The Dallas Opera, in partnership with AT&T Stadium and with support from our presenting sponsor, The Dallas Foundation, is extremely proud to announce the company’s third stadium simulcast—the seventh free Dallas Opera simulcast since 2010.
Gene Jones, wife of Cowboys Owner, President and General Manager Jerry Jones, whose vision led to the Stadium’s museum-quality collection of contemporary art, helped announced the event Monday at the stadium in a press conference that also featured Dallas Opera general director and CEO Keith Cerny, The Dallas Foundation Board of Governors Valerie Freeman and Kevin Moriarty, artistic director of the Dallas Theater Center.
The Dallas Opera’s 2014 AT&T Stadium Simulcast of Italian composer Gioachino Rossini’s THE BARBER OF SEVILLE will take place the evening of Friday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:00 p.m.) at AT&T Stadium. Patrons will be able to enjoy a complete live performance on the world’s largest high-definition video board structure, comprised of four massive viewing screens (the largest, 72 feet tall and 160 feet wide) suspended directly above the playing field.
At 7:00 p.m., prior to the live performance, the Dallas Opera will present another of the world’s largest cartoon screenings (based on screen size): a 1950 animation masterpiece from Warner Brothers Classics, “Rabbit of Seville” starring Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd and voted one of the greatest cartoons ever produced (in 1994, by a thousand members of the animation field).
Along with free admission, the event also includes free parking, although concessions will be available by purchase.
“When we agreed to host the first-ever live simulcast just two years ago, we didn’t realize this collaboration would spark the beginning of a beautiful friendship,” Gene Jones said. “This year we are excited to introduce one of opera’s most popular characters to a whole new audience at AT&T Stadium. With the past success of this event, we are more confident than ever in the power of music and drama to bring people together and, like great sporting events, to enhance the life and spirit of our community.”
Directed by animation legend Chuck Jones, the cartoon satirizes the opera house experience, both onstage and off, accompanied by the music of Rossini’s most famous overture.
Free general admission tickets can be obtained through the Dallas Opera website, effective immediately, at www.dallasopera.org/simulcast.
“We are excited that for the third year the Dallas Opera will once again hold their simulcast at AT&T Stadium,” said Charlotte Anderson, the Cowboys Chief Brand Officer. “The Dallas Opera has displayed an impressive ability to create an event that takes unique planning, as well as imagination. It’s a partnership in which everyone emerges a winner—especially people seeking access to outstanding cultural experiences right here in our own community for themselves and their children.”