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Dallas Opera’s 2015-16 Season to Feature 2 World Premieres

The Dallas Opera announced the details of its 2015-2016 season today at a press event at the Winspear Opera House. In attendance were composer Jake Heggie and superstar mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, who will team up to start the fall with a world premiere of Great Scott, a new American opera by Heggie and Terrence McNally (original story and libretto) starring DiDonato in the title role.

Great Scott is Heggie’s first opera since Moby-Dick, which had its premiere with the Dallas Opera in 2010 during the company’s inaugural season in the Winspear Opera House. Sung in English and set in an unspecified modern American city, Great Scott tells the story of Arden Scott (DiDonato), a fictional star soprano with a major international operatic career. Scott is returning to her hometown, where she plans to help revitalize its struggling company by starring in a world premiere production of a newly discovered bel canto opera. Scott’s plans face a major hitch when the city’s NFL team earns its first Super Bowl appearance, threatening to completely overshadow her big performance. In short, this is an opera about opera, featuring one of America’s greatest living divas playing a great American diva, with a side-plot that involves pro football. It’s hard to imagine a more appropriate city for this world premiere than Dallas.

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