Dallas Opera announces 4-show season

Jenkins, GraemeThe Dallas Opera has announced its 2013-14 season, adding a fourth mainstage opera to this season’s smaller lineup of three major productions. That’s still under the five operas they had mounted in previous seasons.

Entitled Love Transformed, the season is made up of two familiar works, and two less well-known. It begins with Bizet’s Carmen, kicking off the season (as usual) in October. That classic will be followed in February 2014 with American composer Tod Machover’s Death and the Powers, then Erich Korngold’s Die Tote Stadt and Rossini’s The Barber of Seville in repertory in March and April.

Carmen will be directed by acclaimed gay stage director Bliss Hebert and conducted by Emmanuel Villaume. Death and the Powers, inspired by sci-fi, is a one-act opera by the still-living MIT professor Tod Machover, who specializes in a modern, rule-breaking operatic style. Die Tote Statd (The Dead City), by Hollywood composer Korngold, will be conducted by Sebastian Lang-Lessing and staged by Mikael Melbye.

No director or conductor was released for Barber of Seville, but it appears all four productions will have different artistic staffs. Dallas Opera musical director Graeme Jenkins, pictured, is stepping down following his conducting of The Aspern Papers, the last production of the current season. It runs in rep with Turandot starting in April.

Subscriptions for season tickets start at $76 for all four productions, and include benefits such as priority seating and exclusive cabaret recitals. DallasOpera.org.



—  Arnold Wayne Jones

NJ: Murder of trans woman Victoria Carmen White – disrespected by law enforcement

From Pam Spaulding:

People are mourning the tragic suicide of 18-year-old Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi; over in Maplewood, NJ, the young life of another person was taken from this earth as the result of a fatal shooting that should also receive your attention. (Maplewood Patch):

The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office reported today that the victim of a fatal shooting in Maplewood on Sunday was Victoria Carmen White, formerly James White. White had legally changed her name to Victoria Carmen following sex reassignment surgery.

The Prosecutor’s Office and Maplewood Police had originally identified the victim as James White. However, as stated in a release from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office this afternoon: “Following an examination by the Medical Examiner and further investigation, it has been confirmed that the victim was a post-operative transgender female having undergone sex reassignment surgery.”

Looking at the numerous photos of Victoria, I have to agree with Monica Roberts of Transgriot.

Take a look at the photos of Victoria interspersed throughout this post. Does she look like a ‘man’? When are you peeps going to get it through your heads, especially in the law enforcement and criminal justice communities that genitalia does not necessarily equal gender?

There is nothing indicating that IDing her in that manner is relevant to the shooting.

Fair point. Why mention it if it’s not relevant to the case?


—  John Wright