Local opera lovers have an exciting month ahead of them as the Dallas Opera produces two groundbreaking shows.
The Cast of the Dallas Opera's "Tristan & Isolde" Photo Credit: Karen Almond
This past weekend marked the first of only two weekends Dallasites will have the opportunity to experience the tragic romance of Tristan & Isolde set to Richard Wagner’s haunting score. In true Wagnerian fashion the music is tense and brooding. In this completely new staging, Elaine McCarthy has created cutting-edge video projections to go along with a sparse, yet dramatic set and light design. Opera-goers will experience an international cast of singers in one of Wagner’s lesser-known masterpieces. Although the opera aficionado that I am not balked at the four hour length, the dramatic finale is definitely worth it and according to the experts, this show is a win for the Dallas Opera.
In March the Opera will switch gears to stage, in collaboration with Kevin Moriarty, Artistic Director at the Dallas Theater Center (DTC), a production of “The Lighthouse.” “The Lighthouse,” probably unfamiliar to the casual opera fan, is a chamber opera, written by Peter Maxwell Davies in 1979. Chamber operas are performed by an ensemble of musicians rather than a full orchestra allowing the Dallas Opera and the DTC to stage in the smaller Wyly Theater, rather than the Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center. This psychological and even supernatural drama, will give even those not usually interested in opera a good place to start exploring the mystery and beauty of the art form. Get your tickets early though, this show will sell out.
See "Tristan & Isolde" through February 25 and "The Lighthouse" March 16- 18. For ticket and other information, visit the Dallas Opera’s website at www.dallasopera.org and try something different.