An Afternoon of American Music with Dianna Sheehan – May 20, 2018

The Puccini Society of Dallas,
the Dallas Opera Guild, and the Dallas Theater Center Guild present

An Afternoon of American Music

The Dallas Opera Guild, the Dallas Theater Center Guild and The Puccini Society of Dallas present Dallas-based actor and cabaret singer DIANA SHEEHAN performing songs from the Jerome Kern Songbook.

Sunday, May 20, at 3:00 pm.

At the Home of Jan and James Clay
2007 Dublin Rd.,
Plano , TX 75094

$75 per person
Complimentary Valet Parking

Event fee: $75 per person, payable by check only (no credit or debit cards)
Maximum of two guests per member.


The Puccini Society of Dallas
PO Box 25105
Dallas, TX 75225

Dianna Sheehan Sings Jerome kern

Enjoy it all with sumptuous hors d’ oeuves, desserts and beverages on MAY 20:

  • 3:00 Doors open (no early entry)
  • 4:00 Program begins
  • 5:30 Event concludes

Puccini Friends:

We hope you plan to attend our program on Sunday, May 20, An Afternoon of American Music with Dianna Sheehan, at the home of Jan and James Clay.

The Clay’s home is fabulous, and so is their art collection. The lovely outdoor terrace should be particularly enjoyable in May.

Diana is an outstanding actress/singer and her show should be a real crowd-pleaser! If you check her credits you’ll find she has been active in many of our local theaters since coming here from New York, and has won some important awards.

I hope you’ll plan to join us and the Opera and Theater Guilds for this joint event again this year. Please note the reservation date deadline is May 16.

Marilyn Halla

Dallas Diva Laura Claycomb and Virginie Verrez – April 25, 2018

The Puccini Society of Dallas presents

Dallas Diva Laura Claycomb and Virginie Verrez

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
6:30 p.m. Hors D’Oeuvres Buffet and Wine
7:15 p.m. Program

Hosted by Enika & Richard Schulze
5042 Lakehill Court
Dallas, TX 75220
Valet Parking

Members and Guests: $30

R.S.V.P. to Bettie Francis
P.O. Box 25105
Dallas, TX 75225 or
puccinisociety @

Laua Claycomb and Virginie Verrez

The Puccini Society is honored to present an evening with our own Dallas Diva, Laura Claycomb (Donna Anna in Don Giovanni) and Vocal Competition winner Virginie Verrez (Zerlina in Don Giovanni) on WED., April 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Enika and Richard Schulze.

Please make your plans to attend, and look for our invitation in a few days.

I’ll hope to see you then,

Marilyn Halla

Will Hughes, Baritone with Cheryl Lemmons, Pianist – November 18, 2017

The Puccini Society of Dallas presents

“An Afternoon of Singing”

Will Hughes, Baritone
with Cheryl Lemmons, Pianist

Saturday, November 18, 2017
at 3:00 P.M.

Hosted by Bill and Leslie Cornog

6812 Hunters Glen Road
Dallas, TX 75205

Valet Parking
Guests: $30
Members: $25

R.S.V.P. to Bettie Francis
at 214.528.4554 or
P.O. Box 25105
Dallas, TX 75225 or
puccinisociety @


Puccini Friends:

I hope you have Nov. 18 on your calendar for the next Puccini program. Baritone Will Hughes will present “An Afternoon of Singing” for us in the fabulous home of Bill and Leslie Cornog. You will remember our being invited to their home last fall. Please be sure to make your plans to attend.

“An Afternoon of Singing” with Will Hughes and Cheryl Lemmons

Will Hughes, baritone, and Dallas native just wrapped up a summer season with Des Moines Metro Opera, where he covered the title role in Benjamin Britten’s Billy Budd. Will has also sung recent engagements with The Dallas Opera, Florida Grand Opera, and Opera in Concert, performing in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly (Prince Yamadori), Bizet’s Les pêcheurs de perles (Zurga), and covering roles in Mozart’s Così fan tutte (Guglielmo) and Menotti’s The Consul (John Sorel).

Will’s concert performances have included the baritone solos in the requiems of Brahms, Duruflé, and Fauré: the latter of which he sang at the ACDA National Conference in Dallas, along with the baritone solo in John Rutter’s Mass of the Children with Maestro Rutter conducting.

Will earned his Bachelor of Music degree from Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL, and his Master of Music degree from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ. This Spring, Will is rejoining Opera in Concert for their production of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale (Dr. Malatesta).

Marilyn Halla, Puccini Society of Dallas

School Daze – November 17, 2017

The Puccini Society of Dallas

“School Daze” by Opera in Concert

This fall, Opera in Concert presents two comic operas about education: “The Schoolmaster”, with a bumbling teacher trying to control his unruly class, and “Une Education Manquee” about a young couple whose schooling has neglected a crucial subject – “the birds and the bees”!

Performers include Edward Crafts, John Kuether, Lauren McNeese and Jocelyn Hansen, with Stephen Dubberly as music director and pianist.

Fri, November 17, 2017
8:00 PM – 11:00 PM CST

Sammons Center For the Arts
3630 Harry Hines Blvd
Dallas, TX 75219

Tickets online through Eventbrite

Puccini Society Events for Spring 2016

2016 Program Schedule

Portrait of Giacomo Puccini by Anne Cushing Ganz

Portrait of Giacomo Puccini by Anne Cushing Ganz

January 23
Erin Alcorn, soprano and Natalie Arduino, mezzo soprano
Mary Dibbern, pianist
“Music Around the World”

February 20
Students of Edward and Heather Crafts
Musica della Marche, Urbino, Italy

March 19
Desiree Mays of Santa Fe lectures
“The Real Madam Butterfly”
“Wagner’s Women”

April 3
Joint event with Dallas Opera Guild and Dallas Theater Guild
David Geist, Broadway pianist, conductor, coach
Contrasts opera and Broadway musicals

May 14
Wind Song Trio
Haley Sicking, soprano; Robin Korevaar, clarinet; Jonathan Tsay, piano

Programs for 2015-2016

The Puccini Society of Dallas – Programs for 2015-2016

Portrait of Giacomo Puccini by Anne Cushing Ganz

Portrait of Giacomo Puccini by Anne Cushing Ganz

Our Puccini Society board met recently to work on plans for the coming year.

Our new season will begin October 10 at Enika and Richard Schulze’s lovely home, with an event announcing the release of Jared Schwartz’s new CD by Toccata Classics/London of Gabriel Faure’s Songs for Bass Voice and Piano.  Accompanying Jared on the CD is Roy Howat, Scottish pianist and musicologist, who is known worldwide for his concerts, broadcasts and lectures.  Our own renowned Mary Dibbern is Artistic Director for the album, which is scheduled to be released in late September.

In addition, we will feature Mary Dibbern’s latest book, “Massenet and his Letters,” by Pendragon Press.  The original book of the composer’s letters was published in French in 2001 by his descendant, Ann Massenet.  Mary has translated the book into English.  It features letters and documents from the composer’s son-in-law and wife, whose long and frequent spa cures forced Massenet to experience unbearable solitude.  Our gathering will celebrate French composers and art songs.

On March 19 we are planning a joint meeting with The Wagner Society of Dallas, featuring noted opera lecturer Desiree Mays from Santa Fe.  Many of you may have attended her pre-performance lectures during The Santa Fe Opera season.  In addition, Ms. Mays gives pre-performance lectures at The Metropolitan Opera and The San Francisco Opera and leads opera tours for Act I Travel.  She also publishes “Opera Unveiled” each spring, giving an overview and synopsis of The Santa Fe Opera season.

Ms. Mays has prepared a new lecture on the recently discovered story of the actual Madam Butterfly and her real son.  She will lecture on this at The Metropolitan Opera later in March.  Our program will feature her Puccini lecture followed by our usual reception and then a lecture, “Wagner’s Women,” which she presented to The Wagner Society in San Francisco in 2014 to great acclaim.  Everyone is welcome to attend both lectures.

On April 3 we will co-sponsor a very special event with The Dallas Opera Guild and The Dallas Theater Center Guild.  It will be at the home of Kathy and Harlan Crow in their Presidential Library and concert hall.  With The Dallas Opera production of “Show Boat” just ready to open, our program will compare Broadway musicals with opera.  The Dallas Theater Center is presenting two musicals this season:  “Moonshine” and “Dream Girls”.  Broadway pianist and conductor David Geist of Santa Fe will present a program, which he wrote for The Santa Fe Opera Guild last year.  Stay tuned for details and information on this very special collaboration.

Of course, we will also present outstanding singers, who will sing Puccini arias in our other programs this season.  One of these programs will feature Edward and Heather Crafts’ young area students whom we helped sponsor in their summer program Musica Nelle Marche in Urbino, Italy, this year. Please plan to join us for all these outstanding programs next season.




Puccini Society Events for 2014-15

Please make a note of our 2014-15 dates and programs:

Locations and times will be published when they become available.