Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Michael Mayes' sexy (and fun) debut at Dallas Opera

Michael Mayes as Wendell Swann in Great Scott
The Dallas Opera world premiere of Heggie's newest opera, Great Scott, with a libretto by Terrence McNally, is currently running through November 15th. The all-star cast includes Barihunks favorite Michael Mayes as Wendell Swann along with fellow barithunks Kevin Burdette and Nathan Gunn, who join Joyce DiDonato, Ailyn Pérez, Frederica von Stade, Anthony Roth Costanzo and Garrett Sorenson. The production is under the guidance of noted American director Jack O’Brien with choreography by John De Los Santos.

The story is about opera star Arden Scott, who returns to her hometown to save the struggling company that launched her career. The opening night performance of the long-lost opera she discovered falls on the same night as the home team’s first National Championship game. The fate of the company hangs in the balance as Arden discovers that greatness is truly a matter of heart.

We, of course, had to share these photos of Michael Mayes, who grew up in Cut and Shoot, Texas, where he played football. A football injury actually started his career trajectory in the world of opera. This performance marks his debut with the Dallas Opera. He's had great success 40 miles down the Tom Landry Highway at the Fort Worth Opera in Tom Cipullos' Glory Denied and Mark Adamo's Lysistrata

The production will next head to the San Diego Opera from May 7-15, 2016 with Isabel Leonard taking over the role of the diva from Joyce DiDonato. Additional information is available online.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the morning treat!

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