The Dallas Opera and Dallas Children’s Theater have joined forces for the first time to produce Dr. Miracle by Georges Bizet. This comic opera features future opera stars from the Southern Methodist University Vocal Department and the University of North Texas Opera Program. Dr. Miracle is sung in English and the work is performed with lively piano accompaniment. During this exciting time for the arts in Dallas, performing art companies are reaching out to families in our community. The Dallas Opera believes everyone should have access to great opera. They also want first impressions to be positive and awe-inspiring.
Dr. Miracle is set in Padua, Italy in the 19th century. The storyline involves Silvio, young soldier who plots to marry his love Laurette—the daughter of the town’s snobbish mayor. First he pretends to be Dr. Miracle and describes his cure all tonic. Then he disguises himself as a family servant who makes a hideous “poisoned” omelet. The Mayor and his wife Veronica run out of the house after smelling and even tasting the dish. This gives Silvio a chance to be alone with Laurette. The Mayor soon realizes the ruse and sends the lovesick soldier away.
Laurette’s family members panic when a note (written by Silvio) shares they were poisoned. The Mayor clutches his throat and sends for Dr. Miracle. Silvio returns disguised as the doctor with the miracle drug. There is one caveat for the Mayor—he must grant Laurette’s hand in marriage for the cure. Children and parents will find out whether the young lover wins his true love or merely ends up with egg on his face.
This event is a perfect way to introduce children to the magic, beauty and thrills of opera—even the youngest members of the family. Running under an hour without an intermission, parents are free to leave the performance as needed.
Dallas Children’s Theater Executive Artistic Director Robyn Flatt believes now more than ever, groups must work together to advance the arts. She says, “We’re very pleased that through this partnership with the Dallas Opera, our family-friendly space at Rosewood Center is going to be where many youngsters and their parents are introduced to the beauty of opera.”
All the performances begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Dallas Children’s Theater, Rosewood Center for Family Arts, located at 5938 Skillman, Dallas 75231. Tickets are $12 per person. Performance dates are on Friday, October 7, October 14, January 27, 2012 and February 3, 2012.
In celebration of “Art in October,” the Dallas Opera has special pricing for one matinee performance of Doctor Miracle on Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 2 p.m. in the Winspear Opera House. Tickets for the $5 Family Matinee will be available beginning September 12th by calling 214.443.1000 or at the door. Families will also be treated to excerpts from the upcoming Dallas Children’s Theater play, Madeline’s Christmas.