Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Dallas Opera Provides Affordable Family Fun That Will Last a Lifetime

As a child, my Mother would occasionally drive us into the city to attend a performance by the Dallas Opera. These trips always ended at Swanson's Ice Cream Parlor with massive sundaes.  I'm sure the ice cream has something to do with my fond memories, but it did help me develop a love and appreciation of classical music that I still have today.  Like most children of my generation, I also got an introduction to opera through Looney Tunes. Episodes like Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd reenacting the Barber of Seville or the Marriage of Figaro. And you hear classical music in commercials all the time. It is woven into the fabric of our lives in all kinds of indelible ways.

I am a firm believer that as a parent, you need to expose your children to classical music, opera and all forms of the arts early in life for them to develop a taste for it. You don't just wake up at the age of 35 one day and think, "I think I'll go see an opera."  To assist parent in this mission, the Dallas Opera continues to develop their Family Performance Series.  Here is  list of upcoming performances:

TDO Family Concert
November 10, 2010 and February 2, 2013

This performance will be a parade of opera’s greatest hits. From Mozart to Puccini and Bizet to a TDO favorite, Jake Heggie, opera fans of all ages will get to hear a variety of different types of opera arias and overtures. We bet most you will know from Saturday morning cartoons!  The concert will feature the Dallas Opera Orchestra led by Maestros Christian Capocaccia (November 10, 2012) and Anthony Barrese (February 2, 2013). The lobby will open for fun Family Activities like face painting, craft activities, hands-on opera creation and much more

TDOpage@stage: Jack and the Beanstalk
October 27, 2012 and January 26, 2013

Join TDO at the Winspear Opera House as they explore the world of Jack and the Beanstalk — through TDO’s Kids Book Club in the lobby and a performance of John Davies’ operatic interpretation of the classic children’s tale. It will be an afternoon of imagination and magic beans!
Performances of Jack and the Beanstalk are presented in artistic collaboration with Dallas Children’s Theater.
Doctor Miracle
November 10, 2012 and April 27, 2013

A hilarious, fully-staged one-act opera (45-minutes) about a young man’s quest to marry his true love, the mayor’s daughter. He must disguise himself as a servant who makes a “poison” omelet, and as a doctor who saves the family — all for the sake of true love. Will the happy couple get married? Join TDO and find out. This production is in partnership with the SMU Vocal Department and UNT Opera Program. Performances in the Winspear Opera House will feature the TDO Orchestra.

For just $12 a person, you can experience all three different types of opera performances.  Single ticket admission is just $5 a ticket. This is affordable family fun that I strongly endorse! Bravo!