The Dallas Opera announced that it is canceling one of its mainstage productions for the upcoming season. Janacek’s Katya Kabanova. This production was set to pair with Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor. Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny made the decision based on financial concerns, and it seems to not just affect this year.
"Good governance requires us to reduce the number of main-stage productions and performances presented over the next several years, in order to bring the company’s financials back into balance. We are determined to accomplish our financial goals while upholding artistic standards worthy of one of the great, new opera destinations in the world. In time, we expect to grow the Dallas Opera back to five first-rate productions—and beyond," Cerny said in a press statement.
Janacek’s opera was the best choice for one to cut. It was probably the opera on the schedule with the least chance to drawn in non-subscription ticket buyers.
The season will open as scheduled on Friday, Oct. 21 with Lucia di Lammermoor. Subsequent performances will run through Nov. 6. Mid-February brings what the Dallas opera is calling an "opera in concert" production of Richard Wagner’s Tristan & Isolde. Yet, they still say that the production will feature video projections by designer Elaine J. McCarthy, whose work greatly impressed in the world premiere of Moby-Dick in 2010. How this will work, and exactly what is intended, is yet to be seen.
In February, their plans for a new chamber opera series at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre will go on as planned with three performances of a contemporary masterpiece, The Lighthouse, by British composer Peter Maxwell Davies.
April brings the usual pair of operas running in repertory. Giuseppe Verdi’s once-controversial La traviata, will run with Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Fortunately, the recent expansions of the Dallas Opera’s education and community outreach programs (now serving 30,000 children annually) will proceed as originally planned.
Single tickets for the 2011-2012 Season have not yet gone on sale; however, affected subscribers (FLEX and Full Season) will be given full refunds for the performances impacted by TDO’s ("The Dallas Opera’s") decision. An email containing detailed options will be sent to current Dallas Opera patrons by the end of the day.