During the past few years, the Dallas Opera has secured its place among the best of the local arts scene. The 2014-2015 season is yet another shining example. It contains a full schedule of five productions and its third simulcast at AT&T Stadium, this one of The Barber of Seville.
The simulcast, taking place April 11, should lure thousands of people to Jerry World, just as those in 2012 and 2013 did. To provide a bit of extra enticement, as we so presciently predicted last year, the opera will be preceded by a screening of the Bugs Bunny classic, Rabbit of Seville.
As with the first two simulcasts, tickets are free, but they must be claimed through the Dallas Opera website.
The 2014-2015 season, titled as "Heights of Passion," kicks off October 24 with The Marriage of Figaro, Mozart's classic comic opera. It runs in repertory with Salome, Richard Strauss' adaptation of Oscar Wilde's play. The two alternate dates at Winspear Opera House through November 8.
After a break of a couple of months, the season resumes on January 30, 2015, with a unique double bill featuring two mountain-based operas. The first half is the final act of La Wally, an opera set in the Austrian Alps; the second half is the world premiere of Everest.
La Boheme, upon which the musical Rent is based, is the fourth production, running March 13-29, 2015. The company finishes the season with the rarely performed Iolanta by Tchaikofsky, playing April 10-18, 2015.
Hmm, that seems to leave no room for a Bugs Bunny tie-in, but we'll keep our fingers crossed.
Season tickets for the 2014-2015 season will be available starting in April; single tickets go on sale in July.