Purposes Open for The Dallas Opera Guild Biennial Lone Star Vocal Competitors


Monday, January 13, 2020

Contact: Suzanne Calvin 214.443.1014

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Celebrating Our Proud Texas Heritage!


Purposes Are Now Open for




A New Competitors

For Achieved Younger Artists with Texas Connections


2020 Competitors Chair Dr. Susan Fleming

Honorary Chair, Martha Allday


Identical Day Semi-Finals and Finals: Might 9, 2020

Margot and Invoice Winspear Opera Home

The AT&T Performing Arts Middle, Dallas, Texas

DALLAS, JANUARY 13, 2020 – The Dallas Opera and The Dallas Opera Guild are happy to announce that purposes at the moment are being accepted for a newly-revived, state-based vocal competitors to alternate each different 12 months with The Dallas Opera Nationwide Vocal Competitors.

The Dallas Opera Guild Biennial Lone Star Vocal Competitors will happen on Saturday, Might 9, 2020 within the Margot and Invoice Winspear Opera Home on the AT&T Performing Arts Middle, Dallas, TX.

Normal Director and CEO Ian Derrer notes, “The Dallas Opera Guild has at all times had a particular affection for homegrown expertise. It’s simple to know why the membership wished to return to that proud custom and recreate that sense of pleasure in a wholly new method.

“This new competition has our full support and should complement—beautifully—The Dallas Opera National Vocal Competition in 2021, which will continue to feature the full Dallas Opera Orchestra,” Derrer provides.


The state competitors is open to singers, age 18 by way of 30 (as of Might 9, 2020), who’re Texas residents or college students Candidates might not have participated in any Younger Artist or Resident Artist Program with knowledgeable opera firm, or, had any prior principal artist contract with an opera firm.

Purposes can be accepted solely by way of YAP Tracker. Purposes will shut on February 14, 2020, and the competitors semi-finalists can be introduced on March 15, 2020.

With the intention to apply, go to: https://www.yaptracker.com/applications/dallas-opera-comp-2020. There’s a $20 software payment per entry.

The Spring 2020 Competitors will supply hundreds of {dollars} in prize monies to Texas-based singers. The winner may also be assured a spot within the Semi-Finals Spherical of The Dallas Opera’s nationwide vocal competitors happening the next 12 months, together with the prospect to carry out for an viewers of Dallas Opera Board and Trustees.


This competitors additionally marks the return of former Dallas Opera Inventive Director Jonathan Pell (lengthy related to the unique statewide competitors) as a member of the blue-ribbon judges panel, together with TDO’s Director of Inventive Administration David Lomeli and famend arts administrator, educator and adjudicator Dr. Brian Zeger.

On the school of The Juilliard Faculty since 1993 and its Inventive Director of Vocal Arts since 2004, Dr. Zeger, who will head the panel, can be the previous Government Director of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Younger Artist Growth Program.

2020 Competitors Chair Dr. Susan Fleming remarked, “The Dallas Opera Guild is extraordinarily happy with the numerous skilled voices in growth that we’ve got fostered for greater than three many years. We’re keen to listen to those that can be chosen to compete this 12 months and stay up for internet hosting an enthusiastic hometown crowd within the Winspear subsequent Might!

“We encourage YOU to come be part of the Lone Star cheering section!”

This 12 months’s Honorary Chair is longtime Dallas Opera supporter and Guild Member Martha Allday.

Now in her fifth 12 months as a member of The Dallas Opera Board, Martha Allday has given her enthusiastic assist to The Dallas Opera’s Hart Institute for Ladies Conductors, in addition to the annual vocal competitors.

Along with her husband, Dr. Robert Allday, Martha served as Guild Co-President throughout our second season within the Winspear Opera Home (2010-2011). It was in that capability that she turned concerned within the Guild’s annual vocal competitors.

Starting within the spring of 2010 with the world premiere manufacturing of Heggie and Scheer’s Moby-Dick, the Alldays have hosted quite a few visiting artists (and, at instances, their households) of their dwelling throughout prolonged stays in Dallas.

“Every artist has a unique story about how they came to their careers in opera, and vocal competitions are frequently a part of that story,” Martha Allday observes. “Recognizing the importance of the competitions to artists in the critical, nascent stages of their careers, I feel it is incumbent upon us to support their development in this way.”

“Patsy and I,” writes Dallas Opera Guild Co-Chair Bob Brooks, “along with Susan Fleming, as this year’s vocal competition chairperson—and the entire Dallas Opera Guild—are excited to sponsor this return to a biennial Texas-based competition to complement The Dallas Opera’s national vocal competition.”



In February of 1987, then-Dallas Opera Guild Presidents Connie and Jerry Klemow proposed establishing a Guild-sponsored scholarship fund to financially help certified singers looking for a profession in opera. With the approval of TDO administration and the enthusiastic assist of Inventive Director and Principal Conductor Nicola Rescigno, a committee comprised of Chair Connie Klemow, Pat Blankenship, Nora Sands and Maria Santarelli, was entrusted to formulate a plan. Quickly, the committee welcomed the help of then-Normal Director Plato Karayanis, firm dramaturg Roger Pines and Dallas Morning Information classical music Critic John Ardoin.

Mr. Ardoin instructed a grants program be established in lieu of a scholarship fund or a contest. His suggestion was thought-about and the idea accepted. It was determined to give attention to candidates from North Texas ages 18-35 with some skilled expertise. Roger Pines named this system “The Career Development Grant for Singers” (CDGS), and after 20 months of planning the primary CDGS program was introduced on October 8, 1988 at SMU’s Caruth Auditorium.

Nonetheless, for any program to stay dynamic, change and progress should happen. Throughout these previous 27 years there have been many modifications. From the preliminary grants program, the idea developed into The Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competitors which, till 2014, was targeted on vocalists with a Texas connection, each natives and non permanent residents. A “People’s Choice Award” and Encouragement Awards have been added and, immediately, monetary awards are given on to the winners to make use of at their discretion. Via this occasion, the Guild continues to acknowledge and honor members of The Dallas Opera neighborhood who’ve demonstrated a particular curiosity in selling the careers of gifted younger singers, or, have given distinctive assist to The Dallas Opera and the Guild. Jonathan Pell led the Decide’s panel for the primary 26 years.

The vocal competitors was considerably re-imagined and expanded in its 27th 12 months to permit candidates from all 50 states and U.S. Territories. Dr. Brian Zeger started chairing a choose’s panel that features main figures in American Opera administration and classical music.

The nationwide competitors was reorganized to happen over a two-day interval. Finalists have been accompanied by The Dallas Opera Orchestra underneath the path of the Mrs. Eugene McDermott Music Director Emmanuel Villaume by way of 2018 and underneath the baton of Maestro Riccardo Frizza in 2019.

Now, the competitors has developed but once more to serve the wants of achieved younger artists at each the statewide and nationwide stage.

The Dallas Opera Guild stays devoted to its unique dedication to acknowledge, honor and assist exceptionally gifted younger singers. The distributed award monies are funded anew every year. Guild members graciously donate their time, power, cash and skills to make sure that these prestigious competitions, each nationwide and Texas-centric, achieve cultivating the subsequent era of world-class opera artists.



One of many main opera firms within the nation, The Dallas Opera has a unprecedented legacy of world-class productions and thrilling premieres that includes the best operatic artists of our time. Inaugurated in 1957 with a live performance that includes the incomparable Maria Callas, TDO is understood for the notable U.S. debuts of a number of legendary artists together with Plácido Domingo, Dame Joan Sutherland, Jon Vickers, Franco Zeffirelli, and Sir David McVicar. The corporate has lengthy been an trade chief and innovator by way of groundbreaking initiatives just like the Hart Institute for Ladies Conductors, free public simulcasts, acclaimed artwork music recitals, the nationwide vocal competitors, particular live shows, and excellent household and award-winning teaching programs. TDO’s house is the Margot and Invoice Winspear Opera Home, a jewel within the Dallas Arts District. As one of many largest performing arts employers in North Texas, TDO is proudly dedicated to variety, onstage and off, and is a serious contributor to the financial vitality and worldwide cultural repute of this area.


The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Household



The Dallas Opera is supported, partly, by funds from: Elsa von Seggern Basis;

Texas Devices; the Metropolis of Dallas Workplace of Arts and Tradition;

The Texas Fee on the Arts and the Nationwide Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

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Promoting assist from The Dallas Morning Information.

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All performances in The Dallas Opera’s 63rd Worldwide Season will happen within the Margot and Invoice Winspear Opera Home on the AT&T Performing Arts Middle, except in any other case indicated. Night performances will start at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees start at 2:00 p.m. except in any other case said.  English translations can be projected above the stage at each efficiency and help is out there for the listening to impaired.

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