Ran into Sister Margaret Ann Moser on the way to the Attorneys Serving the Community luncheon today at the Anatole. In addition to being in sorta-non-retirement status, she told how she knew Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking.
That coincidentally played into today’s announcement by the Dallas Opera that along with San Diego Opera, the two groups would be tapping the resources of composer Jake Heggie and Librettist Terrence McNally. This collaboration will be the first of the twosome since their “acclaimed Dead Man Walking.”
The project is Great Scott starring mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato and will premiere at the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House thanks to The Eugene McDermott Foundation, The Hoblitzelle Foundation and The Carol Franc Buck Foundation.
Great Scott will be the opening production for the DO’s 2015-2016 season.
“For months now, the San Diego Opera saga has been the most closely watched story in the western opera world,” said Dallas Opera General Director/CEO Keith Cerny. “It is incredibly gratifying to be able to welcome the company as a partner in this exhilarating project. SDO’s involvement sends a powerful message to our industry—and the message is this: San Diego Opera is here to stay and planning for an exciting future!”
The announcement was made in San Francisco at the opening session of Opera America’s Opera Conference 2014.
If you thought opera was lots of rouge and waiting for the fat lady to sing, forget it. This announcement is just another example how the DO is making in-roads into the new world of opera. And guess what? Dallas is leading the charge. How appropriate.