The 2019–20 season of the Dallas Opera will mark the company’s 10th season at the Winspear Opera House, which inspires in part the theme of Standing Ovat10n, which includes four full-scale productions, a double-bill of two one-act operas and specials.
Music director Emmanuel Villaume will conduct the first three of operas, with the season kicking off on Oct. 18 with Mozart’s Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute), and continues through Nov. 3, in a production originally directed by Sir Peter Hall. That will be in rep with Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Golden Cockerel (Oct. 25–Nov. 2). The co-production with the Santa Fe Opera is about “someone with a lot of power and ego but who doesn’t know how to use it,” Villaume said at the announcement ceremony, triggering titters from the audience.
The season will then return in 2020 with Villaume holding the baton for Verdi’s Don Carlo (March 20–28). It will be followed by a double bill of two operas that contrast which each other, “which is what you want from a double bill.” Pulcinella is a ballet-focused one-act from Stravinsky, commissioned in 1020 by Diaghilev, for its centenary, with Dallas Black Dance Theatre participating. Nicole Paiement will conduct. The second production will be La Voix Humaine (The Human Voice), a one-person drama as we hear one side of a phone call, starring and directed by gay soprano Patricia Racette. They will perform April 3–8. The season will conclude with Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, April 24–May 10.
In addition, legendary tenor Placido Domingo — who made his American debut with the Dallas Opera nearly six decades ago opposite Joan Sutherland in Lucia di Lammermoor — will return for a vocal concert conducted by Villaume on March 11, 2020.
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— Arnold Wayne Jones