Dallas Opera Makes History with The Magic Flute Simulcast at Cowboys Stadium

15,000 patrons watch simulcast of The Magic Flute at Cowboys Stadium

By Ty Pressley
|  Monday, Apr 30, 2012  |  Updated 2:19 PM CDT
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Opera Draws Thousands to Cowboys Stadium

Luke McKenzie, Dallas Opera

Thousands watch opera simulcast from Cowboys Stadium

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An estimated 15,000 people attended The Magic Flute opera simulcast at Cowboys Stadium over the weekend. The one-night-only engagement on April 28 was the best-attended opera stadium simulcast in Texas history.
 
Opera-goers, including many families with younger children, hit Cowboys Stadium concession stands before settling into their seats for an evening of world-class entertainment.

Comments, Facebook postings and tweets were overwhelmingly positive throughout the night. Even patrons at the Winspear Opera House got into the spirit of the event, creating an audience “wave” (led by Patrick Carfizzi) that rippled through the entire opera house.
 
The Dallas Opera reports that over 92 percent of the attendees were first-time patrons. The simulcast, presented by The Dallas Foundation, was broadcasted live from the Winspear Opera House onto the world’s largest high-definition video board structure.
 
“There has never been a simulcast of this magnitude even attempted in North Texas,” said Dallas Opera general director and CEO Keith Cerny. “The fact that we attracted requests from tens of thousands of people from all across the country and, ultimately, drew approximately 15,000 to Cowboys Stadium in our first offering there, makes this event an unqualified success.”
 
Single tickets for the final mainstage productions of the Dallas Opera’s “Tragic Obsessions” Season are on sale now, starting at just $25, through the Dallas Opera Ticket Services Office at 214-443-1000 or online at http://www.dallasopera.org.

Student Rush best-available tickets can be purchased at the lobby box office for $25 (one per valid Student I.D.) ninety minutes prior to each performance. The current season will end on May 6.

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