In summer 2022, a little-musical-that-could defied the odds in Dallas. Produced as an independent entity, Cabaret at Arts Mission Oak Cliff had no established theater company backing it, no built-in subscriber base, and no big names attached.
As everybody knows, the University of Texas at Austin has transformed its hometown thanks to its role as a hotbed of research. There’s more to that than churning out innovations in computers and technology.
For all the glories of Carmen, La Boheme, Aida and the like, opera companies sometimes want to tackle a work that’s out-of-the-ordinary: Call it a statement opera. The urge came upon The Dallas Opera before the pandemic.