Curtain call

Dallas Opera patrons give warm 'welcome back' to new general director

Dallas Opera patrons give warm 'welcome back' to new general director

Allan McBee, Ian Derrer, Lynn McBee
Allan McBee, Ian Derrer, Lynn McBee Photo by WJNPHOTO
Tassio Carvalho and Virginia Mudge
Tassio Carvalho, Virginia Mudge Photo by WJNPHOTO
Ian Derrer
Ian Derrer is formally introduced to patrons. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Ian Derrer
Guests get to know the new opera director. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Jonathan Joselove
Jonathan Joselove Photo by WJNPHOTO
Allan McBee, Ian Derrer, Lynn McBee
Tassio Carvalho and Virginia Mudge
Ian Derrer
Ian Derrer
Jonathan Joselove

What: Dallas Opera "Welcome Home" Reception

Where: The home of Allan and Lynn McBee

The 411: While torrential rains pelted most of Dallas-Fort Worth on September 6, special friends of The Dallas Opera gathered in the warm glow of Lynn and Allan McBee’s 1917 Park Cities home to welcome — or, rather, "welcome back" — Ian Derrer as the opera's general director and CEO.

Derrer, a graduate of SMU's Meadows School of the Arts, has returned to Dallas after two seasons as general director of Kentucky Opera. He previously served as Dallas Opera's director of artistic administration after launching his career there in the 1990s.

At the reception, guests sipped bubbly and noshed on bites catered by Abraham Salum, including shrimp brioche rolls, salt and pepper-cured beef tenderloin on crostini, and bacon-wrapped dates with blue cheese.

Lynn McBee welcomed guests and presented Derrer to the group. Dallas Opera personnel acknowledged that during his career, Derrer has earned acclaim in the classical music community for his diplomatic skills, openness, inclusiveness, his passion for great singing, and his keen interest in other people — all attributes needed to propel the city's opera company into the future.

Who: Tassio Carvalho, Jonathan JoseloveVirginia MudgeMary McDermott Cook, Alice Bass, Cindy and Charlie Feld, Enika and Richard Schulze, Laura and Mark Flagg, Holly and Tom Mayer, Dianne and Mark LaRoe, Kathy and John Ward, and Susan and Dr. Mark Geyer.

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