DALLAS – The Dallas Opera, in partnership with Cowboys Stadium, is delighted to announce that more than 25,000 tickets to the Dallas Opera’s one-night-only April 28 Cowboys Stadium Simulcast of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” presented by The Dallas Foundation, have been requested by opera lovers from throughout Texas and 26 additional states.
Ticket requests have also come in from the District of Columbia and Canada since the joint announcement was made on Jan. 26 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.
These numbers indicate that the groundbreaking North Texas simulcast may become one of the best attended opera performances in U.S. history.
Additional data collected from those making ticket requests indicate that, as of March 27, 93 percent of participating households have no previous purchasing history with the Dallas Opera. For many, the Cowboys Stadium Simulcast will mark their first, live experience of the art form in any venue.
Gene Jones, wife of Dallas Cowboys Owner, President and General Manager Jerry Jones, whose vision led to the stadium’s museum-quality collection of contemporary art, set the stage for the announcement explaining, “Sports and art are not typically thought of as belonging together. Yet sporting events and great art do something similar—they get people talking.”
Now, people are talking about family outings to the Dallas Opera at Cowboys Stadium, many of them to experience a live classical performance or opera for the very first time.
Patrons will be able to enjoy a complete, unabridged live performance from the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House in the Dallas Arts District onto the world’s largest high-definition video board structure, comprised of four massive viewing screens – the largest one being 72 feet tall and 160 feet wide – suspended directly above the playing field.
Reserved seating is still available (up to 10 seats per person) through the Dallas Opera website at www.dallasopera.org/cowboys.
“We are excited to partner with the Dallas Opera on such a distinctive event,” said Dallas Cowboys Executive Vice President of Brand Management Charlotte Anderson. “Our organization admires and respects The Dallas Opera’s original thinking and stewardship in making a ground-breaking event like this a reality. We truly value the importance of the arts in our community, and we hope that this first-of-its-kind opera broadcast gives us a way of sharing our love of the arts with a new audience at Cowboys Stadium.”
“One of the goals of the Dallas Opera is to bring great singing and world-class theater to the widest possible audience,” explained Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny. “As part of our commitment to expanding our community outreach we are thrilled to announce an unprecedented, ‘game-changing’ collaboration with the Cowboys organization. Let me also say that the Dallas Opera is especially grateful for the generous support of the Jones family, encouraging our efforts to create one of the most unique and memorable events in the history of this opera company.
“The plans for the simulcast have generated an enormously positive response from all sectors of the community, as well as the classical music world,” Cerny adds. “This tremendous outpouring of interest not only exceeded my initial expectations, it also underscores my firm belief that 21st century audiences hunger for more from their artistic and cultural experiences and are willing to try new things in search of something remarkable, perhaps even unique.
“It’s a tall order—and one we plan to deliver on, April 28 at Cowboys Stadium.”
Pine, a Baroque specialist with a tremendous local fan base, made her Dallas Opera debut as Anna in the 2006 production of “Nabucco,” and has appeared on the Dallas stage in numerous roles, including Adele in “Die Fledermaus,” Zozo in “The Merry Widow,” Elvira in “L’italiana in Algeri,” the Slave in “Salome” and, most recently, as one of three featured artists in the Dallas Opera’s Family Concert, performed in the Winspear in November.
Earlier this season, Ms. Pine appeared with the DSO in Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 2 conducted by Jaap van Zweden, Bach cantatas with the New Jersey Symphony, and Handel’s Messiah with Boston Baroque and Duke University.
She also made her role debut as Susanna in “Le nozze di Figaro” at Opera Colorado and sang the title role in Handel’s “Theodora” at the University of North Texas with Dallas Opera Music Director Graeme Jenkins conducting.
Alongside Pine, the Dallas Opera has cast celebrated tenor Shawn Mathey as Tamino.
“He is simply one of the finest Mozartean tenors in the world,” explains Artistic Director Jonathan Pell, “and we have spent years trying to lure him to Dallas for his long-awaited debut on our stage. I think audiences will find him absolutely thrilling, from his first note to his last.”
Additional performances of “The Magic Flute” will be given at the Winspear Opera House in downtown Dallas on Friday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, April 22, at 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 6, at 2 p.m.
Single tickets are on sale now, starting at just $25, through the Dallas Opera Ticket Services Office at 214-443-1000 or online at www.dallasopera.org.
Student Rush best-available tickets can be purchased at the lobby box office for $25 (one per valid Student I.D.) 90 minutes prior to each performance.
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