Much like human history, opera is epic in scale, full of murders and romantic intrigue, and frequently interrupted by deformed men in half-masks and capes. Get in on the grandeur with today's Groupon to The Dallas Opera at the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House. Choose between the following options:
- For $25, you get one Grand Tier ticket to Don Giovanni or Anna Bolena (up to a $69 value). See the sidebar for available show dates.
- For $99, you get a Grand Tier subscription, good for five Sunday Matinees during the 2010–11 season (up to a $275 value). See the sidebar for show dates.
The Dallas Opera kicks off its 2010–11 season of "Dangerous Desires" with Don Giovanni, considered by many to be Mozart's operatic masterwork. Mixing comedy with epic drama and the supernatural, the opera centers on the legendary Don Juan, a womanizing nobleman with a lengthy list of international conquests. By turns magnetic and murderous, romantic and raffish, calculating and clumsy, the Don wreaks hilarious havoc across all social classes and even draws the ire of the underworld down on his head. Tony-winning baritone Paulo Szot brings a dazzling vivacity to one of opera's most beloved anti-heroes, and he is surrounded by an equally stellar cast. Less rollicking but equally astounding is Donizetti's bel canto, Anna Bolena, which chronicles the final days of courtier, seductress, and queen Anne Boleyn (soprano Hasmik Papian) as she struggles to regain the affections of King Henry VIII (basso Oren Gradus), who's looking to trade up for a younger, more beautiful model. Adding a poignant note to this panorama of palace intrigue is the way Anne's mental and emotional meltdown presaged Donizetti's own sad downfall.
Those who can't decide which opera to see can nab a Grand Tier subscription to the entire season and see both of the above shows, as well as Verdi's Rigoletto, Gounod's Romeo and Juliet, and Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov. Whether your taste is for tragedy or comedy, you're guaranteed to experience the world-class production values, extraordinary international stars, and immortal music that have made The Dallas Opera a cultural institution since it premiered in 1957, starring the diva among divas, Maria Callas. Treat an operatic addiction with today's Groupon before suffering withdrawal symptoms such as vibrato limbs and melodramatic death scenes.
- On the highest level (fifth maybe?) they have a little smoking balcony for smokers during intermission. Even if you don't smoke, go check it out. The view of the Arts District is amazing and almost makes you feel like you're in a different city. – Ashleigh A., Yelp
- …fantastic acoustics. – Kelly L., Yelp
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