The Dallas Opera Unveils ‘OperaTruck’ Project

By Nicolas Quiroga

The Dallas Opera has announced its new “OperaTruck,” a new initiative aimed at bringing family productions to the Dallas community.

The rig will accommodate musicians and singers allowing for outdoor pop-up performances. “OperaTruck” was donated and retrofitted by Quincy Roberts, a Dallas Opera Trustee and chorus member.

“I can’t wait to see the Opera Truck in action from our communities, after a year with no performances,” said Roberts in the press release.

“We are very grateful to Quincy Roberts, for his generosity of time with TDO, Opera Truck, to bring classical music live, in an unexpected way and on a truck,” added Ian Derrer, Kern Wildenthal General Director and CEO of The Dallas Opera.

“OperaTruck” will debut with three new community partners including the First United Methodist Church Of Heath on May 8 at 2 p.m.;  the Trinity Basin Preparatory Scholl on May 15 at 2 p.m.; and St. Matthew’s Cathedral on May 23 at 3 p.m. All performances will feature one-act operas including “Jack and the Beanstalk” and “Doctor Miracle.”

Among the performers for the operas are Kayla Nanto, Janine Dworin, Prosper Makhanya, Jordan Hammons, Joy Mote, Ardeen Pierre, Tshilidzi Ndou, Davie Bogaev, and Olivia Duncan.

Each attendee to the presentations must bring their own seat to each of the presentations.

“The pandemic has been a challenge for arts organizations and has given the Dallas Opera the opportunity to get bold and creative,” said Kristian Roberts, Director of Education for The Dallas Opera.