The Dallas Opera, which is in the midst of a reduced season that will see only three main operas, announced Tuesday its return to a full slate for its 2013-2014 season. Their choice of setting for the announcement, Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, was no accident, because the stadium will once again host a simulcast of an opera, an April 2013 performance of Turandot.
The opera's 57th season, collectively titled "By Love Transformed," will feature four mainstage operas at Winspear Opera House, starting with Carmen on October 25. Carmen, which will run through November 10, is one of two classic operas the company will present; the second is The Barber of Seville, running March 28-April 13, 2014.
The simulcast of Turandot at Cowboys Stadium on April 13 will be the second time TDO has presented one of its operas there.
The two classics will be joined by the fourth-ever set of performances for the new Death and the Powers, a one-act opera that will extend its reach beyond the walls of the Winspear. As the opera, running February 12-16, 2014, delves into the world of science fiction and robots, TDO will work in conjunction with the Perot Museum of Nature and Science to produce a variety of related works. These will include a special exhibit at the museum and a series of lectures, demonstrations and workshops, among other things.
The final mainstage production will be the Dallas premiere of the German opera Die Tote Stadt (The Dead City), running March 21-April 6, 2014. TDO will also cater to those who prefer their operas in English with four English-language performances of this important 20th century work running April 14-28, 2014.
The simulcast of Turandot at Cowboys Stadium on April 13 will be the second time TDO has presented one of its operas there, following a March 2012 performance of The Magic Flute that drew more than 15,000 people. The event will be free and open to the public, and it will be preceded by the classic Warner Bros. cartoon, What's Opera, Doc?
One can only hope that TDO will simulcast a performance of The Barber of Seville at Cowboys Stadium in 2014, as that will allow them to tie in yet another Bugs Bunny classic, Rabbit of Seville.