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Dena Miller is the Dallas Editor for Miss A. She has been described by Style Network as a "Queen Bee". Formerly a glam rock scene Diva, Dena is now a Socialite on the Dallas philanthropy scene, specializing in Polo events that benefit women's and children's causes.

While never forgetting her small town roots from a Midwestern farming community in rural Missouri, she’s fit right in the “Big D” since coming here in 1984. After 11 years of promoting the music scene, hobnobbing with the most popular bands from coast to coast, she switched gears after meeting her husband at the first Polo match she ever attended. Always one for excitement, Polo became her new rock n roll.
With her marriage and new found passion for polo, came Philanthropy. Miller founded the Ladies Polo Auxiliary of Texas in 2005 with the goal of promoting the Sport of Kings in north Texas via charity events for causes that are close to her heart. To date the LPA has raised over $500,000 for causes such as domestic violence, children with serious medical needs, therapeutic horsemanship, the Polo Training Foundation, children’s advocacy and food drives for north Texas food Bank. When not working on her own events she is attending Charity luncheons and balls as well as volunteering at golf tournaments and Special Olympics events. She is a member of the USPA Equine Welfare committee and on Board of Dress For Succes Dallas.

Writing has been a lifetime passion of Dena’s. Besides working on a book that proceeds will benefit domestic violence organizations, and writing for two national polo magazines, is a frequent contributor to Dallas area publications, winning Best Contributor Award from Dallas Morning News Neighborsgo, she is co-authoring a book on the phenomenon of cyber bullying by adult women, referred to as Cyber Harrassment.

Chris Alexander To Stage Georges Bizet’s Carmen For The Dallas Opera’s Season Opening

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Photo Credit: The Dallas Opera

The Dallas Opera is pleased to announce that “theatrically masterly” (Seattle Times) German/American stage director Chris Alexander has agreed to stage this season’s opening production of Georges Bizet’s CARMEN, starring French mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine in her American debut.

Born in Provo, Utah but a life-long resident of Germany, Alexander recently received critical acclaim for his staging of Seattle Opera’s production of Beethoven’s Fidelio, as well as Cincinnati Opera’s presentation of Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss earlier this summer. This won’t be Alexander’s first time with the Dallas opera, he dazzled in his 2005 Dallas Opera debut with his staging of Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann, starring Mary Dunleavy and Marcus Haddock; returning in the spring of 2009 to direct the company’s final performances in the Music Hall at Fair Park: a delightful and daffy rendering of Rossini’s The Italian Girl in Algiers (L’italiana in Algeri).

Patrick Carfizzi stealing the show in the Dallas Opera’s 2009 production of “The Italian Girl in Algiers” staged by director Chris Alexander. (Photo Credit: Karen Almond, Dallas Opera)

Patrick Carfizzi stealing the show in the Dallas Opera’s 2009 production of “The Italian Girl in Algiers” staged by director Chris Alexander.
(Photo Credit: Karen Almond, Dallas Opera)

Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny says that “ever since Chris burst onto the American Opera scene with his brilliantly staged Boris Godunov in 2000, demand for his services has been growing exponentially. I’ve lost count of how many times he has directed for Seattle Opera in the years since, and he was honored with that company’s 2003-2004 “Artist of the Year” Award even before going on to stage universally acclaimed productions of Mozart’s Don Giovanni and The Magic Flute. “He also has a very distinguished career in Europe where, in addition to serving as founder of the Bremen Shakespeare Company, Chris has written, translated and directed dozens of plays and operas—including CARMEN—in cultural destinations from Bern to Berlin.”

Carmen, the most irresistible bad girl in opera, was first performed in four acts in Paris on March 3, 1875. The story is set in 19th century Seville, Spain. This latest production stars: Clémentine Margaine(Carmen), Brandon Jovanovich (Don José October 25, 27, 30), Bruno Ribeiro (Don José November 2, 8, 10), Mary Dunleavy (Micaëla), Dwayne Croft (Escamillo), Danielle Pastin(Frasquita), Audrey Babcock (Mercédès), Kyle Albertson (Zuniga), Steven LaBrie (Le Dancaïre), William Ferguson (Remendado) and John David Boehr (Moralès).

Opening night will be simulcast free at Klyde Warren Park. Bring blankets and picnics—or take advantage of the variety of available dining options ranging from an on-site restaurant to nearby eateries and food trucks (beer and wine will be available for purchase as well).

WHEN: October 25 (special time, 8 p.m.), October 27 (Matinee) 30, November 2, 8 & 10 (matinee), 2013

WHERE:
Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House

2403 Flora St.
Dallas, TX 75201
Ph. 214-443-1043

TICKETS: Price varies based on seat and show. Please click here to purchase tickets.

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