Single tickets for the 2008–2009 Dallas Opera Season went on sale to the general public on September 22, with subscriptions starting at just $75. The Fifty-Second International Season includes 20 performances of five productions: The Marriage of Figaro, Die Fledermaus, Roberto Devereux, La Bohème, and The Italian Girl in Algiers.

Last season, Mark Perkins’s own opera career (pictured) both began and ended. After 30 years of accomplished spectatorship, including having a backstage snapshot of his children taken in 1996 with Luciano Pavarotti following a performance at the Met, Mark finally made his own debut last season in the Dallas Opera’s production of Puccini’s Tosca. He was typecast as a bad guy – a member of the secret police in Act I and, in Act III, a gendarme in the firing squad that executes the hero. Perfect for his level of talent, the role required neither singing nor speaking. Next step: none, because some things are worth doing, but only once.

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