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Women’s Voices in Concert – January 25, 2020

Puccini Society of Dallas Presents

Gabrielle Gilliam, soprano
Kayla Nanto, mezzo soprano
Mary Dibbern, pianist
and Ryan Lescalleet, stage director

Women’s Voices in Concert
Gabrielle Gilliam, soprano
Kayla Nanto, mezzo soprano
Mary Dibbern, pianist
and Ryan Lescalleet, stage director

Featuring the Poetry and Music of
Extraordinary Women Composers

Saturday, Jan. 25
at the home of
Enika and Richard Schulze
5042 Lakehill Court,
Dallas, TX 75220

3:00 p.m.
Members $25 – Guests $30
Valet Parking

Music sung in English to settings of poetry and music by women, as well as music by men that examines women’s life experiences from the male viewpoint. The poet Emily Dickinson is featured and the music of Amy Beach, Aaron Copland, Madeleine Dring, Jake Heggie, Mary Howe, Lori Laitman, Liza Lehmann, and Igor Stravinsky.

I hope you plan to join us for this delightful program featuring Mary Dibbern and these outstanding young singers who are part of the Dallas Opera Education and Outreach program.  It features poetry and music by women composers entitled “Women’s Voices in Concert”.  Not all the music is in a serious vein, and I think you’ll find some of the selections quite humorous and entertaining.

We are always grateful to Enika and Richard Schulze for hosting us in their wonderful home, 5042 Lakehill Court, 75220.  We meet at the usually 3:00 with valet parking provided.  You may respond to this email or to Jana Irwin;

Marilyn Halla

Performer Bios

Soprano Gabrielle Gilliam, a native of Houston, is a recent graduate of UNT with the Master of  Music degree in Vocal Performance under the guidance of her voice teacher Professor Carol Wilson. As a vocalist with The Dallas Opera Education and Outreach program since 2016, Gilliam has performed Bastienne in Mozart’s Bastien and Bastienne and Dorabella in John Davis’ The Bremen Town Musicians. She will make her main stage TDO debut next season in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice in the role of Amore. In past seasons, TDO engaged her as understudy for Musetta in La Boheme and Pamina in The Magic Flute. The Texas Classical Review recently praised her performance of Serafina in Donizetti’s Il Campanello with Opera in Concert as demonstrating “extraordinary career potential…with a substantial and sweet timbre and bel canto flexibility”. With UNT Opera she debuted several major roles including Violetta Valéry in La Traviata, Blanche de la Force in Dialogues des Carmélites, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow, Johanna in Sweeney Todd, and Antonia in Les contes d’Hoffmann. 

Mezzo-soprano Kayla Nanto is a member of The Dallas Opera’s Education and Outreach program where she continues her performances this season in Davies’ The Bremen Town Musicians. Concurrently she is also working for The Fort Worth Opera as one of their Lesley Resident Artists. Nanto completed her Master of Music in Vocal Performance at UNT and Bachelor of Music at University of Northern Colorado. Her most recent engagements include Fileno in Clori, Tirsi, e Fileno with the Dallas-based American Baroque Opera, Alto soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Ft. Worth Symphony Orchestra, Alto soloist in Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle with the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Choral Union, Suzuki (cover) in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly with Opera Ft. Collins, and Ulisse in Orchestra of New Spain’s world premiere of Achillo in Sciro.  During her studies, she performed the roles of Siébel in Gounod’s Faust, Petra in A Little Night Music, and Flora in Verdi’s La Traviata at UNT and at University of Northern Colorado, the title role in Bizet’s Carmen, and Angelina in Rossini’s La Cenerentola

Pianist Mary Dibbern is in her eighth season at The Dallas Opera as Music Director of Education and Family Programs. She received her Master of Music in piano from SMU, studying with Maestro Paul Vellucci. In 1978, she moved to Paris, France, to study with Nadia Boulanger and Dalton Baldwin and to accompany singers studying with Pierre Bernac and Gérard Souzay. Living in Paris for 31 years, she worked internationally as an opera coach for the Opéra National  de Paris and other major companies in France, Europe, Asia and the US. She has extensive recital and recording credits with Radio France, Claves, Harmonia Mundi France, Maguelone, Toccata Classics and JTP Productions. She has written eight books on French opera and song repertoire for Pendragon Press (NY) and her editions of vocal music are published by Musik Fabrik (Paris) and Classical Vocal Reprints (USA). 

Ryan Lescalleet, staging director, is currently enjoying his eighth season with The Dallas Opera’s Educational Outreach where he has served as Touring Manager for eight separate productions. For seven seasons he was also assistant director and this season he has re-staged The Bremen Town Musicians. Next season he will direct TDO’s production of Jack and the Beanstalk. Lescalleet also served as Company Manager at Undermain Theatre for nine seasons and helped produce the Festival of Independent Theatres for three seasons. He is committed to spreading theatre and opera to the surrounding community and hopes that you will enjoy today’s 

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End of Season Supper – May 5, 2019

The Puccini Society of Dallas Presents

Ed Flaspoehler and Friends
A Program of New Music by Dallas Composers

Sunday, May 5, 2019, 5:30 PM

Join us in celebrating the end of the season with supper and an evening of music by Dallas Composers. Program includes the premiere performance of the Sonata for Flute and Piano (2018) by Gregory Sullivan Isaacs, and the Piano Trio, “Moments in Memory,” by Mark Landson.

Ed Flaspoehler Flute
Gregory Sullivan Isaacs Composer
Mark Landson Composer and Violin
John LandefeldCello
Sunny Heesun YunPianoS

Hosted by Bettie Francis
3600 Princeton Avenue
Dallas, TX 75205

Members $40, Guests $45

Valet Parking

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

Gregory Sullivan Isaacs is an American musician, composer, classical music critic and music director who has held musical directorships of opera, choral, and symphonic organizations. Since 2014, he has been the senior classical music critic for the online arts magazine TheaterJones, as well as a freelance writer for other publications, including The Fort Worth Star Telegram.  He is a member of ASCAP and the Music Critics Association of North America.

Mark Landson is a violinist, violist, composer, the founder and Director of Open Classical, and the founder and violist of contemporary music group Neo Camerata. He has been featured by the Dallas Observer in their “Top 100 Creatives in Dallas” series, by DFW arts website TheaterJones in their “Forward Thinkers” series, and through numerous other broadcast interviews and press articles as a prolific contributor to the creative culture of North Texas.

Pianist Sunny Heesun Yun is from South Korea. As a solo pianist, she has performed throughout America, Europe, and South Korea. She won the first place in several international competitions, including Rose Petroff Foundation Piano Competition in San Antonio, Texas, American Protégé International Piano and String Competition in New York City, American Protégé International Concerto Competition in New York City, and International Symphonic Workshops Piano Competition in Varna, Bulgaria. Sunny Yun is a member of the piano faculty at Eastfield College in Dallas.

Puccini Society member Ed Flaspoehler is an accomplished flutist. In 2018, he commissioned his friend, Gregory Sullivan Isaacs, to write a Sonata for Flute and Piano, which will receive its first public performance with Puccini Society of Dallas on May 5, 2009. Ed also performs frequently at Open Classical, hosted by Mark Landson, and has invited Mark to perform his piano trio, “Moments in Memory,” on the same program.

Cellist, John Landefeld, will perform as part of the piano trio.

Puccini’s Manon Lescaut – February 23, 2019

The Puccini Society of Dallas Presents

Dr. Stephen Dubberly, UNT Opera
A Lecture and Performance on
Puccini’s Opera Manon Lescaut

Alisa Magallon, Soprano, and
James Chamberlain, Tenor

Hosted by
Enika and Richard Schultz
5042 Lakehill Court
Dallas, TX 75220

Valet Parking
Members $25 – Guests $30

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

STEPHEN DUBBERLY Associate Professor and Music Director at UNT’s Opera Department

Our February program will be presented by Stephen Dubberly, UNT School of Music Director of Opera.  Many of you know Stephen and will welcome him back again.  He will discuss Puccini’s “Manon Lescaut” which will be presented by the Dallas Opera in early March.  Along with his informative talk on the composition and history and story of this work, he will bring singers from the UNT Opera Program to sing arias from this opera.  Enika and Richard Schulze will host us once again, and members of the Dallas Opera Guild will be invited to attend.  

Please put Saturday, Feb. 23 on your calendar and plan to attend this program.  “Manon Lescaut” is one of the less familiar Puccini operas, and your attendance of a performance will be greatly enhanced by learning more about it.

In 2016 The Dallas Opera presented the French version of this story, “Manon” by Jules Massenet, but the Italian version is an entirely different work, and is one of Puccini’s most beautiful compositions.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Marilyn Halla

Wind Song Trio – January 13, 2019

The Puccini Society of Dallas Presents

The Wind Song Trio
Haley Sicking, Soprano,
Robin Korevaar, Clarinet, and
Jonathan Tsay, Piano

Sunday, January 13, 2019, 3:00PM

Hosted by Bill and Leslie Cornog
6812 Hunter’s Glen Road
Dallas, TX 75205

Valet Parking
Guests $30 – Members $25

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

Haley Sicking

Puccini Friends:  Happy New Year!  We begin the new year with a program presented by the Wind Song Trio on Sunday ( not the usual Sat.) afternoon, Jan. 13.  You may recall this trio presented our program a few years back at the home of Faye Briggs and were enthusiastically received by all.

Haley Sicking, soprano recently sang on the program given in conjunction with the Dallas Opera’s Women Conductors Symposium with the Dallas Opera Orchestra under the direction of Emmanuel Villaume.  She will sing for us along with Robin Korevaar, clarinet and Jonathan Tsay, piano.  This fine professional trio has presented various programs throughout the community, among which is the Basically Beethoven summer series at the Moody Performance Hall.

Our program is given in memory of our well remembered member, Gus Hoehn.  Gus was a music enthusiast and life long clarinet player in addition to being a successful engineer.  Many of Gus’ friends will join us to remember and honor him.

We meet at the lovely, art filled home of Bill and Leslie Cornog, 6— Hunter’s Glen, 75205, at our regular 3:00 time.  I hope to see you there!

Marilyn Halla

A Night in Berlin – November 30, 2918

The Puccini Society of Dallas recommends

Opera in Concert presents

A Night In Berlin

“A Night in Berlin”, features complete performances in English of
Mahagonny Songspiel by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill and
The Tide by Boris Blacher

Come experience the jazzy opera that created a riot when it premiered in 1927! Also on the bill is a tense psychological drama of four characters trapped by the tide on a half-sunken wreck.

Featuring: Rachel Catlett, Gabrielle Gilliam, Stephanie Smittie, Stephen Brennfleck, Doug Brunker, Edward Crafts, Joshua Hughes and John Kuether. Stephen Dubberly directs from the keyboard.

Kurth Hall in Sammons Center, Friday, November 30, 2018
Address: 3630 Harry Hines Blvd, Dallas, TX 75219

Tickets are $20 ($10 for students)

Courtney Stancil and Christopher Leach – December 8, 2018

The Puccini Society of Dallas presents

An Afternoon of Opera Arias and Duets

Courtney Stancil, Soprano
Christopher Leach, Tenor
Mary Dibbern, Pianist

Saturday, December 8, 2018, at 3:00PM

Hosted by Nancy Ashley
3816 Southwestern Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75225

Valet Parking

Members: $25, Guests: $30

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

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

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.