Springs Gala and Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition Finals
The Dallas Opera presents one remarkable evening of music, competition, and celebration as two great traditions come together. The Dallas Opera Springs Gala 2017 returns this year in partnership with the final round of the 29th Annual Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition, Sunday April 30, 2017.
The Dallas Opera Springs Gala 2017 is an elegant evening that features wonderful dining, dancing, and a performance by charismatic soprano Marina Costa-Jackson that takes place in the magnificent Winspear Opera House. The gourmet dinner, which is prepared by culinary master Wolfgang Puck, begins at 5:30 p.m.
The Vocal Competition Finals are held from 7:30-10:00 p.m. also at the Winspear Opera House, as part of the Springs Gala. The event features some of the finest young opera singers in the United States competing for prestige and prizes. Six finalists (determined from the previous day’s Semi-Finals competition) each sing two arias accompanied by the acclaimed Dallas Opera Orchestra, conducted by the Music Director Emmanuel Villaume. The Mistress of Ceremonies for the event is Ms. Costa-Jackson. Last year, prize monies totaling $18,500 were awarded to the young competitors. Audience members can also take part in the festivities by casting their vote in the popular “People’s Choice” category, also awarded that evening.
Patrons who attend the Gala are invited to share in the celebration at a Post-Competition party, from 10:00-11:30 p.m., with the artists and the judges. Ms. Costa-Jackson, who is currently starring in the role of “the other woman” Adalgisa in TDO’s production of Norma, will dazzle guests with selections from Broadway and opera. The Marc Toussaint Combo, the jazz and swing band, will perform great danceable standards certain to get party-goers movin’.
Gala Tickets are $500 and include vocal competition priority seating ticket and complimentary valet parking. The proceeds from the Gala help nurture and support the education programs of The Dallas Opera which bring the magic of opera to students throughout North Texas. For further information visit dallasopera.org/gala or call 214-443-1063.
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