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Meadows Opera Theatre

The award-winning Meadows Opera Theatre, under the direction of Hank Hammett, offers imaginative, diverse and cutting-edge productions of repertoire encompassing a wide range of opera, operetta, and musical theatre, providing extensive performance opportunities to vocal students at the undergraduate, graduate, performer diploma and artist diploma levels. A main focus of the multi-tiered program is intensive acting technique training, professional audition preparation, and its partnership with The Dallas Opera.

Meadows Opera Theatre annually presents its popular Opera Free For All monthly Brown Bag Series of scenes and one-act operas as well as innovative full productions throughout the year.

Main stage productions are accompanied by the brilliant Meadows Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Maestro Paul Phillips. Recent major stagings include Copland’s The Tender Land, Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, Britten’s Albert Herring, and Mozart’s Il re pastore, Le nozze di Figaro, and La finta giardiniera. For more information, please contact Mr. Hammett at chammett@smu.edu.

2016-17 Opera Season

Meadows Opera Theatre’s Opera Free For All: Bite-Size Arias/Big-Size Talents

Friday, September 16, 2016
1 p.m.
Bob Hope Lobby – Owen Arts Center
FREE
The Opera Free For All series’ annual popular opener showcases every member of the Meadows Opera Ensemble in 60-second arias and songs of their choice as they challenge themselves to make a strong, positive and lasting impression and declare, “This is who I am as a singing actor!” in only one minute. Audience members are invited to reconnect with some of their favorite singing actors, meet exciting newcomers and be the first to discover the stars of tomorrow! For more information call 214.768.2787.

Meadows Opera Theatre’s Opera Free For All: It Ain’t Over ’Til the Big Bad Wolf Sings

Friday, October 28, 2016
1 p.m.
Bob Hope Lobby – Owen Arts Center
FREE
Fairy godmothers, giants, mermaids, witches and trolls populate the fairy tales of our childhood, capturing our collective imagination for centuries, spanning across continents and cultures. In the hands of brilliant composers and librettists like Stravinsky, Rossini, Barab, Rodgers and Sondheim, these stories, full of magic and wisdom from the ages, still have the power to enchant, entertain and enlighten us. For more information call 214.768.2787.

Meadows Opera Theatre: The Elixir of Love by Gaetano Donizetti

With the Meadows Opera Orchestra
Directed by Hank Hammett
Conducted by Paul Phillips
February 9 – 12, 2017
Thurs. – Sat.: 7:30 p.m.;
Sun.: 2 p.m.
Bob Hope Theatre – Owen Arts Center
$14 for adults, $11 for seniors, $8 for students, faculty & staff
La dolce vita comes to the stage in Donizetti’s enduring and enchanting comedy about a poor, uneducated young man who, though he thinks he’s a nobody, is hopelessly in love with the most popular, affluent girl in town. With the help of a flamboyant snake-oil salesman and a bottle (or two) of a special “love potion,” he sets out to win her, tumbling through numerous (and humorous) fast-moving plot twists, all set to music filled with irresistible melodies and sparkling wit! Never underestimate the power of true love and a little cheap Bordeaux! Sung in Italian with English projected titles. For more information call 214.768.2787.

Meadows Opera Theatre’s Opera Free For All: The Singing Violin by Simon Sargon

Friday, March 24, 2017
1 p.m.
Bob Hope Lobby – Owen Arts Center
FREE
In a Cinderella-like story, an innocent young daughter, hated by her vicious stepsisters, is pushed off a cliff to her death and her soul is imprisoned in the trunk of an ancient tree buried deep in the forest. Will the spell be broken by the gypsy magic of her deceased mother and by a young woodsman who fashions a violin out of the tree? Simon Sargon’s delightful, poignant work brings new life to this age-old gypsy fable. For more information call 214.768.2787.

Meadows Opera Theatre’s Opera Free For All: To Will, With Love!

Friday, May 5, 2017
1 p.m.
Bob Hope Lobby – Owen Arts Center
FREE
The gangsters in Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate implore the audience to “Brush up your Shakespeare,” and we invite you to do the same as some of the world’s greatest composers of the lyric stage take on a bevy of Shakespeare’s funniest and most heartrending characters. For more information call 214.768.2787.

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