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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Dallas Opera Season Announcement

Dallas Opera announced the other day; they're calling the season "Seeking the Human Element." (I don't understand; isn't all of opera about the human element?) Anyway, here it is:
  • Great Scott, world premiere. Jake Heggie, libretto by Terrence McNally; Oct. 20 - Nov. 15.  Summers/DiDonato, Perez, von Stade (!), Gunn, Roth Costanza.
  • Tosca, Puccini. Nov. 6-22.  Villaume/Magee, Monsalve, Aceto.
  • Becoming Santa Claus, world premiere. Mark Adamo, libretto by Mark Adamo; Dec. 4-12. Villaume/Rivera, de Leon, Boehler.
  • Manon, Massenet. March 4-12. Jenkins/Perez, Costello, Crossley-Mercer. Production by David McVicar.
  • Show Boat, Kern. April 15-May 1. Villaume/Churchman, M.T. Simpson, Cambridge, M. Robinson, A. R. Simpson, Teeter, Gold
Great Scott looks promising, between the plot (involving the premiere of a lost bel canto opera), cast, and composer. Show Boat is the same production we had in S.F.

7 comments:

John Marcher said...

Great Scott does look interesting, especially with DiDonato in the premiere, but"Becoming Santa Claus"?

wtf!?!

One can only hope it's part of a planned trilogy that will eventually be followed by "The Easter Bunny on the Couch" and "The Tooth Fairy Makes Amends."

Lisa Hirsch said...

I'm just hoping that Santa is better than...well, you liked Mary Magdalen better than I did.

Patrick J. Vaz said...

To me, "Becoming Santa Claus" seems like a basically good idea: I assume it is an attempt to give opera companies their equivalent of Nutcracker/Messiah/Christmas Carol, and it fits into the backstory/alternative-narrative stories (like Wicked, or some of the recent Disney movies like Malificent) that are currently popular. And maybe it's also an attempt to write an opera that will appeal to children?

So I think the basic idea (or my assumptions about the basic idea)is good. Final word comes on stage, of course.

Lisa Hirsch said...

That's certainly one possible angle, though I am under the impression that the world's most-performed opera, La Boheme, fills that role, more or less. It is even seasonal!

John Marcher said...

I had the same thought as Patrick as far as intent, but I have mixed feelings about creating such a specifically targeted work (if that is indeed what it turns out to be) unless it is a children's opera.

Maybe there's a connection to Mary Magdalene?

Lisa Hirsch said...

After Jesus's death she becomes Santa Claus, you mean?

John Marcher said...

You got it ;)