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It's that time of year when we start hearing admonitions to think about the true meaning of the season. And composer and librettist Mark Adamo is down with that. Best known for his acclaimed operatic adaptations of Little Women and Lysistrata, his latest is Becoming Santa Claus, a family-friendly Christmas work produced by Dallas Opera.

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The Dallas Opera has never before commissioned three new operas for a single season. It’s also never before commissioned a kid-friendly holiday opera. Mark Adamo’s “Becoming Santa Claus” makes its world premiere tonight at the Winspear Opera House.

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In a banner year of three new works from the Dallas Opera, the company this week launched a different kind of premiere: a weeklong Institute for Women Conductors.  

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Can you imagine a big opera premiere opening on the same night as the Super Bowl? In the same city as one of the big game teams? That’s just one of the turns in the opera "Great Scott," which opens this Friday in Dallas.  

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Celebrated British composer Joby Talbot has written for film, television and ballet. Now, at 43, he’s composed his first opera that gets its world premiere by the Dallas Opera Friday night. Everest tells a tale pulled together from survivor stories, including that of North Texan Dr. Beck Weathers.

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 You Tube turns 9 and a half this Saturday, and of course we all use it for everything from cat videos to Korean pop. Meet some professional classical musicians who revealed their own guilty pleasures.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Gov. Rick Perry is expected to make an announcement about border security this afternoon,  a Texan was one of two Americans killed in Gaza fighting over the weekend, it’s been 45 years since the first sighting of the “Lake Worth Monster,” and more.

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Last weekend, Audra Methvin won the Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition. This weekend, she'll sing the same program of four arias at the McCammon Voice Competition in Fort Worth. The 27-year-old is continuing her studies at SMU.

In the Friday Conversation, she talks to KERA's Anne Bothwell about the path that led her from her family's prize pig farm in Levelland to the brink of a career as a soprano.

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AT&T Stadium in Arlington might seem like just a mecca for football, but for a week this spring, the pigskin gives way to alley-oops and arias. First comes the NCAA Final Four. That same week, the Dallas Opera presents a free simulcast on the stadium’s big screen.

On Tuesday, the opera announced its third simulcast at AT&T Stadium -- and pulled back the curtain on the upcoming season. It includes some cartoon opera news.

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A thousand of the world’s top thinkers, business leaders, scholars and entrepreneurs are headed to Dallas this June for an international summit on evolving cities. Monday’s announcement pointed to the arts district as a key attraction.

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Here’s a holiday gift idea.

You can now buy a ticket package to seven different Dallas performing arts groups for shows running February through April.

The ticket packages are called DPASS, which stands for Dallas Performing Arts Sampler Series.

The shows include Godspell at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, The Barber of Seville from Dallas Opera and Cultural Awareness by Dallas Black Dance Theatre.

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Fifty years after President John F. Kennedy was killed in downtown Dallas, Americans are still uncertain as to who ended his life. A new national survey shows that more than 70 percent of those polled don’t believe that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone.

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Klyde Warren Park in Dallas is celebrating its one-year anniversary this weekend. Festivities feature an outdoor simulcast of the Dallas Opera’s production of “Carmen,” which starts at 8 p.m. Friday.

Park president Tara Green suggests you dress up as your favorite Carmen and get there early for a pre-show singalong. Green is hoping for big crowds this weekend to push the park past 1 million visitors.

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