2017-18 Dallas Opera Season On Sale Now


The Dallas Opera is pleased to open single ticket sales for the five outstanding productions of the 2017-2018 “Motives Unmasked!” Season on Monday, July 10, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. (Central).

Single tickets starting at just $19 will be available to the general public online or, by contacting the friendly professionals at The Dallas Opera Ticket Office at 214-443-1000.  Season subscriptions are already available, beginning at $95 for all five main stage productions. 

The upcoming season of The Dallas Opera mixes classics, and an orchestral favorite, with productions on the cutting edge.

Considered by many to be the ultimate art form, each opera will feature acclaimed international artists; world-class conductors, directors and designers; the artistry of The Dallas Opera Orchestra and The Dallas Opera Chorus; superb sets and costumes; imaginative technological enhancements, and more, made possible, in part, by the generosity of our season sponsor, The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family.

“Our 61st International Season, “Motives Unmasked!” will include three beloved classics, a U.S. premiere, an exquisite concerto, and a delightful opera rarity so rare, that we believe it has only had two professional productions in this country since it originally premiered in Munich 100 years ago” explains Keith Cerny, The Kern Wildenthal General Director and CEO.

“Great opera will always speak to us, profoundly, as it entertains us.

“This season, we hope to give Dallas Opera audiences an opportunity to better understand their world through the powerful mediums of music and drama,” Cerny adds. “These five programs, filled with incredible music, remarkable storytelling, visual marvels, and unforgettable performances, will undoubtedly make good on that promise.”

Every main stage production will be presented in the magnificent Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, located at 2403 Flora Street in the heart of the Dallas Arts District.

Each of these amazing operas will be performed in its original language with English-language super titles projected above the stage for maximum enjoyment.



Samson & Dalila by Camille Saint-Saëns

October 20, 22(m), 25, 28 and November 5(m), 2017

Tenor Clifton Forbis and Russian soprano Olga Borodina—in her eagerly awaited Dallas Opera debut!—portray the doomed twosome, trapped in a love affair of biblical proportions that threatens to “bring the house down”!  This mesmerizing jewel of the French Repertoire, not seen on our stage since 1971, will be conducted by Emmanuel Villaume, The Mrs. Eugene McDermott Music Director of The Dallas Opera.

La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi

October 27, 29(m) and November 1, 4, 10 and 12(m), 2017

Revel in the excitement of 19th century Paris, from private balls to the most intimate soirees!   Easily Giuseppe Verdi’s most romantic work, this revival of a magnificent Lyric Opera of Chicago production, originally directed by Frank Galati and designed by Desmond Heeley, is a perennial crowd-pleaser.  Starring Georgia Jarman and Zach Borichevsky as Violetta and her naïve lover, Alfredo.  Conducted by Carlo Montanaro in his company debut.

The Ring of Polykrates & Violin Concerto in D Major, Op 35 by Erich Wolfgang Korngold

February 9, 11(m), 14 and 17, 2018

Revered French violinist Augustin Dumay will be the featured soloist with The Dallas Opera Orchestra for Korngold’s sweeping Violin Concerto.  Dumay is considered “an absolute master” (Fanfare) and “a violinist of remarkable individuality” (The Daily Telegraph).  Paired with Korngold’s one-act domestic comedy, The Ring of Polykrates, in this once-in-a-lifetime musical event!  The stellar ensemble cast, which includes Paul Groves, Laura Wilde, and Craig Colclough in their Dallas Opera debuts, will be directed in this brand-new production by Peter Kazaras and conducted by Emmanuel Villaume.

Sunken Garden by Michel van der Aa

March 9, 11(m), 14 and 17, 2018

Applauded by both critics and audiences as “a fantastical tale to set the ears and eyes popping” Sunken Garden, described by its creator as an “occult mystery film opera,” fuses film and live singers (including 3-D and other visual effects) to deliver what Steve Smith of The New York Times called “a bold, rewarding venture” in contemporary opera performance.  Directed by the composer, Michel van der Aa, and conducted by Nicole Paiement, The Martha R. and Preston A. Peak Principal Guest Conductor, in its U.S. Premiere; Sunken Garden stars Roderick Williams, Katherine Manley, and Miah Persson in their TDO debuts.


Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

April 13, 15(m), 18, 21, 27 and 29(m), 2018

Mozart’s hell-raising masterpiece in the most acclaimed new production of this opera in recent years.  Mariusz Kwiecień stars as the insatiable womanizer who becomes the stuff of legend.  William Burnett of Opera Warhorses writes, “Kwiecień was extraordinary, an utterly charming but lethally sociopathic bad boy” in this buzz-worthy interpretation by Robert Falls.  The all-star cast includes Laura Claycomb, Ellie Dehn, David Portillo, Kyle Ketelsen, Virginie Verrez, Craig Verm and Morris Robinson.

“One of the most satisfying perks of being a music director,” observes Maestro Villaume (who will take the podium for the season finale), “is the opportunity to conduct productions that I find of particular interest—musically, dramatically, or both.

“This season is no exception and I am thrilled to be conducting a masterpiece from the late Classical Period, a splendid example of 19th century French Romanticism, and a pair of works from the neo-Romantic Viennese School of the early 20th century.

“I sincerely hope, when you leave these performances – even if you only experience one or two—that you will feel just as passionate about opera as we do.”


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