Dallas Morning News previews Death and the Powers

Patricia Risley, as Evvy, left, and Robert Orth as Simon Powers, pose a scene from Dallas Opera's sci-fi "Death and the Powers" in Dallas, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. Photo credit: Ron Heflin/Special Contributor

Patricia Risley, as Evvy, left, and Robert Orth as Simon Powers, pose a scene from Dallas Opera’s sci-fi “Death and the Powers” in Dallas, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. Photo credit: Ron Heflin/Special Contributor

Perceptive article by Scott Cantrell in today’s Dallas Morning News. We hear that rehearsals are going well. Cannot wait to see the production next week at the spectacular Winspear Opera House. The role of Simon Powers will be sung by baritone Robert Orth, who is joined by leads Patricia Risley, Hal Cazelet and Joelle Harvey from the original Monaco production.

Keith Cerny, the Dallas Opera’s general director and CEO, first saw Death and the Powers three years ago, in a production by Chicago Opera Theater.

“I knew within about five minutes that I wanted to bring this piece to Dallas,” he says. “At its core, it’s an opera, sung by real opera singers, around which are wrapped the robots, these really beautiful and striking light displays, the onstage chandelier. To me, it’s a really beautiful and cohesive whole. And the climax of the piece is really moving.”

Read the full article here.

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