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Cowboys Stadium: Dallas Opera Returning For Simulcast Event

Posted Feb 12, 2013

ARLINGTON, Texas - In the fall, Cowboys Stadium is pretty much an exclusive football venue. In the spring, it’s a different story but still a place that houses exciting events featuring all cultures.

That was evident by Tuesday’s announcement at Cowboys Stadium that the Dallas Opera will return again this April for a simulcast showing of Puccini’s “Turnadot” on April 13. The simulcast will once again be viewed live on the Cowboys Stadium video board.

Admission and parking is free to the public, while concessions will be available for purchase.

This year’s event is also in conjunction with the Dallas Foundation, whose president Mary Jalonick said she enjoyed attending last year’s simulcast and getting to enjoy the event “with a beer and a hot dog.”

Last year’s event of Mozart’s “Magic Flute” drew a crowd of more than 15,000.

“Hosting the first ever live simulcast at Cowboys Stadium last spring was a wonderful way to reach out and connect with new audiences,” Cowboys owner Gene Jones said.  “Cowboys fans who might not be familiar with opera, as well as patrons who might not otherwise come out to Cowboys Stadium were able to see something new.
“From the reaction of those in attendance, I believe the evening was a complete success and we look forward to this fabulous encore!”

Before the
featured  presentation of “Turnadot,” there will also be a live performance of the 1957 Warner

Brothers Classic “What’s Opera, Doc?” starring Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd as the world’s largest cartoon screening.

“It’s been a personal goal of mine to bring tremendous artists and unforgettable entertainment to the widest possible audience here in North Texas,” said Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny. “I hope that the centralized location of Cowboys Stadium will—once again—attract music and theater lovers from here to the Red River, to this free simulcast of Puccini’s final and most glorious masterpiece.

Cerny added: “We want to set a fun and relaxed tone, right from the start, with our special screening of a phenomenally popular cartoon that’s a subversive work of genius: Warner Brothers Classics’ ‘What’s Opera, Doc?’ made in 1957, the year the Dallas Opera was launched.  That famously huge white horse Bugs rides will never be any bigger than on the screens at Cowboys Stadium; and I, for one, can’t wait!”

For tickets and more information, visit dallasopera.org/cowboys.

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