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It’s The People’s Choice For Opera. Cast Your Vote. 8

Every day on Art&Seek, we’re talking to people who have tips for virtual art experiences.  Share yours with us on Facebook, Instagram or @artandseek on Twitter. Click above to listen to Ian Derrer, General Director of The Dallas Opera, share his tip with KERA’s Nilufer Arsala. 

Ian Derrer, General Director  & CEO of The Dallas Opera

The Biennial Lone Star Vocal Competition is going virtual! In response to the needs of young artists in tough times, The Dallas Opera and Dallas Opera Guild, are moving the competition online.

“It’s the ultimate “People’s Choice! And folks like you get to decide the winner!” Says Ian Derrer, General Director of The Dallas Opera.

Ten finalists of aspiring opera singers will be selected by a panel of judges. The finalists’videos will be displayed from June 1-7 at and during that time the general public can vote for their favorite. The winner of the most votes will be announced on June 8 on The Dallas Opera’s website and their social media platforms.

View Lone Star Vocal finalists’ videos from June 1-7 and vote for your favorite at

The winner of the competition will receive a $1,000 prize and an invitation to automatically participate in next year’s National Vocal Competition semi-finals.

In addition to the Biennial Lone Star Vocal Competition, here’s more from The Dallas Opera. They’re teaming up with WRR 101. 1 FM to present two beloved operas from their past.

La traviata (2004)  Photo: George Landis.

“Faust” (1998) Saturday, June 6 at 7 p.m. on WRR
Listen to our own Mrs. Eugene McDermott Music Director Emmanuel Villaume’s debut with TDO! Filled with famous tunes, Gounod’s hit tells the tale of Faust, who makes a deal with the devil—and loses! Starring Veronica Villarroel as Marguerite, Stuart Neill as Faust, and Robert Lloyd as Mephistopheles.

“La traviata” (2004) Saturday, July 11 at 7 p.m. on WRR
Verdi’s heart-rending story of a “fallen woman” with a heart of gold overflows with some of the composer’s most gorgeous melodies. Starring Sondra Radvanovsky as Violetta, Marcus Haddock as Alfredo, and James Westman as Giorgio Germont. Conducted by former Music Director Graeme Jenkins.

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