Making History: Dallas Opera–and a decades old production!!

With each breath and step we take, a sliver of history is created: Micro-history, I like to call it.  Macro-history, however, is created via demonstrable over-arches that bend the arc of narrative…at least, and until–in the case of records–they are replaced.

Such will be the case later this week when the Dallas Opera steals most of the fine-arts thunder nationwide, when it simulcasts a ‘live feed’ of its current production of The Magic Flute on Saturday April 28, 2012 .  With well over 30,000 expected to attend the event at Cowboy Stadium (5 times higher than the original block of seats allocated), it will for certain become the most attended live operatic simulcast in American History…at least for now.

The introspect here–when examining perspective–is that history is about to be made thanks to, well…history!  The decades old, ever audience/family friendly, almost vaudevillian August Everding production of Flute (originating at the Lyric Opera of Chicago) seems to be the perfect vehicle to drive those 30-some-odd-thousand people to the stadium.  If Mr. Everding were alive (having worked with him on this production myself), I am sure he would be delighted that the history making production he created so long ago was going to be creating history anew.

Mr. Everding was an affable man to my recollection; quick to smile, broad of thinking, but always on the cutting edge.  His equally momentous, but now somewhat dated, staging of the Ring brought us trampolines, bungee cords, and neon lighting…’tres au courant’ for the late 80’s and early 90’s.  He never did, however, lose sight of the ‘humanity of characterization’; something that is profoundly important in this particular Magic Flute.  Faithfully remounted but somewhat revised over the years by Matthew Lata, I find it a real treat (and challenge) to revisit ALL of the characters (not just my own) in this rollicking, funny, timely,–and yes–poignant story telling of Mozart’s final opera.

Please remember: We are here to entertain and charm an audience; as well as convey a tale of maturation, fidelity, love, and indeed discord.  Mr. Lata has one golden rule of directorial advice that he provides to himself: “Never argue with an audience response.”  Well if that’s the case, then this past weekend’s opening at the Winspear Opera House is a giant (Texas sized stadium) success.  With a cast of Mozartean greats, and greats to be; this overall event will surely result in a clamor among Opera Company Administrators all across the country, where the eye on the prize will be: “How can we top what they just did in Dallas??”

This should be fun; and will again give new meaning to the old show-biz adage, “It takes 20 years to become an overnight success”!!!


P.s. I would like to thank Gene (and Jerry) Jones, owners of the Dallas Cowboy’s Football franchise, as well as Phil Whitfield (docent) for the personal and OUTSTANDING tour of the facility.  It was a real pleasure to see a stadium so filled with fine contemporary art, and superb seating for all the fans!  I only regret not being able to actually SEE the Opera Simulcast, since I will be performing as a part of it, of course!!!  The HD feed on a screen that is over 70 feet tall, and 60 yards wide, will be a real eye popper for the 35K-40K that attend The Magic Flute over hot dogs/beer/soda.  Mozart would be so proud!!!



41 Comments so far

  1. Guarani O. April 23rd, 2012 10:04 pm

    Huge chest! Gotta love that! Beats the Lion King!!

  2. Joy T. April 23rd, 2012 10:37 pm

    Orange and green; oooohhhhhh

  3. Edita A. April 23rd, 2012 10:37 pm

    Love that smoking savage.

  4. Carm Y. April 23rd, 2012 11:19 pm

    Saw your photos on FB, wow what make up.

  5. Otera P. April 23rd, 2012 11:39 pm

    Sexy man you are. Nice to see some of that on the opera stage.

  6. Sarah G. April 23rd, 2012 11:49 pm

    Nice show, nice article.

  7. Marenda Q. April 24th, 2012 12:25 am

    Forget those tuxedos. Give me that wild savage look of yours anytime!

  8. Robert E. April 24th, 2012 3:21 am

    Wish you could write more for some big publications. You are much better.

  9. Ally D. April 24th, 2012 4:08 am

    You looked great in this production. Saw dress rehearsal, and you sing really great too.

  10. Susan K. April 24th, 2012 4:35 am

    Big green pec muscles…mmmmmm

  11. George V. April 24th, 2012 4:46 am

    Smart writing and nice perspective. Thanks for remembering your mentors.

  12. Frieda S. April 24th, 2012 4:59 am

    Bet you have no problem getting dates with the ladies Mr. Cangelosi!!!!

  13. May C. April 24th, 2012 5:05 am

    Nice chest David. Sexy savage!

  14. Percy N. April 24th, 2012 6:00 am

    David: I love your writing style. Personal and intelligent.

  15. Mildred G. April 24th, 2012 6:06 am

    What a fine production this was. I had no idea it was over 20 years old.

  16. Wendy L. April 24th, 2012 6:37 am

    OK; so that was one sexy outfit you wore. Along with that whip; well, what can I say!!!

  17. Ravi C. April 24th, 2012 7:07 am

    This posting was so on the spot. History is always made based upon what often comes before it.

  18. Lanny T. April 24th, 2012 7:43 am

    History indeed.

  19. Kursi K. April 24th, 2012 7:47 am

    My kids loved this show. They stayed in their seats and attentive the entire evening! Thank you Dallas Opera!!

  20. Thomas M. April 24th, 2012 8:15 am

    Someone has been working out!!

  21. David H. April 24th, 2012 8:31 am

    You sing this Monostatos better than anyone I have ever heard. It is a role I usually don’t pay much attention to, but you really made him come alive.

  22. Carolyn R. April 24th, 2012 9:59 am

    I agree with Kimberly. Loved your pecs and the green makeup. And my god that hair of yours!!! Yowza!!!!!

  23. Kimberly Y. April 24th, 2012 10:43 am

    Sexy costume you wore David! HOT!!!

  24. Larry S. April 24th, 2012 11:52 am

    We will see this production at the stadium David. This was nice to read beforehand!

  25. Mary M. April 24th, 2012 12:13 pm

    Thanks for this. It was a nice read.

  26. Terren Z. April 24th, 2012 12:27 pm

    You should write for someone; your stuff is much better than what I read in Opera News or other publications.

  27. Jim K. April 24th, 2012 12:50 pm

    Great stuff here David.

  28. Tara E. April 24th, 2012 12:58 pm

    As usual, a nicely written article…

  29. Fred P. April 24th, 2012 1:44 pm

    Saw this Magic Flute, David. You were all terrific on opening night!!

  30. Peter G. April 24th, 2012 1:52 pm

    I loved your recollections of August Everding. Saw you in his Ring in Chicago, you were the best Mime I have ever seen!!

  31. Kelly V. April 24th, 2012 2:22 pm

    Hot pix you make!

  32. Gata A. April 25th, 2012 1:14 am

    Nice article, and saw some of the photos of you with the 3 ladies. REALLY NICE.

  33. Kostis V. April 25th, 2012 1:21 am

    Wish I could dress up and have fun like that.

  34. Parsimony K. April 25th, 2012 2:46 am

    Very strong performance, and sexy outfit. Monostatos never looks that good usually.

  35. Wilburn S. April 25th, 2012 4:01 am

    Your writing is great and I saw you the other night. Cool costume and make-up. Great job on role too!

  36. Theordora T. April 25th, 2012 6:55 am

    Outstanding article Mr. Cangelosi; thank you.

  37. Rielle Y. April 25th, 2012 11:24 am

    Wouldn’t normally write this; but DA-YAM.

  38. Sally B. April 25th, 2012 11:01 pm

    Hear the tour of the stadium was magnificent. How lucky you all were.

  39. Jon B. April 26th, 2012 12:14 am

    A great recap on this production. My family and I will see it in the stadium too.

  40. Leonora M. April 26th, 2012 12:30 am

    Several families from my church are going. They will love it! Thanks for doing it!

  41. Henry P. April 26th, 2012 12:31 am

    David: So very well written and some nice memories you put into your remarks.

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