NorthPark Center presents Dallas Opera Family Performances
NorthPark Center will present special opera performances as a part of the Dallas Opera Family Performances series.
Saturday, March 4: The Three Little Pigs by John Davies
- The Three Little Pigs is a zany, fun-filled production that conveys valuable life lessons to our youngest patrons. Based on scenes from operas by Wolfgang A. Mozart, this children’s opera tells the classic tale with an emphasis on the importance of reading and harnessing a love for learning as the three piggies do their best to keep Wolfgang Bigbad at bay. Piano accompaniment by Katya Echernaya-Oh, Education Assistant Pianist for The Dallas Opera.
Saturday, March 25: Bastien and Bastienne by W. A. Mozart
- This charming, short, fully-staged comic opera by a very young Mozart centers on a lad and lassie with remarkably similar names, who fall in love but are separated – at least briefly – by worldly enticements. The one-act opera about a shepherdess and the boy she loves was meant to serve as a gentle parody of the pastoral works that were all the rage onstage in the late 1700s, but it already displays Mozart’s uncanny ability to write vocal music that reveals his characters while delighting the audience. Featuring the talents of the outstanding Dallas Opera Orchestra led by guest conductor Jennifer Condon, this early work of the master, created when Mozart was just 12 years old, also features a wise magician with questionable skills. Does he have “something up his sleeve” that will bring this couple back together?
For the 2016-2017 Family Season, The Dallas Opera has partnered with the North Texas Food Bank. Families are welcome to bring canned vegetables or fruit, canned or dried beans, peanut or almond butter, whole grain crackers or granola bars to the performance as a donation.
All roles will be sung by graduate-level vocal performance students from Southern Methodist University and the University of North Texas, as well as young opera professionals.