, The Kern Wildenthal General Director and CEO, in an official press statement, also noting that this production will feature “TDO Connections.” “We are also eager to share TDO Connections™ with our audiences and community as we work towards ensuring that these great pieces can be presented in less stereotyped and more inclusive ways. We are grateful to our partners in this collaboration, and look forward to sharing our discoveries.”

The initiative will provide a platform for discussion with the community about how opera and the stories it presents affect the community. In conjunction with this production of the Puccini classic, the “Connections” will focus on Orientalism and representation in collaboration with the Asian Opera Alliance; the Asian Opera Alliance, despite not originally being chosen to work on the productions, has been working behind the scenes with stage directors to ensure that the presentations of the works are respectful.

The February panel discussion will include organizations Dallas Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation, the Asian Opera Alliance, and the Black Opera Alliance.