North Texas’ newest entertainment district and World Corporate Headquarters of the Dallas Cowboys, The Star in Frisco, is the new location for the next FREE Dallas Opera Simulcast. A critically acclaimed production of MADAME BUTTERFLY will be featured at the exciting new venue on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
The classic Italian opera by Giacomo Puccini will be simulcast live from the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in the Dallas Arts District and is generously sponsored by The Dallas Foundation.
The program begins at 6:30 p.m. hosted by KLUV Radio’s Jody Dean and The Dallas Opera’s Education Program Senior Manager Kristian Roberts. Activities include Family Fun Zone 4:30-6:30 p.m., contests, behind-the-scenes interviews, and a WB Classics cartoon. The opera performance begins at 7:30 p.m.
With poignant melodies, memorable characters, and a heart-wrenching storyline, MADAME BUTTERFLY has captivated audiences and dampened handkerchiefs for more than a hundred years. Loosely based on true events in Nagasaki, Japan, the unforgettable opera tells the tale of a young, naïve Japanese woman, Cio-Cio-San, blinded by her love for a callous American naval officer. MADAME BUTTERFLY, with libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica, is the third production of The Dallas Opera’s 60th Season.
Bringing the splendor and magic of opera to as broad an audience as possible is one of my primary goals as head of The Dallas Opera. These free public presentations are a great vehicle to introduce newcomers to this incredible art form, as well as other opera patrons who enjoy seeing performances in a relaxed setting. TDO’s simulcasts have reached over 70,000 patrons since the program began in 2010. We are extremely grateful to The Dallas Foundation for its generous and sustained support of these programs,” said Keith Cerny, the Kern Wildenthal General Director and CEO of The Dallas Opera.
I am also delighted that TDO will present MADAME BUTTERFLY in high definition at The Star in Frisco for our 15th simulcast in the series, and I know that this setting will show Puccini’s classic opera to its best advantage.”
The Star in Frisco, Texas is located at One Cowboys Way, Frisco, TX 75034. Tickets and parking are free. Register online at www.dallasopera.org/simulcast or call 214-443-1000. The public is encouraged to arrive early to secure their spot.
Tammy Meinershagen, Executive Director of Frisco Association for the Arts said,
This will be the Dallas Opera’s fifteenth free public simulcast—but the first arts event at The Star facility in Frisco. What excites me is that we are bringing the magical world of opera to a very sports-centric city. It will likely be the first taste of opera for many children and adults in Frisco.
Opera is essentially beautiful, musical storytelling, and who doesn’t love a good story? Creating this family-friendly event in the fastest-growing city in the nation is a huge win for Frisco and the arts! Thanks to the Dallas Opera and all the generous underwriters who have made it possible, and FREE, so that absolutely anyone can attend—along with their families, friends and neighbors.”
This type of collaboration and programming is at the core of the Frisco Arts mission. With a goal to create a city that values the arts, and to provide experiences that make the arts accessible to all, no matter what age, socio-economic background, or ethnicity, Frisco Arts brings the community together.
So, bring the whole family and spread the word: the Dallas Opera is coming to Frisco!