Next Friday, the wait is over as the Dallas Opera opens its 53rd season with Guiseppe Verdi's 1887 masterpiece, "Otello," based on the tragedy by William Shakespeare.
The production boasts a "superb international cast," including Canadian soprano Alexandra Deshorties as Desdemona, and Lado Ataneli, of Georgia (formerly part of the Soviet Union) will play the villain Igao. Two Texas favorites, Clifton Forbis and Allan Glassman, will share the role of Otello, with Glassman taking the stage for the Oct. 25 performance.
While the performers and the production should be top notch, it is the venue itself that will be the center of attention for Friday night's performance.
The new 234,000 square foot facility can seat between 2,200 and 2,300, which is smaller than State Fair Music Hall, the Dallas Opera's long-time home. To make up for the reduction in seating, the opera has added extra peformances of each opera this season.The Dallas Center for the Performing Arts, the fundraising organization behind the AT&T Performing Arts Center, has secured more than $334 million for the 10-acre complex, which includes the Winspear; the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, a flexible 600-seat theatre for classical and experimental performances; the Annette Strauss Artist Square, a new home for the city’s leading outdoor performing arts venue; and City Performance Hall, a main stage production space for Dallas’ smaller performing arts organizations.
As of Wednesday afternoon, there are still tickets available to Friday night's performance, ranging from $69 in Area 13 Grand Tier Rear to $500 in Area 5, Mezzanine Front and Aisle. 5-Performance Subscriptions are available from $75 for Midweek 2 to $1,875 for Opening Night seating.
"Otello" performances: Oct. 23, Oct. 25 (matinee), Oct. 28, Oct. 31, Nov. 5, and Nov. 8 (matinee)
Watch for a feature on the Dallas Opera's new home and a review of "Otello" in upcoming editions of your News-Telegram.
For more information on the Dallas Opera, visit their website: www.dallasopera.org
For more information on the AT&T Performing Arts Center, visit their website: www.dallasperformingarts.org
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