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Another Verdi masterpiece is coming to Dallas for the first time since 1988! For fans of Verdi's other classics such as La Traviata or Falstaff, Don Carlo features thrilling music and searing drama; political intrigue and personal passions! Called the "Hamlet of Italian Opera," by the New York Times, Don Carlo will premier March 20th at 7:30pm and run three additional performances through March 28th. Tickets start at $19, and you can buy them here before they are all sold out!

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By Giuseppe Verdi

Four Acts in Italian (1884, Milan Version)

Four Performances: March 20, 25 & 28, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.

March 22(m), 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

Father against son. Catholic against Protestant. Friend against friend.

If you are longing for thrilling music combined with searing drama, nobody does it better than Verdi. 

The terrors of the Spanish Inquisition are raging, and so are personal and political passions. France’s Princess Elizabeth is forced to marry Philip II, King of Spain, forsaking her beloved Don Carlo—the firebrand who turns out to be her husband’s own son! Add to the mix the terrifying Grand Inquisitor and the King’s duplicitous mistress, and the stage is set for an explosive mix of sex, politics, and religion.

With The Dallas Opera Orchestra and Chorus, and an international cast sharing the stage in this new opera-in-concert presentation, you may need to securely fasten your seatbelts.

Production Sponsors: Holly and Tom Mayer. Mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton appears as the Marnie and Kern Wildenthal Principal Artist. 

Art from the Meadows Museum Collections and special exhibitions. 


Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume

Director: Edward Berkeley

Costume Design: Constance Hoffman

Lighting Design: Krista Billings

Wig and Make-up Design: Dawn Rivard

Chorus Master: Alexander Rom


Leah Crocetto*: Elizabeth de Valois

Jamie Barton*: Princess Eboli

Robert Watson*: Don Carlo

Lucas Meachem: Rodrigo

Morris Robinson: King Philip II

Andrea Silvestrelli: The Grand Inquisitor

David Leigh: A Monk

Ewa Plonka*: Tebaldo

Ángel Vargas*: Count Lerma/Herald

Elizabeth Sutphen*: A Heavenly Voice 

* Dallas Opera debut

Explore the many ways in which we connect to the world around us through our senses in speechless: different by design, an exhibition of multisensory, interactive, and immersive experiences for visitors of all backgrounds and abilities. Created in collaboration with designers, scholars, and scientists, speechless presents unique opportunities for discovering new perspectives through communications beyond speech and words.

Co-organized by the Dallas Museum of Art and the High Museum of Art, speechless: different by design will debut site-specific installations and new commissions by six leading and emerging international designers and design teams—Ini Archibong, Matt Checkowski, Misha Kahn, Steven and William Ladd, Laurie Haycock Makela, and Yuri Suzuki. Their new works will create participatory environments in which senses are merged or substituted for one another—for instance, sound will become visible and language will become tactile—so that visitors can engage with their surroundings in new and unconventional ways.

speechless: different by design requires a $16 ticket with discounts for seniors, students, and military. DMA Members and children 11 and under are free.

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The Crow Museum of Asian Art of The University of Texas at Dallas is pleased to present a focused multi-year exhibition series dedicated to making visible the work of emerging and established Texas-based contemporary Asian women artists. The artists presented in this program focus on contemporary issues both in Texas and abroad, giving voice to complex, humanized stories of identity, place, tradition and modernity.

In her first major exhibition in Dallas, Austin-based artist Beili Liu has created two site-responsive installations, Lure/Dallas and Each and Every/Dallas, in two of the Museum’s galleries, that together touch on the theme of human connection. Through her practice, Liu subjects commonplace materials to unorthodox processes, extrapolating complex cultural narratives around the trauma associated with migration and diaspora.

This exhibition is the inaugural exhibition of the museum’s Texas Asian Women Artists Series.


The Lure Installation Series borrows from the ancient Chinese legend of The Red Thread, which tells that when children are born, invisible red threads connect them to their soul mates. Over the years of their lives they come closer and eventually find each other, overcoming great social divides or physical distances.

The installation makes use of thousands of hand-coiled disks of red thread, each pierced at the center by a single sewing needle, enabling its suspension from the ceiling. A disk may be connected to another, as a pair; and a pair of disks is made from a single thread. Subtle air currents set the red thread coils swaying and turning slowly as the loose strands of thread on the floor drift and become entangled.

Each composition of the series is designed to carefully respond to the given space and its architectural specificities. Unique compositions of the Lure Series have been previously shown in San Francisco; Los Angeles; Buffalo; Shanghai, China; Fiskars, Finland; Kaunas, Lithuania; Munich, Germany; London, UK; Como, Italy, and Kraków, Poland, among others.

Each and Every/Dallas

Each and Every/Dallas is a large-scale site-responsive installation and performance project consisting of hundreds of articles of children’s clothing that have been preserved and quieted by industrial cement. Organized to line the gallery floor, yet poised just inches above the ground, the work occupies a rectilinear space that is expansive and penetrates the building’s structure. Though the garments have been transformed by cement, they maintain the drapes, folds, and materiality familiar to fabric. Above the expanse of clothing, hundreds of lines of cement-dipped thread hang in an organic sequence, occupying the vertical space between the floor and ceiling, guiding the viewer’s eyes upwards, offering a sense of hope.

As an artist, mother, and immigrant, the installation and corresponding performance piece was conceptualized in response to the migrant children crisis and the separation of migrant children from their parents at the southern border of the United States. As the title and work suggest, Each and Every/Dallas calls attention back to the individual experiences of these children and their families, generating space for empathy and understanding.

Each and Every was originally commissioned by MadArt Studio, Seattle.

About the Artist:

Beili Liu is a visual artist who creates material and process-driven, site-responsive installations. Working with commonplace materials and elements such as thread, scissors, paper, stone, fire, and water, Liu manipulates their intrinsic qualities to extrapolate complex cultural narratives. Liu’s work has been exhibited in Asia, Europe, and across the United States. She has held solo exhibitions at venues such as the Ha Gamle Prestegard, Norwegian National Art and Culture Center; Hua Gallery, London, UK; and the Chinese Culture Foundation in San Francisco. Liu has been awarded the 2016 Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant, and named the 2018 Texas State Artist in 3D medium by the Texas State Legislature and the Texas Commission on the Arts. Liu’s work has received support from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Artistic Innovation and Collaboration Grant (Women and Their Work, 2013) and the National Endowment for the Arts (Museum of Southeast Texas, 2014).

Born in Jilin, China, Liu now lives and works in Austin, Texas. She received her MFA from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and is currently a Professor of Art at The University of Texas at Austin.

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