For some Dallasites cooler weather means the return of football, sweaters, and pumpkin spiced everything. For opera fans, however, it means the return of harrowing romances, tragic misunderstandings, and hilarious antics set to dramatic musical scores. This year the Dallas Opera promises its 2018-2019 season will sweep the audience off its feet with passion, romance, drama, humor and – of course – fabulous singing and orchestral music. From date night, or girls night to reluctant opera fans night, the five operas of the season have something for everyone.
The Flying Dutchman (Oct. 12-20)
The Dallas Opera opens its season in October with Richard Wagner's haunting drama about a cursed sailor, jilted lovers, harrowing romance, and tragic misunderstandings. Bass-baritone Greer Grimsley stars as the doomed Dutchman, while German soprano Anja Kampe secures her house debut as Senta. The depth of the cast performing the operatic masterpiece makes it a must-see for opera aficionados.
Carmen (Oct. 19- Nov. 4)
Georges Bizet's Carmen has everything patrons want from an opera: high drama, seductive characters, and a passionate love story, which is why it is one of the most popular operas of all time. The French mezzo-soprano Stephanie D'Oustrac will make her local debut as the infamous gypsy Carmen in this seductive masterpiece. With love, passion and seduction, Carmen might be the ultimate date night opera.
Manon Lescaut (March 1 - 9)
In this opera from one of Italian opera composer Giacomo Puccini' earliest works, the beautiful Manon Lescaut must choose between a man who can offer her a life of luxury and the man who can offer her a life of love.
La Bohème (March 15-31)
Puccini's second piece of the season, La Bohème, follows the love lives of Bohemian 19th century Parisian artists. The sweeping love story set against the Parisian Latin Quarter is one of the world's most frequently performed operas. The popularity of both Puccini's works make them perfect for first time opera-goers.
Falstaff (April 26 - May 4)
The Dallas Opera ends its season on a light note with Verde's hilarious adaptation of Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor. Mark Delavan plays the self-proclaimed ladies' man Sir John Falstaff as he tries to seduce two wealthy women. Unbeknownst to him to women are close friends. Comedy ensues as the ladies decide to teach Falstaff a lesson he will never forget. Grab your girlfriends and head to the opera for this perfect girls night comedy.
Tickets for each mainstage performance range between $19 and $289. Season subscriptions for all five mainstage productions start at $100.
While children and opera usually do not mix, the Dallas Opera is exposing future fans to the opera with its family friendly series. This year the opera will present The Bremen Town Musicians, an operatic version of the Brothers Grimm classic fairytale, and Jacques Offenbach's Pepito in the Winspear Opera House with kid-friendly activities beforehand. Tickets are $5. For more information on all performances, visit dallasopera.org.