Although the Dallas Opera hasn’t raised a curtain since mid-March, the company is maintaining a robust online presence. The Dallas Opera Network, which was created in response to the coronavirus pandemic, provides an array of virtual programming, including interviews with opera stars and performances by members of the Dallas Opera Orchestra.
As part of its new digital focus, the company is streaming an acclaimed November 2019 performance of Mozart’s The Magic Flute from now until Jan 5. Conducted by music director Emmanuel Villaume, the production was originally simulcast for a live audience in Klyde Warren Park.
Singers Paolo Fanale, Sean Michael Plumb and Andrea Carroll nailed the main roles of Tamino, Papageno and Pamina. And English cartoonist Gerald Scarfe’s vibrant costumes and sets offered a sumptuous visual feast.
“This program is part of The Dallas Opera’s ongoing commitment to deliver unforgettable performances to music lovers around the globe,” said the Dallas Opera’s General Director and CEO Ian Derrer in a statement. “We are grateful for the support of our unions and the enthusiasm of our benefactors, which enables us to present this world-class opera production just in time for the holiday season.”