By David Salazar
The Dallas Opera has announced its 2022-23 community initiatives.
The main initiative will be “Crescendo,” an under-45 group aimed at bringing younger people from all backgrounds to the opera. As part of the program, participants will receive two mainstage tickets, discount ticket offers, four pre-show mixers, one back stage tour for two, and a special event invitation for the Hart Institute for Women Conductors.
“Whether it is live and in person at the Winspear, at home on a screen, or out in the neighborhood, we hope to make opera more accessible and approachable to the community,” said Ian Derrer, Dallas Opera’s Kern Wildenthal General Director and CEO, in an official press statement. “Crescendo is an exciting new initiative to attract the next generation of operagoers—and we hope livestreaming our annual People’s Choice Concert will achieve the same.”
The company will also host a People’s Choice Concert on Oct. 1, 2022. It will be headlined by the cast of “Rigoletto” and feature music director Emmanuel Villaume leading the company in a program of major opera hits. Tickets for the event are free and those unable to attend can also see the concert via livestream.
The organization also announced the return of “OperaTruck,” which will bring opera to communities in North Texas starting on Oct. 15. There will be shows throughout the season at the White Rock Center of Hope, South Dallas Cultural Center, Voice of Hope Ministries, Klyde Warren Park, and Fair Park.