The AT&T Performing Arts Center and The Dallas Opera Are Thrilled to Announce a Free, Public Simulcast of TDO’s 2011 Opening Night, Including a Performance of Donizetti’s Lucia Di Lammermoor.   The AT&T Performing Arts Center will provide all the excitement and thrills of the Opening Night of the opera company’s upcoming 2011-2012 “Tragic Obsessions” Season  will be on street-level, public display, free of charge.   This will be a great, free night for everyone in the Greater Metroplex area, from the red-carpet arrivals to the outdoor curtain-calls for the cast and chorus that will bring this remarkable evening to a fitting close.

“Plazacast @ the Center,” our second simulcast, will be held in Sammons Park and other areas of the plaza in front of the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center (2403 Flora Street). This glittering event gets underway on the evening of Friday, October 21, 2011, beginning at 6:20 p.m. (curtain time: 7:30 p.m.).   The new location has the added advantage of allowing music aficionados and the opera-curious to bring their own blankets, picnic baskets and lawn chairs; to make a full evening of this festive affair, supported by SmartWater. (However, AT&T and the Dallas Opera respectfully request that you leave your pets at home. Minor children must be accompanied by an adult.)

Attendees will have an outstanding view of the red carpet “fashion show” that kicks-off the event and a gigantic screen on the lawn will transport them inside the Margaret McDermott Performance Hall and down to the Shannon and Ted Skokos Stage for opening remarks, prior to the evening’s eagerly-anticipated performance.The opera itself will be sung in the original language, Italian, with English language subtitles projected onto the screen. Whether indoors or out, Center patrons won’t miss a moment of the melodrama!  This Plazacast also marks the company’s most recent collaboration with the Dallas Opera, which partnered with ATTPAC for last season’s opening night simulcast from the newly re-dedicated Annette Strauss Square.   “We have found that free simulcasts are extraordinary magnets for families and individuals who have never before been to an opera,” explains Dallas Opera Chief Marketing Officer & Director of Community Outreach Jennifer Schuder.

SmartWater will provide free water for Plazacast patrons at their clearly marked tent. Other food and drink will be available on-site and within easy walking distance of the simulcast. Restroom facilities will be located across Flora Street in well-lit areas.



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