The new season of Dallas Opera is underway and it’s filled with classic dramas, new series, and foreign favorites.

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Tristan & Isolde opens Thursday, February 16, and if James Franco and Sophia Myles didn’t quite do it for you then Clifton Forbis and Jeanne-Michelle Charbonnet’s German rendition of love and death will certainly win you over. Richard Wagner’s opera, based on an ancient Celtic legend, looks into desire, sacrifice, and the twisted consequences of intervening on revenge. The opera runs for four hours and thirty minutes with two intermissions. The four performances run from February 16 to February 25.

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The Lighthouse, which is part of the Dallas Opera’s Chamber Opera Series that focuses on contemporary pieces, opens Friday, March 16, for a three-night run, and will be staged by Dallas Theatre Center’s Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty in his opera debut, and conducted by Nicole Paiment, also making her Dallas Opera debut. Based on a true story about three lighthouse keepers who disappeared from the Flannan Isles of Scotland, The Lighthouse is a haunting ghost story that will keep the audience on edge until the very end.

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La Traviata will make its Winspear debut on Friday, April 13. Originally titled Violetta after the main character, La Traviata stars Greek soprano Myrto Papatansiu in her American debut, and James Valenti. The six performances run from April 13 to the 29th.

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The Magic Flute opens on Friday, April 20 and ends the 2011-2012 season of lost love and vanishing souls on a happier note; one filled with wonder and adventure. Mozart’s final opera is also widely viewed to be his best, and features spectacular, fairy tale-esque elements—a dashing hero, a princess, a mysterious queen—making it the perfect opera for the whole family. It runs from April 20 to May 6.

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