The Dallas Opera is dedicated to the cause of commissioning and presenting great new operas and outstanding productions of the finest works in the repertoire, while creating enthusiastically engaged audiences for this exceptional art form. The company earned nearly universal acclaim for its 2010 world premiere production of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s Moby-Dick, widely thought to be the most important new American opera of the past quarter-century.
TDO education and outreach initiatives, which reach tens of thousands each year, go beyond the ticket-buying public to enhance the lives of every North Texan. Now in our sixth decade, the company—one of the largest arts employers in the area—has significant economic as well as cultural impact on the citizens of Dallas and a reputation for producing opera of the highest artistic caliber (Billy Budd, Rodelinda, Jenufa, Così fan tutte, Boris Godunov).
In addition to presenting a host of opera luminaries in their U.S. opera debuts – from Plácido Domingo and Dame Joan Sutherland to directors John Houseman, Franco Zeffirelli, and Kevin Moriarty – the Dallas Opera, under the guidance of General Director and CEO Keith Cerny, has embraced state-of-the-art technology in order to expand the realm of creative possibilities and to take opera where it’s never been before. Successful simulcasts of Dallas Opera productions in Annette Strauss Square and Sammons Park have led to the most recent collaboration with Cowboys Stadium in Arlington for a live simulcast of The Magic Flute in the home of the Dallas Cowboys. In 2012, a Dallas Opera production of Peter Maxwell Davies’ The Lighthouse, created with the Dallas Theater Center, launched a newly dedicated chamber series to overwhelming rave reviews.
Dallas Opera Information
- Venue: The Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, 2403 Flora St., Dallas
- Public Transportation: Good (easily accessible by light rail service)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: Three or four mainstage productions per season with multiple performances of each. Newly launched chamber opera series
- Ticket Prices: $15–$199
- Group Discounts: The Dallas Opera creates custom packages to meet group needs. Call 214-443-1000 for details
- Subscriptions: $76–$1,875, with prices varying widely based on seat and date choices. Three-performance Flex subscriptions also available, starting at $75. Subscriber benefits include 20% savings, payment plan option, and ticket exchange privileges. Single tickets start at $25.
- Membership: Dallas Opera Guild memberships $50–$100. Donations, large and small, are always welcome, and donors are eligible for a variety of benefits.