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Dallas Opera brings troupe to fine arts students at Sulphur Springs Middle School Thursday, May 2

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    The fine arts students at Sulphur Springs Middle School are in for a special treat next month.

    The Dallas Opera’s touring company, called TD2go, will perform Bizet’s 45-minute, one-act comedy “Doctor Miracle,” in the middle school cafeteria on Thursday, May 2.
    The opera is underwritten by generous contributions from Echo Publishing, Grocery Supply Company, Northeast Texas Choral Society and the Sulphur Springs Symphony League.
     “Some studies prove that students do better in school or achieve grades more easily when music and arts are included in their lives,” said symphony league president Dwight Corley. “This entertaining and educational event will help our middle school students grow in many dimensions, and the Sulphur Springs Symphony League is proud to join a number of other individuals and businesses to bring the performance to the school.”
    Sulphur Springs ISD Fine Arts Director Charles McCauley agrees.
    “It is exciting to have the Dallas Opera coming to Sulphur Springs,” he said when told of the event. ”We at SSISD believe in educating the whole child and that means including a strong education in the arts.  Whether it is art, dance or music, we want kids to get plugged in to the program that helps them reach their potential. The arts are closely tied to academic achiement and we believe they are key to a student’s success later in life.”
    Opera students from the graduate program at University of North Texas in Denton, one of the country’s premiere music schools, will handle the four singing roles. They will sing in English and will be accompanied by a keyboardist. The troupe will be available for a brief meet and greet with the students following the performance.
    “Doctor Miracle is the perfect student introduction to opera – fun, with a relateable story,” according TDO’s press materials. “This comedic gem that ensures true love will prevail through the making of an omelet.”
    TDO2go performances are supported by TEKS-aligned curriculum materials and comprehensive teacher training.
    The trip to Hopkins County is the first time TDO2go has traveled outside the metroplex.
    “The opportunity for the students to attend a performance by some of the finest musicians in the world is a great demonstration of what fine qualities Sulphur Springs has to offer,” said Garet Holdren, SSISD Strings teacher. “I think it demonstrates what a high quality of arts education Sulphur Springs has and why we have so many students from the fine arts continuing on to be well-rounded, college bound individuals.”
    The symphony league will provide lunch for the troupe after the performance and their time with the students.
    Middle School Principal Rusty Harden looks forward to the event. Like many of his students, the event will be Harden’s initial exposure to the genre.
    “I’ve never been to an opera,” he stated. “This will be my first.”

Synopsis: The Story of the Opera

Sung in English

    Doctor Miracle is a one-act comic opera. The story is set in the town of Padua, Italy, in the 19th century. The action takes place in the home of the town’s mayor.
    The opera opens with the Mayor, his second wife Veronica, and his daughter, Laurette, sitting on their terrace. They hear a loud noise and see a door-to-door salesman, Doctor Miracle, selling his cure-all remedy. Unknown to the family, Doctor Miracle is really Silvio, a man in love with Laurette. He is wearing a disguise to get close to Laurette.
    After a time, the three turn their attention away from Doctor Miracle. The Mayor informs his daughter that he has hired a new servant, Pasquin, to replace his old servant that he had fired for passing love notes between Silvio and Laurette. He leaves to retrieve Pasquin.
    Laurette is soon lost in her own thoughts. She sings of her love for Silvio, a captain in the army. Her father already has plans for her to marry the local chemist. He does not like Silvio, and has told Laurette she is not allowed even to speak to him.
    The Mayor returns with Pasquin and introduces him to Laurette and Veronica. The family does not realize that Pasquin is really Silvio, once again in disguise. The Mayor asks the ladies to leave so that he can speak to Pasquin alone. After a few minutes of conversation, the Mayor realizes that he and Pasquin will get along famously as they both share a deep dislike for soldiers.         
    He is further impressed when Pasquin informs him that he is an excellent chef and asks him to put his culinary skills to use by making lunch for the family.
    Pasquin makes an omelet for the family’s lunch. The awful smell and taste of the omelet send the Mayor and his wife running from the house. This gives Silvio the chance to remove his disguise and indulge in a love duet with Laurette. When the Mayor returns, he finds the pair and orders Silvio out of the house.
    Soon a letter arrives with a message for the Mayor that the omelet he tasted was poisoned and that there is no antidote. The family panics and when they realize that the village doctor is out of town, the Mayor sends for Doctor Miracle. Doctor Miracle arrives and agrees to save the day, but only if he is granted Laurette’s hand in marriage. The Mayor consents to the marriage. The Doctor reveals his true identity. When the Mayor sees that the “Doctor” is really Silvio, he is very angry. After some thought, the Mayor gives in to the merry mood and joins in celebrating Laurette’s happiness. All is well, and everyone is happy.


Click HERE to watch a portion of "Doctor Mircale," as performed by members of TDO2go.




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